The Gabriel Conversation Groups

Exploring parenting and the life of the young child, based upon the work of Rudolf Steiner.

  • Inspiration and sharing
  • Support and discussion
  • Companionship and morning tea

 The Gabriel Conversation Group offers parents of very young children from birth a place to share their experiences of parenting, enjoy morning tea and support one another.

Parenting is one of the great joys of life, but also brings its challenges! In the Conversation Group, new parents find inspiration, a sense of community and a place to recharge ourselves with good company, a coffee and a laugh.

The Gabriel Conversation Group is parent focused. During our sharing together we have wide ranging and rich discussions about issues of interest, including pregnancy, child development, breastfeeding, sleep routines, post-natal care and wellbeing.

We are joined by an ‘elder’- a mother and grandmother who has supported new mothers for many years, and who provides guidance for our conversation, to explore Rudolf Steiner’s recommendations for the young child.

Note: we plan to run an annual paediatric first aid course (3 hours) run by a paramedic specially designed for parents. Date and cost to be advised.

Please see as follows a list of conversation topics we will cover in the group. Of course our meetings will reflect the interests of those in the group, and all suggestions for themes to explore are welcome. On the weeks when there is no topic listed we will do a check in or continue a topic from a previous week, or follow the lead of relevant texts where the focus lies on deepening our understanding of ourselves, our children and the world around us.

Topics for discussion by week and term:

Term 1:

Friday 16th Feb: Where we come from, our roots, getting to know each other.

Friday 2nd March: First Aid: natural remedies for burns, bites, cuts etc.

Friday 9th March: Introducing foods to a young baby and child.

Friday 23rd March: Last meeting for term 1; seasonal Easter discussion.


Term 2:

Friday 20th April: First Gabriel Group

Friday 27th April: Warmth and the young child.

Friday 11th May: Sleep, settling, and creating healthy rhythms.

Friday 25th May: Natural remedies for coughs and colds.

Friday 15th June: Midwinter discussion

Friday 22nd June: Last Gabriel Group meeting for the term.


Term 3:

Friday 20th July: Welcome back everyone!

Friday 27th July: Motherly and fatherly roles.

Friday 10th August: The “Madonna’s Cloak”- this talk involves a small cost of $10 to participants as we will have a guest speaker.

Friday 24th August: Media and the young child.

Friday 7th September: Maternal health and wellbeing.

Friday 14th September: Last Gabriel Group for the term.


Term 4:

Friday 12th October: First Gabriel Group.

Friday 19th October: First Aid- natural remedies for burns, bites, cuts. etc.

Friday 2nd November: Tantrums and tiredness, differences between rhythm and routine.

Friday 16th November: Baby massage, connecting with your baby or young child, the purpose of touch.

Friday 30th November: Advent discussion.

Friday 7th December: Final Gabriel Group for the year.






The Gabriel Conversation Group currently meets at:

  • The Michael Centre Library, 37A Wellington Park Drive, Warranwood from 9.30-11.30 am.
  • Contact Seneka for details: 0405 042 605
  •  The Wattle Bee room at the Little Yarra Steiner School, 205 Little Yarra Rd, Yarra Junction meets weekly on a Tuesday morning 9.30 – 11.30 am.

This group is facilitated by Jules Ward, who has adult children and is the Playgroup leader at Little Yarra Steiner School, with many years experience working with toddlers.

Jules Ward email or mobile : 0400142107