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 – 2019

Friday 8th February – First Gabriel Conversation Group of the year
Friday 15th February – Where we come from, our roots, getting to know each other in the group.
Friday 22nd February – Annette Batchelor Anthroposophical homeopath (Guest Speaker) $10 Donation to cover costs.
Friday 1st March – Why be a homemaker?
Friday 8th March – Open conversation
Friday 15th March – Introducing solids to the young baby and child
Friday 22nd March – Open conversation
Friday 29th March-  Sleep and creating healthy rhythms
Friday 5th April – Easter discussion/ Natural cloth dying.

TERM 2- 2019

Friday 26th April –  First Gabriel Group
Friday 3rd May – Warmth and the young child
Friday 10th May –  Open Conversation
Friday 17 May – Coughs and Colds and the young child
Friday 24 May –  Open conversation
Friday 31 May – Annette Batchelor Anthroposophical homeopath
Friday 7 June – Open Conversation
Friday 14 June – Colour
Friday 21 June – Mid Winter discussion

TERM 3- 2019

Friday 19th July- First Gabriel Group
Friday 26th July – Annette Batchelor Anthroposophical Homeopath
Friday 2nd August-  Open Conversation
Friday 9th August- Stef Arvanitakis Birth Worker (Guest Speaker) Nurturing Maternal/Paternal Health and Wellbeing
Friday 16th August- The Four Temperaments, Family dynamics and motherly and fatherly roles.
Friday 23rd August- Open discussion
Friday 6th September – Media and the Young Child
Friday 13th September – Spring Celebration

TERM 4- 2019

Friday 11th October – First Gabriel Group
Friday 18th October – 12 Senses
Friday 25th October- 12 Senses
Friday 1st November –  Annette Batchelor Anthroposophical Homeopath
Friday 8th November –  Tantrums, tears and tiredness
Friday 15th November – Jaine Bailey Guest Speaker
Friday 22nd November –  Open Conversation
Friday 29th November – Advent
Friday 6th December –  Final Gabriel Group of 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 jward@lyss.vic.edu.au or mobile : 0400142107