Developing the Self – Developing the World was founded by a community of individuals committed to working with inner development for world development and striving to build healthy community life in the light of anthroposophy. As an organisation, Developing the Self – Developing the World also connects individuals and communities with artists, health practitioners, farmers and educators who offer peer support, workshops, and programs for school faculties, students and parents.

A variety of courses can be tailored to meet the needs of any community on themes such as: Caring for the senses in early childhood – Healing the Impact of Technology • Social understanding, gender and sexuality • The foundations of health and wellbeing • The living arts…and more…

Resources are made available online and regularly updated.

Y Project is a section of Developing the Self Developing the World accessible to young adults from 16 years old. It provides mentors, health services, artistic programs and events that are fully or partially funded by Developing the Self Developing the World and donations.

Developing the Self Developing the World welcomes expressions of interest to:

  • Participate in a course
  • Sponsor a course participant
  • Sponsor a young person
  • Refer a young person
  • Volunteer
  • Donate money to current and future programs
  • Become involved in current or future activities

“Through taking hold of all that lives in us we participate consciously in the transformation of our particular personal self that is often closed to higher insights, towards a greater possibility of experiencing a living, dynamic spiritual life that awakens our being and serves the progression of the world we live in.”           Lisa Romero – ‘Developing the Self’

Inner Work Path –

Directors and /or Workshop Facilitators

Ella is an artist and illustrator proficient in a wide variety of drawing and painting media, in figurative, as well as non-figurative and poetic visual styles.

Her illustration projects include: 52 non-figurative illustrations, or moods, to The Calendar of the Soul verses by Rudolf Steiner, cover art and inside illustrations for Stella Natura – a biodynamic planting calendar, a cover and graphic work featured in the magazine Being Human; several illustrations and cover art for Das Goetheanum (a weekly publication from Dornach, Switzerland, with international distribution). She has also illustrated poems by Christian Morgenstern, Rainer Maria Rilke and others. She has contributed 7 years of monthly cover images for Chanticleer- The Newsletter for the Berkshire-Taconic Branch of The Anthroposophical Society. She is currently completing a self initiated project with watercolor illustrations of a Children’s Story for the Holy Nights.

Fiona is a complementary health practitioner working out of anthroposophy. She is a registered homeopath and completed the Prescriber‘s Training in Anthroposophic Medicine in 2005. In her clinical practice Fiona works with adults, young people, children, family groups and teachers from a number of schools in their role of supporting the children in their care.

Fiona is committed to the Y Project in her capacity as a health practitioner, helping to support young people to engage in the world in a way that is fulfilling and inspiring. She contributes to Developing the Self Developing the World parent courses and Gender and Sexuality Professional Development courses. She also offers adult education in the area of child development.

James is a primary school teacher, specialising in Steiner (aka Waldorf) Education and is a parent and teacher educator in child development. He holds a Bachelor of Education and completed his Steiner teacher training at Parsifal College in Sydney. James has been teaching since 2005 and has completed two rounds as a class teacher (from Grade 1 – 6) at Chrysalis Steiner School. He has recently taken up a class teacher position at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School in Byron Bay.

James has been involved in the management team of Chrysalis Steiner School, serving as the Chair of the College Of Teachers between 2012 – 2016. He was also a long-standing member of the Board of Directors for Chrysalis Steiner School.

James has worked on the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework for PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education) and delivered professional development sessions for teachers in the areas of Behaviour Support, Learning Challenges, Child Development, and the Inner Life of the Teacher.

James works in collaboration with Lisa Romero to provide professional development to teachers in the area of working with social understanding, gender, and sexuality for young people.

Jen has worked with children and teenagers in afterschool programs, teen centers, songwriting workshops and music lessons. In this capacity she leads singing and supports teen and young-adult counselors in their working with children at sleepaway summer camp and youth conferences. Jen also facilitates an open community chorus in Harlemville, New York. Jen has a B.A. in music theory and performs as a singer-songwriter. Her songs explore the breadth and depth of human experience, with stories of the search for meaning and human striving. Jen also composes songs and pieces for class plays, puppet shows, and subjects from the curriculum. By working with her songs in the classroom, the lesson content is brought into experience for the students. For example, through Jen’s song cycle on the life of Joan of Arc, an historical figure is brought near, allowing the listener to enter into and learn more deeply through another’s life and task. To see a list of performances visit her website:

Katherina has been an adult educator and health practitioner since 1992; qualified in naturopathy, massage and counselling. After working in clinical practice in Sydney for 5 years, she moved to the Northern Rivers region of NSW where she completed a Bachelors degree in Communications before moving to Japan for 5 years. She has worked out of anthroposophy since 2004 after undertaking the EduCareDo training and Anthroposophic Prescriber’s training. She is currently building on her clinical massage experience through study in rhythmical etheric massage.
Her work for the last 10 years has been divided between administration for Inner Work Path, founding Developing the  Self Developing the World and her work in a language school where she provides counselling, mentoring and academic assistance to 17 – 28 year old international students preparing for university entrance examinations and vocational training.
Katherina is a director of EduCareDo and Developing the Self Developing the World and contributes to community education courses in which her primary focus is on supporting parents, teachers and caregivers in the community. 

Lisa Romero is an author of inner development books, a complementary health practitioner and an adult educator who has been offering healthcare and education enriched with anthroposophy since 1993. From 2006 the primary focus of her work has been on teaching inner development and anthroposophical meditation. Through the Inner Work Path Lisa offers lectures, courses and retreats for personal and professional development, in communities and schools worldwide. Steiner Books has published; ‘The Inner Work Path’ focusing on meditation practice, ‘Developing the Self’ written after years of working with Waldorf teachers to support their inner work and pedagogical understanding of child development, ‘Living Inner Development’ offering an understanding of the inner experiences and results of various inner development exercises,  ‘Sex Education and The Spirit’ to help awaken an understanding of our communal responsibility for the healthy development of gender and sexuality within society, and ‘Spirit Led Community; healing the impact of technology’.

For several years Lisa was the lecturer of Health & Nutrition and Male/Female studies at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, where she continues to give lectures to the tutors on inner development. Since 1999 she has been presenting on the subject of gender, sexuality and spiritual life. She has been working with Waldorf schools as a part of their health and wellbeing curriculum, working directly with the students, teachers and parents on this theme. Lisa has contributed to and is an adviser on the Health and Personal Development for the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework. She has developed training courses, and facilitates professional development on this subject for teachers and health professionals.

Lisa designed and facilitated EduCareDo ‘Towards Health and Healing’ which has offered 8 year-long courses focused on working with therapists from all modalities, as well as Waldorf teachers, toward cultivating the depth of anthroposophical insight through practical applications of therapeutic and pedagogical methods. EduCareDo continues to deliver a distance education course of self-awakening study in the foundations of anthroposophy.

Lisa is a contributor, tutor and director of Inner Work Path, EduCareDo, Developing the Self Developing the World and the Y Project. EduCareDo is an organisation delivering a distance education course of self-awakening study in the foundations of anthroposophy. Inner Work Path offers courses, retreats and lectures on inner development exercises and meditation.

Lisa’s capacity to deliver esoteric wisdom with insight and understanding allows her to meet the diverse needs of a range of communities and professions. Essentially, her work springs from the inner work, meditation and exercises, together with a dedication to the path of unfolding consciousness.

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Louise works in private practice as a homeopath and massage therapist using anthroposophical remedies and external therapies. She has a special interest in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, starting with healthy child development. Louise delivers parent education in the anthroposophical understanding of health and healing and contributes to observations in the school environment.

For Developing the Self Developing the World, Louise facilities workshops on the Care and Development of the Senses to Harmonise the Impact of Technology, works with students up to Class 7 in the Social Understanding, Gender and Sexuality Program and supports Y Project participants with health consultations.

Louise spent many years founding the Milkwood Steiner School in Darwin, Australia contributing in diverse roles including board secretary, school manager, playgroup educator as well as various other hands on roles, and she continues to contribute to community education. Louise was the Northern Territory Health Educator for Arthritis as well as Osteoporosis Australia and keeps active within the health and disability sector through consumer education, advocacy and support. Louise is currently the board secretary of EduCareDo Ltd and administrator of Developing the Self Developing the World.

Lynette holds a Bachelor of Social Work as well as a Certificate of Anthroposphic Holistic Healthcare and a Certificate in Rhythmic Body Oiling (Taruna College NZ). She has been working with young children and their families for many years alongside the Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School in Sydney and currently supports students and staff from The School’s onsite therapuetic space, Raphael’s Rooms.

Marilyn is a practising eurythmist specialising in health and therapeutic work. She has been involved with Steiner education since 1981 through the Gabriel Health Centre in Melbourne, the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School where her children were educated and involvement with the establishment of the Melbourne Therapy Centre. During this period she was a director in the not-for-profit organisation establishing Canticle Bakery / Café, which promoted biodynamic food and products, and offered work opportunities for young people. It was also over this time that Marilyn completed a six year Eurythmy training at Aurora Australis in Melbourne and went on to teach Eurythmy in Rudolf Steiner schools ( K to 8 ) throughout Melbourne and New South Wales.

Marilyn has performed Eurythmy in the Wings of Sound productions in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, and with colleagues continues to provide performances for Waldorf Schools.

In 2000 Marilyn completed a 3-year Diploma in Therapeutic Eurythmy at Peredur Centre in East Grinstead England and has continued her professional development through attending six IPMT (International Post Medical Training) courses as well as Tone Eurythmy Therapy Training in the UK and Australia. She provides one-on-one therapeutic eurythmy to children at Shearwater Steiner School, and to all ages in her private practice in her home based studio, as well as at Inner Work Path retreats. She also provides all eurythmy components that may be within Inner Work Path courses. The extension of the EduCareDo courses in the coming years will receive the wisdom from this continued evolving of the work.

Marilyn is a director of EduCareDo and the sister organisation Developing the Self Developing the World.

Meaghan has worked with parents and families in a variety of capacities for over fifteen years, including as an early childhood and parent-child educator at the New Amsterdam Waldorf School in New York City. Meaghan works directly with parents in the home-setting offering practical support and understanding of child development from birth through adolescence, in the light of anthroposophy. Meaghan offers workshops as part of the Care and Development of the Senses program and co-facilitates Gender and Sexuality in-school curriculum for 5-12th grades. As a singer, actor and teaching artist with a degree in theater, performance and english studies, Meaghan’s work explores how music and story support inner and outer striving in the human being. Meaghan has lead singing, performance and movement workshops in various contexts for children, teenagers and adults. Recently, Meaghan directed The Passing of Arthur from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Idylls of the King and Holiday Memory by Dylan Thomas. In addition to professional work in plays and film, Meaghan tours internationally as a soprano soloist performing in Cathedrals and sacred spaces. She is the co-founder of both Living Roots, an acoustic folk music group, and Third Wheel Collective, a collaboration-based theater company.
Seamus Maynard and Meaghan are instrumental in the forming of The Arts Program. They have been teaching together for many years, and their artistic collaboration unites various elements of the performing arts to bring to both educational settings and for live performances. To see a list of performances visit their websites: /

Melanie Deefholts has been supporting parents and teachers in various schools through adult education for the past 9 years. She specialises in understanding child development through observations of daily life and how to work with this in a living way within the home and the classroom She works with parents as well as teachers in private and group education and also works directly with young adults as a facilitator of the Social Understanding, Gender and Sexuality program for Developing the Self Developing the World. Melanie regularly works in various Waldorf Schools in Bellingen, Armidale, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Geelong and a number of Victorian Schools.

Ronan is presently Operations Manager for an Australia wide NGO; managing programs in child protection, adoption, restoration, aged care and disability. He has previously been the State Manager of a national NGO specialising in residential treatment of children and young people with substance use and mental health challenges, homelessness and youth mentoring. Ronan also spent a number of years working in Andragogy based on anthroposophy, including environmental and biodynamic projects. He has had a lifelong interest in community development and volunteers his time for the  Y Project.

Sarah is a complementary health practitioner working out of anthroposophy. She sees both children and adult clients in upstate New York and in other communities in the northeast. Sarah offers workshops as part of the Care and Development of the Senses program and  co-facilitates  the Gender and Sexuality in-school curriculum for 5-12th grades.

She also facilitates the local EduCareDo study group and supports the administration of Inner Work Path workshops and events in the US. Sarah has a background and interest in initiatives working for social health; she co-founded Think OutWord, a peer-led training in social threefolding for young people, which ran conferences and intensives for seven years, and has taught in high school, adult education, and community settings. With Gary Lamb, Sarah edited Steinerian Economics, a resource guide. She also manages community events at Great Song Farm, the biodynamic community farm where she lives and maintains her health practice.

Séamus completed his degree in acting at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. While there, he studied speech, classical acting and Shakespeare. Prior to that he trained intensively in the Michael Chekhov Technique for several years. Before beginning his acting training at The Guildhall School he also attended the Artemis School of Speech and Drama in West Sussex England.

He has taught acting, speech and movement at California State University’s Summer Arts program, The New School in NYC, and at The Michael Chekhov School in Hudson, NY. He has taught speech with the Inner Path Work and at Saint John’s College in Istanbul, Turkey.

As a professional stage actor and musician he has worked with Improbable Theatre, The Belgian National Theater, Triple Shadow, Heads Theater Company and The Actors Ensemble. Séamus is a co-founding member of Third Wheel Collective – a collaboration based theater company. As a musician, Séamus studied classical guitar and composition with classical guitarist and composer Ed Flower. Séamus composes for and co-founded Quiet In The Head, a music group that composes original, instrumental music for violin and classical guitar. He also writes and performs with an acoustic, folk group called Living Roots.

Seamus and Meaghan Witri are instrumental in the forming of The Arts Program. They have been teaching together for many years, and their artistic collaboration unites various elements of the performing arts to bring to both educational settings and for live performances. To see a list of performances visit their websites: /

Others supporting the Y Project and involved in the production of the sphagnum lotion and/or miscellaneous behind the scene tasks

(In alphabetical order. Click here to read the profiles.

  • Annette Batchelor
  • Darren Holmes
  • Gemma Mackenzie
  • Geraldine Devas
  • Maggie Andrews
  • Pamela Shera
  • Pollyanna Kingsley
  • Richard Turner
  • Sandra Kimball
  • Tracey Stephan

Developing the Self  Developing the World is registered name of EduCareDo Ltd Gtd, a not-for-profit company registered with and accountable to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. ACN 002 345 922.

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