Patterns in Child Development

Steiner’s insights and cycles of growth reflecting planetary qualities in the early years

For many years Susan has been researching the archetypal patterns of development in childhood, integrating Rudolf Steiner’s insights into development with other child development research and in particular the work of the Gesell Institute of Child Development. From this she has developed profiles of each stage of development which describe the characteristic behaviour and the changing ‘temperamental tendencies’ or ‘moods’ of each age: amenable or challenging, insecure or adventurous, dependent or independent, interested in the details or the big picture etc. Remarkably, she has found that Gesell’s stages reflect the traditional qualities of the planets, which offer children, in a rhythmical way, the experience of the many different aspects of being human.



  Susan Laing is a parent educator and a mother of four children. She was a founding friend of the Mt Barker Waldorf School. She has 30 years experience as an educational consultant working in Steiner schools around Australia to support conscious, creative and courageous living with children. Her work researching and integrating the archetypal patterns of development in childhood, including Rudolf Steiner's insights and the work of the Gesell Institute of Child Development, are available in her child development profiles on her website . She collaborated with her partner Dr Alduino Mazzone on his book A Passionate Schooling. Key ideas behind Steiner Waldorf education.

When                 Saturday March 30th


Where                Perth Waldorf School, Gwilliam Drive, Bibra Lake

Fee                      $65 Concession $50

Coordinator     Jenny Hill

Introducing Anthroposophy



What is the Human Being?  Who are we?


Rudolf Steiner’s insights create a multi-layered picture that open our minds and hearts to a richer understanding of these questions.


A two-fold approach explores the physical and the spiritual natures of the human being, sleeping and waking, breathing in and breathing out, sympathy and antipathy.

Expanding into a three-fold approach we explore the middle way between polarities: body, soul and spirit; thinking, feeling and willing; head, heart and hands.

In the four-fold human being we come to the physical, etheric, astral and ego bodies and see how these are expressed in the mineral, plant, animal and human kingdoms, the four elements and the four temperaments.


This is a wonderful opportunity to experience an artistic introduction to Anthroposophy including painting, sculpture, music and eurythmy. 


Tutors: Paul Lawrence, Nicole Lawrence and Kristina Hamilton