Directors and/or Workshop Facilitators

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ANTHONY MECCA - Biodynamic Farmer, US

ELLA MANOR LAPOINTE - Artist, US

FIONA MACKENZIE - Health Practitioner & Adult Educator, AUS

JAMES DEEFHOLTS - Teacher, AUS

JEN ZIMBERG - Artist, US

KATHERINA KISS - Adult Educator & Health Practitioner, AUS

LISA ROMERO - Adult Educator, Health Practitioner & Author, AUS

LOUISE SCHNITZHOFER - Adult Educator & Health Practitioner, AUS

LYNETTE CLIFTON, AUS

MARILYN MYRES - Curative Eurythmist, AUS

MEAGHAN WITRI - Child Development and Family Support , Artist, US

MELANIE DEEFHOLTS - Child Development and Family Support, AUS

RONAN O'CONNOR - Young Adult Educator, AUS

SARAH HEARN - Health Practitioner & Adult Educator, US

SÉAMUS MAYNARD - Artist, US


The following is a list of Individuals supporting the Y Project and/or involved in the production of the sphagnum lotion or miscellaneous behind the scene tasks


ANNETTE BATCHELOR - Health Practitioner, AUS

DARREN HOLMES - Adult Educator, AUS

GEMMA MACKENZIE

GERALDINE DEVAS - Counsellor, AUS

MAGGIE ANDREWS - Health Practitioner, AUS

PAMELA SHERA - Health Practitioner, AUS

POLLYANNA KINGSLEY - Biodynamic Farmer, AUS

RICHARD TURNER - Adult Educator, AUS

SANDRA KIMBALL - Adult Educator

TRACEY STEPHAN - Health Practitioner, AUS



Annette Batchelor

Annette has been in private practice as a naturopath since 1993 and in 2008 completed the Anthroposophic Prescribers course in Australia. From this time she has been prescribing   Anthroposophic remedies and continues to extend her work in this field. She works with all ages, but has a special interest in child development and the influence of biography on health and wellbeing.
As and adult educator, Annette works alongside teachers, parents and caregivers to deepen a communal understanding of health and child development.
In addition to her private practice, Annette facilitates an EduCareDo study group in Yarra Junction VIC and provides support on Developing the Self Developing the World Social Understanding, Gender and Sexuality workshops.

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Anthony Mecca

Anthony has been farming for 15 years, the last several of which have been at Great Song Farm, the biodynamic community-supported-agriculture farm he started in 2010, growing a diversity of vegetables and caring for a small cow herd. Anthony is a mentor and adult educator working out of anthroposophy, and works as the Farmer Training Coordinator for the Biodynamic Association of North America, which runs a farmer foundation year for farm apprentices and others interested in learning about biodynamics. Fostering direct and meaningful connections between nature, agriculture, and community is central to his work. Currently, he is teaching and writing on the themes of biodynamic agriculture, developing new faculties of perception, the nature of substance, and an understanding of nutrition based on Rudolf Steiner's Agriculture Course to support soil, plant, animal, and human health. 


Darren Holmes

Darren's interest in culture, the environment and the community led him to anthroposophy. In 2005 he seeded a biodynamic organic, permaculture food forest farm that developed with biodynamic principles into the farm as it now flourishes at The Channon in NSW. Darren supports courses and holds a study group for Inner Work Path and is a committed community member in service to the Y Project.


Ella Manor Lapointe

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.  http://ellapointe.com


Fiona Mackenzie

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


Gemma Mackenzie

Gemma is a registered Psychologist and Anthroposophically trained Art Therapist.
She has been in private practice as an Art Therapist since 2012, providing support to children, adults and school communities. She specializes in working with charcoal and watercolour painting to support health, the integration of life experiences and transitions. 

Gemma has professional experience providing psychotherapy and case management to young people and their families when there is a risk of homelessness related to sexual assault, family conflict, disengagement with education / employment, mental health, risk taking behaviour, substance use, grief and loss and life transitions. Gemma facilitates artistic exercises on courses and retreats offered by the Inner Work Path and contributes to Gender and Sexuality courses offered by Developing the Self Developing the World. She is now based in Europe having recently relocated to Denmark. 

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Geraldine Devas

Geraldine is a counsellor who works at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, to support the wellbeing of the students. She has been involved in Steiner Education on the east coast of Australia for the last 25 years, working as an extra lesson practitioner and supporting student and staff welfare  as a counsellor.
Geraldine has also worked in drug rehabilitation, aged care facilities and private practice. She holds a Bachelor of Education and Masters in counselling with creative arts therapy and is a member of Australian Counselling Association.

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James Deefholts

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.
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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 Zimberg

Jen has worked with children and teenagers in after-school 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: www.jenzimberg.com


Katherina Kiss

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

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 in 2018 a fifth book will be published titled ‘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 theY 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.


Louise Schnitzhofer

Louise works in private practice as a homeopath and massage therapist using anthroposophical remedies and external therapies. She has a special interest in using baths and compresses to assist healthy human development as well as to treat chronic conditions. Louise regularly visits the school environment to provide observational feedback and workshops that can help parents and teachers with their understanding of health and healing according to the vast body of knowledge given by Rudolf Steiner.

Louise has been a complementary health practitioner since 1993 and extended into anthroposophical health and healing by studying EduCareDo and the complementary Towards Health and Healing courses which later developed into Inner Work Path. Alongside this Louise founded the Milkwood Steiner School in Darwin where she participated in diverse roles including board secretary, school manager and parent educator.  She was also employed as the Northern Territory Health Educator for Arthritis and Osteoporosis Australia and continues to keep active within the health and disability sector through consumer education, advocacy and support. 

Louise is currently the board secretary for EduCareDo Ltd and is part of the administration and facilitation team for Developing the Self Developing the World. She facilities workshops on the Care and Development of the Senses to Harmonise the Impact of Technology, works with primary school children in the Social Understanding, Gender and Sexuality Program and supports Y Project participants with health consultations.

For more about Louise’s work visit  https://www.seasalthomeopathy.com.au


Lynette Clifton

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Maggie Andrews

Maggie is as an existential counsellor in private practice. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science and Diploma in Counselling and is a member of the Australian Counselling Association. Anthroposophical inner development has guided her work since she commenced participating in courses offered by Inner Work Path over the last decade.
Maggie's professional experience has included working with teenagers in residential programs who were struggling with family breakdown, drug and alcohol abuse and sexual assault.  She has also been a caseworker for children and teenagers in foster care. Maggie is part of the group of professionals offering their expertise to the Y Project.


Marilyn Myres

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 Witri

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 Witri have been teaching together for many years. They work with children of all ages as well as adults. As founding members of Third Wheel Collective (a collaboration based theater company) and Living Roots (a folk duo playing original songs), 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: www.thirdwheelcollective.org / www.livingrootsmusic.com


Melanie Deefholts

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.


Pamela Shera

Pamela has worked within Anthroposophy and with Rhythmical Etheric Massage for over 20 years and currently practices from Suffolk Park NSW.

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Pollyanna Kingsley

Anthroposophy has brought a deeper meaning to Pollyanna's life. Through the Inner Work Path she has been dedicated to her family's health and wellbeing. This inspiration has led her to develop a biodynamic-organic-food-forest home and business. She now works as a teacher's support at a Steiner School, supports Inner Work Path courses, and study groups, and the Y Project.


Richard Turner

Richard has been engaged in anthroposophy since 1992 and has been a mentor for people as they deepen their understanding of anthroposophy. He completed the Parsifal Orientation Course and Teacher Training, holds a Diploma of Education, a Bachelor of Honours in European Studies and a Master of Arts in Counselling and Philosophy. He is currently an EduCareDo tutor and supports with content of various publications.

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Ronan O'conner

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 Hearn

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 is also the New York administrator of the Y Project, supporting young people in her community ages 16-26.

In addition, Sarah 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 on the biodynamic community farm where she lives and maintains her health practice.


Séamus Maynard

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 Maynard and Meaghan Witri have been teaching together for many years. They work with children of all ages as well as adults. As founding members of Third Wheel Collective (a collaboration based theater company) and Living Roots (a folk duo playing original songs), 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: www.thirdwheelcollective.org / www.livingrootsmusic.com