Health & Therapies

An important part of our philosophy for the development of people with intellectual disabilities is the Therapies programme.

Curative Education and Social Therapy are the two core dimensions, as well as healthcare founded on nutritious diets (based on biodynamic produce where possible) and general and homeopathic medical care.

Therapies Include:

  • Nutrition and, and use of natural medications (nursing therapy, health care through the use of homeopathic medicines)
  • Speech and language – communication
  • Movement and expression to aid coordination and communication (eurythmy)
  • Movement, creativity, expression with music
  • Movement, creativity, expression with art
  • Riding For Disabled
  • Motor development
  • Paediatric input.

Hohepa also has its own on-site Anthroposophical Doctor, who provides medical advice and support to the on-site nurse, and regular consults to monitor and guide the health of residents.




Medical Care and Nursing Therapy

A local GP (who is an anthroposophical doctor) provides medical support for our residents. An anthroposophical nurse is employed to support care and supervision for the daily life of children in the school. The Nurse works closely with the school and curative education therapists working with the children, as well as in the family homes.

Curative Education

At the heart of Curative Education is the conviction that beyond any learning, physical or emotional difficulty a child has, there is always an intact spirit. A Fundamental principle of Curative Education is that of Rhythm.

When rhythms are in harmony we feel well:

  • breathing and circulation
  • waking/sleeping patterns
  • activity/rest balance
  • listening/speaking
  • work/recreation balance

Through individualised sessions with specialist therapists as a part of the school programme, the child’s creative expression, thought and movement is developed through art, music and movement (eurythmy).

Communication skills are developed as needed through speech therapy.

The school is fortunate to have a ‘State of the Art’ Sensory Room – a purpose designed and equipped room with a variety of technologies where children have individually suited Sensory response programmes to foster their development of their senses.

Social Therapy

The skills of relating to others and interacting successfully in social situations are important for successful inclusion in society. Social therapy principles are applied as a part of the school, adult day programmes and residential settings, with specific plans to develop individual capabilities under the supervision and guidance of our manager of professional services.

At the core of Social Therapy is the sense of fulfilment through purposeful work and participation in community life – through living and contributing in home life, work tasks during the day, involvement in the cultural life of Hohepa’s own & the Wider Community.


Art Therapy

Holistic Healthcare: Anthroposophic Therapeutic Arts and Nursing

A creative, harmonising influence can come from the use of colours, movement and form – bringing balance to disharmony in the constituation.

Hohepa Art therapy supports the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of residents through the use of a variety of artistic techniques.  Exercises often form a series and can be accompanied by seasonal and festival verses.

Hohepa Art therapy works strongly with the use of metaphor in art, exploring personal issues, strengthening and nourishing the soul.

Since 2013, Hohepa Residents have been entering their works fr the IHC Art Awards.  This has involved 500 entries through New Zealand within the Disability Sector.  In 2014 a Hohepa resident achieved the National 1st prize award and another achieved the National 2nd prize award in 2013.  Hohepa has also been showcased with an addtional 5 finalists during this time.  The award winning artists are celebrated at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington each year.

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Eurythmy at Hohepa

Eurythmy is the Art of Movement inaugurated by Rudolf Steiner and an important part of what is practiced at Hohepa Hawkes Bay.  The rhythms and tones of music, the sounds and gestures of speech are made visible t the audience.

These same formative forces are metomorphosed and intensified in Eurythmy as therapy and practised by individuals at Hohepa on a one on one, to treat a wide range of physical and psychological conditions and to strenghten constitutional weaknesses.

Eurythmy at Hohepa in the social context is done in groups to develop skills, increase special and body awareness.  It also may harmonize and strengthen the bodies to prevent illness and promote wellbeing.