History

Founded together with families in 1958, Inala commenced as a school for children with special needs. Today Inala is a community supporting over 200 adults living with disability, with a reputation for the excellence, warmth and individual care given to clients and their families. At Inala we are proud to be celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2018.

Inala, meaning ‘place of peace’, was initially established in 1958 by Dr Joachim Pohl (a medical practitioner and anthroposophist) and his wife Kyra Pohl (a Steiner –trained teacher of children with special needs). They were supported by a group of families who were seeking education and accommodation support for the development of their children with special needs. They set up a beautiful environment in an elegant old home in Cherrybrook with an educational and therapeutic program designed to help the individual child develop in mind, body and soul.

As the children grew and became adults and demand for support services increased, new services and premises were progressively added. Since 2005, Inala’s expertise has focussed on supporting adults living with disabilities. In 2010 Inala amalgamated with Miroma, a smaller sister organisation based in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Today, Inala supports more than 200 individuals living with disability and their families through a range of services across Sydney.

Inala has a reputation for the excellence, warmth and individual care given to clients and their families. Great pride is taken in providing for each person’s all-round personal growth, skills development, self-esteem, independence and community involvement. Each individual and their unique contribution is celebrated. As a result, we have developed a community of generosity that supports every individual to create, connect and grow.

 

Background

Inala’s work is inspired by the picture of the human being arising from the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), the Austrian born philosopher, artist, educator and spiritual researcher.

Steiner’s multi-faceted work is known as Anthroposophy which he called “awareness of one’s humanity”. Anthroposophy embraces a spiritual view of each human being as a unique individual who enters into the world with a unique destiny, to create a  life of  meaning and purpose and relationships  through  bodily, soul and spiritual capacities. It recognises the spiritual nature and wholeness of individuals, regardless of ability or disability, gender, race, creed or background.

Steiner’s many insights have been fruitfully applied in many fields, including psychology; education, agriculture, the arts, medicine and therapies, and the social sciences, giving rise to a new understanding of the spiritual foundations of modern life.

Anthroposophy has opened the door to new approaches and possibilities in a wide range of different spheres of life and work. The fields of education, curative education and social therapy (for people with disabilities), agriculture, healing, the sciences, economic endeavours, the arts, the social life, religion and psychology have all received fresh impulses from people working out of anthroposophy. Today, in almost every country around the world, initiatives based on the insights arising from anthroposophy can be found. In the field of support for persons living with disability, there are organisations, schools, centres and therapy practices in over 40 countries worldwide.