Introduction to Biodynamic and Preparation making top
With: Juergen Schumacher
Date: 26/09/2011- 29/09/2011
This is a short yet in depth introduction to the fundamentals of Biodynamic Farming.
The four days course will include history, foundations of Biodynamics, a look at
the biodynamic preparations. In the afternoon there will be sessions where the preparations
will be prepared. The course will conclude with a festive celebration of Michaelmass.
Introduction to Plant Phenomenology top
With: Jonathan Code
Date: 03/10/2011- 06/10/2011
This four-day course is an introduction to plant phenomenology. We will work with
plants from a variety of perspectives including Goethean phenomenology, spagyrics
and an alchemical understanding of plant processes, evolutionary themes in plant
morphology. Through a combination of presentation, collaborative research, simple
experiments and group work we will enter this study of the remarkable world of plants.
Through these collaborative study and research days we will come closer to an understanding
of the potential for plants to contribute to health and well being – in ourselves,
our gardens and farms , and in the wider community of nature.
(please bring sketch books or journals and suitable clothing for being outdoors)
Jonathan Code is the Head of Programme Team for the Hiram Education and Research
Department of the Crossfields Institute. He has taught practical chemistry, phenomenology
and nature study to learners of all ages for many years. He obtained his BA through
the California Institute of Integral Studies with a thesis on plant phenomenology
and a Goethean approach to the study of the showy milkweed. He is currently undertaking
Master’s research with the Rudolf Steiner University College in Oslo, Norway. Jonathan
continues to teach staff at Ruskin Mill Trust Colleges, Biodynamic apprentice seminars
and adults in both the UK and abroad.
Principles of Plant and Soil Science top
With: Nir Halfon and Arjen Huese
Date: 10/10/2011- 03/11/2011 (Monday- Thursday, Mornings only, please see below)
Study the foundations of plant and soil. Learn about the way plants grow and function
and about the structure and life of the soil. Both are essential to anyone who works
in farming and gardening. Classes will include theoretical studies and laboratory
work.This is an opportunity to join the full tome course in learning the foundations
of plant and soil science. Plant science classes will take place between 8:30-10:00
Monday to Thursday for a period of three weeks. Soil Science class takes place between
10:30-12:30 Monday to Thursday for the whole four weeks.
Access to Land pre-Conference Gathering top
For Future Farmers and Growers
Date: 09/11/2011- 10/11/2011
Let the future speak! Join the pre-conference gathering to have your say on your
future as a farmer or grower.
Access to land is one of the main stumbling blocks for many new entrants to the farming
and gardening world. From small urban plots, through long waiting lists for allotments
and the high prices of agricultural land, it is a challenge for many to put a new
spade in the ground.
Today there are new and alternative ways in which one can gain access to land. Join
this exciting event to find more about how you can find your plot of land.
This unique event is for new farmers and gardeners and anyone who is studying farming
or gardening. Apprentices, agriculture and horticulture students and individuals
who are thinking of starting their own enterprise are invited to participate.
During the event there will be talks by speakers who work with alternative land schemes
and workshops to explore solutions. In addition, the gathering will be an opportunity
to meet, network and make connections.
Following the gathering, the main Biodynamic association’s conference on ‘The Future
of Agriculture’ will begin (10-13/11/2011). During the conference there will be time
to report and discuss the results of the gathering with a wider audience. Booking
for the Pre-conference and the conference is through the Biodynamic Association website
There are limited places at the College and some basic accommodation(sleeping bags
on the floor for a nominal charge of £5/night).
Biodynamic Conference 2011- top
The Future of Agriculture - a Biodynamic approach
Date: 10/11/2011- 13/11/2011
Cost: £150 (meals incl)
With a dynamic mix of keynote speakers, workshops on topical biodynamic issues and
"world cafe" discussion space, this conference will be of great interest to farmers
and growers (young and old) working within the organic/ biodynamic and wider sustainable
movement. It will also appeal to producers and consumers who would like to find
out more about biodynamics or deepen an existing connection. All welcome! There will
also be a chance see biodynamic farming in practice at the inspiring, nearby Demeter
certified Tablehurst Farm during the event. The event is organised by the Biodynamic
Association, for more information see here>
Animal Phenemonolgy top
With: Werner Wecker
Date: 12/12/2011- 15/12/2011
This course is led by the well-known and well-loved German farmer/priest/therapist
Werner Wecker. Werner works on his small biodynamic farm in Germany without any machinery,
only with horses. He uses his farm as the background for his therapeutic work
where he works miracles with depressed young people. The farm also functions as a
hospice for dying children - Werner can speak passionately about how animals can
help overcome fear of pain and death in dying people; and help them to go over the
Don't miss this very special course, where Werner will take you through the animal
world in a way you could never imagine - and find the corresponding animal within
yourself. Highly recommended!
Introduction to Poultry keeping top
With: Pammy Riggs
Date: 30/01/2012- 03/02/2012
More information TBC...
Keeping the highest welfare standards and alternative methods a priority in all aspects
of practical poultry keeping, Pammy Riggs, a hands-on farmer herself, is also ‘Chicken
Whisperer’ to the River Cottage team and writes regularly on poultry and smallholding
With: Michael Kientzler
Date: 12/03/2012- 15/03/2012
More information TBC...