Learn

Education is a big part of what we do. We run workshops and events throughout the year, and hold a major conference every two years. Our AGMs are held in different locations across the country, and feature workshops on different aspects of biodynamics each year.

Workshops

17th February 2017

Soil, Moon and Stars: How the Universe affects our plants Workshop Sat 4th March 1-6pm Kings Langley

Kings Langley Biodynamic Group Annual General Meeting and Workshop Saturday 4 March 2017 AGM 11am to 12pm, Shared lunch Workshop 1 to 6pm Everyone Welcome – […]
16th February 2017

QUANTUM-Based AGRICULTURE for FARMERS

– where science and traditional practices meet – balancing the energies of land, field and farm a 4-day workshop with Dr Patrick MacManaway 20th – 23rd […]
16th February 2017

Conference: What can Biodynamic Agriculture/Horticulture and Social Therapy/Education offer each other?

This conference is aimed towards those working with biodynamic farming and gardening within a social therapeutic setting. The four day conference is being held at Emerson […]
20th January 2017

Seven Day Introduction to Biodynamics: Lauriston Farm,Essex

Seven Day Introduction to Biodynamics is back! A farm based, comprehensive course for beginners to Biodynamics covering all the basics with lectures in the morning and […]
18th January 2017

Seed saving and seed production; an introductory one day workshop.

Saturday 18th February 2017; Start 10am, Finish 5pm Gosberton Bank Nursery, Gosberton, Spalding PE11 4PB As part of the work of the Seed Co-operative we are […]

Star & Furrow

Star & Furrow is the flagship journal of the Biodynamic Association, published twice a year, and free to members. It offers a window on biodynamic farming, gardening and beekeeping, as well as food and related issues. It features in-depth articles from leading UK and international biodynamic practitioners and professionals on all aspects of biodynamic; covers news and events in the UK and elsewhere; reports on workshops and conferences; and has the latest book reviews. It is available to buy from our online shop.

The current issue (126) includes the following articles: The Sacredness of Seed; Open Pollinated Seeds; Ruskin Mill Trust’s new biodynamic training; Homeopathy for farm animals; Biodynamic Agriculture - Model for a future sustainable agriculture?; Westray Farming . Copies can be ordered from the BDA Office, see bottom of page for contact details.

Read sample features here:

Water Matters by sustainable water expert Julian Jones

Working with Soil by Biodynamic Association's Director and biodynamic farmer Peter Brown

Volunteering

Getting involved through volunteering is a win–win. There are two ways to get involved:

Become a member and help out at events.

Discover and learn about the magic of biodynamics by seeing and experiencing it for yourself on a biodynamic farm.

For volunteering opportunities on CSA farms, click here.

For volunteering opportunities for biodynamic/organic students, farmers and growers, click here.

Biodynamic Agricultural College

This educational college is the centre for biodynamic learning in the UK. It offers a variety of distance learning and face-to-face courses for anyone interested in biodynamics, or for students wanting to pursue a practical career in biodynamic agriculture. To find out more, click here.

It currently offers two programmes:

Biodynamic Principles and Practice: A variety of distance learning courses available to students worldwide. There is an introductory course for anyone wanting to know more about biodynamic agriculture (from a consumer or producer perspective); and courses to support those already working on the land in developing their knowledge of biodynamic agriculture.

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Growing the Land, Growing the People

Ruskin Mill Land Trust’s Biodynamic Training

Work Based Learning Programme: This Ofqual accredited, Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Biodynamic Farming and Gardening (VRQ) is built around a two-year work based training on well-established biodynamic holdings around the country, and is open to everyone aged 21 and over. Students usually live and work on the farm in exchange for board, lodging and training. Practical tuition is supported by tutorials and a programme of seminars and block courses.

Higher education

Crossfields Institute Group, the research institute for social innovation, based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, accredits the BDA College Level 3 Diploma in Biodynamic Farming and Gardening; and also offer a masters in Researching Agroecology. For more about its agro-ecological higher education and research programmes click here.

International Educational Opportunities

Biodynamics is an international movement and has excellent educational centres in several countries including:

North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Programme

International training programmes

Warmonderfof International BD Course