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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

9th August 2017

Farmer to farmer workshop: Marrying theory and practice – creating high humus soils using cover crops and pasture with the help of a rotovator. 18th October 2017

Venue:  Tablehurst Biodynamic Farm, London Rd, Forest Row RH18 5DP When:: Wednesday 18th October 2017; 10am – 4pm Cost: £75  or  £60 for BDA Members and […]
8th August 2017

Biodynamic Gardening at Ryton Gardens Workshop No 1 Introduction to Biodynamic Gardening Wed 18th October 9:30am to 1:00pm

Would you like to grow nutrient –dense organic vegetables and fruit, brimming with health and vitality and endowed with natural resistance to pests & diseases? Would […]
31st July 2017

Biodynamic Gardening at Ryton Gardens Workshop No 2: Tuning into the Rhythms of Nature, 15th November 9:30am to 1:00pm

Would you like to grow nutrient –dense organic vegetables and fruit, brimming with health and vitality and endowed with natural resistance to pests & diseases? Would […]
31st July 2017

Biodynamic Gardening at Ryton Gardens – a series of workshops for 2017-2018

Would you like to grow nutrient –dense organic vegetables and fruit, brimming with health and vitality and endowed with natural resistance to pests & diseases? Would […]
6th July 2017

Communicating and Co-creating with the World of Nature Spirits and Elementals, 8th -10th Sept 2017, Powys

Venue:  Tyddyn Retreat Centre, Carno, Powys, SY17 5JU ‘The Nature Spirits are waiting to be reunited with us, and as emissaries of higher spiritual beings, they […]

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.

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

Issue No 127 Summer 2017. Out now!

Highlights include:
Biodynamic Preparations – members' experiences
Farming with cover crops in a biodynamic context
Mob grazing on a biodynamic farm
Heritage grains
Permaculture and Biodynamics – experiences from Spain
Urban farming in South London
Profile of Biodynamic Shire Farm in Lincolnshire
And much more…

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.

Work Based Learning Programme: This qualification is regulated by Ofqual. Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Biodynamic Farming and Gardening 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, an awarding organisation and research institute based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, accredits the Level 3 Diploma in biodynamic farming and gardening. The institute also offers and Masters programme in researching holistic approaches to agroecology, in partnership with Alanus University, Germany. For further information 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