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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

20th January 2017

Seven Day Introduction to Biodynamics: 3rd June, 17th June & 15th July 2017 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 […]
11th November 2016

Water as a Window on the realm of Life Workshops, Glos, June 2nd – 4th 2017

Venue: The Old Mill House, Chalford Gloucestershire. Friday 2pm – Sunday 12.30pm Dates: June 2nd – 4th 2017 Water in movement can behave in remarkable ways […]
18th May 2017

World Biodynamic Farming Day Whitsun Weekend 3rd/ 4th June 2017

Every farmer, gardener and friend of biodynamic farming is invited to join and participate in the “World Biodynamic Farming Day” on the 3rd/4th of June 2017 […]
1st February 2017

Quantum based agriculture for farmers with Dr Patrick MacManaway 20th – 23rd June Glos

– where science and traditional practices meet – balancing the energies of land, field and farm A 4-day workshop with Dr Patrick MacManaway 20th – 23rd […]
22nd May 2017

How to create Biodynamic Compost 27th June 2017, Old Lands, near Monmouth.

Come and learn how to make biodynamic compost with the Land Gardeners in the walled garden here at Old Lands, near Monmouth. The day will start […]

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

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 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