DIPLOMA IN BIODYNAMIC AGRICULTURE (FORMERLY bd APPRENTICESHIP)
Biodynamic Work Based Learning
This farm and garden based training is a hands-on learning supplemented by guided study and seminars.
The objective of the course is to gain basic agricultural / horticultural skills, understand the principles and practice of biodynamic techniques and create a foundation for developing an independent understanding of the earth, life and human beings from a spiritual perspective. The full time training lasts two years, is structured by the internationally recognised diploma in biodynamic agriculture, creating a portfolio covering a wide range of learning outcomes. The diploma is awarded by the Crossfields Institute and is Pearson Assured.
The BD training started in the early 1990's and has been certified since 2010. The tutors are professionals in their area of expertise and predominantly experienced BD farmers and gardeners.
MSc Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology
▪ Are you interested in wider issues of sustainable food production?
▪ Are you engaged in a sustainable agricultural initiative or do you wish you were?
▪ Could you help to grow a network of researchers working across a range of holistic approaches?
This course enables you:
▪ To network and learn with others who share an interest in the future of our planet.
▪ To carry out research in an area of your choice, such as organic or biodynamic approaches to farming or viniculture, permaculture, urban agriculture, or community supported agriculture.
▪ To communicate your findings widely.
Applications are open until March 2015 for joining the current MSc group. Applications are welcome for joining us in January 2016!
To apply please contact Jane Tyler (course administrator) jane.tylercrossfieldsinstitutecom, For more information please contact our programme leaders:
Distance Learning Programme
Biodynamic: Principles and Practice
The College Comes to You!
Our distance learning programme is for people who have a real interest in developing their knowledge and understanding of biodynamics in its anthroposophical context. Whether you are a farmer, grower or back yard gardener, if you want to learn about Biodynamics this course is for you!
The course consists of 10 modules which can be taken all at once or one-by-one. Each module costs £365. Every three months a module will be available on line– every module consists of a module reader, live online seminars, recorded short films and online tutorials with one of our teachers.
Students from all over the world can interact with each other through the online forum, forging a new network of biodynamic practitioners.
The Distance Learning course is aimed at people who are working in a land-based profession: farmers, growers, vineyard managers, smallholders, organic and biodynamic accreditation inspectors, as well as home and amateur gardeners.
Sustainable Relationship to the Earth
new approach to soil plants, animals and food
with a holistic and biodynamic approach.
Short Courses and Workshops at Emerson College
Deepen your connection to the living land and the soul within, towards a fruitful future.
To explore mysteries in the living world around us, we need practice to use and trust all our twelve senses and listen to our hearts. This is heightened by sharing experiences. Future can be met by giving space to the present.
The Biodynamic practice offers new insights to nourish the imaginative and creative role of the human being on earth.
Through our intimate connection to nature we can enrich our culture with wellbeing, meaning and beauty.
Biodynamic and other organic farming and gardening practices will inform our research into soil, plant, animal and social potential so that we can meet our future with optimism, passion and confidence. New methods and skills need to evolve, to grow nourishing food, work collaboratively, act with care and engage more people with the bounty of our land.
Short Courses -Learning by Heart
• all workshops are aimed to further your connection to and understanding of the living world. It can help you as gardener, farmer or even without land connection
• all workshops, we will further our understanding through new knowledge, sense experiences and contemplative workshops, using our individual insights and understanding
Workshop leaders: Kai Lange, Peter Brinch, Martin Large, Briony Young, Lucy Voelcker and others
Sat-Sun 5/6 September 2015
SEEDS FOR CHANGE - seed production and saving
The farming wheel and seeds as hub of food and fodder crops. The biodynamic farm as an integrated organism and individuality. Historical perspective of food crops and where they have originated. From stars to molecules, atoms and genes. Changes in man’s view of what governs life. From reproducible seeds to non-reproducible seeds. Changes in twentieth century agriculture 1938 - 1986. The seed challenge 1986 – 2015. Integrating biodynamic principles into seed saving. Crop by crop seed production of species involving root, leaf and fruiting vegetables. Examples of successful seed initiatives from the UK and the continent. Open pollinated, F1 hybrids, CMS hybrids and GMO seeds. Plant breeding and developing new varieties. Seed laws, seed regulations, DUS, Distinct, Uniform and Stable testing. Crop biodiversity situation worldwide. The IAASTD report and the need for seed growers and re-skilling in seed production.
Mon-Tue 5-6 October 201
FARM ORGANISM FOR SUSTAINABLE HEALTH - wholeness and resilience
The farm has an ecosystem with an internal and external structure, that that supports life, heath and development. Comparing the farm with a human organism helps to understand how substances and forces flow and interrelate.
Sat-Sun 10/11 October 2015
Preparations to support life 1- how biodynamic preparations work
A hands on workshop; making BD preparations, learning how to apply them and how they are working. The Biodynamic preparations have proven effect, plant health, resilience against pests, activating the soil life are just a few of their benefits. Demystifying the strange ingredients and processes and engaging in a new alchemy of life between substance and forces.
Mon-Tue 16-17 November 2015
ALCHEMY- transformation of matter - substance and spirit.
Science and religion have gone separate ways a few centuries ago. In biodynamics we look at how spirit works within matter. How can substances carry spirit? How can Nitrogen or Oxygen be alive or dead? What inner qualities and potential can substances have? What is the different between mineral and organic fertiliser? What impact has this on the quality of our food?
Sat-Sun 23-24 January 2016
Agriculture supported Community - ASC - new forms of community
A workshop to explore new relationships between community and agriculture. Does sustainable agriculture need our support? And/or does our modern society need support, that could be offered by sustainable agriculture? How can our land grow food AND people? Access to land for healthy food, creative culture and a sustainable future.
Mon-Tue 29 February - 01 March 2016
STAR CALENDAR - theory and practice - plants connection to the cosmos
Understanding and working with the planting calendar. Understanding the signs and symbols? How can we plan our seasonal and daily garden work in alliance with the cosmic rhythms.? How do plants respond to these rhythms?
Sat-Sun 5-6 March 2016
Cultivation & Phenomenology - theory & practice in field and garden
Cultivation should be beneficial of the soil. However, often it is making more damage and is the corse of many health-, fertility- and weed problems. We need to learn to read the soil and plants as indicates for the problems. And we need to learn, how to use cultivation as invigorator, supported by biodynamic preparations.
Mon-Tue 7/8 March 2016
Living SOIL - humus for humans - compost potential
How we can encourage healthy and resilient plants, as well as prevent weeds, pests and diseases.
The the role and potential of biodynamic compost and preparations. Soil life as key for growing challenges, like fertility, weeds, pests and deceases. Soil cultivation as craft that need skill and sensitivity. Our future needs LIVING SOIL.
Mon-Tue 18/19 April 2016
Preparations to support life 2- how biodynamic preparations work
A hands on workshop; making BD preparations, learning how to apply them and how they are working. The Biodynamic preparations have proven effect, plant health, resilience against pests, activating the soil life are just a few of their benefits. Demystifying the strange ingredient and processes and engaging in a new alchemy of life between substance and forces.
Sat-Sun 23-24 April
What feeds us in our food - substance, quality, preparation and beauty - feeding body, soul, spirit and community.
What is healthy food? How is it grown and processed? How do we nourish our-selfs? Past, present and future; what are our challenges? What is the different between biodynamic and organic food?
Mon-Tue 25-26 April 2016
Plants and what they tell - earthly and cosmic forces expressed by plants - starting a conversation with the plant.
Plant have character. They look different in structure, form and colour. And there is more difference we can discover, when we learn how to use all our twelve senses. Why do grow plans as they do? how can we understand them on a deeper level. Learn to listen to them.
Sat-Sun 11/12 June 2016
Creative Agri-Culture - culture as link between human and land - how to be creative in marking the year cycle
How can we connect our life to the cycle of the year; Creating festivals based on tradition or present meaning and future potential. Inspirations to invigorate community and individual life through new participation in the cycle of the year. Marking seasonal points in the year through meaningful rituals and creative activities.
at Emerson College: www.emerson.org.uk/shortcourses - tel: 01342 822238
Sustainable Agricultural Management
Modules in sustainable agricultural management with an emphasis on biodynamic and organic practice
This new training is delivered in modules to make it accessible for farmers and gardeners to develop professional, deepen understanding and gain qualifications.
This sustainable agricultural management training is newly developed in collaboration between Emerson College, the BDA, and Crossfields Institute to offer an alternative to the conventional approach. The future of food, environment and society need new innovative solutions. The traditional materialistic approach is too narrowly minded on quantitative solutions. A qualitative approach to to earth, plants, animals and people will offer new perspectives.
Entry requirements: the modules are open to those with agricultural or horticultural qualifications or previous substantial experiences. Access to Land for land based research.
The first modules are anticipated to start 2015/16 at Emerson College.