Biodynamic Work Based Learning 

This farm and garden based training is a hands-on learning supplemented by on-site training and off-sight 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.  

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MSc Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology

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: 


Isis Brook isis.brookcrossfieldsinstitutecom
or Jonathan Code jonathan.codecrossfieldsinstitutecom


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.

Biodynamic Agricultural College

The full time and short courses in Biodynamic Agriculture and Horticulture are now part of  Emerson College. For more information please click here

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. 



short courses

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 Brown, Martin Large, Briony Young, Lucy Voelcker and others

Life between Earth and Cosmos - Why Biodynamics ?                           Sat-Sun 18-19 April’15

Understanding Life is a quest, that leads us beyond the measure of matter. Working with the living soil, plants and animals this should be obvious. However our materialistic trained and orientated mind doesn't want to accept, that living mater is sensitive and sensible and engages with the world around in an intricate way. The biodynamic perspective helps to understand Life within, using and training all our senses. Life ‘happens’ when spirit and matter meet. Acknowledging this fact helps us to provide and support the living world to unfold its potential. 

Plants to Feed Development - How plants can feed body, soul and spirit.      Sat-Sun 30-31 May’15

How do plants grow? What do they need and what can they give? Plants have different characteristics, visible in texture, form, matter, colour and so on. Plants work the landscape. They can help us to nourish our body, soul and spirit. Our future needs more than fed/fat bellies across the world

Bees, Birds and Landscape - essential for human development           Sat-Sun 20-21 June’15

Biodiversity is a well established concept today. However exploring beyond the materialistic connections will open new insight of forces and qualities at work. Already in the 1920th Rudolf Steiner highlighted the importance of ecology for a healthy, balanced Landscape and productive agriculture. Bees are so much more than just productive pollinators. Birds have similar roles as insects and contributing essentially to the land, hedges and forest.  

SEEDS FOR CHANGE - seed production and saving                              Sat-Sun 5/6 September’15

Farm organism for sustainable health - wholeness and resilience       Mon-Tue 5-6 October’15

Preparations to support life 1- how biodynamic preparations work       Sat-Sun 10/11 October’15

ALCHEMY- transformation of matter - substance and spirit                  Mon-Tue 16/17 November’15

Agriculture supported Community - ASC - new forms of community   Sat-Sun 23/24 January’16

STAR CALENDAR - theory and practice - plants connection to the cosmos Mon-Tue 22-23 February’16

SOIL CULTIVATION & PHENOMENOLOGY- theory & practice in field and garden Sat-Sun 5-6 March’16

Living Soil - humus for humans - compost as key role                                 Mon-Tue 7/8 March’16

Preparations to support life 2- how biodynamic preparations work         Mon-Tue 18/19 April’16

What feeds us in our food - substance, quality, preparation and beauty Sat-Sun 30 March-1May’16  feeding body, soul, spirit and community

Plants and what they tell - earthly and cosmic forces expressed by plants      Mon-Tue 2/3 May’16           starting a conversation with the plant.

Creative Agri-Culture - culture as link between human and land                 Sat-Sun 11/12 June’16                 how to be creative in marking the year cycle                                        

at Emerson College:     www.emerson.org.uk/shortcourses      -   tel: 01342 822238

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