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 farming / gardening 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 accredited diploma is awarded by the Crossfields Institute, regulated by OFQUAL. 

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

Crossfields Institute based in the UK, in partnership with Alanus University in Germany, have pioneered a distance learning course entitled Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology that follows a pathway from a postgraduate certificate through to a full Masters.

This course provides an opportunity for deepening research into holistic approaches to agroecology (organics, biodynamics, permaculture, urban agriculture, social dimensions of agriculture etc.).

It is a distance learning course, so can be undertaken anywhere on the planet!

It includes optional intensives where we get together for workshops, lectures, seminars, food, social sessions and all sorts.

Applications are now being accepted for October 2015

If you would be interested to learn more, details can be found at
or contact: Jane Tyler at jane.tylercrossfieldsinstitutecom

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

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 and Lucy Voelcker

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. 



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