Biodynamic Association Conference and AGM 2019: 26/27 October, Stourbridge | Biodynamic Association

Biodynamic Association Conference and AGM 2019: 26/27 October, Stourbridge

Jens-Otto Anderson
6th September 2019
Round Table Discussion Groups
19th August 2019

Health, Harmony and Holism:

Evolving biodynamic food, farming, gardening and education for the 21st century

Join us on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October at the lovely Glasshouse College, DY8 4HE in Stourbridge for an inspiring weekend of biodynamics.

A gathering full of enthusiasm, bringing together practising farmers, growers, gardeners, therapeutic practitioners, educators, earth healers, foodies, processors, traders and researchers to further the practice and research of biodynamics for the 21st century. Consciously working for harmony with nature, crops, animals and the farm community, bringing health benefits to all.

The full programme has inspirational keynote speakers, themed sessions, time to work on biodynamic topics together, time to chat, share and network in the breaks, and over meals, and some musical light entertainment on Saturday evening. There will be discussion roundtables on Sunday to look at developing aspects of the work further. The food will largely be provided by Ruskin Mill biodynamic farms, freshly cooked on site.

Be inspired and get new ideas for advancing regenerative biodynamic practice and food in the UK!

Kindly supported by Ruskin Mill Trust, Glasshouse College and Shipton Mill.


Buy Tickets

Tickets are on sale now, click here to buy
Full weekend ticket including all meals £175
Biodynamic Association Members ticket incl all meals £145 (NB Applies to general BDA Membership only)
Concessions available for those on a low income.

Not a Member – you can join easily here!

You will be asked to choose your Themed Sessions (see below) when you book.
Sunday’s Discussion Roundtables sessions: Sign up to these at the event.

Bursaries are available for agricultural students. To apply, please email – office@biodynamic.org.uk – explaining why you are asking for bursary support to attend. The deadline for bursary applications is 20th Sept.

Accommodation: List of Local Hotels and B&B Here (pdf)
or try Air BnB


AGM

Everyone is welcome to our AGM, which starts at 9.45am on Saturday. Please indicate if you will be attending the AGM when booking your ticket so we have the right amount of tea and coffee ready!


Keynote Speakers

Aonghus Gordon

Spirit of place, connecting to our environment in harmony for health, respect and holism

Read more here.

Ralf Roessner

Bees and elemental beings as healers guiding the future of man and nature

(Translated by Bernard Jarman)

Read more here.

Jens-Otto Andersen

Vitality from soil to stomach

Read more here.


Themed Sessions

To be booked in advance when purchasing your conference ticket.

Saturday:

Group A, Soil and PreparationsSharing soil care and tillage approaches. Discussions around the use of biodynamic preparations to maximum effect for climate change resilience, soil and farm health. (Led by: Jo Bradley)

Group B, Whole Health farming & livestockWhole Health Agriculture : Explore working with animals and the whole farm organism with a focus on animal health, working with cows, and the health of the farm as a whole. (Led by: Lawrence Woodward OBE of Whole Health Agriculture)

Group C, Home GardeningBiodynamic gardening for health and happiness: working with the calendar and discussing questions about plants at garden scale. Covering vegetables, flowers, trees, ponds and biodiversity. (Led by: Peter van Vliet)

Group D, Biodynamics in Education & TherapyBiodynamics in education and therapy, research and practice : educating through activity and the value of biodynamics. (Led by: Aonghus Gordon)

Group E, Seeds for the FutureDeveloping quality biodynamic open-pollinated seed in the UK – working for seed quality and production, meeting the challenges. (Led by: Peter Brinch)

Group F, Research & the Experimental CircleThe state of biodynamic research in the UK. Including current work by the Experimental Circle, the new biodynamic Farm Case Study project, and discussion around setting up farmer field labs. (Jointly led by: Julia Wright & Bernard Jarman)

Group G, Local Food Systems & ConsumersThe value of consumer groups and local food hubs, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) and developing short chain supply systems. (Led by: Page Dyksra)

Sunday:

Group 1, Weed & Pest Control Using Peppers Exploring their use in farming and horticulture and questions regarding farm health. A look at peppers research, practical testing and making the best use of biodynamic preparations. (Led by: Frankie van der Stok)

Group 2, Orchard / Vineyards / Plant CropsPassions and techniques for field and plant systems with minimal livestock inputs. Developing plant health and the use of preparations for growing herbs, orchards, vineyards and field vegetables. (Jointly led by: Robin Snowdon, Peter van Vliet and Marina O’Connell)

Group 3, Home GardeningSharing the joy, working with health and herbs in the garden – plants for health of gardener and of garden. (Led by: Hans Gunter Kern)

Group 4, Food QualityVitality and biodynamic food quality: Seeking food quality and
how to improve it and prove it, developing health.
(Led by: Jens-Otto Andersen)

Group 5, Bees & NatureLearning from bees, nature and nature spirits. (Led by: Ralf Roessner. Please note this session will be translated by Bernard Jarman)

Group 6, Geothean Science & AlchemyInspiration and research from Goethean science and alchemy in relation to Biodynamics, harmony and understanding the depths it has to offer. (Led by: Jonathan Code)

Group 7, Product to table supply chainsDeveloping farmer/grower groups: associative economics and supply chains. (Jointly led by: Gabriel Kaye and Nina de Winter)


Discussion Roundtables

Sign up at the conference for one of these Sunday discussion groups.
Click here to view the full list of options


See the full conference programme here.

Buy your tickets easily online here.