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

30th March 2020

Coronavirus Update: please check 2020 events below for status from May onwards

All spring and some summer events have already been postponed in response to current UK Government Coronavirus guidelines. Some organisations will be reviewing the guideance mid-May […]
13th March 2020

Biodynamic Gardening Club Events 2020

Thanks to the generosity of our Biodynamic Gardening Club’s partners and supporters, we have 3 flagship events for Biodynamic Gardening Club Members and friends to enjoy […]
10th March 2020

Introduction to Biodynamics (4 week online learning course) starting 20th April

Our Biodynamic Agricultural College’s ever popular ‘Introduction to Biodynamics’ four week online learning course is next running from the week starting 20th April. Booking is open […]
20th December 2018

Postponed due to Cornavirus: Step by Step Biodynamic Gardening Workshops, Feb-July 2020 at 5 venues across the UK

** Sadly these workshops are currently postponed, in response to UK Government Coronavirus guidelines. ** In the meantime, why not join our online Gardening Club instead […]
15th January 2020

Events & Training Courses at Huxhams Cross Biodynamic Farm in Devon

** Events are currently postponed in response to UK Government Coronavirus guidelines. Please check direct with Huxhams Cross for updates about the status of future events. […]

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.

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Summer 2018 issue out now

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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 comprehensive holistic training is currently the only certified course in the UK in the agro-ecology farming and gardening sector. This qualification is regulated by Ofqual and certified as 'Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Biodynamic Farming and Gardening’, is built around a two-year work-based training on well-established biodynamic holdings around the country. Students usually live and work on the farm, are employed and will be able to cover all training costs. Practical tuition is supported by eight weeks of seminars, with diploma students from across the country.

Ruskin Mill Biodynamic Training

Ruskin Mill Biodynamic Training: Growing the Land, Growing People

This programme is a two-year practical training in Biodynamic Agriculture, within the context of human development and education. The course has been designed by experienced farmers, gardeners, teachers and senior practitioners within the Trust – where Biodynamic Agriculture is embedded in enterprise, management, and education.

See below and CLICK HERE for full detials.

Programme aim

What makes this programme unique is its holistic and integrated approach to how people and different geographical locations interrelate. The Biodynamic approach to agriculture is founded on the concept of ‘the whole farm organism’, and the inter-relationship and connectivity between the various parts.

Biodynamic Agriculture: Re-imagining the potential of the farm, the human being, individuals, communities and the environment

Biodynamic Agriculture lives at the heart of the Trust’s method of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) and as such, we use the land as context and means of engagement in bringing about person-centred learning and development.

The aim of the Ruskin Mill Biodynamic Training programme is to

  • Equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become an independent and confident biodynamic worker, in order to work within a biodynamic or organic holding
  • Provide participants with the opportunity and attributes to work with people with differing educational and developmental needs in a therapeutic context through land-based activities

The programme has two primary areas of focus

  • Biodynamic training – ‘Growing the land’
  • Social therapeutic education – ‘Growing people’

It is the integration of these dual aims that makes our approach unique and valuable.

For applications, please contact:

Chiara Borrelli Paker, PA to Aonghus Gordon
Email: Chiara.Borrelli_Paker@rmt.org
Phone: 07813 234 623

For course information and queries:

Peter Van Vliet
Email: Peter.VanVliet@fmc.rmt.org
Phone: 07975 793 193

International Training Options

Crossfields Institute, an awarding organisation and research institute based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, accredits the Level 3 Diploma in biodynamic farming and gardening. The institute also offers and Masters programme in researching holistic approaches to agroecology, in partnership with Alanus University, Germany. For further information 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