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.
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. The most recent issue is available to buy from our online shop.
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.
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
Phone: 07813 234 623
For course information and queries:
Peter Van Vliet
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: