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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

6th September 2018

NEW! Biodynamic Gardening Course Nov 2018 – June 2019, Waltham Place, Berks

Organic and Biodynamic Gardening Course Step by step workshops to guide you through the gardening year Turn your garden into a haven for nature and produce […]
16th May 2018

Introduction to Biodynamic Farming and Growing with Marina O’Connell 16th March – 17th March & 27th April – 28th April 2019

Biodynamic Farming was the first form of ecological farming system, arising in 1924. It has also proven to be one of the most sustainable forms of […]

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 qualification is regulated by Ofqual. 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, and is open to everyone aged 21 and over. Students usually live and work on the farm in exchange for board, lodging and training. Practical tuition is supported by tutorials and a programme of seminars and block courses.

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