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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

7th August 2018

Biochar Making Workshop, 1st September 2018 Sussex 50% discount for BDA Members!

Learn how to make biochar – a special kind of eco-friendly charcoal that can be added to soil to boost its fertility and lock in dangerous […]
6th August 2018

Learning on the Land – Experiencing Biodynamics in Practice: A Series of one day workshops starting in Autumn 2018

One of the best ways to learn about biodynamics is to see it in action. Learning on the Land is a series of one day workshops […]
6th August 2018

Thursday 6th September 2018, 10am – 4pm: Limeburn Hill Vineyard, Chew Magna, Bristol

Biodynamic Vineyard Management and Wine Production Limeburn Hill Vineyard, situated near Chew Magna just south of Bristol, was planted in 2015 and has been managed as […]
11th June 2018

NEW Seeing is believing – Biodynamic Open Gardens June to Sept 2018

“I have an allotment, grow my own vegetables, and have always used organic methods. My wife, Michelle, wanted to try biodynamic gardening; we find it really […]
19th July 2018

Plant Consciousness 29th – 30th Sept 2018 London Creating a nature centric world

You Will Never Look At Nature The Same Way Again Key Biodynamic Sponsor Our perceived disconnect from the natural world has led to the near-disastrous situation […]

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

Read back issues here (click on X when finished)

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