Venue: Fairhill Rise, Pishwanton Woods, Longyester, Gifford, EH41 4FH
Dates: NB this course takes place on Sundays 13 February, 13 March, 24 April, 22 May, 19 June, 17 July 2022
Tutor: Dr Katherine Buchanan
Cost & Booking – These courses are being offered free of charge; please note that in exchange, participants are asked to commit to attending all 6 sessions and complete feedback sheets at the end of each session which will contribute to the ongoing research that began in 2018.
A simple, tasty, homemade biodynamic lunch will be served – Cost £5 per session / £30 for all 6 – to be paid at the time of booking. Places are strictly limited so we advise booking early! BOOK YOU PLACE HERE
Programme outline Full programme outline here (PDF)
Sessions – Seed connects with Soil
Session 2 – Planning our garden
Session 3 – The Plant between the Sun and Earth
Session 4 – The Biodynamic Preparations
Session 5 – Tending the garden
Session 6 – The garden as an organism
About Dr Katherine Buchanan
Katherine Buchanan completed a BSc. in archaeology, and biological sciences at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has a PhD from University College London based on research in the French-Italian Alps (ecology and evolutionary biology) and has held post-doctorate research positions at Oxford University and the University of Edinburgh (population genetics). She has a diploma in Goethean Anthroposophic Natural Science (Goetheanum, Switzerland) based on her research on landscape and plants in Scotland.
Katherine worked for many years with Margaret Colquhoun of the Life Science Trust at ‘Pishwanton Wood’ as a biodynamic land-care apprentice and ‘farm-hand’; co-researcher and teacher.
Katherine is currently an independent freelance botanist, zoologist, ecological consultant, researcher, tutor and mentor and is a research associate for the Life Science Trust in East Lothian, Scotland. Her areas of interest include ecological, biodynamic and sustainable farming in partnership with Nature; artistic approaches to scientific research; herbology and environmental education.
For more about Ruskin Mill Educational Trust click here
Directions to the venue:
Fairhill Rise, Pishwanton Woods, Longyester, Gifford, EH41 4FH
Fairhill Rise is at Pishwanton Wood. It is approximately 25 miles from Edinburgh city and 3 miles south of Gifford.
After leaving Gifford, at the top of the road splits into three. One road leads to Humbie, one to Gifford Golf Club, the other to Longyester.
Take the left-hand turn, following signs for Longyester. At Longyester farm, turn right at the signpost for the quarry and follow the road for just under one mile.
Fairhill is on the right-hand side of the road. You will notice the turf roof of our craft workshop. Please park in the car park provided, which is a hundred metres further up the road from these buildings.