Biodynamic & Related Courses 2020 at Waltham Place, Berkshire

Jonthan Code
11th October 2019
Grow your Own Health 2020: Modular Biodynamic Introductory Course
17th April 2019

** Events at Waltham Place are currently postponed until the end of April in response to UK Government Coronavirus guidelines. Please check back direct with Waltham Place for updates about the status of their future events from May onwards. **

To see full details of all 2020 courses, and for more info about Waltham Place, please click here 

Highlights for spring 2020….

Waltham Place – Working with Nature
Introduction to Biodynamic  / Organic Gardening  NEW COURSE!  Nov 2019 to June 2020
FULLY BOOKED – to register your interest for any future courses please email the Estate Office:  or telephone 01628 825 517

Snowdrop Walk Saturday 15th February 2020
Enjoy the first gifts of Spring as we take a walk around the estate, admiring the snowdrops. Our guide will be snowdrop expert Gert Jan Van der Kolk. A beautiful way to celebrate the changing seasons.
Price: £10 to include refreshments
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Ormandy Centre

The Art of Preserving Wednesday 1st April 2020
Explore the traditional skill of jam making with Waltham Place Chef, Adrian. Whether berries collected from the hedgerow or a glut of fruit from your garden, Adrian will teach you how to make a range of jams, jellies and fruit cordials as well as how to make savoury pickles. Great to give as gifts or supplement your pantry throughout the year.
Price: £60 To include refreshments and a home produced organic lunch.
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place,Church Hill.

Dawn Chorus Walk Saturday 4th April 2020
Experience the Dawn Chorus here at Waltham Place as we explore the beautiful grounds listening to the great variety of birdsong. Local bird expert Brian Clews will be leading the walk, teaching us how to identify the different calls and how to differentiate between them. An uplifting and energising start to the day.
Price: £15 To include an organic breakfast roll and refreshments after the walk.
Time: 6.30am – 8.30am
Location: The Ormandy Centre, Church Hill, White Waltham.

Natural Beekeeping – Make your own Log Hive Saturday 18th April 2020
Support wild honey bee populations by building a log hive under the guidance of natural beekeeping expert Matt Somerville. Designed to stand alone, on stilts, or sited high up in the tree tops, log hives offer wild honey bees a non-intrusive home. Supporting our bees as pollinators, rather than honey producers, log hives are designed to offer good insulation in Winter or Summer, mimicking the environment bees choose in the wild. With minimal intervention the bees are subject to natural selection which weeds out the weak, thus creating strong, healthy colonies capable of coping with pests and diseases. This is a low intensity way to keep bees offering minimal stress for both the bees and the beekeeper.
Price: £200 To include refreshments and an evening meal.
Meeting point: The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Natural Beekeeping Talk Saturday 18th April 2020
Join us for an evening lecture on natural beekeeping from Gareth John, an associate of the Natural Beekeeping Trust. A great advocate for bees, Gareth encourages us to understand how bees behave in the wild and how they communicate with one another, in order to understand how best to work with them. Exploring the current scientific research into natural beekeeping methods and their benefits to the bees, will give us an insight into how to support the bees and their health into the future.
Price: £10 To include refreshments.
Time: 6pm-7pm
Meeting point: The Tearoom, Waltham Place, Church Hill.

Spring Celebration with Satish Saturday 2nd May 2020 -10am-4pm
Consume less and celebrate more for inner peace and ecological integrity. Satish Kumar, environmental thought leader and former monk, joins us for the day to consider the links between our addiction to consumerism and the issues of climate change, pollution and ecological degradation we now face. Elegant simplicity offers a life guide for everyone wanting off the relentless treadmill of competition and consumption and seeking a life that prioritizes the ecological integrity of the Earth, social equity and personal tranquillity and happiness.
Price: £50 to include an organic lunch and refreshments
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: The Tearoom, Waltham Place.

To book for an event please contact stating the name of the event and the number of places required, or telephone 01628 825 517.

Philosophy at Waltham – Working with Nature: 
Welcome to Waltham Place. As we invite you to explore its many different facets with us, we ask that you shift your paradigms; that you look at the gardens with a different eye, to be accepting of the less formal, less tidy look. I am a gardener of place, who seeks to work with the nature of the place, adapting and evolving to its ecology rather than producing a decorated garden. Natural gardening is all about your relationship with the garden and its evolution, using your knowledge of plant systems and families. We are staunch believers in all aspects of biodynamic/organic husbandry and in the holistic management of the estate. We seek to combine forces with nature rather than fighting against it, and to explore the boundaries between garden and nature. In doing so, we have created a haven to an abundance of insect and animal life, fungi and indigenous flora. This is our legacy, our investment in the future.  Strilli Oppenheimer