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Rudolf Steiner College, a Center for Biodynamic Education

Upcoming Biodynamic Events

Title Presenter Days Price
Pests and Insects Harald Hoven and Keith Gelber May 3rd Advance price $85/General $65/Student/Senior, Door price add $25
Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop Keith Gelber May 17th Advance price $85/General $65/Student/Senior, Door price add $25
Advanced Biodynamic Intensive Harald Hoven June 18th - June 22th $425 through June 6; $450 at the door. Online registration closes June 6th.
Biodynamic Conference: Medicine for Earth and Man Dennis Klocek, Thomas Radetzki, Steffen Schneider August 15th - August 17th $175 through July 3; $185 July 4–August 8; $200 at the door RSC Farm Scholarship Fund sponsored Farm Apprentice price $85 Wine and Food Tasting $25; $30 at the door Online registration closes August 8.
biodynamics

At Rudolf Steiner College, biodynamics is both practiced and taught, bringing health and wholeness to the land and the community.

As a center for Biodynamic Education,we proudly offer a comprehensive selection of Biodynamic Workshops and Events, Evening Study Groups, a Biodynamic Farm Apprenticeship Program, Farm Visits for school children, Garden Tours and Volunteer Days. Students enrolled at the College also participate in a variety of biodynamic educational activities, including classes and garden work.

Information about these offerings can be found in our brochure which contains details, dates, fees and a registration form. You may also register online. Questions? Please email us at biodynamics@steinercollege.edu.

Our Biodynamic Farm and Garden

At the heart of Rudolf Steiner College sits Raphael Garden, our 3-acre, Demeter-certified biodynamic farm. Founded in 1987, the farm supports seasonal fruit, year-round vegetables, a large seed saving operation, farm animals and natural beekeeping, in a beautiful, serene setting.

The farm is a model of biodynamics in action:

  • Soil fertility is maintained through use of compost, animal manure, cover crops and crop rotations
  • Biodynamic compost and spray preparations, made locally, are used rhythmically throughout the seasons to enhance life forces
  • Most seeds are grown right on the farm
  • The farm is supported by the 70+ shareholders of the Raphael Garden CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
  • The entire 13-acre College landscape is also maintained as a unique individuality through the use of biodynamic preparations and principles.

What is Biodynamics?

Biodynamics is an agricultural method developed from indications given in 1924 in a series of lectures by Rudolf Steiner. It laid the foundation for a new way of thinking about the relationship of the Earth and the formative forces of Nature. Biodynamics became the first organized organic approach to farming.

The ideal is for a Biodynamic farm to be a self-sufficient organism, enlivened by the biodynamic practitioner through the use of compost and spray preparations in cooperation with natural rhythms. The results of biodynamic agriculture are found in the quality of the produce, the health of the land and the livestock, and the independence from damaging modern agriculture practices with their use of herbicides, fertilizers and pesticides. Biodynamics is a way of living, working and relating to nature and the vocation of agriculture. It is based on healthy common-sense practices, consideration of the uniqueness of each landscape, and the inner development of the biodynamic practitioner.