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Biodynamic Education

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Presented By: 
Harald Hoven
September 2016 to June 2017

Learn biodynamic farming and gardening at its best through a comprehensive selection of workshops and events, evening study groups, farm apprenticeships, garden tours and volunteer days. Our Perspectives on Biodynamics Workshop Series is held one Saturday each month for nine months from September to May, with a five-day intensive in June. Steiner’s Lectures on Agriculture is a lecture/study series on Tuesdays from September to November.

Raphael Garden CSA members receive 50% off - please use coupon code CSA2016 during registration.

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For background information about biodynamics at Rudolf Steiner College, click here.

For information about our internship program, click here.

Perspectives on Biodynamics Workshop Series


At the heart of Rudolf Steiner College sits Raphael Garden, our 2-acre, Demeter-certified biodynamic farm. Founded in 1987, the farm supports seasonal fruit, year-round vegetables, a seed-saving operation, farm animals and natural beekeeping, in a beautiful, serene setting.

(1) Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9a-5p
Foundations in Biodynamics
with Harald Hoven

This workshop will begin with an introduction to biodynamics: its origins, foundations, and defining concepts with practical soil work.

(2) Saturday, October 15, 2016, 9a-5p
Understanding Biodynamic Preparations
with Harald Hoven

We will make and apply “horn manure” (BD500), bury compost preparations, dig up “horn silica” (BD501), and learn about the balancing eect of the spray preparations (BD500 and BD501).

(3) Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9a-5p
Principles of Biodynamic Composting
with Harald Hoven

We will learn about the basics of compost-making, build a biodynamic compost pile, and discuss how to understand the biodynamic compost preparations.

(4) Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9a-5p
Seed Saving for Self-Sufficiency
with Harald Hoven

The miracle of the seed is the form of the future it carries within. Instead of importing seeds, learn to save your own seed—a crucial part of creating a self-contained farm organism—by encouraging varieties best suited for your environment.

(5) Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9a-5p
Biodynamic Animal Husbandry
with Marney Blair and Lisa Bjorn

Explore the meaning of animal care from a biodynamic perspective. The class will discuss the role of the domestic animal and the role of the farmer in relation to the animal and the farm organism.

(6) Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9a-5p
Biodynamic Orchard Care and Fruit Tree Pruning
with Dan Crebbin

We will discuss orchard site selection, planting techniques, pests and diseases, biodynamic applications, restoration of heritage trees, and orchard maintenance. We will have an extensive field component on tree pruning and root care.

(7) Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9a-5p
Cosmic Rhythms and Planting Calendars
with Harald Hoven

Learn about cosmic influences that affect plants and how planting calendars help you see plants in relationship to cosmic events, increasing awareness of the land’s cosmic surroundings.

(8) Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9a-5p
Spring Planting and Weed Management
with Harald Hoven

Learn about plant choices, planting times and planning for managing weeds in the spring. This workshop will explore propagation of annuals and perennials, different methods of weed management including “ashing” of weed seeds. We will also unearth biodynamic preparations from the autumn workshop.

(9) Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9a-5p
Pests and Beneficials
with Harald Hoven and Keith Gelber

Learn how to manage insects, animal pests, and fungal disease by attracting beneficial insects. This workshop looks at insect identification, biodynamic pest control, pollinator habitat, and care of the honeybee.

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Biodynamic Advanced Summer Intensive









Wednesday, June 7–Sunday, June 11, 2017
with Harald and Cynthia Hoven

Join us for a 5-day intensive study of the fundamental theory and practice of biodynamic farming and gardening. Every morning we will begin with plant observation and study in our beautiful Raphael Garden, followed by discussion and eurythmy.

Daily lectures will provide a comprehensive insight into the philosophy underlying biodynamics. Topics will include the four elements, the four kingdoms of nature, the levels of consciousness of each of them, and aspects of earthly and cosmic evolution.

This intensive course is especially designed for people who have taken the 9-part September through May Biodynamic Farming and Gardening workshop series (intensive may be taken separately). Others who already have at least a general knowledge of biodynamics, either through practice or study, may also attend.

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Steiner’s Lectures on Agriculture

Tuesdays: September 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8; 7p-8:45p
with Harald Hoven

Steiner's Lectures on Agriculture is essential for anyone wanting to understand and use biodynamic methods of food production. With these lectures, Steiner presented a comprehensive picture of the complex dynamic relationships at work in nature and gives basic indications of the practical measures needed to bring them into full play. Please read “Agriculture: A Course of Eight Lectures” by Rudolf Steiner (available at the RSC Bookstore) prior to each session and be prepared to question and discuss in a study group setting.

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Perspectives on Biodynamics – package of 9 workshops        $540
Perspectives on Biodynamics – individual workshops $75
Advanced Summer Intensive       $425
Combination: Perspectives on Biodynamics (9 workshops)      
PLUS Advanced Summer Intensive
Steiner’s Lectures on Agriculture – package of 8 lectures $75
Steiner’s Lectures on Agriculture – individual lectures    $15

*For Perspectives on Biodynamics and Advanced Summer Intensive, pre-registration is highly recommended or a $25 convenience fee will be added at the door. Advance registration is required for Steiner’s Lectures on Agriculture.

Raphael Garden CSA members receive 50% off - please use coupon code CSA2016 during registration. For more information and to join our CSA, click here.

Register Now

Click here to register

For background information about biodynamics at Rudolf Steiner College, click here.

For information about our internship program, click here.


For more information, contact 916 963 2500 or

Event Documents: 
BD_Calendar_2016.2017.pdf1.38 MB