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Biodynamic Essential Oils: Alchemical Growing and Processing Herbs for Health

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Presented By: 
Dennis Klocek
2018: Jan 20, Feb 10, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16, Jul 21, Aug 18, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 3, Dec 15
Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
$895 package of 12 workshops (recordings of lectures available with full series purchase); $95 individual workshops

Biodynamic Essential Oils: Alchemical Growing and Processing of Herbs for Health

A yearlong look at the seasonal changes that produce healing properties in plants

Beginning with soil amendments that can enhance medicinal substances, the dynamics of medicinal herbs in the major families will be presented against the background of the monthly alchemical signatures of the zodiac. The unifying theme is the harmonic relationships between soil, plants and the changing forces available to plants throughout the growing year. 

Each month these patterns will be compared to the corresponding laboratory activities that enhance plant materials into potent healing substances. We will see how - with simple equipment - the backyard gardener can grow and process nutritious and health-promoting herbs. Processes and formulas for making stress reducing salves, sleep promoting hydrosol combinations, digestive essences, and cosmetic creams will be part of the hands on work. Likewise laboratory demonstrations for producing plant and gem combination sprays for plant enhancement will support lectures on the alchemy of medicinal plants.



Schedule of Workshops

January 20

Sagittarius / Capricorn: The earth body with the four elements theory as the basis for geological formations. Topics: World-mineral-plant imagination, chemistry of soil formation.

February 10

Capricorn / Aquarius: Plant physiology and morphology Topics: Evolution of plant vascular structures, the principle of vegetative propagation, vegetative expansion, reproductive contraction, and flowering and fruit set.

March 17

Aquarius / Pisces: Plant propagation with the three alchemical processes of salt, mercury, and sulfur, and an introduction to sun and moon rhythms. Topics: Sowing rhythms, transplanting patterns, pruning, and lunar influences on germination.

April 21

Pisces / Aries: Plant families with the description of the general flowering process. Topics: Flower formation and processes, meristem development, phyllotaxy of leaves, and Goethe’s metamorphosis of plants.

May 19

Aries / Taurus: The alchemy of salt and sulfur processes as a path to understanding plants for health. Topics: Plant sap chemistry and the changes in the metals in plant sap that lead to the formation of essential oils.

June 16

Taurus / Gemini: Methods of seed saving with a description of seed-forming gestures in medicinal herb families. Topics: Seed selection, saving, and storage.

July 21

Gemini / Cancer: Essentials of fermenting. Topics: Vegetable ferments, wine to vinegar ferments with focus on gem and plant “ferments” as health modality.

August 18

Cancer / Leo: Herb harvesting focusing on lunar and solar influences that enhance medicinal substances. Topics: Sowing and harvesting with the star moon, the moon of the phases, and the action of lunar declination on plants.

September 15

Leo / Virgo: Alchemical substance burning with methods that lead to highly purified plant salts for spagyric remedies. Topics: Principles of combustion, furnace construction, crucible choices, salt extraction, and alchemical digestion processes.

October 20

Virgo / Libra: The creation of unique composts, gem sprays, and soil amendments to enhance the production of essential oils in medicinal plants. Topics: Chelation of micro metals as a method for producing colloidal gem sprays.

November 3

Libra / Scorpio: The physiology of nutrition related to health. Topics: Experiments and recipes for the production of herbal blends to help with digestion and sleep.

December 15

Scorpio / Sagittarius: Research in herbal preparations( for health and nutrition) Topics: Head and gut polarity and the potential role of essential oils in healing.





Dennis Klocek, director of Consciousness Studies Program at Rudolf Steiner College, is an artist, gardener, alchemist, scientist, teacher, and researcher, who writes on many fields, including gardening, color therapy, weather, meditation and the human organism, embryology, and sensory transformation. His books include Sacred Agriculture: The Alchemy of Biodynamics, Climate: Soul of the Earth, Biodynamic Book of Moons, Weather and Cosmology, Drawing from the Book of Nature, and Seeking Spirit Vision.