About


transformative education.

Aim

Our aim is to provide education and training in biodynamic and sustainable agriculture. At the moment we have two methods of providing this education: a series of distance learning courses which are available to students all over the world in Biodynamic Principles and Practice and the hands-on, practical, UK-based Biodynamic Work Based Diploma Course.

The Biodynamic Agricultural College came out of a long history of biodynamic agriculture education at Emerson College in cooperation with the Biodynamic Association in the UK.  It became independent in 2010 and is a limited company with charitable status.

 

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Origins of Biodynamic Agriculture


Biodynamic agriculture developed out of a series of lectures given by Rudolf Steiner in 1924 in response to questions from farmers and growers who had already observed decreasing fertility in their soils, crops and animals.  It is therefore the oldest form of organised organic agriculture.

In these original lectures, Steiner presented principles and practical suggestions which have been worked with, developed, researched and consolidated by farmers and growers all over the world.

Biodynamic agriculture has a philosophical approach at its foundation called anthroposophy.  Anthroposophy (anthro – human being, sophia – wisdom), also known as spiritual science, gives the fundamental approach for biodynamic agriculture.   Using clear and accessible means for attaining spiritual knowledge, Rudolf Steiner offered insights that have inspired new approaches to medicine, education, the arts, architecture, agriculture, social reform and economics. As with the natural sciences, spiritual science employs objective methodologies that can be understood with rigorous thinking and empirically verified in practical activity.

Meet the Team


Our staff is a small but dedicated group of farmers, writers and educators, complemented by contributors from all over the world.

Alysoun Bolger – Principles and Practice Coordinator

Kai Lange – Apprentice-style Diploma Coordinator

Margaret Richardson – Administrator

Tarry Bolger – teacher

Nir Halfon – writer and teacher

Jonathan Code – writer and teacher

Richard Thornton Smith – writer

Trustees – John Lister, Sebastian Parsons, Nir Halfon and Peter Brown

Biodynamic agriculture developed out of a series of lectures given by Rudolf Steiner in 1924 in response to questions from farmers and growers who had already observed decreasing fertility in their soils, crops and animals.  It is therefore the oldest form of organised organic agriculture.

In these original lectures, Steiner presented principles and practical suggestions which have been worked with, developed, researched and consolidated by farmers and growers all over the world.

Biodynamic agriculture has a philosophical approach at its foundation called anthroposophy.  Anthroposophy (anthro – human being, sophia – wisdom), also known as spiritual science, gives the fundamental approach for biodynamic agriculture.   Using clear and accessible means for attaining spiritual knowledge, Rudolf Steiner offered insights that have inspired new approaches to medicine, education, the arts, architecture, agriculture, social reform and economics. As with the natural sciences, spiritual science employs objective methodologies that can be understood with rigorous thinking and empirically verified in practical activity.