Biodynamic Principles and Practice is a series of courses which can be taken from anywhere in the world. By gathering external references, customised reading and complementing this with seminars from experienced teachers and practicing biodynamic farmers, participants are given the opportunity to engage in an international community of students actively learning about biodynamic agriculture. We are gathering practical experience across continents to bring to our students so that they can learn from farmers and each other in a blend of self-study, research and practical experimentation.
Our Introduction to Biodynamics (four weeks for £50) is a course for anyone who is interested in biodynamic agriculture, from producers to consumers, whether you simply are interested in eating good quality food or managing the soil to save the planet, this course provides an overview of biodynamic agriculture from both a principled and practical point of view. For more on this course, see our Introduction page.
New for September 2017!
For anyone who is interested in pursuing the subject further the next stage is a course in the Biodynamic World View (10 weeks). This explores the human relationship with nature that underpins the approach of biodynamic agriculture. This includes the historical perspective and context of the development of biodynamic agriculture and how an experiential relationship with nature can contribute to agriculture practice that works in harmony with nature.
Scheduled for early 2018!
For students who want to work actively with biodynamic agriculture, our Core Biodynamics (16 weeks) course explores the practicalities of working with soil, plants and animals in the context of the farm organism. This course is designed for students who are involved in working with land already and want to gain deeper insight into how the principles of biodynamic agriculture can be applied in a variety of situations.
Each course goes ‘live’ with a group of students and an online tutor who is available for tutorials, discussions and seminars. Students are expected to make between six to eight hours available per week (on average with some flexibility) to devote to reading, seminars, observations and practical exercises. In addition students will need fairly reliable internet access. If you are in doubt about your internet connection please contact us, we can send you a link to videos so that you can try to stream one of our videos to check your connection.
Each course consists of written material accompanied by live and recorded online seminars, practical observations and exercises. These are supported by extensive reference material and online facilities such as forum discussions and chat rooms. The learner community is international which adds to the diverse and rich learning environment. The programme provides learning in biodynamic concepts and the opportunity to explore and understand its principles and methods.
The distance learning course as a whole (all three parts taken together) is designed for people who are working in a land-based profession: farmers, growers, vineyard managers, smallholders, organic and biodynamic accreditation inspectors, as well as home and amateur gardeners.
It is vital that students understand that this is not a practical training in agriculture. Such a training cannot be provided from a distance. If that is what you are searching for then we highly recommend the Work-Based Learning Course! This is simply a course in the approach and principles of biodynamic agriculture with practical examples of how these principles can be applied. This can serve to complement those with practical experience or accompany students who are gaining practical experience.
As these are distance learning courses they can come to you as long as you have reliable access to the internet. You do not need to be technologically sophisticated, but if you can browse the internet, read a pdf and use Microsoft Word (or equivalent), that will be enough to participate in these courses.
The Introduction Course is open to anyone and there are no requirements other than interest!
For the Biodynamic World View course students will need access to nature – this doesn’t mean your own garden or your own land, but you will need access to nature on a regular basis.
The Core Biodynamic course is designed to complement practical experience with online learning and support, so students need to have reliable access to land and to the internet. The former is needed for practical experience, the latter to access course materials, participate in seminars and discussions and also to submit assignments. Students will also need the practical ability to work on the land, though it is possible for those who have difficulty with this to organise their own directed assistance.
However for those who wish to pursue the courses out of simple interest, this is also a possibility with the understanding that your experience may be limited if you have no access to land.
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