Please note: this course will have to be postponed or cancelled due to low student numbers. If you are interested in all or parts of this course, please get in touch to let us know!
This ten-week course is inspired by the classic Einstein quote :
‘We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.’
So with major challenges facing agriculture today, what does biodynamic agriculture have to add to the conversation? The following outlines the process of this 10-week course:
Week 1 – the Challenges
The challenges to agriculture today are everywhere, so we thought that we would conduct a series of interviews with people involved in different aspects of agriculture to articulate these challenges. Ecological, social and nutritional challenges are world-wide, even articulating them can create what seems like an insurmountable challenge, but these are positive conversations, and the following weeks explore solutions to these challenges that can change thinking and action, inspiring change in the world.
Weeks 2-4 Plant, Animal and Soil
We will use the following weeks to examine solutions.
How can we understand plants, animals and soil as part of agriculture and by understanding them how can we work with the grain of nature, supporting resilience, health, integration and productivity? All this at the same time can produce beautiful nutritious food, fix carbon, reduce greenhouse gases, increase biodiversity and create harmonious living systems within agriculture.
We have specifically written resources, observation and practical exercises and stimulating seminars that combine to challenge assumptions, change thinking and present different ways of understanding our world.
Week 5 – Astronomy
It is clear that it is not only soil, plants, animals and humans that make up a farm. Without the influence of sun, wind and rain, agriculture would be impossible! This week we will explore other influences beyond the farm.
Weeks 6-9 Soil, Animals and Plants again
Once we understand soils, animals and plant, then we also need to look at the ways in which they are interconnected, how they support one another and how the orchestra of elements that make up a farm can be conducted so that harmony is the aim. These weeks focus on how a farmer becomes an artist, scientist and conductor of the natural world involved in agriculture.
Week 10 Bringing it all together
Only humans have the capacity to work with nature in the way described above. Once again we come back to the challenges that face agriculture, and the uniquely human capacities that we can develop to face those challenges and change the world around us for the better.
This course includes written resources from Timothy Brink, Richard Thornton Smith, Jonathan Code, Tarry Bolger and others. These are complemented with observation and practical exercises to deepen student’s experience. These are all drawn together with inspiring and thought provoking seminars, available both live and recorded.
This course is designed for flexibility, so students are expected to spend approximately 6 hours per week on this course, however we recognise that different students have different needs and different demands on their time. The more time you spend on this course, the more you will get out of it!
We do expect that students will have completed our Introduction to Biodynamics course or have similar familiarity with biodynamics, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us to ask whether this course is right for you.
Dates: 25 September – 3 December 2017
If you have not completed the Introduction to Biodynamics Course, then please contact us first to agree an exemption.