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8 Ways to Learn About Biodynamics

1. Explore our online resources

Our What is Biodynamics? page is a good place to start, with multimedia perspectives on biodynamics from several sources. Watch our free 90-minute Intro to Biodynamics webinar to explore the basic concepts of biodynamics in more depth. Read articles about biodynamics in the sample issue of our Biodynamics journal, and browse our research references to find articles, books and other resources about scientific research on biodynamic practices.

2. Participate in a biodynamic workshop or event

Biodynamic workshops and events are organized by education centers and regional groups across North America — check our calendar of events for upcoming opportunities near you.

The Biodynamic Association’s biennial conference is the largest biodynamic event in North America, bringing together hundreds of biodynamic farmers, gardeners, educators, activists and more for four days of inspiring keynotes, informative workshops, networking and great food. Our next conference will take place November 16-20, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Audio recordings of workshops from past Biodynamic Conferences are available for purchase.

Scholarships for biodynamic workshops and events are available through the Biodynamic Scholarship Fund. Members of the Biodynamic Association also receive discounts on events we host.

3. Read a biodynamic book

We recommend these books as the most approachable and thorough for newcomers to biodynamics.

General introduction to biodynamic principles and practices:

Biodynamic Agriculture, by Willy Schilthuis

Cosmos, Earth and Nutrition: The Biodynamic Approach to Agriculture, by Richard Thornton Smith

More experienced biodynamic farmers and gardeners often study the “Agriculture Course,”  the original series of lectures given to European farmers by Rudolf Steiner in 1924, which initiated the biodynamic movement. Some of the language and concepts in the lectures will be unfamiliar to those who are new to Steiner’s philosophy and terminology, so most people find it easiest to study these lectures with others who have a familiarity with Steiner’s work. There are several editions available, but we recommend Agriculture: Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture, translated from the original German by Catherine E. Creeger and Malcolm Gardner. This text is also available as an audio recording.

Our partner SteinerBooks offers these titles and many others. If you visit them through our site, a small percentage of sales will go to support our work.

4. Explore the Demeter Biodynamic Farm Standard

Demeter USA is the organization that certifies Biodynamic farms and products in the U.S. Their Biodynamic Farm Standard, which certified Biodynamic farms must adhere to, encapsulates core principles and practices of biodynamics. Demeter Canada provides certification across Canada.

5. Connect with the biodynamic community

Become a member of the Biodynamic Association and join the growing movement of farmers, gardeners, businesses and consumers working together to rethink agriculture. Your full membership supports our work in education, research and community building, and comes with great benefits including a subscription to the Biodynamics journal, access to the Biodynamic Directory and other online member-only resources, and discounts on our North American Biodynamic Conference and other events.

Our interest groups and learning communities and online forums offer a platform to connect with others across distance to discuss questions of interest and share resources. You can find other biodynamic enthusiasts and farms in your area through our list of regional groups and the Biodynamic Directory.

6. Read the Biodynamics journal, e-news, and blog

The Biodynamics journal is the preeminent publication on biodynamics, full of articles, farm profiles, and updates about the movement – in publication since 1941. Biodynamic Association members receive a subscription to the journal and can access the most recent four issues online. If you are not a member, you can join and receive immediate access to the journal.

You can also sign up to receive our free monthly e-newsletter – each issue features news, articles, opportunities and events related to biodynamics – and read our blog. We welcome you to join the discussions on our Facebook page and follow @Biodynamic on Twitter.

7. Get hands-on training

If you are serious about becoming a biodynamic farmer or gardener, consider enrolling in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program, the Biodynamic Association’s program for beginning biodynamic and organic farmers, which combines two years of structured on-farm training and mentoring with a course of classroom study in biodynamics. Opportunities for other biodynamic internships and apprenticeships are listed in our forums.

8. Try biodynamic practices in your garden or farm

Many people learn best by doing, so go ahead and start using biodynamics where you are, whether you have a large farm or an urban container garden. You can start by balancing the plant and animal elements on your land, applying the biodynamic preparations to your compost and soil, or working with a biodynamic planting calendar. The books and online resources listed above provide more guidance about implementing biodynamic practices, and more information about using the biodynamic preparations is also available from the Josephine Porter Institute and the Fellowship of Preparation Makers. You can also find a biodynamic consultant through our Biodynamic Directory to help you explore ideas and create a plan.

Questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us at or (262) 649-9212.