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Field Day, Workshops and Performance at Angelic Organics Farm — Wednesday, November 14th

Co-sponsored by Angelic Organics Farm and Learning Center

We are pleased to be offering two workshops, plus a special performance by Glenn Williamson of his extraordinary one-man play "Kaspar Hauser" at Angelic Organics Farm and Learning Center, just one hour south of Madison in Caledonia, Illinois. PLEASE NOTE: Both Wednesday workshops at Angelic Organics are now FULL. 

"Kaspar Hauser" Performance  — Wednesday evening, November 14th

Co-sponsored by Angelic Organics Farm and Learning Center

Master storyteller Glen Williamson will present his one man show “Kaspar Hauser” on Wednesday evening at Angelic Organics Farm. Kasper Hauser tells the true story of a strange child who appeared on the streets of Nuremburg barely able to stand, walk, or speak. In this compelling drama historical facts and characters mix with a supernatural tale of a golden house, a wicked stepmother, and a boy kept in a dark cellar for most of his childhood. Who was he? And why does his story still affect us?

Tapas, Tasting and Toasting: A Beginning Farmer Celebration and Fundraiser at the Madison Club — Thursday, November 15th, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Featuring:

  • Hearty tapas made from local, organic, and biodynamic ingredients;
  • Tasting of Paul Dolan and Frey Vineyards Biodynamic Wines;
  • Toasting of recent graduates of the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP); and
  • An inspirational reflection from Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics

Come celebrate and support the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program at a level of your choice. 

Renewing the Earth: An Evening of Sacred Stories, Poems, Songs — Saturday evening, November 17th

This celebratory evening program will seek to awaken our sacred connection to the land through song, stories, poetry, and movement, drawing upon diverse traditions, cultures, and artists.

Honoring Ruth Zinniker

The conference will include an opportunity to recognize and give a collective thank you to Ruth Zinniker and the whole Zinniker family for their pioneering work on behalf of biodynamics in North America.

Exhibit Hall — Saturday afternoon and evening, November 17th

Browse our exhibit hall to find products and information to support your farming and gardening from businesses and organizations from across the continent. See the current list of exhibitors here. The Biodynamic Association’s bookstore will also be open throughout the conference. If you are interested in exhibiting, please visit our Sponsorships and Exhibits page.

Seed Swap — Friday afternoon, November 16th

Promote biodiversity and seed sovereignty! Bring your saved seeds to swap and share with others. Please label your seeds with variety, date and location grown, and don't forget containers or envelopes to take seeds home with you!

Open Space Networking and Sidewalk Consulting — Friday and Saturday afternoons, November 16th and 17th

Any conference participant may organize an informal session on the topic of their choice during Open Space Networking. Leading biodynamic practitioners and experts will also offer free 15-30 minute consultations with conference participants during Sidewalk Consulting on Saturday.

Future Biodynamic Research Poster Session — Friday afternoon, November 16th

Learn about research projects being incubated through the Association’s new Biodynamic Research Development Program during a poster session with researchers and program coordinator Sarah Weber.

Film Screening: The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner — Friday evening, November 16th (Part One) and Saturday afternoon, November 17th (Part Two)

Filmed during 2011, the 150th anniversary year of Rudolf Steiner’s birth, this documentary by Jonathan Stedall tells the story of Steiner’s remarkable life and explores the influence of his ideas and insights on a range of contemporary activities — education, agriculture, medicine, social and financial issues, and the arts.

Film Screening: Symphony of the Soil — Friday afternoon, November 16th and Saturday evening, November 17th

Symphony of the Soil is the most recent film from filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia, best known for her internationally acclaimed 2004 film, The Future of Food. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. 
 
Bring a Sacred Object

We invite all conference participants to bring something from your farm, garden, or community — such as a photograph, stone, tool, or food item — that evokes your sacred relationship with the land. We will use these objects to beautify our conference facility and in the closing ceremony on Sunday.

Morning Eurythmy

Eurythmy is a form of sacred movement developed by Rudolf Steiner for healing, educational, and artistic purposes. Each morning of the conference, Lynn Stull will offer a eurythmy session incorporating a warm-up, community movement verse, and simple eurythmy gestures and choreography to a poem reflecting the theme of Sacred Agriculture. Participants will come away with at least one eurythmy gesture to support their work in gardening or farming. No previous experience necessary.

Uriel Pharmacy Tour — Thursday morning, November 15th, East Troy, WI

Uriel Pharmacy would like to offer anyone attending the 2012 Biodynamic Conference a tour of its facility in East Troy, WI on Thursday, November 15th at 9:00 a.m. 

Spanish Translation

We are pleased to offer simultaneous interpretation in Spanish during keynotes and some workshops. Please indicate your interest in this service on your registration form.

Traducción en Español

Con mucho gusto anunciamos que tendremos interpretación simultánea en español durante las presentaciones principales y algunos talleres. Por favor indicar su interés sobre este servicio en su formulario de inscripción.