2014 marks 90 years after Rudolf Steiner's Agriculture Course in Koberwitz, out of which the biodynamic movement was initiated. We will open each day of the conference together with an active exploration of the significance of the living Koberwitz impulse through silence, seed talks, conversation, and poetry.
We invite all conference participants to bring a small object from their farm, garden, or home landscape to add to the conference altar, which will be located in Keeneland. Throughout the conference this room will also be available for quiet reflection, meditation and movement.
Start each morning at the conference by taking your understanding of biodynamics to the next level and embodying your spiritual practice! Through eurythmy, the movement practice created by Rudolf Steiner, we engage in meaning-filled, mindful movements that refresh and inspire us, build community, and help us deepen our sense of meaning, purpose, and connection! An in-depth experience of eurythmy opens our understanding for the basic concepts of biodynamics, including the etheric world, rhythms of the year and of life and death, the relationship of macrocosm and microcosm, and much more.
Watch the classic documentary that follows Peter Proctor, New Zealand’s father of biodynamics, along the back roads of rural India, revealing the miracle of organics and the farmers who are reclaiming their agricultural heritage. A must see!
At each biodynamic conference we take the time to honor one of the pioneering elders of the biodynamic movement, sharing our gratitude and celebrating their accomplishments. This year we will honor Hugh Courtney, founder and former director of the Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics (JPI) and current owner of Earth Legacy Agriculture. We invite you to read this biography about Hugh and his life of service to the biodynamic preparations and the biodynamic movement.
Celebrate the newest crop of beginning biodynamic farmers graduating from the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program. Apprentices who have completed two years of on-farm training, classroom study, and an independent project will be awarded certificates of completion and share stories from their farming education.
Kick up your heels and enjoy a lively revival of the square dance, a tradition once common in farming communities. All dances will be taught and led by a caller, with live music from an old time string band led by farmer Eric Wooldrige. Beginner friendly and fun for all ages!
Enjoy a feature documentary that portrays Kentucky’s efforts to move away from tobacco dependency to create a new agricultural economy and culture. Told through the voices of Kentucky farmers, agricultural thinkers, and policy makers, this is a story of how Kentucky agriculture survived catastrophic change to create a new farm culture and the foundation of a new local food system. The film features local farmers and conference presenters Janey Newton and Laura Riccardi Lyvers.
Would you like to meet with other biodynamic urban gardeners, preparation makers, medicinal herb growers, or educators at the conference? Learning community and interest group meetups will create space for conference participants to share questions, ideas and experiences with one another through facilitated conversation.
Engage your creativity with guided artistic sessions designed for farmers and gardeners:
In this special performance, Emmanuel Vukovich and Sea-Anna Vasilas will perform selections from the Bach violin Sonata No. 2 in a minor, highlighting relationships between music, eurythmy, and farming, and co-creating a deeper understanding of the essence of nature through the arts.
Mix and mingle with fellow young farmers at one of Louisville's local establishments, the Bluegrass Brewing Company, located a few blocks from the conference venue. Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the Hyatt Regency after the keynote to walk together, or join the group later on your own. The BBC has an ever-changing selection of their own locally brewed beers on tap, as well as a full food menu.