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Digging Deeper: Cosmic and Earthly Evolution for Farmers

 

Advanced biodynamic distance learning course with Cory Eichman

Course in process. ​Registration now closed.

 

Digging Deeper: Cosmic and Earthly Evolution for Farmers​ is an advanced biodynamic course designed for those who have completed The Individuality of the Farm and wish to delve deeper into the spiritual scientific foundations of biodynamics.

Rudolf Steiner gave thousands of lectures, but wrote only a couple dozen books. The book An Outline of Esoteric Science (also titled Occult Science in previous translations) is Steiner's most comprehensive summary of the entirety of his work meant for the general public, and lays the foundation for most of the lecture courses he gave, including Agriculture

The curriculum of this course is centered on Chapter 4 of An Outline of Esoteric Science, which looks at the evolution of our Solar System, the Earth, the kingdoms of nature and humanity.  We will specifically explore those aspects that relate to our work on the land.

This course is open only to those who have completed the introductory course, The Individuality of the Farm, either through the Biodynamic Association or at Saugeen River School for Sacred Agriculture.

Together with The Individuality of the Farm, the curriculum of this course is designed to complete the classroom study requirement for the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP), and NABDAP apprentices are encouraged to participate. 

 

Course Format

Digging Deeper: Cosmic and Earthly Evolution for Farmers will meet for fourteen weekly live video sessions on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm ET, beginning October 25 and ending February 28, 2017. There will be a break in November for the North American Biodynamic Conference in Santa Fe, NM and Thanksgiving, as well as a winter break from mid-December to early January. Cory and course participants will meet through interactive video classes that will include:

  • Lectures from Cory to illuminate and clarify the topics of study
  • Readings with study questions from An Outline of Esoteric Science
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Small-group and full-group facilitated conversation and discussion
  • Meditative and artistic activities

Download the course synopsis and schedule.

To fully participate in the live video sessions, you will need to have a reliable internet connection and a computer, tablet, or smart phone with camera and microphone. If you don’t have a device that will support this video technology, you may access the course via telephone. Video and audio recordings of each weekly session will be available to participants to review content or make up for a missed class. 

To ensure continuity and a high-quality educational experience, participants are asked to commit to the full four months and late registrations will not be accepted.

Required Text

Steiner, Rudolf. An Outline of Esoteric Science. SteinerBooks, 1997.

Available from Steiner Books at www.steinerbooks.org or 703-661-1594.

Chapters 1-3 of the book are expected to be read before the first session on October 25.

Registration

Tuition for this four-month, 14-session interactive course is $300. Current Biodynamic Association members receive a discounted rate of $270 (10% off). Not a member? You can join for as little as $20 and receive the discount instantly.

Partial scholarships are available through the Biodynamic Scholarship Fund. If you need financial assistance, please apply as soon as possible and no later than October 1

Registration will close Thursday, October 20 (or earlier if course is filled).

 

Testimionials from Participants in The Individuality of the Farm

"The Individuality of The Farm online course, by Cory Eichman, was a wonderful way to add consistency to my biodynamic studies. As a full time apprentice working to feed 200 CSA members a week, I sometimes get caught up in my practical work and daily life and have little time to sit down and dive into the higher purpose of what I am really doing and learning. This course broadened my sense of the different aspects of the farm individuality and gave me so many new insights into the different life processes of soil, plants, animals and everything and one involved with the farm. What I really enjoyed most though was the conversations these classes ignited with my fellow apprentices. Thank you Cory and The BDA!

-Katie, Mountain View, CA

"The Individuality of the Farm course was a very beneficial experience for me, in terms of both furthering my own spiritual development as well as deepening my understanding of the foundational biodynamic principles.  Cory is obviously a seasoned biodynamic practitioner, as well as a very articulate and thoughtful teacher.  He built the concepts of the course in such a way that the last few classes tied many concepts together that were introduced throughout the course.  One perception that really resonated with me involves the analogy of the soil as the soul of the farm individuality.  Cory explained that the soil acts as a bridge from the cosmos to the earth, much like a human's soul acts a a bridge from the spiritual to the physical.  This simple comparison has fostered deep contemplation and meditation for me and has greatly expanded my understanding of our farm.

Not only did The Farm Individuality course provide knowledge, but it also offered a sense of community.  It felt empowering to be in class and in community with other biodynamic farmers, aspiring farmers and gardeners.  Our family lives and farms in a part of Western NC, where there are many organic and sustainable farms but no practicing biodynamic farms within a 2 hour drive.  A biodynamic practice is one that is always growing and developing, which is challenging in isolation.  The small group and one-on-one discussion provided opportunities to fostered and develop this sense of community."  

-Holly, Zionville, NC 

 


Cory Eichman has been farming in the context of biodynamic CSAs for over 20 years, beginning with apprenticeship in 1992. In 1997, he founded Saugeen River CSA, an 80-acre draft-horse-powered biodynamic farm in Durham, Ontario. Cory has been active in the Ontario Biodynamic Society since 1998, and on the board for 6 years. He was also on the board of Demeter Canada for 6 years. Cory has mentored apprentices since 1998, and has been teaching introductory and advanced Biodynamic courses through the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto and independently since 2005. He helped to found the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program beginning in 2006, and continues to be a member of the NABDAP steering committee, as well as the BDA's Education Leadership Team since 2012.

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