Our Biodynamic Education Program brings biodynamic insights and practices into the landscape of the food and farming movement.

Events

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 14-18, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. Audio and video recordings of workshops from the 2016 Biodynamic Conference are available for purchase.

Biodynamic Community Events

Our calendar of events provides an ever-growing list of upcoming workshops, classes, conferences, and community meetings, sortable by region.

What is Biodynamics?

Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. Biodynamic agriculture has been practiced for nearly a century, on every continent on Earth. Biodynamic principles and practices are based on the spiritual insights and practical suggestions of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, and have been developed through the collaboration of many farmers and researchers since the early 1920s. Today, the biodynamic movement encompasses thousands of regenerative gardens, farms, ranches, orchards, and vineyards, in a wide variety of climates, ecological contexts, and economic settings.

Our Education Programs

Biodynamic Distance Learning

Our webinars and online courses are live, interactive, video-based classes with leading biodynamic educators and farmers. Over a thousand people from all over the world have already deepened their biodynamic knowledge through participating and viewing recordings.

"I've been a bee "haver" for 5 years using the top bar hive. I'm excited to become a "beekeeper" by starting a "langstroth this year. It was very helpful to understand the components of that system."

Introduction to Biodynamic Beekeeping Webinar Participant

"The class is more than an introduction to the key principles presented in Steiner's Agriculture. It is a systematic build-up of both esoteric and exoteric knowledge towards the goal of painting a picture of what a farm as an individuality means - which I have come to see is the big picture concept underlying biodynamic agriculture. Cory is an earnest teacher who masterfully weaves together and gently guides new students through a lot of complex material. His course has been an excellent way for me to deepen my understanding of biodynamic agriculture."

- Pamela Sophiajohn, 2016-17 participant in "The Individuality of the Farm" online course

"It was a fantastic learning intensive on biodynamics and extremely inspirational on multiple levels, from the impact of biodynamics on the environment to the innovative ways companies and organizations are positively impacting their local communities. So many great ideas and models!"

- 2016 Biodynamic Conference Participant

Farmer Training

The North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP) helps aspiring farmers develop the skills and knowledge they need to build successful organic and biodynamic farms. The program combines:

  • 24 months of structured on-farm training and mentoring,
  • An independent, on-farm project, and
  • Classroom study in biodynamics.

Apprentices benefit from a comprehensive training curriculum, carefully selected mentor farms, and access to networking, support, and educational resources. Upon completion of their training, apprentices are awarded a certificate in biodynamic farming from the Biodynamic Association.

Biodynamic Scholarship Fund

Our scholarship fund helps farmers, apprentices, gardeners and others with financial need to learn about and develop their skills in biodynamics—and connect to the biodynamic community—through educational opportunities.

Scholarships are available for the biennial North American Biodynamic Conference, other events organized by the Biodynamic Association, biodynamic courses and workshops at participating education centers, and advising. Launched in 2010, the Biodynamic Scholarship Fund has awarded over $130,000 in scholarships to more than 600 individuals to date.