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Animals, Humanity and the Living Context of Agriculture


A two week workshop for farmers, gardeners and others

seeking a renewed relation to the land

Week 1: February 10-15 at the Nature Institute

Week 2: February 17-22 at Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center

Conducted by The Nature Institute and the Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center 
in partnership with the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association

The Nature Institute and the Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center are offering two complementary weeks of instruction to those seeking a fuller understanding of biodynamic agriculture.  The first week will offer participants a way of becoming more perceptive land workers by deepening their observations of the qualitative and dynamic aspects of nature and by practicing flexible thinking in relation to animal and human development and evolution.  The second week will extend these themes and introduce concepts and practices more specifically related to biodynamic agriculture, including: species-appropriate animal husbandry, holistic veterinary considerations, the evolution animals and man, the socio-economic context of agriculture, and the significance of farm individualization and the role of the biodynamic preparations.


The first week will be led by Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege of The Nature Institute. Presenters for the second week will include: Steffen Schneider, farm manager at Hawthorne Valley Farm, Gary Lamb, author and vice-president of the Institute for Social Renewal, Hubert Karreman, large animal vet, author and national policy maker, and Malcolm Gardner, translator and editor of the central biodynamic text, Rudolf Steiner's Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture.


Both week-long courses may be taken jointly or separately.  Both weeks will begin on Sunday evening at 6PM at the Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center with registration, supper and introductions to the week.

This Winter Intensive is part of the two-year North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program and alternates with intensives focused on soils, plants and stars.


Fees are on a sliding scale: $250- $450 for each week; or $400 - $800 for both weeks. For a schedule of each week and more information, contact the Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center, 518-672-7500 x 232; or email


This Winter Intensive has been developed as part of the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program and fulfills one of its diploma requirements.  It is open to the public.

Event Details
The Nature Institute Ghent , NY
United States
New York
Sun, 02/10/2013 (All day) to Fri, 02/15/2013 (All day)