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Biodynamic Intensive Workshop Series in Colorado and Nebraska

Build your understanding of biodynamic principles and practices through intensive workshops taught by leading farmers and educators from the region. The full workshop series is designed to fulfill the classroom study requirement for graduation from the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP). Workshops may also be taken individually. 

2016 workshop dates will be announced in the spring. The 2015 workshop series was supported by CFDI - Colorado Farm Development Initiative.

 

Plant Reproduction from the Biodynamic Perspective

Sunday, July 12 - Monday, July 13, 2015

with Beth and Nathan Corymb at Meadowlark Hearth in Scottsbluff, NE

Learn the biology and practicalities of growing and saving biodynamic seed, and its integration into the whole farm organism from master biodynamic farmers and seed growers Beth and Nathan Corymb. We will review the development and importance of agricultural biodiversity and how to promote and restore it through on-farm plant reproduction. We will also share perspectives on seeds from Rudolf Steiner’s Agriculture Course and other lectures.

Recommended reading before the course is The Spirit in the Realm of Plants.

Workshop fee: $300-$150 sliding scale, includes lunch and dinner Sunday and lunch Monday. Camping available for a small fee. 

NABDAP apprentice rate: $100

Biodynamic Preparation Making Intensive

Thursday, September 24 - Saturday, September 26, 2015

with Lloyd Nelson and Brook LeVan at Sustainable Settings in Carbondale, CO

Join us at Sustainable Settings for on-ranch biodynamic preparation making. Participants will help make all 9 biodynamic preparations and learn to apply these homeopathic preparations to enhance the quality and quantity of life in/on your garden and farm. Work with experienced preparation makers as we harvest all the necessary ingredients from the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms to make these holistic agricultural therapies to heal and restore the land.

Workshop fee: $500, including organic/biodynamic meals. Limited camping available.

NABDAP apprentice rate $150

Weaving Permaculture, Biodynamics and Holistic Management

Monday, August 24 - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

with Pat Frazier, Wind Clearwater, and Kris Holstrom at Peace and Plenty Farm in Hotchkiss, CO

Participants will understand the unique marriage of Biodynamics and Permaculture design in the creation of a farm organism, managing soils, fertility, animal husbandry, green building design, water conservation, companion planting, Goethean observation, and more. Permaculture principles as they relate to the later lectures of the Agriculture Course will be a focus of the first few days. We will also discuss composting, the biodynamic preparations, the planting calendar and rhythms.

Workshop fee: $300 including meals, camping and educational materials.

NABDAP apprentice rate $150

Biodynamic Principles for Regenerative Agriculture

Friday, October 9 - Sunday, October 11, 2015

with Beth and Nathan Corymb, Cristina Geck, Cameron Genter, Daphne Kingsley, Kirk Mills, and Dennis Stenson 

at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, CO

Biodynamics is a transformative movement for agriculture renewal. Join six experienced biodynamic farmer educators from our High Plains region for sessions on the inner development of the farmer, biodynamic perspectives on the co-evolution between earth and humanity, and innovative principles to nurture a new partnership with nature. 

Workshop farmers and educators include: 

  • Beth and Nathan Corymb of Meadowlark Hearth Farm in Scottsbluff, NE. Beth and Nathan are master biodynamic farmers and seed growers who founded Turtle Tree Seeds in 1994. They combined seed work with social therapeutic work for special needs adults at Camphill Copake, NY. Beth and Nathan also founded Meadowlark Hearth Farm and Seed Initiative in 2010 on Beth's grandparents' 492-acre homestead in Nebraska. 
  • Dennis and Bailey Stenson of Happy Heart Farm in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dennis and Bailey pioneered the first community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in Colorado. They have stewarded their biodynamic soils for 32 years. 
  • Cameron Genter and Daphne Kingsley of Light Root Community Farm in Boulder, Colorado. After nearly a decade of building wind and solar powered micro dairy in Wisconsin, Cameron and Daphne moved to Colorado to start up a grass fed raw milk micro dairy in the foothills of Boulder farmed with draft horses. 

The workshop schedule is Friday from 7 to 9pm, Saturday from 8am to 5pm, and Sunday from 9am to 2pm. Download the full workshop overview

Registration fee for the full weekend is $300, including lunch on Saturday and Sunday, with sliding scale options for those with limited income. While we encourage everyone to participate for the full intensive, partial registration options are also available.