A 700-acre Demeter certified 650A Biodynamic farm in central Columbia County, NY

Biodynamic Winter Intensive 2016

The Dynamic World of Earth, Plants, and Stars: Working in Agriculture with Each Other and our Inner Self

February 14 – 19, 2016

WheatStars_BrightThis workshop is for farmers, gardeners and others seeking a renewed relation to the land

Our Winter Intensive is a foundational, highly-interactive one-week program bringing together biodynamic farming, spiritual science, and personal growth through awareness-based practice. Astronomy, Plant Growth, Soil Health, Soil Fertility, and Cropping Practices are among the themes that will be covered.

Since 1972, Hawthorne Valley Farm has been a working farm committed to the understanding and practice of Biodynamic agriculture. As society attempts to cope with the turbulence caused by an industrial approach to agriculture, the biodynamic concept of the farm as an ecologically sustainable whole is one that can help bring a timely solution to contemporary challenges. Biodynamic methods recognize the importance of both human and biological community life and strive to bring renewing forces to both. Through this series of offerings, we seek to further the understanding and practice of Biodynamic farming and gardening.

Registration full – waiting list only.

To be added to the waiting list, please contact us.

Meet Farm Experts and connect to co-pioneers in the newly-emerging agriculture. Learn about yourself. Presenters will include the IMA Team — Steffen and Rachel Schneider and Ursula Versteegen — as well as Malcolm Gardiner and Jonathan Code from the Crossfields Institute, UK.

A tentative schedule is available for download by clicking here.

Course Fee 
$500 fee includes materials, lunches, and suppers.
Some financial assistance is available; for information please contact Rachel at 518-672-7500 x236.

Financial Assistance
Scholarships are available for biodynamic apprentices and farmers with financial need through the Biodynamic Scholarship Fund; please visit the Biodynamic Association website.

Course Location
Hawthorne Valley Farm is located in the hamlet of Harlemville (town of Ghent), New York, and is nestled at the foot of the Taconic Hills. We are just 1 1/2 miles east of the Taconic State Parkway, 40 minutes south of Albany and Albany International Airport, and 2 1/2 hours north of New York City.

Lodging and Meals
We can refer participants to local families who rent rooms. For a list of motels and bed & breakfasts, click here. Lunches and suppers are included in the program. The Hawthorne Valley Farm Store has extensive organic food and deli selections for snacks and breakfast.

This course is offered in collaboration with The Nature Institute and the Biodynamic Association of North America. The workshops meet a portion of the classroom study requirement for apprentices enrolled the Biodynamic Association’s North American Apprenticeship Program.

For information about and registration for a second week at The Nature Institute on ‘Plants and the Living Earth’, February 7 -12, visit The Nature Institute website.