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Biodynamic Lifestyles

Workshop Series

October 2018 – June 2019

Dates: Eleven Saturdays from October 6 to June 15
Presented By: Harald Hoven, Cyndi Pointer, Bradley Tonnessen, Grover Stock, Marney Blair, and Shea Smith
Schedule: Saturdays, 9:00a – 4:30p
Registration Check In: Saturdays, 8:30a – 9:00a
Course Fee:
Package of 11 workshops*: $616 for online registration; $650 at the door.
Package of 7 workshops**: $448 for online registration; $475 at the door.
Individual Workshops: $80 each for online registration; $100 each for registration at the door.

Registration is Open!

Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned practitioner,
this course offers something for everyone.

For more information, contact (916) 963-2500 or

Details on Package Deals:
* Eleven-Workshop Series Package – this deeply discounted rate includes all eleven workshops; there are no refunds for missed workshops.
** Seven-Workshop Package – allows you to attend the seven workshops of your choice; you do not select the specific workshops during registration. There are no refunds for attending less than seven by the end of the series on June 15, 2019.

October 6, 2018: Biodynamic Preparations with Harald Hoven
Learn the fundamentals of Biodynamic Prep making. Gain insight on how to utilize and apply the Biodynamic Preps. Deepen your understanding of how these preparations increase the vitality of your land, soil, and the quality of your food.

October 27, 2018: Biodynamic Medicinal Plants with Cyndi Pointer
Join us to learn how to apply Biodynamic principles and techniques to making plant based remedies. Begin your journey to understanding how to develop a deep relationship with medicinal plants and how to cultivate them in your own life and on your farm.

Cancelled: Planting to Celestial Movements with Cyndi Pointer
Learn how to understand and utilize the rhythms of the cosmos to enhance your gardening and farming practice, including learning to use the Biodynamic Planting Calendar. This course will teach you how these forces influence plants, animals, and humans.

January 26, 2019: Being BD Farm-Handy with Bradley Tonnessen, PhD
This workshop will engage you in the equally important mechanical aspects of keeping a BD farm or garden running. From sharpening and maintaining hand tools to fixing worn out tractors, this class will help you to gain knowledge, as well as respect and reverence, about the materials and structure required for successful farming.

February 23, 2019: BD Compost Fertility Management with Harald Hoven
Learn how to look at compost as a living being and how to enliven its vitality by deepening your understanding of Biodynamic principles in compost fertility management. Whether you are a backyard gardener or a large scale farmer compost as a living part of your life will help you to understand and manage the plants you grow.

March 16, 2019: BD Orchard Management with Grover Stock
Join us in learning from this Biodynamic Permaculture expert as we delve into topics about tree crop production. Subjects such as pruning, soil management, and the Biodynamic practices that pertain to an orchard will be discussed and exhibited at the orchard here at Raphael Garden.

March 30, 2019: Biodynamic Seed Saving with Harald Hoven
Join this incredible seed saving expert to learn how to cultivate, select and store seed for your own farm or garden! Having grown seeds for Seed Initiatives like Turtle Tree Seeds and Meadowlark Hearth seeds for many years, Harald will bring his insight, wisdom and practical skills to support you in starting to save seeds and adapt them to your own microclimate.

April 16, 2019: Holistic Soil Management with Cyndi Pointer
Explore the wide expanse of soil fertility and management with our farmer at Raphael Garden. Learn how Biodynamic principles can be interwoven into crop management practices such as crop rotation and cover cropping. This workshop will assist in your understanding of how to create and maintain soil vitality, heal the earth, and keep a continuously productive farm.

May 11, 2019: Biodynamic Animal Husbandry with Marney Blair
Increase your knowledge and insight into Biodynamic Animal Care from this amazing Animal experts. Be supported through their guidance on how to incorporate Biodynamic practices into your own Animal Management Program. Gain understanding of the importance of Biodynamic Animals as part of your lifestyle and the whole farm organism.

May 18, 2019: Biodynamic Pest & Disease Management with Bradley Tonnessen, PhD
Gain wisdom on preventing detriments to plant health using a holistic view on crop management. In this workshop, you will gain understanding of how disease occurs, why pests are present and practical Biodynamic techniques to support the health of the farm organism.

June 15, 2019: Medicinal Plant Wild Harvesting with Cyndi Pointer and Shea Smith (Off Campus)
Learn Ethical Wild Harvesting techniques from our Raphael Garden’s farmer and Meristem’s Herbal Arts Teacher. In this class, you will head to the Sierra Mountains to learn site identification, plant ID, ethical harvesting techniques and various drying methods. This will be an interactive in-depth look at building your relationship to the wild plant world.


For more information, contact (916) 963-2500 or

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