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Biodynamic Lifestyles

Workshop Series

October 2018 – June 2019

Dates: Seven Saturdays from October 6 to June 15
Presented By: Harald Hoven, Grover Stock, Marney Blair, and Shea Smith
Schedule: Saturdays, 9:00a – 4:30p
Registration Check In: Saturdays, 8:30a – 9:00a
Course Fee:
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

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.

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.

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.

June 15, 2019: Medicinal Plant Wild Harvesting withShea 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.

These workshops have been cancelled:

  • Planting to Celestial Movements with Cyndi Pointer
  • Being BD Farm-Handy with Bradley Tonnessen, PhD
  • Holistic Soil Management with Cyndi Pointer
  • Biodynamic Pest & Disease Management with Bradley Tonnessen, PhD

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

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