Intensive study week 2018: From burning issue to beacon of light


In 2018 the Intensive Study Week of the Section for Agriculture will take place again in Dornach at the Glashaus from 14th - 19th of January, in German and English. Registration form. Programme

Are you looking for tools, methods and an exchange of experiences to:

  • move your farm or enterprise into a new phase of development?
  • position your enterprise differently in its social surroundings?
  • develop a new inner relationship to your enterprise, organisation or initiative?
  • transform visions into projects which can be put into practice?
  • expand or reduce the scope or context of your work?

You are: A farmer, gardener, processor or trader or are involved in an organisation or institution connected to biodynamic or organic agriculture.

We take our current activity as the point of departure for this week and ask: where am I at present?

The first step in defining my own situation is made possible through dialogue. How is my situation viewed by others and how do I view theirs?

The second step is to try to discover what inspires and motivates us.

In a third step, we leave behind what already exists, and immerse ourselves in what wants to emerge. What is coming to meet me from the future? Does this bring me to a threshold and can I cross it?

In the fourth step, we try to distil out these perceptions of the future and become conscious of our own intentions and visions. Does this lead to a new perspective on my work?

The fifth step is to create a plan to bring something new into our daily work so that it can more closely reflect our core values.

This is an intensive path to develop the faculties needed to shape the future: both for the individual and for the entire biodynamic movement. The Section for Agriculture sees itself as a platform for facilitating the cross fertilisation of ideas for individual and common ways into the future.

The method
During the study week, we will make use of the tools of the U-process developed by Claus Otto Scharmer to work through specific questions related to the activities on farms and in biodynamic organisations. The plant as a prototype of development processes will be used as a metaphor and orientation.

Using dialogical tools, we will work on our own questions, allowing the 'new' to emerge step by step. Questions will be raised in world café conversations and then expanded on dialogue walks. Sculpting and painting are non-verbal methods of communication, allowing formative processes to be consciously experienced. 

This intensive week is based on anthroposophy. One of the main aims of the week is to rediscover anthroposophy as a source of inspiration through current, existential questions.

The movement art of eurythmy allows us to develop a stronger awareness of our spatial surroundings. In the process of relating this surrounding space to our own core, our will to act is strengthened. It also enables us to achieve a good balance between letting go and taking the initiative.

The team of facilitators will provide full support for the process throughout:

Jean-Michel Florin: Co-leader of the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum, coordinator of the Biodynamic Association of France.
Ursula Hofmann: Gardener for Weleda, adult educator and teacher in the biodynamic training of Switzerland.
Ueli Hurter: Co-leader of the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum, farmer at L'Aubier.
Rafael Tavares: Eurythmist, member of the ensemble of the Goetheanum Stage
Johannes Wirz: Biologist, Natural Science Section at the Goetheanum.

Course fee including coffee break: CHF 580.00 / Euro cost dependent on current exchange rate

Working languages: German and English

Information and registration

Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum
Tel +41 61 706 42 12


Registration form