How animals enhance health and resilience of the land?
We will explore the world of animals in their variety, diversity and context. What understanding is needed from human beings so that we can support animals in their natural contribution to the health and diversity of the land? With biodynamic agriculture as a basis we will spend four weeks in the wonder-filled world of animals, both wild and domesticated, appreciating and recognising the movement and life that they bring to us and the earth.
Beyond their ecological functions animals – domesticated or wild – contribute most importantly to the “ensoulment” of farm and landscape, a property not easily to be quantified and a challenge for the farmers. What Rudolf Steiner has said in relation to the honeybee, may be true for all animals: They deserve to be observed "emotionally". How can we do this and how can we get to know these soul beings better?
Cow, Bee and Earthworm
After an introduction we will focus on three selected animal groups related to the vegetative and generative life of plants and the soil. The relation and harmony of these three “farm organs” are pivotal for the vitality and resilience of the farm organism and other ecosystems as a whole. Where lies our responsibility as farmers and caring humans and what can we do to create suitable spaces and conditions?
We will look at the diverse role of animals and both ecological and spiritual aspects will be touched in keynotes, observations and exercises and deepened in conversations. All people working in any aspect of biodynamic, organic or environmental organizations are highly welcome. A basic interest in the anthroposophical background, as well as the will to explore the subject further, should be present.
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Expression of interest
Course leader & main contributors
The world and wonder of the animals
About the relation of animals with plants, soil and human being
The diverse tasks of the animals
Animal husbandry with respect and dignity
How do we design biodiversity
The course lasts four weeks, 7 live sessions à 2h with a maximum weekly workload of 6h.
It is structured using various components and designed in such a way that it can easily be attended on a part-time basis. Practical exercises as well as self-study and peer group learning accompany and connect the regular live sessions during the four weeks of the course.
(new) Course Fees
Participation fee: CHF 240
Participation for middle income countries + students: CHF 95
Participation fee for low income countries and students from middle income countries: CHF 50
Special rates can be arranged for groups. If you would like to participate but you cannot afford the price, please contact us, so we can find a solution together.
We are happy to arrange a remote interpretation for groups. Please contact us.
Required learning material
The Agriculture Course, GA 327, Rudolf Steiner, Lectures 7 (online version, english)
Desktop, Laptop or Tablet Computer with up-to-date browser and, microphone & video camera
Zoom Application (Zoom Client for Meetings, free download: https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting)
All people working in any aspect of biodynamic, organic or environmental organizations are highly welcome. A basic interest in the anthroposophical background, as well as the will to explore the subject further, should be present.