|Thursday – 07th November|
Presentation Working group topics
16:30 – 18:15
|Friday – 08th November|
Thematic work in small groups
10:00 – 11:45 and 14:15 – 16:00
|Saturday – 09th November|
Thematic work in small groups
10:00 – 11:45
Working group topics
Using Goetheanism in biodynamic education: Inspiration and support for stretching beyond my current know-how
Ambra Sedlmayr and Jean-Michel Florin
Goetheanism can be used throughout all disciplines to facilitate experiential learning and a heart centred understanding and connection to nature and agriculture, giving future farmers not only deep insights but also training them in a method that will make them into independent producers of the knowledge they need for farming in the future.
This workshop will be a space for reflection about one‘s teaching practice, aiming at finding a key area of focus to expand one‘s know-how of using Goetheanism in biodynamic education. This workshop is aimed at teachers who are already familiar with Goetheanism, whatever their level of proficiency. It will take them through a guided process, including group work and artistic expression. New insights and mutual inspiration are expected as a result of this deep exchange with colleagues.
What are key aspects to build the capacity and infrastructure of young biodynamic initiatives?
Rolf Bucher and Maaianne Knuth (DE/EN)
Biodynamics is not such an easy practice to enter as a beginner. There is a growing interest among small scale farmers in the global south but not yet sufficient information, capacity and infrastructure to support young BD initiatives, or even simply small scale farmers wanting to begin to grow their capacity to develop their biodynamic farming initiatives in a sustainable manner.
This working group will look at mapping the key issues to address in order to build this capacity and work through key questions including:
• How do people who are interested in BD find each other?
• How to make available simple but high quality information that can be understood by small scale farmers?
• How do we develop preparations in new countries?
• How to finance courses and on-going learning among growing numbers of small scale farmer.
• How to finance certification and scaling up
• How to develop a connected movement of biodynamic farming in the global south
• How to identify and find trainers in the tropical parts of the world - and how to train them?
How can we build know-how capacity in small biodynamic associations – Experience of developing training in Slovenia
Maja Kolar and Reto Ingold
The Biodynamic movement in Slovenia is carried by small regional associations (Ajda) which support biodynamic agriculture and gardening, carried by small holders, farmers, gardeners and interested persons in Biodynamic. To support and train the local initiatives and regional biodynamic organisations, Demeter Slovenia created a 4-module course with certificate. This training can also be joined by future inspectors and advisors who havee to deliver a conversion report for new applicants in certification. Ajda associations are responsible to produce enough biodynamic preparations for all their members.
We would like to share experiences and find representatives of similar movements, trainings, coaching for regional working groups and associations. We would like to learn more what could be of help to develop training in small associations. What tasks can they take over in the future development of the Biodynamic agriculture.
Learning Materials for bd farming - What do we have? What are we missing?
Laura Bertzbach and Jakob Ganten (EN)
In this working group we will collect an overview over the materials, used in bd farming in theory and practice. In addition, we determine which materials are lacking for teaching biodynamics in theory and practice. Is there a common vision of what we need, such as an online plattform or a new book? Or are there rather small solutions and processes in different areas needed?
We would like to use this workshop to:
• exchange experiences and needs around learning materials
• support and inspire one eachother in our individual ways of finding and using materials
• hopefully in finding solutions and starting initiatives for to fill the lack of materials in our educations.
What kind of education is needed for those carrying out training and further education in biodynamic agriculture?
Soazig Cornu and Vincent Geerts
In order to support the development of biodynamics in different countries, we need to have more trainers. To achieve this we require places and opportunities to produce more teachers and trainers in biodynamics
This working group will use an interactive approach to examine what is expected from a biodynamic training, from those who perform the training, and thus what is required of a training course for students. The topic also makes us reflect on the responsibility associated with passing on biodynamics from one generation to the next, and we are working on the question of which course to adopt in order to cover the following topics:
• General and specific knowledge of biodynamics
• Practical experience in biodynamics
• The ability to communicate, i.e. pedagogical skills
• A journey into the philosophy of anthroposophy
• Qualification or accreditation
• The ability to connect to a network, to adhere to a system and common values.
This working group is aimed at all who wish to contribute to developing a training of this kind at national or international level. We hope that this work will bring new ideas, possible ways forward, common values and mutual inspiration.