One conference at four different times in four different places, prepared by four different teams, linked through a common vision and four online meetings.
The Biodynamic Trainers' and Teachers' Conference 2022 is already history. This year the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum together with the BFDI organized the second international conference for trainers and teachers. In order to decentralize the conference, it was held in four regions: Africa (Zimbabwe), Europe (Dornach), Latin America (Peru) and the Asia-Pacific region (Malaysia). More than 200 young and experienced biodynamic trainers and teachers from more than 35 countries participated in the four training workshops around the world. In addition, about 40 people met in each of the four connected online train-the-trainer meetings that took place after each workshop.
Read the course reports of the four workshops here and discover the online world map of biodynamic training initiatives (to be updated soon):
“Learning Biodynamics as a…
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Art is beautiful when the hand, head and heart work together
John Ruskin (1819-1900)
In 2019 the first International Biodynamic Training Conference was held in Dornach, Switzerland. The second Conference, to be held in 2022, aims to continue building networks of collaboration and communication among biodynamic trainers globally. As we are living in quite uncertain times, we are trying to develop new ways of collaboration around the world. This year's focus will be on raising awareness and strengthening regional training initiatives. Therefore, instead of one centralized conference, we are working to organize four regional workshops in each of the 4 continents (Asia, Africa, Europe, and America).
Each region will approach the overall theme of the conference “Learning Biodynamics as a path of transformation” according to local interests, needs and contexts. Each workshop will be designed to be a learning process in itself, and at the end of each workshop there will be an online contribution to share in the most “artistic” (art of education) way the results and discoveries to the whole international community of trainers.
Meaningful learning experiences can transform the human being as a whole. We do not merely learn with our head intellectually - otherwise it’s only information-, but also with our heart, through feeling, and our hands, through doing. When biodynamic training reaches out to the threefoldness of human beings, a transformative path of self-development is enabled. How can biodynamic trainers encourage meaningful learning processes? How can they guide students through a path of self-transformation in all three fields? In the 2022 Training Conferences we want to share and deepen our experiences and reflections on this topic. Feel free to contact us for any questions or inputs.
One project that was concretised at the Biodynamic Trainer & Teacher Conference in 2019 is the digitalisation of the collection of existing biodynamic training places worldwide. All biodynamic training initiatives and training centres, as well as their offers and contact details, should be visible to all in an online map.
The map is the result of a joint initiative of the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum, the Biodynamic Federation-Demeter international, and many biodynamic educators and trainers.
Did we miss a training initiative? Please get in touch with us so that we can record your data!
A collaborative project of the Section for Agriculture and Demeter International with the aim to support people and organisations from the biodynamic movement in their work and further development and to create a worldwide offer of qualified trainers and educational institutions, which serves the whole community.
Jean-Michel Florin & Petra Derkzen (Demeter International)