100 years on from the initial impulse given by Rudolf Steiner, the Biodynamic movement has expanded across the world. Together with a growing number of impulses developing in very different contexts and emerging regions across the world, Biodynamic practitioners are facing different socio-cultural and climatic challenges in further developing work with the biodynamic preparations. Yet we know little about these very different realities and how the work with preparations has been carried forward and locally adapted to new and changing conditions. With the aim to fill in these gaps of knowledge and to develop an informed overview of the reality of the movement across the world, the Federation is conducting a global study on Biodynamic Preparations during 2022 - 2023. As part of this study, the experiences, and visions of more than 110 biodynamic practitioners from all over the world have been collected so far. A global picture of the main challenges, needs, as well as local adaptations to the work with the preparations in very different socio-cultural and climatic contexts is under construction.
The results of this study will be presented during the online BFDI Member´s assembly in June. Preliminary results show, among others, the great need of biodynamic practitioners across the world to connect and exchange with the broader community on mutual experiences, learnings, and challenges. The call to become part of a global networks of Preparation makers was present in many of the farmers we interviewed. In response to this call and as part of this ongoing study, we would like to invite the global biodynamic community to participate in the three online colloquiums on Biodynamic preparations during 2023.
The main goals of these online sessions will be to exchange on the foundations of the Biodynamic preparations, to strengthen the networks among biodynamic practitioners around the world, to raise awareness of our diversity and to reflect on future paths for the growing eco social and climatic challenges, but also the potential of resilience faced by preparation makers worldwide.
The dates, topics and links to register for the colloquiums are:
June 1st at 3 pm (CEST) on the topic: “The Essence of Biodynamic Preparations”. In this session BD practitioners from across the world will exchange on their understanding of the meaning of quality on the preparations, on how they preserve it and how to assess their effects.
Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-Gqpj8qGdQf48qg6Q-iux4GSnAHgO5O
August 31st at 3 pm (CEST) on the topic: “The Animal Being & The Preparations”.In this session bd practitioners will exchange on their understanding of the essence of using animal organs in the preparations. Growing socio-cultural challenges with the work with animal organs in some regions of the world, as well as the use of alternative animal organs will also be shared in this session.
Link to register:
November 23rd at 2pm (CEST) on the topic: “Local Adaptations in the work with the Preparations”. In this session we will exchange on the challenges and local adaptations to the work with the preparations in different climatic zones like the tropics and dry regions. Experiences with the use of potentized preparations, the cultivation of the bd plants in challenging environments, and the experimentation with locally adapted varieties of plants will be shared.
Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAscu2hrjwtE9EZc-L-QE31JgCvNRULY-UE
Further information on each of the colloquiums will be published in the coming newsletters.
In the meantime, we invite you to register in advance for this online session. If you would like to collaborate and shared your experiences in any of these topics, please contact Maria Paz Bernaschina (paz.bernaschina) or Andrea D´Angelo ( @demeter.nettitadangelo). @hotmail.com