The principles that Rudolf Steiner brought into the world through Biodynamics are harmonious to the spiritual wisdom of the past that arose in the context of human interaction with Nature.

Natural ecology developed through constant interaction between humans and the demands of seasonal changes. When people found out what worked they stayed with it. Alchemical science formed these hard won insights into rational systems based on the complex rhythms of natural phenomena. Systems of plant and animal husbandry based on alchemical four elements theory sought tempering between seasonal tasks and natural fluctuations that resulted in crop pathology cycles.

The articles in this section are focused on gardening. They are based on findings of contemporary plant horticulture blended with alchemical insights. The goal is to present practical means for minimizing labor and maximizing health for those who work the land.

Principles

Farm or Garden?

Artisanal agriculture is based on small scale methods. The illusory power over nature that drives large scale agriculture can be seen in a five hundred…

Thoughts on the BioDynamic Preparations

For even the most ardent supporters of Biodynamic agriculture understanding the BD preps is challenging. For instance, it is difficult for a business owner to…

Video Series: Temperaments and Health – An Alchemical Tutorial

In this series by Dennis Klocek, he outlines a different way to look at health through the temperaments. Part 1: Phase Theory and Element Theory…

Video: Solar Length of Day (LOD) Tutorial

Dennis teaches us about the most important plant rhythm, solar length of day, and how that can be used in planning your planting calendar.

Articles

Glyphs of the Zodiac

Editor’s Note: Dennis uses a sidereal ephemeris to determine the dates for each constellation in which the sun is active. The sidereal ephemeris takes into…

Gems, Light, and Cosmic Will

Most human beings tend to value thinking as the most powerful human soul capacity because most problems are addressed through some level of thinking. Underneath…

Nature Experience for Young People

Nature is a broad array of events. As a result, there are many kinds of nature experiences. It is useful to consider which “nature” we…

Rediscovering the Sacredness of Nature: Interview with Dennis Klocek

Dennis Klocek is an artist, scientist, teacher, researcher, gardener, and alchemist. He lives and works in Sacramento, California and is Director of the Consciousness Studies…

Creating a “Maturing” plant spray for cool weather veggies like lettuce, leeks and cabbage

Creating the Parsley Extract for the “maturing” spray.

Long-term Leeks – Planting and Harvesting Leeks for the Whole Season

In the Lab: Using a Simple Still for Home Extraction of Essential Oils

Video Series: Plant Sprays

This new series is the result of several days spent with Dennis over 6 months, in which he shared how the plant sprays he uses…

Video: Alchemical Extraction using a Mary’s Bath

We’re using a device called a mary’s bath to extract resin from powdered myrrh to make a preparation called the three Kings. Learn how to…

Video: Sustainable Garden Harvesting – Fennel Harvesting Tips

Instead of one-and-done harvesting for the market, learn to harvest fennel so that your garden plants last all through the season. Plus, tips to winterize…

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