This workshop will focus on the alchemical principle of spagyric substance that is at the core of Biodynamic preparation methods. The term spagyric was coined by the great alchemist Paracelsus to describe procedures for taking apart a substance at one level of existence and reinvesting it into itself it at a higher, more energetic, level of existence.
The resulting spagyric substance transcends its natural order energetically. Seen in this way, putting cow manure in a cow horn is alchemically spagyric.Read More
This course is a survey of the esoteric principles that are the foundation of the Biodynamic practices. Starting with the geological features of pre-cambrian times the ascent of organisms is sketched as a depiction of what Rudolf Steiner has called the world / mineral / plant.Read More
The rising tide of life forces in Spring is linked in a unique way to lunar rhythms around the time of the equinox. This workshop addresses the critical patterns of early spring, highlighting optimum times for working with plants. It completes the work with the planting calendar through studying the elemental patterns of the moon during harvest season.Read More
These lectures trace the activities of warmth, light, and rhythm in the life forms of the natural world. The intent is to form a picture of “the etheric” which is both an important and difficult concept. Moving from an historical look at the idea of the ethers into some of the contributing streams in Rudolf Steiner’s thinking such as the fourth dimension, the nature of warmth and the infinitely distant, and then finally to the current scientific research that supports the idea of the etheric realm.Read More
The Agriculture Course of Rudolf Steiner provides a direction that can contribute to a renewal of the sense of the sacred when engaged with the daily work on the land. The key is to be able to transform the concepts in the book into living imaginations that are developed through inner exercises. Through practice, the inner eye of the heart opens to the more subtle forces moving through the spirit of the place in which we work.Read More
These lectures address the principles founded by the alchemists that can serve as the basis for a new way of looking at the forces of nature. The mandala of the four elements, the processes of salt, mercury and sulfur and the principles of transformation of the elements are the dynamic backdrop for four lectures on the nature and interaction of minerals, plants and animals as they are encountered in agricultural work on farms and in gardens.Read More