Rudolf Steiner presented his Agriculture Course at Koberwitz (Kobierzyce, Poland) in 1924. He spoke of an agriculture to ‘heal the earth’ and he laid the philosophical and practical underpinnings for a differentiated agriculture. Moving from the introduction of indications to practice stretched out over a decade and a half, but within six years of the Course more than 400 individuals had come together in the Agricultural Experimental Circle (AEC). Biodynamics is now practised in many parts of the world.
The links below will take you to biodynamic groups. Acquaint yourself with as many as time permits and start doing what makes the most sense to you. After 50 years of involvement in this movement, I have seen and heard many different approaches to implementing biodynamics – bio-dynamics to some, as there isn’t even agreement over the spelling – and even the most extraordinary have provided the practitioners with some development in their AgriCulture.
The most important thing is to start.
- Bio-Dynamic Association of India
- Bio Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association in NZ
- Biodynamics in North America
- Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Southern Africa
- Bio-Dynamics Tasmania
- Biodynamic Agricultural Association in the UK
- Oregon Biodynamic Group – Online Course
At the Koberwitz conference and over the following decade and a half, farmers, doctors, scientists, researchers agreed to confidentiality to allow experiments with horn manure, horn silica and preparations to take place and results to be verified. Membership to the Agricultural Experimental Circle expanded to over 1000; participants remained deeply committed to working together towards an evidence based, new and alternative agriculture, ‘for all farmers’ – please note the absence of competitiveness.
For example, Lilly Kolisko, who was a key presence during the course at Koberwitz, developed capillary dynamolysis, also known as chromatography, a picture forming-method that uses qualitative rather than quantitative observation to discern etheric and other spiritual forces. She began tracking the effects of the moon cycles on plant growth, dug a 17-meter vertical shaft with trap doors at precise intervals to carry out experiments at various depths isolated from the influence of the Sun. She performed thousands of experiments with metallic salts to visibly demonstrate the effects planets and their cosmic alignments have on Earthly substances and impeccably recorded energetic changes that took place during total solar eclipses. She researched homeopathic potencies of biodynamic preparations and watered plants to see what effect they would have in painstaking experiments spanning 20 years and keeping meticulous records. In her written works, she emphasises the spiritual dimension of scientific research. Her methods are discussed in book, Agriculture of Tomorrow, publish just as WWII broke out. https://www.koliskoarchive.com/downloads.php
The spiritual foundations for the development of agriculture, also known as The Agriculture Course, was published November 1924; Ehrenfried Pfeiffer’s, Bio-Dynamic Farming and Gardening book followed in 19 July 1939.
Now in2022 biodynamic agriculture is practised in 55 countries covering a total of 251,842 certified biodynamic hectares world-wide according to John Paull and Benjamin Henning. There are differing views and biodynamic practices and I encourage you to approach them with curiosity, while maintaining well-informed, rigorous, and generous open-mindedness. Remember the image of the conductor; go home and create your own AgriCulture, to serve the future of humankind and the planet.
The websites below link to different biodynamic groups. Acquaint yourself with as many as time permits and start doing what makes the most sense to you. After 50 years of involvement in this movement, I have seen and heard many different approaches to implementing biodynamics – bio-dynamics to some, as there isn’t even agreement over the spelling – and even the most extraordinary have provided the practitioners with some development in their AgriCulture.
This is serious work but like anything worthwhile, it begins with the first step. Learning happens through practice, reflection, adaption and again practice – enhanced though sharing. There is a saying, done is better than perfect, because obsessing with perfection can be the enemy of progress. Pursue passion instead, serve the planet, follow your inspiration and pay attention to Rudolf Steiner’s lectures: The Spiritual Foundations for the Development of Agriculture (AKA The Agriculture Course). This is where it all began.
The most important thing is to start.