Biodynamic Preparations 101
Biodynamics is a form of agriculture very similar to organic farming, but is a deeper holistic, ecological and ethical approach to gardening, food and nutrition.
Drawn on a series of lectures in 1924 given by Rudolf Steiner, it includes various esoteric concepts and treats the farm as its own living organism, looking to be self-supporting in nature without the use of off-farm inputs. Often remarked, ‘food tastes as it should’ when grown biodynamically.
In this workshop we will explore the foundations of biodynamics - the nine preparations we utilise when practising biodynamics. The afternoon will be part theory, part practical and will culminate in an meditative hour stir of preparation 500 - the grounding block the whole system.
What we will cover -
- What is biodynamics and why is it important
- Building fertility and resilience in your garden naturally
- Characteristics of each preparation
- Different methods of incorporating biodynamics
- Sourcing the preparations
- 500 stir and spread over the land
This workshop is perfect for anyone growing their own food, or those that have an interest in nutrition, building soil health and climate resilience, or simply a curiosity for the interconnected nature of our universe.
We will be based on Paulo Farms, a certified organic property just outside of Waihi that has been utilising biodynamics since 2016. The property encompasses a market garden, a young orchard, cattle, pasture free range chooks and is our playground for a self-sufficient lifestyle.
Please prepare to be outside for the duration of the workshop.
Facilitated by Monique from Natural Wisdom. Other upcoming workshops that may interest you are ‘Get Your Winter Garden Sorted’ and ‘Planting by the Moon’.