Are farms the places where heaven meets earth? In this workshop, Professor Dan McKanan of Harvard Divinity School will follow diverse spiritual communities as they go back to the land—by creating church and school gardens, establishing ecovillages, celebrating the sacraments with the four elements, practicing carbon farming, and participating in the global food sovereignty movement.
The Institute for Mindful Agriculture (IMA) will host The Next Step: Biodynamics as a Science of Initiation; The Evolution of Form with Enzo Nastati and Frank Chester, in collaboration with Steiner Books and the Biodynamic Association as part of the SteinerBooks Spiritual Research Seminar series.
“The stated primary aim of [Rudolf Steiner’s lectures on Agriculture] was to address three problems that had often been brought to [his] attention: the degeneration of plants; the diminishing nutritional value of food; the lowering fertility of farm animals. One can experience a certain wry amusement to think that these were pressing concerns in the 1920s, when we would now be happy to have those plants and their nutritional value. Evidently, however, there were already early signs of a situation that was destined to worsen dramatically to the point that, in our opinion, it is now no longer remediable with the methods of organic farming alone.”
Enzo Nastati, Commentary on Dr. Rudolf Steiner’s Agriculture Course
As we approach the third decade of the twenty-first century, the call to Do Something to Save the Earth is more urgent now than ever before. That is, if we can even hear it. The distractions of twenty-first century life multiply, while the human tendency—admirable and necessary in some respects—to accept “the way things are” with equanimity is presenting humanity and the living Earth with the most serious crisis of action either has ever known.
To love the Earth and humanity is to recognize that “the way things are” has to be remedied; and, considered broadly, we are running late in so doing. But only fully-conscious human beings can affect the necessary remediation; can offer Mother Earth the proper medicine.
To begin, the first thing that has to change is our thinking.
What, then, comes next?
This year’s SteinerBooks Spiritual Research Seminar will present (in special collaboration with the Biodynamic Association and The Institute for Mindful Agriculture) two individuals who point the way forward with accomplishments born of their own research. Enzo Nastati and Frank Chester are exemplary not only for translating the insights of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science into fruitful, positive deeds in the world, but also in picking up and carrying those insights further. We hope and expect that this weekend will inspire others to do the same.
Enzo Nastati is the principle director of The Eureka Institute in Italy. He has been a biodynamic farmer for over forty years, and understands, from a deep and dedicated study of Rudolf Steiner’s work, that the biodynamic agricultural method was always intended to be developed and fortified to meet changing demands over time. Mr. Nastati’s work has been recognized around the world where he lectures, consults, and conducts continuing research. Thirty-two years ago, spurred by his observations of extreme decrease in plant vitality immediately following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in April 1986, he began researching and developing preparations and application techniques to further meet the demands of our time. His work addresses the difficulties presented by electromagnetic ﬁelds, radioactive pollution, industrial pollution, water quality deterioration, GMOs, and other harmful effects of modern technology.
Frank Chester is an artist, sculptor, and geometrician, who lives in San Francisco. He taught art for more than thirty years in high schools and colleges. Since encountering the work of Rudolf Steiner, Frank has been exploring the relation between form and spirit. In 2000, Frank discovered a new geometric form never seen before. Putting this form through the alchemical transformative process of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, many previously unknown geometric structures have emerged. This geometric form demonstrates a remarkable correlation to the form and functioning of the human heart. On the basis of experimentation with various related geometric forms and the movement of water in a vortex, Frank is uncovering indications concerning the relationship between etheric formative forces and the geometry, structure, and physiology of the human heart.
DATE: March 6 - March 8, 2018
Friday, March 16
6:15 pm On-site registration and check-ins
7:00 pm Opening greetings and introductions (Gene Gollogly)
7:15 pm The task of biodynamics in the evolution of the Earth (Enzo Nastati**)
Saturday, March 17
9:00 am How to develop the impulses given by Rudolf Steiner in Koberwitz (Enzo Nastati)
10:30 am (Break)
11:00 am How to stimulate new qualities and resistance in plants and animals I (Enzo Nastati)
12:30 pm (Lunch)
2:00 pm How to stimulate new qualities and resistance in plants and animals II (Enzo Nastati)
3:30 pm (Break)
4:00 pm New plants and new machines (Enzo Nastati)
5:30 pm (Dinner)
7:00 pm Evolution and form (Frank Chester)
Sunday, March 18
9:00 am How to grow plants in difficult environments (Enzo Nastati)
10:30 am (Break)
11:00 am Setting up an evolutionary agricultural organism (Enzo Nastati)
12:30 pm (Lunch)
2:00 pm Form and evolution: The science of the future (Frank Chester)
3:30 pm Biodynamics as the science of initiation (Enzo Nastati)
*Note 1: Monday Morning, March 19, participants are invited to join Enzo Nastati and Steffen Schneider (Director of the Institute for Mindful Agriculture and longtime farm manager of Hawthorne Valley Farm) for a walking tour of Hawthorne Valley Farm and a discussion afterward. (The exact time for the tour to be determined.)
**Note 2: Enzo Nastati will deliver his presentations in Italian; these will be translated in segments by a professional translator highly experienced in working in this manner with Mr. Nastati.
Location: Hawthorne Valley Farm, a 500-acre biodynamic farm located at 327 County Route 21C Ghent, NY 12075. We will meet in the Community Hall of the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, across the street from the farm.
Getting there: There is no public transportation to the farm so arrangements must be made privately. The closest airport is Albany International (ALB), approximately 45 minutes away by car; Hudson, NY (approximately 20 minutes by car) is serviced by Amtrak; MetroNorth commuter train service stops at Wassaic, NY (45 minutes by car).
Meals: The Hawthorne Valley Farm Store Cafe provides reasonably priced all-organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner (until 6:30 pm). The Farm Store is open from 7:30 am to 7 pm, seven days a week.
Lodging: A list of accommodations near Hawthorne Valley can be found here:https://hawthornevalley.org/contact/accommodations/
Check by mail to:
SteinerBooks, “ATTN: Seminar”, 610 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
(please include your name, address, phone number, and email address)
Credit card over the phone:
413-528-8233, ext. 4, during regular business hours
In-person beginning at 6:15 pm on Friday, March 16
CONNECTING TO THE SOIL, SELF AND THE ECONOMY
The Institute for Mindful Agriculture invites you to the AUTUMN MODULE of its SEASONAL FOUNDATION PROGRAM October 27th/5pm through October 29th/1pm at Hawthorne Valley Farm
If we treated our friends the way we, as people, treat the Earth, our friends would never talk to us again. Across the globe we exploit our planet in the most destructive way on a daily basis- and still expect her to produce our food, give us nourishing spaces to explore, be our home.
If you think the time has come to make a difference, if you want to enhance your ability to be a change agent, if you want to learn something about yourself and work with others who are deeply committed to honoring the Earth and all that live there, please join us for a weekend at Hawthorne Valley Farm.
The Institute for Mindful Agriculture is committed to helping all of us improve our relationship with our home planet. By looking critically and deeply at ourselves and our relationship to the Earth through the lens of food and farming we can unlock our individual and collective capacities for transformational change.
During our Autumn Module we will dig deeper into the dynamic interdependence of Soil, Self and Economy through immersion in autumn's gestures of setting seed, anchoring the future life of the seed within the earth, and the dissolving of life above ground. Activities will include:
- Short presentations on the gesture of the year, mindful inner practice and working towards a food and agriculture economy serving the well-being of all
- harvesting and autumn farm work
- silent nature walks
- individual mindfulness and self-reflection practices
- discussions on transforming the current agriculture-food value chain
This workshop is part of a series of four, but can be taken individually as well. The costs for the weekend are on a sliding scale of $500-$250 including two dinners, one lunch and snacks. Further reduction of fees is possible upon request. Please contact Rachel Schneider to register or for more information: email@example.com
Hawthorne Valley Farm is a biodynamic farm and food business as well as our learning lab for examining the co-evolutionary relationship between human beings and our Earth. As a working farm it shows us how agriculture and the food system play an important role in restoring a healthy and mindful relationship to our planet.
REIGNITING THE RESONANCE BETWEEN HUMAN BEINGS AND THE EARTH
The Institute for Mindful Agriculture offers a place-based 15- day transformational program unfolding over 12 months throughout the 4 seasons within four 3- day workshops (Spring 2017 – Winter 2018) at Hawthorne Valley Farm. The program brings together stakeholders from all over the agriculture and food system, engaged eaters and others who consider themselves pilgrims and pioneers of a newly emerging narrative of agriculture and a caring food economy. The goal is to create opportunity for individual and collective spiritual and social development by looking deeply into the earth-rhythms of nature and presencing its implications for the renewal of the agricultural food system.
The IMA Foundation Course has a transformational intention: to facilitate re-connection to inner experience, life processes of the earth and the big challenges of our time towards re-imaging ourselves as human beings in our next evolutionary step and its implications for prosperity and right livelihood.
The full cycle of 4 workshops is based on the methodologies of Theory U ( Otto Scharmer), mindfulness and social engaged Buddhism (Thich Nhat Thanh), the anthroposophical cosmology of Rudolf Steiner, the nature work of Joanna Macy, the “Gross National Happiness” work of Bhutan, experiential learning approaches from Waldorf Education, Theory U, positive psychology, Goethean phenomenology and mindfulness practice. Knowledge on content themes will be derived from leading thinkers, researchers and practitioners.
The overall 1-year-process moves through the earth-to-earth cycle of nature as a master model for the renewal of the agriculture and food towards a collaborative earth-to-earth production, distribution and consumption organism.
5/12/17 - 5/14/17
8/4/17 - 8/6/17
10/27/17 - 10/29/17
2/2/18 - 2/4/18
For more information and to register, contact Rachel@hawthornevalleyfarm.org
90 minute workshop as part of the 2016 National Biodynamic Conference. Hosted by IMA.
Pre-conference, full-day workshop as part of the 2016 National Biodynamic Conference. Hosted by IMA.
Workshop with Dr. Are Thorensen (master acupuncturist and herbalist from Norway).
Harvard Divinity School is pleased to announce this call for papers for a conference on the “The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture,” to be held at March 31-April 1, 2016, at Harvard.
Institute for Mindful Agriculture will present a workshop entitled "“Biodynamics – Inner and Outer Practice” at the 2015 Young Farmer's Conference taking place December 2-4th at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY.
More information and registration details at http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/articles/young-farmers-conference.html
The Biodynamic Winter Intensive is a two-week course held each February for farmers, gardeners, and those seeking a working relationship with the living land. During the Winter Intensive, The Nature Institute and Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center offer two complementary weeks of instruction for those wishing to gain a fuller understanding of Biodynamic agriculture.
This year the theme is "Animals, Humanity and the Living Context of Agriculture."
For more information about the week at the Nature Institute, see www.natureinstitute.org/educ/winter. For details on the week at Hawthorne Valley contact Caroline Smialek at 518-672-7500 x 232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 7th annual National Young Farmers Conference at the Stone Barns Center is for young farmers, "[who are]...part of a movement with shared values about sustainable agriculture rather than being defined by an age bracket." Additional workshops and keynote presentations on topics including soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, conservation and more.
Workshop: Rudolf Steiner, Wendell Berry, and the Re-Settling of America (2014 Biodynamic Conference)
Ninety years after Rudolf Steiner's "Koberwitz Impulse" and 35 years after Wendell Berry's book "The Unsettling of America," we find ourselves at a crossroads. Drawing on the insights and inspirations of Steiner and Berry, we will explore future bearing elements now emerging as the real food economy. Can we discern and fashion a new narrative for Agri-Culture? To be presented by Steffen and Rachel Schneider at the 2014 Biodynamic Conference, Farming for Health.
The workshop will shed light on the spiritual being of our farm animals and then, based on what we learn there, demonstrate practical consequences and techniques of husbandry and feeding and breeding. To be presented by Steffen and Rachel Schneider at the 2014 Biodynamic Conference, Farming for Health.
In this keynote presentation to be given at the Biodynamic Conference, Medicine for Earth and Man: the Earthworm, the Cow, and the Bee, at Rudolph Steiner College in Sacramento, CA, Steffen will explore the unique abilities and contributions cows make to the health of our planet through the metabolic miracles that cows perform on a daily basis. Adding to this picture, we will delve into the deeper being of this animal’s physiology, behavior, and some of the more esoteric aspects of their being, including some hands-on work with the RSC cows.