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. He will also trace the spiritual history of organic agriculture, identifying the spiritual teachings of Rudolf Steiner as one seed of the movement and highlighting the ways practitioners of many spiritual paths have collaborated since the very beginning. Hands-on sessions with farmers and gardeners will introduce participants to farming practices that reach up to the spirit and meditative practices that keep us grounded on earth. Not everyone can be a farmer, but everyone who eats can and should be part of a farm community. This workshop will show you how.
DATE: October, TBA
LOCATION: Hawthorne Valley Farm, NY
PRESENTERS: Dan McKanan, the Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School focuses his research on religious movements for social transformation in the United States. His newest book, Eco-Alchemy: Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy and the Environmental Movement, will be published by the University of California Press in 2017. Steffen Schneider, director of Farm Operations at Hawthorne Valley, has been a Biodynamic practitioner since 1983, He has given workshops at numerous conferences and also teaches at the Biodynamic Course at the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, New York.