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Rudolf Steiner College, a Center for Biodynamic Education

Rudolf Steiner College

At Rudolf Steiner College, biodynamics is both practiced and taught, bringing health and wholeness to the land and the community.

As a center for biodynamic education, we proudly offer a comprehensive selection of biodynamic workshops and events, evening study groups, a biodynamic farm apprenticeship program, farm visits for school children, garden tours and volunteer days. Students enrolled at the college also participate in a variety of biodynamic educational activities, including classes and garden work.

Information about these offerings can be found in our brochure which contains details, dates, fees and a registration form. You may also register online. Questions about biodynamics? Please email us at  For information on our upcoming events, workshops and conferences, please email

Our Biodynamic Farm and Garden

At the heart of Rudolf Steiner College sits Raphael Garden, our 3-acre, Demeter-certified biodynamic farm. Founded in 1987, the farm supports seasonal fruit, year-round vegetables, a large seed saving operation, farm animals and natural beekeeping, in a beautiful, serene setting.

The farm is a model of biodynamics in action:

  • Soil fertility is maintained through use of compost, animal manure, cover crops and crop rotations
  • Biodynamic compost and spray preparations, made locally, are used rhythmically throughout the seasons to enhance life forces
  • Most seeds are grown right on the farm
  • The farm is supported by the 70+ shareholders of the Raphael Garden CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
  • The entire 13-acre College landscape is also maintained as a unique individuality through the use of biodynamic preparations and principles.

What is Biodynamics?

Biodynamics is an agricultural method developed from indications given in 1924 in a series of lectures by Rudolf Steiner. It laid the foundation for a new way of thinking about the relationship of the Earth and the formative forces of Nature. Biodynamics became the first organized organic approach to farming.

The ideal is for a Biodynamic farm to be a self-sufficient organism, enlivened by the biodynamic practitioner through the use of compost and spray preparations in cooperation with natural rhythms. The results of biodynamic agriculture are found in the quality of the produce, the health of the land and the livestock, and the independence from damaging modern agriculture practices with their use of herbicides, fertilizers and pesticides. Biodynamics is a way of living, working and relating to nature and the vocation of agriculture. It is based on healthy common-sense practices, consideration of the uniqueness of each landscape, and the inner development of the biodynamic practitioner.


Biodyamic workshop series package discounts are available. For advanced purchase, register online.

For details on each workshop please scroll down to the event listings or click on the events flyer attachment below.

Price in advance:
  • Perspectives Series Discount (9 sessions) $615 ($465 student/senior) (discount available through Sept. 15, 2015 )
  • Perspective Series Discount with Advanced Intensive $955 ($720 student/senior) (discount available through Sept. 15, 2015 )
  • Beekeeping Series (4 sessions) $275 ($210 student/senior) (discount available through Sept. 15, 2015 )
Price at door:
  • Perspectives Series Discount (9 sessions) $640 ($490 student/senior) (discount available through Nov. 1, 2015 )
  • Perspective Series Discount with Advanced Intensive $980 ($745 student/senior) (discount available through Nov. 1, 2015 )
  • Beekeeping Series (4 sessions) $300 ($235 student/senior) (discount available through TBD )
Farm apprentice scholarships available.


2015-16 Biodynamic Event Brochure4.75 MB

Upcoming Biodynamic Events

Title Presenter Days Price
Biodynamic Summer Intensive Harald Hoven and Cynthia Hoven June 8 - 12, 2016 Early bird through May 25, $445; May 26-June 1, $460; after June 1, $475
Steiner's Lectures on Agriculture Harald Hoven Tuesdays, September 22, 29, October 6,13,20,27, November 3, and 10, 2016 Entire Series Discount (8 sessions) $90 / $60 Student/Senior (65+); Individual Sessions $15 / $10 Student / Senior (65+)