What makes this programme unique is its holistic and integrated approach to how people and different geographical locations interrelate. The Biodynamic approach to agriculture is founded on the concept of ‘the whole farm organism’, and the inter-relationship and connectivity between the various parts. This concept of wholeness and integration, as derived from Biodynamic Agriculture, can also be applied to the human being. The farm can therefore be used as a foundation to support human development and growth, thereby promoting positive outcomes for individuals, communities and the environment.

Biodynamic Agriculture sits at the heart of the Ruskin Mill Trust’s method of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) and as such, the land is used as a context and site of engagement to bring about person centred learning and development.

The entry point into the programme is the specific geographical location of the farm/site, and all that this involves in relationship with people, earth and universe. This provides a route to enter into a restorative and health giving process. Ecological principles are applied throughout the programme, which seeks to support succession and sustainability of the land, the environment and of people.

Over the two years, participants will learn how to run a biodynamic enterprise by experiencing life on one of the Ruskin Mill Trust holdings. In addition, participants will learn how to apply biodynamic principles to human development, through social pedagogy.

The programme seeks to create collaboration between people, earth and universe, as part of the restoration of health. Through the notions of individuality and interconnectedness, the human being becomes part of the wider farm organism, providing restorative interventions for the land and others.

Ruskin Model diagram