Participants will learn through the lens of ‘Practical Skills Therapeutic Education’, the method of the Trust. Learning will be primarily experiential through vocationally relevant practical activities, supported by a series of taught sessions and seminars.
Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in artistic activities, to support learning and personal development. Self-reflection is a key feature throughout, to support personal enquiry and growth.
Independent study and field trips are also included within the programme to promote self-leadership and provide an opportunity to see biodynamic agriculture, farming and horticulture in varied environments (e.g. rural and urban), within the context of therapeutic education.
Through the programme participants will:
- Work alongside and receive direct vocational guidance from trained and experienced biodynamic practitioners and tutors.
- Work alongside RMT students supporting them in their development and receive guidance from trained and experienced PSTE curriculum tutors (Trainees only).
- Attend and participate in seminars on biodynamic practice covering an annual total of approximately 5 weekends and 2x 3 – 4 week day block sessions.
- Have the opportunity to visit different Ruskin Mill locations, in order to deepen understanding of agriculture and therapeutic pedagogy in other geographical settings and environments (for example, rural farms and a city roof top garden).
- Engage in relevant artistic and craft activities to enhance learning. Arrangements to be made in agreement with Land tutor.
- Be expected to study independently and evidence learning through a portfolio of work, group presentations and a final project on animal husbandry or horticulture.