The following Units comprise the Ruskin Mill Biodynamic Training programme.

Although the programme integrates therapeutic education and human development into a biodynamic training, the units and associated content are heavily weighted towards Biodynamic Agriculture. Additionally, Steiner’s Agricultural Lectures are woven throughout the programme.

Module Name Unit No Unit Name
1. Spirit of Place 1 Spirit of Place
  2 Soils from a Biodynamic Perspective
  3a Plants from a Biodynamic Perspective
  3b Biodynamic Seeds
  4 Animals from a Biodynamic Perspective
2. Practical Farm and Garden Skills 5 Hand tools, equipment and machinery
3. The Biodynamic Farm as an Organism 6 The farm organism
  7 Weather- Water
  8 Biodiversity and farm ecology
  9 Environmental  accountability
4. Therapeutic Education and Human Development 10 Practical Skills Therapeutic Education
  11 Human Development
5. Food and Nutrition 12 Food and Nutrition
  13 Holistic Support and Care
6. Balancing Cosmic and Earthly Energies 14 Rhythms and Formative forces
  15 Biodynamic Preparations
  16 Biodynamic weed, pest and disease management
7. Transformative Leadership and Farm and Garden Management 17a/b Project: Horticultural Production in Biodynamic Practice OR Animal Husbandry in Biodynamic Practice
  18 Farm economics, leadership and management

Course Dates for 19 – 20

Seminar Title Date (2019-2020) Weekend / Block Facilitator/Venue
Animals from a Biodynamic Perspective 28 – 31 Oct Block Ed Berger


Food and Nutrition 22 – 24 Nov Weekend Berni Courts

Ruskin Mill

Farm Economics, Leadership and Management 17 – 19 Jan Weekend Peter van Vliet


Rhythms and Formative forces 17 – 20 Feb Block Berni Courts

Ruskin Mill

Festivals 29 – 31 May Weekend Laura Wallwork

Plas Dwbl


The weekend generally runs from Friday evening 19:00 until Sunday 12:30, or from Saturday 8:30 until Sunday 12:30.

The blocks generally run from Monday 15:00 until Thursday 12:30.

On the farm learning units:

Environmental Accountability

Hand tools, equipment and machinery

Project horticulture or animal husbandry