Who is the programme for?

This programme is aimed at individuals with an interest in engaging in a deeper relationship with Biodynamic Agriculture, integrated thinking, and conscious care and stewardship of the environment, in order to grow the land, positively sustain the environment, promote community, and support individuals to re-imagining their potential.

Participants are likely to have an interest in ecology, organic food and farming, sustainability, education, spirituality, self-development, and health.

Entry Routes

There are three entry routes available to those who wish to undertake the Ruskin Mill Trust biodynamic training:

  • Through the Charity Volunteer Scheme with Ruskin Mill Trust (EU nations only)
  • Through direct application to the course
  • Biodynamic Training for Waldorf Teachers

If you have any cautions or convictions and would like a conversation about whether these will prevent you from applying, please contact Peter van Vliet: Peter.VanVliet@fmc.rmt.org; 07975 793 193

A) Trainee Scheme

Ruskin Mill Trust is offering a number of Trainee placements in its provisions, which provide full time unpaid work in a biodynamic or aspiring biodynamic setting in return for accommodation (if required), subsistence and reasonable expenses. As part of the Charity Volunteers Scheme, individuals will have the opportunity to undertake the Ruskin Mill biodynamic training. Individuals will be eligible to apply for a bursary to cover the course costs, although trainees will be expected to pay a course administration fee of £150 per year.

Trainees will be expected to commit to working a minimum of 35 hours per week at a Ruskin Mill centre, in a biodynamic setting. Therefore, volunteers should be diligent workers with an interest in biodynamic agriculture, and willing to contribute to the work of the organisation. Volunteers will receive an induction and training in relation to their role, and direct supervision and guidance. Training, appropriate to the role will be given, as required when working at a Ruskin Mill Trust site.

Applications can be made via the Ruskin Mill Trust Charity Volunteer Scheme. The Charity Volunteer Scheme is open to EU nationals only.

If you have any questions about becoming a Charity Volunteer, please contact Peter van Vliet: Peter.VanVliet@fmc.rmt.org

B) Direct applicants

Direct applications are invited for the programme. This route is an alternative to the Charity Volunteers Scheme. Direct applicants for the training programme are encouraged to attend all the weekend and block training sessions, and commit to spending an average of 8 hours a week (over 45 weeks) working with their own piece of land (outside of Ruskin Mill Trust), as part of their independent learning. It is, however, also possible for Direct applicants to apply to undertake specific ‘stand-alone’ Units, based on personal interest.

Fees: individual taught units delivered over one weekend (usually comprising of Saturday day and Sunday morning, and on occasions Friday evening) are priced at £50. The annual programme also includes 2 block training sessions comprising of 4 consecutive days each, and these are priced at £150 each. Fees include mentoring, all meals and refreshments.

The programme is in its pilot year and the Direct application fees reflect this development phase. In consideration of this Direct application learners are asked to take part in a reflection and assessment process to assist in the development of the programme.

C) Biodynamic Training for Waldorf Teachers and School Staff

There is also an opportunity for Waldorf Teachers to join the programme, to undertake specific Units, through the Biodynamic Training for Waldorf Teachers and School Staff pathway. The training will enable Waldorf Teachers to bring the benefits of a biodynamic location into the heart of their school campus and teaching practice.

The Biodynamic Training for Waldorf Teachers and School Staff will:

  • Provide opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of the natural world
  • Inspire thriving, vibrant school communities who nurture healthy relationship to land, plants, animals and people
  • Enhance sustainable, on site food production for school meals
  • Support Land Craft Education curriculum development

For further information about the Biodynamic Training for Waldorf Teachers, please contact Victoria Wren: victoriawren72@gmail.com

Entry requirements

In order to undertake the programme, applicants should have a minimum qualification of a GSCE (Grade C or above) in English and Maths.

All applicants must satisfy visa requirements and will be required to obtain a satisfactory DBS check and overseas police checks (where necessary). This will be discussed through the application process.

The application process

As part of the application process, you are invited to:

  • Complete the application form; indicating whether you wish to apply as a Charity Volunteer or Direct applicant (Waldorf teachers who wish to engage in the programme should contact Victoria Wren directly)
  • Submit a letter explaining why you wish to become a Charity Volunteer with the Trust and/or undertake the Ruskin Mill biodynamic training

Following your application we will contact you to discuss the next steps.

Application form

Click here to download the application form. (Word format)

Please complete the form and return it to us by post, as detailed on the form.

Key dates

Please note that there are no closing dates for applications, as we will offer multiple start dates during the year.