This year’s theme is: Celebrating the Art and Science of Good Living
Enjoy the company of other gardeners, farmers, homesteaders, and life-enthusiasts for a weekend of good food, excellent workshops, farm tours, and fun.
Your conference fee gets you: all of your home-grown, home-cooked, biodynamic, organic meals and beverages throughout the weekend, admittance to all workshops and lectures, and a place to camp.
This is a family friendly conference. There are beautiful places for children to play, and children under 16 are admitted free of charge (pitch in for meals if you can please). If you do not wish to camp, look into rooms in Red Boiling Springs, just up the road: https://www.armourshotel.com/, or http://thomashousehotel.com/.
Some of the fantastic presenters:
Mark Hancock, MD MPH, will be sharing: “The Connections Between Biodynamic Agriculture and Anthroposophic Medicine – From the Agriculture Course”. Mark and his wife Enid founded the Humanizing Medicine in Atlanta in 2015. The clinic is strongly rooted in the couple’s belief that everyone should have quality integrative healthcare options. Dr. Hancock has worked with Anthroposophic medicine for the entirety of his career.
“The Waldorf Approach to Early Childhood Development” –
Molly Eaton has worked in Waldorf kindergarten and pre-school education for two decades. She has completed early childhood teacher trainings with Lifeway of North America and Sunbridge Institute, and a further level of therapeutic early-childhood training at Nurturing the Roots in Colorado; Molly now offers an early childhood program from her own home outside Nashville. She will lead a Waldorf circle, share a story, describe the Waldorf approach to early childhood education, and lead a nature walk for parents and kids around the farm. There will plenty of time for questions answers.
“Therapeutic Eurythmy” – Corinne Horan – Therapeutic eurythmy works on the principle that every consonant and vowel has a corresponding gesture, and that these are linked with specific areas or organs of the human body. Thus, doing specific movement sequences can have a specific effect on health.
Biodynamics was initiated in 1924 when Dr. Rudolf Steiner recommended we view our farms as living organisms in connection with all of the elements of the earth and cosmos. He suggested that the farm’s fertility should come from the farm itself, not from artificial fertilizers, because the latter would tend to make our food less nutritious and our thinking and feeling more materialistic. Along with practical methods for integrating soil, plants, and animals into a self-sustaining farm, biodynamic gardeners work with spiritual elements by using homeopathic preparations to create compost, high quality produce, and a pleasant atmosphere.