Biodynamics and Permaculture: Exploring Tools to Heal the Earth, A Workshop in New York
October 29, 2011; 9 am to 5 pm; $95
The Pfeiffer Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY; email@example.com; www.pfeiffercenter.org/workshops
Biodynamics and permaculture are two approaches to agriculture and land care that work to engage the forces of nature to foster a healing relationship between humanity and the earth. Permaculture is used by millions of people in over 150 countries to design sustainable habitats that integrate humans into their ecosystems. Biodynamics is widely practiced in North America, Europe, and Australia and promotes an understanding of the “dynamic” life forces at work in nature to create agricultural systems that bring about balance and healing. Where do these powerful systems overlap in the world? What are their similarities, their differences?
This one-day workshop will explore principles, practices, goals and methods of biodynamics and permaculture. We'll clearly define and demystify the language of each system, building a foundational, holistic understanding, while discovering and seeking deeper truths.
The workshop will include a mix of presentations, discussions, and artistic activities to enhance participant learning. Join us to deepen your ability to connect with and heal the earth!
Megan Durney, Head Gardener at the Pfeiffer Center, came to the Pfeiffer Center as an intern in 2006. She currently helps supervise production and sales of Pfeiffer Center produce, cares for the Pfeiffer Center’s apiary, and conducts educational programs for adults and children. Megan is a graduate of the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program.
Ethan Roland, Principal and Lead Designer at AppleSeed Permaculture, is an international expert in sustainable agriculture and permaculture based in the Hudson River valley. He studies and practices regenerative design in all corners of the world, from the wild apple forests of Kazakhstan to the tropical monsoon ecosystems of Thailand. He holds an MS in Eco-Social Design from Gaia University and sits on the board of the Apios Institute, the Mindful Living Initiative, and Permaculture Across Borders.