How Animals Enhance Health and Resilience of the Land

Sep 04, 2023 1:00PM—3:00PM


ONLINE: Goetheanum (CEST, UTC+2)

Cost CHF 240 / CHF 95 / CHF 50

Event Contact Sarah Sommer | Email

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We will explore the world of animals in their variety, diversity, and context. What understanding is needed from human beings so that we can support animals in their natural contribution to the health and diversity of the land? With biodynamic agriculture as a basis we will spend four weeks in the wonder-filled world of animals, both wild and domesticated, appreciating and recognizing the movement and life that they bring to us and the earth.

All people working in any aspect of biodynamic, organic, or environmental organizations are highly welcome. As in-depth course, it addresses mainly people who already have some previous knowledge and are connected to the organic/biodynamic movement. A basic interest in the anthroposophical background, as well as the will to explore the subject further, should be present.

Get in touch with us if you have any questions or requests. We look forward to welcoming you!

Course Leader & Main Contributors

Johannes Wirz: Studied molecular biology (Bio II) at the University of Basel. Scientific collaborator at the Research Institute at the Goetheanum. Developmental biology work on amphibians (R. temporaria, T. alpestris, T. helveticus). Various work on insects, including single-animal observations of butterflies (in particular M. galathea) in different biotopes, as well as projects on bee health and beekeeping. Another focus of the work is genetics; in particular the relationship between genotype and phenotype.

Alysoun Bolger: I am a biodynamic teacher, certifier and farmer’s wife. Having been involved in the training of biodynamic farmers, inspectors and consumers for the last 20 years, I now work for the Biodynamic Federation Demeter International on the Executive Board. I very much enjoy bringing a Goethean approach to applied practical work in agriculture.

Jean-Michel Florin: Studied agriculture and nature conservation, coordinator of the biodynamic association in France (MABD) and trainer for bd farming, author and editor of books and journals, expert and speaker on the subjects: Goethean approach of nature, medicinal plants, landscape, viticulture, etc. Since 2010 Head of the Section for Agriculture.