Biodynamic Movement

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Anthroposophy & Biodynamics

Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary was born out of a deep dedication to the study of Anthroposophy and an acknowledgement of the unity of spirit and matter. Through this wide lens we embrace the wise teachings of the honeybees and seek to bring health and vitality to the partnership between the human being and mother nature. As an organization we are excited to explore, to understand and to share common ground with the many spiritual streams and cultural practices that cultivate a living and health bringing relationship to the Earth.

Anthroposophy (the wisdom of the human being) was founded by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) as a method of research and path of spiritual knowledge. Thousands of lectures and many written works have been published which share the results of his spiritual research and describe steps for connecting to the spiritual world and to a deeper understanding of oneself. The Anthroposophical Movement, which has spread far and wide since Rudolf Steiner’s time, has its world center at the Goetheanum, a building designed by Steiner in Dornach, Switzerland. You can learn more about the life of anthroposophy in the United States by connecting to the Anthroposophical Society

In response to the persistent and helpful questioning of his students, Rudolf Steiner brought anthroposophical insights to bear on a wide breadth of vocational fields. These include lecture courses on the arts, education, medicine, natural sciences, social sciences, agriculture and much more.  For example, in 1923 he gave a lecture series to the construction workers of the Goetheanum, which has been collected in a publication titled, Bees, which laid the foundations for biodynamic beekeeping.  Similarly, the Agriculture lecture course, given by Rudolf Steiner in 1924 to a group of farmers, gave birth to biodynamic agriculture. Today Biodynamics is cultivated worldwide with encouraging results. You can learn more about biodynamics in the United States by connecting to the Biodynamic Association.

Beginners Recommended Reading List for Rudolf Steiner & Anthroposophy

Rudolf Steiner Basic Written Works

The Philosophy of Freedom


How to Know Higher Worlds

Occult Science – an Outline

Calendar of the Soul

Rudolf Steiner Lecture Collection for Beginners

Anthroposophy in Everyday Life

Enlivening the Chakra of the Heart | Florin Lowndes

Biodynamic Agriculture Reading List

Agriculture | Rudolf Steiner 

Bees | Rudolf Steiner 

Man as Symphony of the Creative Word | Rudolf Steiner 

Nature Spirits | Rudolf Steiner 

Theosophy | Rudolf Steiner 

How to Know Higher Worlds | Rudolf Steiner 

How to Grow a Garden and be Self-sufficient | Ehrenfried Pfeiffer

An Introduction to Biodynamics | Ehrenfried Pfeiffer

Bio-Dynamic Gardening & Farming *Volume 1-2-3* | Ehrenfried Pfeiffer

Planetary Influences on Plants | Ernst Michael Kranich

Laws of Life in Agriculture | Nikolaus Remer

The Agriculture Course, Koberwitz, Whitsun 1924 | Peter Selg

Biodynamic Farming Practice | Sattler/ Wistinghausen

Biodynamic Agriculture | Manfred Klett

Principles of Biodynamic Spray and Compost Preparations | Manfred Klett

Developing Biodynamic Agriculture | Adalbert Count Keyserlingk

Gardening for Life—the biodynamic way | Maria Thun

Results from the Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar | Maria Thun

Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar | Maria Thun

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