Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture: Life Based on Love


a study series co-created by 
Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary & the Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics

You are warmly invited to celebrate 100 years of biodynamic practice and wisdom with friends from Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary and the Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics or JPI.  Alex Tuchman, Ines Kinchen, Stewart Lundy, M Mueller and other friends will lead a year-long study series of Steiner’s 1924 lectures known as “Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture.”  Join us for 11 webinars where we share insights and experiences drawn from the Ag Lectures, including presentations from experienced biodynamic farmers, beekeepers, prepmakers, and land stewards, with discussions and spiritual communion.

Please mark your calendars for the following online meetings:

Note: We are leaving registrations open for this webinar, however, we do have a seat limit of 500 connections.  We will record the webinar and post it the following week for anyone who was unable to join us live.

When you register you will receive a downloadable PDF that contains the link to the folder where all of the recordings will be archived.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – 7:30 – 9:00 PM EST
Wednesday, March 13, 2024- 7:30 – 9:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 – 7:30 – 9:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, May 8 2024 – 7:30 – 9:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 – 7:30 – 9:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 – 7:30 – 9:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 – 7:30 – 9:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, September 11, 2024 – 7:30 – 9:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, October 9, 2024 – 7:30 – 9:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, November 13, 2024 – 7:30 – 9:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, December 11, 2024 – 7:30 – 9:00 PM EDT

In the spirit of the gift, these meetings are open to all at no cost. Donations are welcome.

You only need to register once.  Once you’re on the list, we’ll send links for each of the webinars. If you were registered for “Life Based on Love” in 2023, you are already on the list!

Note: When you checkout, there will be a link to download a PDF that has both the Zoom link for the webinar and a link to the recordings folder. You will also get this link in your confirmation email. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam folder.



The 8 lectures given by Steiner in Kobierzyce during the last year of his life provide a foundational understanding of the elemental and cosmic forces affecting living things on earth. With both practical indications on farming and observations on the workings of the cosmos, the lectures constitute the first ever organic agriculture course and give each of us a path to heal the soil beneath our feet. Our aspiration is to read deeply into this foundational text to unlock the mysteries of the relation of plants, animals, and humans to the earth and cosmos, so that, as Dr. Steiner said, “the earth may be healed.” Indeed, as we know from studying the Bee Lectures given by Steiner immediately before this, the body of the bee is the entire earthly landscape, and her health is intimately tied to our own.

Spikenard & JPI invite you to study the texts with us collaboratively, to deepen our knowledge of the forces, cosmic and spiritual, that work alongside biological ones in nature.  The indications given at this culminating time in Steiner’s life offer a way of co-creating with the earth and cosmos to make a place where the honey bee–and all our relations in the living world–may thrive and flourish.

For the readings, we welcome the use of multiple translations to deepen our understanding, including the Creeger & Gardner translation, Agriculture: The Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture, available online at the JPI Bookstore at jpibiodynamics.org.

Explore the lectures for the first time or deepen your understanding of the spiritual forces needed for the regeneration of cultivated ground. Our shared devotion is to healing the earth for all beings: how do biodynamic practices and inspirations help us meet the challenges of the future?

The study is offered freely so that it may be shared far and wide.

Donations are warmly accepted and tax-deductible.  

Details about each gathering will be emailed the week prior to each meeting.