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Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, 2012

4:00–6:00 p.m., SAST, South Africa
  8:00–10:00 a.m., MDT, USA

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Dates:  July 21 and 22, 2012
Time: 8;00 - 10:00 am MDT
4:00–6:00 p.m., SAST, South Africa
Course Venue: Adobe Connect
Sponsoring Master:  Saint Germain and Kuthumi
Instructors: Ralph Raaths and Angus McIntosh
Course Fee: $50

Agricultural lands have been seriously damaged through modern farming methods, such as the use of soil fumigation, herbicides and insecticides. For this reason our nature spirits have found it difficult to build healthy plants and crops.

Rudolf Steiner set about the task of finding and sharing methodology that would return the land to the natural eco-system and to further enhance the activities of the nature spirits by adding them through “homeopathic processes” that would encourage the elemental cosmic ecology and restore balance.

In the first class, Ralph Raaths will present Steiner’s research, including the cosmosophy of nature and a video by herbalist, Peter von Maltitz. On the next day’s session, Angus McIntosh, a biodynamic farmer on a large scale, will speak about the practical implementation of this sacred agriculture.

Course Outcomes: Students will learn…

  • About the mysterious connections of nature to cosmic events, making ancient knowledge approachable to our understanding.

  • Better understand nature and how to co-operate with Mother Nature to work together with the elemental kingdoms.

  • To rejuvenate and enhance damaged soil and return its life cycle.

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Required & Recommended Reading

Required Reading

Secrets of the Soil: New Solutions for Restoring Our Planet by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird
Paperback 422 pages

A compendium on the science and metaphysics of soil, agriculture, and the environment. Going beyond the rudiments of biology, the authors demonstrate that the inherent life force woven through all plants, stones, soil, water, and air is central to our survival, and our relationship to the soil is of vital importance to our future. You will not find this kind of valuable information in a textbook. It will change your life.

Quote: A single microbe reaching maturity and dividing within less than half an hour, can, in the course of a single day, grow into 300 million more, and in another day to more than the number of human beings than have ever lived.

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Agriculture: A Course of Lectures Held at Koberwitz, Silesia, June 7 to June 16, 1924 by Rudolf Steiner

In this remarkable series of lectures, delivered in 1924, Rudolf Steiner first laid down the principles of biodynamic agriculture. Each lecture contains fascinating insights into farming, the plant and animal world, the nature of organic chemistry and the influences of the heavenly bodies. The discussions which followed are also recorded, in which Steiner answered questions and engaged in debate with the audience. This edition comes with full editorial notes and appendices, and includes Steiner's own handwritten notes to the series.

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Recommended Reading:

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World  by Paul Stamets

A manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how.
The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called “mycelium”--the fruit of which are mushrooms--recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of rich new soil. What Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize on mycelium’s digestive power and target it to decompose toxic wastes and pollutants (mycoremediation), catch and reduce silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), control insect populations (mycopesticides), and generally enhance the health of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and myco-gardening).

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Sea Energy Agriculture by Maynard Murray

Maynard Murray was a medical doctor who researched the crucial importance of minerals - especially trace elements - to plants and animals. Beginning in 1938 and continuing through the 1950s, Dr. Murray used sea solids - mineral salts remaining after water is evaporated from ocean water - as fertilizer on a variety of vegetables, fruits and grains. His extensive experiments demonstrated repeatedly and conclusively that plants fertilized with sea solids and animals fed sea-solid-fertilized feeds grow stronger and more resistant to disease.

Sea Energy Agriculture recounts Murray's experiments and presents his astounding conclusions. The work of this eco-pioneer was largely ignored during his lifetime, and his book became a lost classic - out-of-print for more than 25 years. Now this rare volume is once again available, with a new foreward and afterword by the founder of Acres U.S.A., Charles Walters.

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A Biodynamic Farm, For Growing Wholesome Food by Hugh Lovel

The inventory of knowledge that is generally warehoused under the classification of biodynamic is rich and timeless, and yet very few farmers have even a nodding acquaintance with the subject. This book performs a rescue operation. A practical, how-to guide to making all of the biodynamic preparations, this book will provide what you need to put these proven techniques to work in your fields. Perhaps the best of the many biodynamic titles currently available. Further explains how to achieve success through CSA-style market garden marketing. A Biodynamic Farm brings the sometimes confusing subject of biodynamics within the grasp of all farmers.

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David Christopher Lewis is a mystic, spiritual teacher, composer and author for the Aquarian Age. For three decades, David has been a student of the ascended masters and has studied the world’s major religions. In the spring of 2004 he began receiving regular telepathic communications from the masters in heaven. He maintains that he is not the messenger for the ascended masters, only one of them. He reminds us that we each sit under our own "vine and fig tree", and are each messengers in our own right, offering of our particular expression of the Godhead.

Early in 2005, David co-founded a spiritual movement in obedience to the masters' request. The Hearts Center is This nonprofit organization, dedicated to helping people everywhere nurture their own divine potential. It is a world-wide activity with centers in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and Africa.

David conducts prayer services during free Internet broadcasts on The Hearts Center’s website. He speaks at Hearts Center conferences and workshops held around the world. In addition to leading international pilgrimages, David teaches online Meru University webinar courses along with other instructors.

 Ralph Douwe Raaths was born in Lusaka, Zambia. He grew up as the son of a farmer and rancher, helping to herd cattle and sheep and tending to several acres of maize. After graduation from university, Ralph entered the industrial instruments process and control trade.

From an early age, Ralph took an interest in evolution and related subjects. This led to an earnest quest for answers to the mysteries of life. He embarked on in-depth studies of eurythmy,* drama, astronomy, astrology, mythology, metaphysics, history, freemasonry, African traditions, mental health and storytelling. It was Rudolf Steiner's methodology of spiritual-scientific thinking that captivated his attention most. After the completion of a four-year training, Ralph received a eurythmy diploma in Teaching and Artistic Performance at the Cape Town School of Eurythmy. He also had postgraduate training at the London School of Eurythmy.

Ralph is an accomplished lecturer, speaking on various aspects of cosmology. In 2003, he co-founded and became program director of Viva Youth College, a school whose mission was the upliftment of young people diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar and other biochemically related mental disorders. He has done extensive work with adolescent, drug and dysfunction-related problems, all based on Dr. Rudolf Steiner's work. He has studied ascended master teachings for more than twenty years and is currently the president of the International Council of The Hearts Center.

*Eurythmy, developed by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, is the art of making speech and music visible through gesture and movement. The training is mainly artistic by nature—poetry, painting, speech and music being emphasized—but firmly founded within the philosophical, psychological and therapeutic subject matter of Dr. Steiner and the Waldorf School curriculum.

Angus McIntosh, currently a biodynamic farmer in Stellenbosch, South Africa, was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal where he grew up on his family’s farm. He studied management accounting at Stellenbosch University and then took a position with Goldman Sachs in London as a stockbroker.

Five years later, he was able to return to his beloved South Africa and the land. Through his friendship with an architect who had an avid interest in ecology, Angus embarked on agricultural practices—green building, permaculture, and, most significantly, biodynamic agriculture—that transformed the way he looked at his relationship with nature and with all of  life.

Angus lives with his family in an earth house he built himself. His three children attend the local Steiner/Waldorf School, which has exposed him to the work of Rudolf Steiner, the greatest discovery of his life so far.

With David Lewis and Ralph Douwe Raaths, co-instructors of An Approach to Rudolf Steiner's Biodynamics—The Rejuvenation of Damaged Soil, Angus will share his well-won expertise and experience with the land.