Biodynamic Talk & Workshop with Thea Maria Carlson, Executive Director of the National Biodynamic Association

Maine Coast Waldorf School and our co-sponsors, The Resilience Hub and the Biodynamic Association, are pleased to present Thea Carlson, Executive Director of the national Biodynamic Association for a public talk and workshop on October 4th and 5th. Her talk, Climate, Carbon & Compost: How Biodynamic Gardening and Land Stewardship Can Help Us Embrace an Uncertain Future, will be held on Friday, October 4, 7:00 – 8:30 pm and her workshop, The Practical Magic of Biodynamic Compost, on Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am – noon. There is a $5-$20 suggested donation at the door for the talk. The workshop is $30/person and requires preregistration and prepayment. Details for both events are listed below.

Public Talk by Thea Maria Carlson:
Climate, Carbon & Compost: How Biodynamic Gardening & Land Stewardship Can Help Us Embrace an Uncertain Future
Friday, October 4, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Maine Coast Waldorf School’s Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
$5-$20 suggested donation at the door
Around the world, gardeners, farmers, and land stewards on every scale have been applying the deep principles and innovative practices of biodynamic agriculture to enhance the health and vitality of their soil and the food they grow. New research is showing that in addition to these benefits, biodynamic management can increase soil organic carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, helping to balance and mitigate climate change. Thea Maria Carlson, Executive Director of the national Biodynamic Association, will share the core biodynamic principles and practices and explore how we can integrate biodynamics into our gardening and land stewardship to nurture vibrant health for our community, the Earth, and the climate.

The Practical Magic of Biodynamic Compost Workshop with Thea Maria Carlson
Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am – noon
Maine Coast Waldorf School’s Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
$30.00 per person. (Refreshments will be provided.) 
Biodynamic composting is a living alchemical process that brings together and transforms plant material and animal manure into a potent source of strength and fertility for the garden and farm. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn to create a compost pile that balances the four elements of earth, water, air, and fire, and incorporates the six biodynamic compost preparations, made from yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion, and valerian. We will also discuss how to use biodynamic compost to enliven your soil and bring more carbon into the living realm, helping to restore balance to the climate.

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT FOR WORKSHOP: The cost for the workshop is $30/person. (Refreshments will be provided.)  To register & pay click here. Registration is not considered complete until payment is made.

Thea Maria Carlson is Executive Director of the Biodynamic Association, bringing vitality and renewal to the food system through biodynamic agriculture and land stewardship. Thea is a leader, facilitator, educator, and farmer dedicated to building living soil, growing nutritious food, and nurturing vibrant communities. She lives in the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma County, California, on land originally stewarded by Lake Miwok, Pomo, and Wappo people. Since 2011, Thea has played a key role in developing the Biodynamic Association’s programs and exploring new ways to manage and evolve the organization. Her previous experience includes diversified organic and biodynamic production farming; teaching gardening, nutrition, and beekeeping; designing, building and managing urban community and educational gardens; and organizing strategic communications trainings for nonprofit leaders. Thea holds a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a permaculture design certificate from Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. She is also a graduate of The Coaching Fellowship and the Center for Courage and Renewal’s Academy for Leaders.

Many thanks to our co-sponsors, The Resilience Hub and the Biodynamic Association.