The preparations – the heart of biodynamic agri-culture
The biodynamic preparations bring vitality to the earth, its fruits, the farms and their communities. They inspire our actions and bring concrete benefits to nature as a whole. They also present us with big questions. At the conference insights will be shared from all over the world and in order to inspire and encourage, there will be an intensive exchange of experiences. Those invited include farmers, gardeners, wine growers, orchardists, herb growers, advisors, researchers, students and apprentices, food processors, traders, cooks, nature educators and also consumers and friends of the biodynamic impulse. The plenary sessions will explore the preparations in all their breadth and depth, in the parallel themed sessions specialists will be able to share experiences and deepen their work while in the workshops intensive personal dialogue will be encouraged. To complete the programme there will be music, artistic courses, guided tours of the Goetheanum and an exhibition. At the conference we want to share the open and refreshing spirit that accompanies work with the preparations in so many places.
Ueli Hurter & Jean-Michel Florin
The preparations - the heart of biodynamic agri-culture
A conference of the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum, Wednesday, 7 to Saturday, 10 February 2018
Booking closes: Wednesday, 24 January 2018
with sponsorship¹: CHF 490, with meals: CHF 640
regular price: 290 CHF, with meals: CHF 440
concessions²: 190 CHF, with meals: CHF 340
students³: 90 CHF, with meals: CHF 240
¹ Should you be in a position to pay an additional amount, this would help to cover the costs of the conference and support the work of the section.
² Concessions apply for OAPs, the unemployed, those in military or civil service and people with disabilities who receive bene ts. Proof of status has to be submitted with your booking form.
³ Concessions apply for students, schoolchildren, those in training. Proof of status has to be submitted with your book ing form.
Conference meals (vegetarian with dessert) include 3x lunch and 3x evening meal at CHF 150 in total. Breakfast (3x) can be booked separately at CHF 45. The other meals cannot be booked separately. We regret that food intolerances cannot be catered for.
(Booking possibility on the booking form, click here for further information)
Accommodation with mattresses on the floor: 3 nights for CHF 30 from 7th February in the evening to 10th February in the morning or 4 nights for CHF 40 from 7th February in the evening to 11th February in the morning. Please bring a sleeping bag, a pillow and a sheet; limited spaces.
Additionally there are rooms set aside for the conference period in the Youth Hostel Basel, booking directly at the Youth Hostel. For details see: www.sektion-landwirtschaft.org/8678.html.
For the period of the conference: CHF 25 (not right next to the Goetheanum building). If you have a disability, please display your disability badge in your car.
Methods of payment/confirmation
On receipt of a group application, the respective institution will receive the account for the group. Subsequent bookings can only be applied for and paid on an individual basis.
Credit cards (all countries): The full amount will be charged to your credit card as soon as your booking has been processed. You will receive postal or email confirmation of your booking and payment.
Invoice Switzerland: Confirmation of booking and an invoice will be sent to you once your booking has been processed. Please note that we only send out invoices up until 10 days before the beginning of an event. After that, payment is only possible by credit card or on arrival.
Invoice Eurozone: Confirmation of booking and an invoice will be sent to you once your booking has been processed (Euro account). Please note that we only send out invoices up until 14 days before the beginning of an event. After that, payment is only possible by credit card or on arrival.
Other countries: Once your booking has been processed you will receive a confirmation by post or email. The amount due will either be charged to your credit card or you can pay on arrival. Bank transfers are not possible.
Please note that the conference fee must be paid before the conference starts.
Conference tickets: Tickets can be collected at the Reception until half an hour before the conference starts, also if you pay on arrival. We accept cash (Euro and CHF), VISA, MasterCard, ec-direct and Postcard-Schweiz.
Cancellation: Bookings may be cancelled free of charge up to 14 days prior to the beginning of the conference (24.1.2018, date of posting). After that, 50% of the conference fee will be charged. Meals, breakfast, parking permit and group accommodation may be cancelled free of charge up to 1 day prior to the begin of the conference (6.2.2018). Cancellation on the day when the conference begins or failure to attend are subject to a 100% invoice total. Substitutes will be accepted at no extra cost.
Cancellation insurance: Subject to a payment of 5% of total costs (CHF 10 minimum) full cancellation insurance can be taken out to cover illness (including dependent children and partner), job loss and force majeure. Please ask for our terms of insurance or visit www.goetheanum.org/6053.html.
Data processing: All data will be electronically recorded and filed and not passed on to any third party.
The Goetheanum is situated south of Basel in the Swiss Jura. As a cultural venue that includes a theatre and a study, research and conference centre it offers around 700 events every year. The listed building is seen as an impressive example of organic architecture.
At Basel Swiss Station (SBB) take train S3 (destination Laufen) to Dornach-Arlesheim, then local bus no. 66 to bus stop Goetheanum (travel time c. 30 mins)
From Basel Swiss station (SBB) take tram no. 10 to Dornach-Arlesheim station, then local bus no. 66, to bus stop Goetheanum (travel time c. 50 minutes).
Leave the motorway Basel – Delémont (H18) at junction Reinach Süd and follow signs to Dornach, from there follow signs to the Goetheanum (travel time from Basel centre c. 20 mins).
Walk uphill from Dornach-Arlesheim station, following signs. Walking time c. 15 minutes
Organiser: Section for Agriculture