Agricultural Festivals: Old and New


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In times past culture was enhanced throughout the year with festivals that united the natural world, the spiritual world and social rites of passage. Ancient nature religions arising from agricultural practices eventually transformed into festivals celebrating socially rich living metaphors of birth, death, marriage and coming of age. When people stopped working in nature, the living metaphors devolved into abstract social events and organized religious beliefs.

It is possible today to relink social and spiritual practices with experiences in nature through the creation of new festivals. Dennis will present a blueprint for a year of festival life that unites rhythmic seasonal tasks found in planting calendars with historical spiritual practices and seasonal rituals. These historical rhythms will then be placed onto the background of the esoteric significance of the forces of the stars and planets that are the fundamental key to understanding how to create new contemporary festival life for those who work the land.

  • Historical solstice, equinox festivals and pagan calendar festivals
  • Yearly best practices for planting calendars
  • Yearly best practices for BD preparations
  • Yearly best practices for alchemical work

About the presenter

Dennis Klocek, Founder of the Coros Institute, dedicated to dialogue between individuals in the sciences, the arts and business with a commitment to spiritual values arising from the contemplative life; Director, Consciousness Studies at Rudolf Steiner College, CA; international lecturer; author of many books including, Climate, The Soul of the EarthThe Seer’s Handbook; and Drawing from the Book of Nature. For audio lectures, articles and art prints see,


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Sliding scale $85-$110.
Preregistration by January 1st includes lunch and refreshments made from biodynamic and local ingredients.

Amounts above $85 can be considered a donation for scholarships: receipt is available upon request.


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From San Francisco or Santa Rosa (or anywhere south of Ukiah): Take the North State Street exit in Ukiah. Turn Right onto State St, drive for half a mile. Turn Left onto Hensley Creek Rd (towards Mendocino College). Turn Right at the Yokayo Ranch Sign (800 mailbox) Stay left at the fork.


Suggested hotels

  • Travel Lodge, Ukiah 707-462-5745 is in walking distance to Yokayo Ranch.
  • The Discovery Inn, Ukiah 707-462-8873
    ask for group rate code: CORBIO
  • Holiday Inn Express, Ukiah 707-462-5745
  • Motel Six, Ukiah 707-468-5404

For more information including scholarship assistance call 916-717-6007.