Biodynamics and the Alchemical Worldview

FRIDAY JANUARY 11, 2019, 9 AM – 5 PM

Yokayo Ranch, 800 Hensley Creek Rd, Ukiah

“The plant shoot has its head which is a root.”

This sentence could come from the Agriculture Course by Rudolf Steiner, but is actually from Text VI of the Generation of Elements (1658) by the alchemical doctor Paracelsus. Many of the fundamental ideas in Biodynamics can be found in the alchemical works of Paracelsus and Basil Valentine. This conference will trace some of these alchemical linkages to such things as the agricultural individuality, the BD preparations and the use of agricultural astronomy in the work on the land. A final theme will illustrate how alchemical ideas merge with contemporary developments in plant science that can serve as the basis for future research linking Biodynamics and the medical work.

  • Biodynamic preparations as alchemical “spagyrics”
  • Agricultural individuality as alchemical “archeus” principle
  • Stella Natura calendar as the alchemical “iliaster”
  • Anthroposophical medicines as four elements plus three processes

Saturday morning, January 12: BDANC Lecture by Dennis Klocek “Goethe, Epigenetics and BD Research Principles”

About the presenter

Dennis Klocek, MFA, is co-founder of the Coros Institute and a faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College. He is the author of nine books, including the newly released Colors of the Soul; Esoteric Physiology and also Sacred Agriculture: The Alchemy of Biodynamics. Dennis is also an international lecturer; see for more.


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Yokayo Ranch, 800 Hensley Creek Rd, Ukiah


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
  • Holiday Inn Express, Ukiah 707-462-5745
  • Motel Six, Ukiah 707-468-5404

For more information including scholarship assistance call 916-717-6007 (email [email protected] for details).