Wanderschule

Free International Field School for Biodynamic Agriculture

The Idea of Wanderschule

Qualifications

The Wanderschule would like to enable people in the world to independently produce good and honest biodynamic products out of their own impulses, following on from the biodynamic idea. This should take place through good advice, training and further education and through the worldwide exchange of experience. It is important for us to coordinate with the buyers of the products, with the Demeter Association and the various local certification organisations.

Enthusiasm

In line with the open source idea, we want enthusiasm for biodynamics to develop and to be able to spread independently in countries adapted to regional and cultural needs.
The Wanderschule provides the necessary specialist knowledge, supports conferences and courses, trains local consultants and accompanies the development of biodynamic consulting and marketing structures in the countries.

Exchanges

The exchange of experiences between the cultures should enrich the further development internationally and help to bring new radiance into the biodynamic movement.

Press Release

Goetheanum Worldwide

Initiatives and People

An incredible diversity of cultures, natural areas and people revealed …
Reto Ingold

The world on the spot
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Initiatives such as the Wanderschule show that active work connects people and can be a bridge across all differences.

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Worldwide: Growing together biodynamically
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The international active Wanderschule supports biodynamic development in many countries of the world. An important concern of our work is to gain independence from European companies and markets and to find ways of biodynamics and regional cooperation that suit the own culture. It is the diversity of approaches that opens up the possibility of learning…

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Turkey: Understanding biodynamics better
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A strong biodynamic community is emerging in Turkey MMehmet Unal, responsible for the Demeter control of Aydin Gülyagi’s rose farm, asked me a few years ago: “How can I better understand biodynamic agriculture?” That was the initial impulse for the founding of Wanderschule. Since then we have been supporting the committed pioneers in their biodynamic…

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South Eastern Europe: A biodynamic peace project
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For more than 20 years Reto Ingold has been on a consulting mission in South-Eastern Europe. He has come to the sobering realisation that the biodynamic pioneers are completely focused on their contacts with purchasers in Western Europe. So far they have hardly noticed each other. He reports. The wish for a mutual meeting of…

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Tunisia: Strengthening farmers’ self-organisation
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In Tunisia, small farmers dominate the agricultural landscape. However, they are entirely dependent on export companies. The Wanderschule supports the strengthening of smallholder structures through networking and educational opportunities so that, in addition to know-how, motivation for alliances is formed. This is an important precondition for the smallholder “groupements” to take up the biodynamic impulse…

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South Africa: Power and warmth
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South Africa’s biodynamic movement was shaped by Jeanne Malherbe, whose work can still be experienced today, especially in the many biodynamic wineries. There is an extremely active biodynamic movement in South Africa, which is making fascinating efforts to educate young people. Helen van Zyl is tirelessly engaged in the sense of this particular task. Because…

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Further Publications

Agriculture in Turkey
Newsletter of Biodynamic Federation Demeter International APRIL 2021
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Tune In The Rhythms Of Cosmos, Nature And Life HOW TO WORK WITH THE BIODYNAMIC SOWING CALENDAR Since we started working on the Agricultural Course at the RUMI Centre on Arzu Duran’s farm near Istanbul in 2019, an ever growing group of people has come together to share their interest in the biodynamic work. There are currently…

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Mahle Report 2018
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PROJECT FOCUS AGRICULTURE & NUTRITION The Free International Wandering School of Biodynamic Agri-Culture has made it its goal to bring Demeter agriculture into the world – free of charge and without economic interests. “Sales of Demeter products in Germany and other European countries have risen significantly in recent years, while domestic production has almost stagnated.…

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IN THE SWISS RELEASE
In the Swiss release
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EDUCATION. The “Free International Wandering School for Biodynamic Agriculture”, FIWS for short, has been in existence for several years. It offers introductory and advanced courses for farmers in non-European and selected European countries. It also trains advisors and supports the development of national organic markets and Demeter structures. In our organic shops and supermarkets you…

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Biodynamic Wine Conference in South Africa
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Biodynamic newsletter worldwide – October 2018 When the five-year drought in South Africa ended, the farm of Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch hosted a two day Biodynamic Wine Conference in mid-June 2018 with guest lecturer Dr. Georg Meissner from the Free Wanderschule. After the hottest and driest summer 2017/2018 ever recorded, the rain poured down in…

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2nd Deepening Workshop in Turkey
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As part of FIWS (Free International Wandering School for Biodynamic Agricultural Culture) training program, Arzu Duran from DEMETER Turkey organised the second course on her farm west of Istanbul. Photo gallery Workshop Turkey Biodynamic farming in Turkey There Arzu has built a beautiful hall with some side rooms, even a tower-room, from where you have…

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Printed as a Book …

Experience the longing for the width of the ocean
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by Hans Supenkämper

In this picture book I try to express and make visible something of one of my “Guidelines”, something that lives, so to say, between the lines, in the eyes and hearts, in the ideas and intentions of the people, in the moods of the landscape, in the elements.

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Yusuf’s Rose Garden
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by Hans Supenkämper

In Turkey I came across Yusuf and Kenan Aydin’s farm where roses are cultivated for essential oil. Having seen many other rose fields in many other countries, it was very clear that these roses from the small rose village of Ardicli were the very best I had experienced. Fortunately, Yusuf can speak German because he lived with his family in Cologne for many years. So we were able to communicate and exchange in German. 

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