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Workshops and Classes 2017

Unless noted, all workshops take place at Sustainable Settings Ranch in Carbondale, Colorado. To reserve a spot in one of our workshops at least 50% of total workshop fee is due 2 weeks before the workshop starts. To register for any class call 970-963-6107 or email rose@sustainablesettings.org More will be added monthly so check back often!

We have WORKING RANCH DOGS on the premise, Please leave your dogs at home.
Sustainable Settings is not responsible for damage to your property if you have an animal with you.

NEW THIS YEAR…. Biodynamic Farming Workshop Series

#1 Biodynamic ASTRONOMY  ~ Working with the          Biodynamic Calendar

 March 8, time:6pm-9pm
cost: $60
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Mentors Lloyd Nelson, Brook LeVan

Ever wonder what phase of the moon is more beneficial for planting or harvest? Or what the optimal dates and times are for applyingBiodynamic preparations? Biodynamic consultant, Lloyd Nelson will lead this three-hour journey to help you better understand the planetary influences on plant growth and help you formulate your own planting calendar for the up coming growing season.  Learn how to read and interpret Biodynamic planting calendars. Discover the optimum days and time to plant seeds, to cultivate, to harvest and store your crops. The Stella Natura, Maria Thun, and Keats Biodynamic calendars will be reviewed and used for the course.

#2  Biodynamic Tree Course~Spring Fruit Tree  Enhancements
March 11, time: 10am-4pm

cost: $90

March 11 ~ Includes one gallon of BD tree paste to take home for your own fruit trees. Bring:  gloves, a 5 gallon bucket, old paint brush and/or scrub brush, sun hat water bottle, dress for any kind of weather. This hands on workshop will include making and using Biodynamic Tree Paste for deciduous, pruned and exhausted trees. Tree paste does wonders for the health of trees, but it also practically demonstrates the wisdom of Rudolf Steiner’s concept of the trunk of a tree being likened to an elongated mound of earth, upon which plants (leaves) grow: “There is an intimate relationship between what is within the contours of a plant, and the soil surrounding the plant. It is not at all true that life stops at the plant’s perimeter. Life as such continues on, namely from the roots of the plant into the soil, and for many plants there is no sharp dividing line between life inside them and the life in their surroundings. Soil that is permeated with humus like substances in the processes of decomposition, actually contains living ether … something etheric and alive, this means it is on the way to becoming a kind of plant sheathing. It just doesn’t go as far as to become the kind of sheathing that draws itself into the bark of a tree.” – Rudolf Steiner, Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture, Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, 1993 Tree paste nourishes the tree through its bark and cambium (the ever growing layer under the bark), so it is applied to the bark of trees rather than the soil. Tree paste seals and heals pruning wounds, fills crevices where pests can over-winter and it is also highly effective in ridding trees of scale, borer, and disease infestations. Even if you have already pruned your trees, this tree paste is still beneficial to apply at this time.

 #3   Anthroposophic Foundation Studies w/ Lloyd    Nelson & Robert Karp
April 22 
 sold out


May 20, Saturday,
time 10am-5pm
cost: $120 lunch included

 The history of Biodynamics and the significance of the nine Biodynamic preparations. Designing a farm as a whole living organism.
Learn about the core principles of Biodynamics including:
~ Overview of the key principles of Biodynamics.
~ The practical application creating regenerative on farm fertility.
~ Recipes and methods you can use at home.
~ Planting with the moon, and optimum astrological times for agricultural activities.
This is a foundational course and is highly recommended before participating in other advanced Biodynamic courses offered at Sustainable Settings

#5   Biodynamic Spring Prep Intensive
June 9, time 10am-5pm
cost:$120 lunch included

Hands-On Practicum:
· Making BD 501 Horn Silica and BD 502 Yarrow
· Unearthing the preparations buried last fall ; BD 500x Horn Manure, BD 503 Chamomile, BD 505 Oak Bark, BD 506 Dandelion
· Practical training in dowsing and homeopathic potentization

Lecture topics:
· Demystifying the preps -the significance of the materials
· Describing the physical and subtle cosmic forces of each prep

 Tour of Biodynamic ranch systems
This workshop is intended to bring Biodynamics into your daily farming and gardening practice, introducing you to the main Biodynamic land therapies, and best dates for working with positive astronomical influences for the whole farm.

#6 Biodynamic Adult Summer Chautauqua July 7-9 (Full Buck Moon): Friday 4pm arrive, Sunday depart 12pm, cost:$750

A Hands-on Regeneration Retreat.  Are you ready for an epiphany? Buckle up!

This interactive hands-on Biodynamic emersion experience is for people who are ready to explore vertical pathways that broaden their imaginations, and rebuild relationships with the “seen” and the “unseen” that build optimum health and feed our malnourished souls.
Rediscover the depths of flavor, and the imaginative implementation of ancient and contemporary alchemical agricultural practice. Slow deliberate celebratory eating and drinking will occur between epiphanic moments.

Join us for an adventurous weekend exploring the practical alchemical arts of sacred agriculture.
No BD experience required, come learn what it is all about. Stir and Spray, Bring your own camping gear. All meals included,  a hands-on weekend of tuning into the rhythms of the ranch. On Ranch camping available at n/c, if you want to stay off the ranch you must find your own accommodations. Call for a list of local lodging, and a complete schedule of events.


#7  Biodynamic Animal Husbandry, August 12  more info coming soon

#8 Biodynamic  Demeter Certification, Jim Fulmer, Demeter Standards  

September 8,  time & cost t.b.a.


#9 Biodynamic Fall Prep Intensive – 3 DAY,  September 28, 29 & 30, time: 9am-5pm,  cost: $600

includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Don’t miss this rare opportunity in North America.  Join us at Sustainable Settings for 3 days of on-ranch Biodynamic (BD) preparation making. Participants will help make all 9-Biodynamic preparations and learn to apply them to enhance the quality and quantity of life in/on your garden, farm, ranch, orchard or vineyard. Work with experienced preparation maker’s as we harvest a cow raised on-site and use parts of the cow and other containers in making different BD preps. These preparations will be made with native and specifically grown flowers, herbs and tree barks to create homeopathic remedies that regenerate soil and heal the land.
——- What you need to know——–  All meals included. Call with any dietary concerns.  Camping with full bathhouse facilities available.   The learning continues in the evening around  the camp fire, share your poetry, songs and music. *Limited Work Study Scholarships available call for more info. Register early, this course sells out.

Sustainable Settings is a Demeter Certified Biodynamic ranch, Member of the North American Fellowship Preparation Makers, an approved mentor ranch for North American Biodynamic Association Apprenticeship Program (NABDAAP), Founding member of the Central Colorado Biodynamic group (CCBD),  Member of the BDA


Bee Guardians with Corwin Bell beeclassbanner_2

When-  May 13 & 14,  10am -2pm each day Cost- each day $75

Lunches are all Pot Luck please bring a simple dish to share .
Session l Workshop May 13, Saturday,  Session ll Workshop – May 14, Sunday
Session I
 : This class is for those just getting started. We will cover basic bee ecology, how the bees communicate with each other in the hive, explain why bees are a super-organism, and the importance of honeybee genetic diversity.You will learn how to set up the hive for bees, obtaining bees, catching a swarm and getting the bees into the hive. You will learn the reasoning behind treatment-free, natural beekeeping (it may surprise you). We will demonstrate how to work with the bees in an altruistic, gentle manner so that a symbiotic relationship is formed with the bees. And if there are combs to harvest, we will demonstrate how to harvest and process honey comb.
Session II: This class is for the bee guardian who has taken the beginner class and has a colony of bees. In this class you will learn an in-depth working relationship with the bees. The class will cover a deeper understanding of the intimate workings of the colony and the brood nest, so that the bee guardian can confidentially work their hive and feel comfortable with interacting with the bees. We will cover queen-less hives, over wintering,processing all comb types and spring harvesting.



Cultured Vegetables
Traditional Foods Cookery
June 3,  1:00 -5:00pm, cost: $60

with Maria Hodkins

Lacto-fermentation is a traditional means to preserve vegetables and fruits, used by people for thousands of years. Learn the basic principles of this ages-old, simple and fun preservation method by getting hands-on with sauerkraut and seasonal vegetables. In this class you will learn everything you need to know to get started fermenting vegetables at home. Samples and tastings of fermented vegetables will be served. Everyone will leave with at least one jar of kraut and a new appreciation for the role of the microbes living all around (and in) us! For beginner to intermediate fermentation enthusiasts.

Culturing Dairy 
June 24, 1-4pm $60
with Maria Hodkins 

Learn to make fresh cultured dairy basics at home with all the living enzymes and beneficial bacteria intact!
In this class, you will learn how to make:
Your own delicious Yogurts— and learn about different yogurt varieties
Kefirr—a powerhouse of probiotics
Créme Fraíche—a European-style cultured cream

More Classes to come, check in often!

unless noted all classes are held at Sustainable Settings 6107 Highway 133 Carbondale, CO 81623
Please note: we have working ranch dogs here. Please leave your dogs at home.

For more information or to register for any class call

970-963-6107  or email rose@sustainablesettings.org