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Workshops and Classes 2018

Unless noted, all workshops take place at Sustainable Settings Ranch in Carbondale, Colorado. To reserve a spot in one of our workshops we request a non refundable(unless we need to cancel the class) 50% deposit of total workshop fee one month before the workshop starts. To register for any class call 970-963-6107 or email 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.

All Biodynamic classes are taught by Brook Levan & Lloyd Nelson, co founders of Biodynamic Source.


Biodynamic ASTRONOMY  ~ Working with the          Biodynamic Calendar

 February 21, Wednesday, 6pm-9pm $60 register hereBD calendar image

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 applying Biodynamic 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.

Biodynamic Tree Course~Spring Fruit Tree  Enhancements
March  17,  10am-4pm

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, 1993Tree 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.

April 14, Saturday, 
$120,  lunch included   Register here

 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

Biodynamic Compost 
May 12, Saturday, 10am-4pm $120 lunch included

Biodynamic compost is a fundamental component to vitalize the farm. It serves as a way to recycle animal manures and organic wastes, stabilize nitrogen, build soil humus and is essential to soil health. Biodynamic compost is
unique because it is made with BD preparations 502−507. Together, the BD preparations and BD compost may be considered the cornerstone of biodynamics. We will make BD Compost, and you’ll get to take some home, bring a 5 gallon bucket.

Biodynamic Spring Prep Intensive
June 22 &23, 10am-5pm $400, lunch included both days

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.

Biodynamic Fall Prep Intensive – 3 DAY,  September 21-23,  10am-5pm,  $550

includes lunch each day

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——–  Call with any dietary concerns 970-963-6107.  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

May 19 & 20,  10am -3pm each day $100 to Register for this class click here 

Lunches both days are Pot Luck please bring a simple dish to share.
Session l Workshop May 19, Saturday,  Session ll Workshop – May 20, 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.

Culturing Dairy 
June 9 Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm $75
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



Cultured Vegetables
Traditional Foods Cookery
July 14  Saturday,  1:00 -5:00pm,  $75

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.

Foraging/ Wildcrafting
With Robert Fullerton
August 4  Saturday,  9am, $80

What is Wildcrafting? Wildcrafting (for me) is the weave of life skills with wild plants, foraging & harvesting, and processing & preserving to enjoy the nutritional benefits of wild plants. Wildcrafting is a blend of hiking with botany, culinary art with logistics. It is a way of walking through nature while being enriched by what may be available.

Simply put: Wildcrafting is a joyful exercise. You are walking randomly through field or forest. You orient your field of vision to close inspection. You see more wild strawberries than you ever imagined.

Culturing Dairy Part 2
September 8, Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm $75
with Maria Hodkins

To register call 970-963-6107 to sign up or email
Maria will focus on butter, ghee, clabbered milk cottage cheese, panir, quark, or fromage fraiche

More Classes to come, check in often!

unless noted all classes are held at Sustainable Settings 6107 Highway 133 Carbondale, CO 81623.  We require a 50% non refundable(unless we need to cancel the class) deposit at least one month before a class date to hold your spot in any class. Full payment is due two weeks before the class starts.
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

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