At long last!!! our Workshops and Classes for 2024

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. If you need to drop out of a class we require one month notice in order for you to receive a refund. 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 Lloyd Nelson, with contributions by Brook LeVan founders of Biodynamic Source
Previous guest mentors have been – Pat Frazier, Dawn Rains, Stone Hunter, Jared Minori, Megan Miller, Red Horse.

2024 Bee Guardians
with Corwin Bell
Session l, May 18, Saturday,
Session ll, May 19, Sunday

register online 

Lunches both days are Pot Luck please bring a simple dish to share.

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.

Biodynamic Spring Prep Intensive
Date to be Announced soon! Friday & Saturday, 9am-4pm  $500
lunch included both days
to register, call 970-963-6107 or email

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 $600
September, Date to be Announced !Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9am-5pm
to register, call 970-963-6107 or email

2023 Biodynamic Fall Prep Intensive – 3 DAY
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9am-5pm. Lunch will provided.  Please let us know if you have any dietary needs.
Camping available. Please call to reserve a spot.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity in North America. This is our 18th year of
bringing together Biodynamic mentors that collectively have over 4
decades of experience in the making and uses of the Biodynamic
Preparations in farm field and forest, orchard, vine, medicinal herbs, for
broad scale farms and ranches to smaller scaled homesteads.
Join us at Sustainable Settings for this illuminating 3-day intensive of on-
ranch Biodynamic (BD) preparation making. Participants will help make the
Biodynamic preparations and through whiteboard talks and demonstrations
learn the history, and the who, what, and why of how Biodynamic
Agriculture can enhance the quality and quantity of life in/on your garden,
farm, ranch, orchard or vineyard.
These preparations will be made with native foraged and specifically grown
flowers, herbs, tree barks and sheaths to create homeopathic remedies
that regenerate soil and heal the land. Third party scientific laboratory soil
tests and empirical testimonials from chefs and customers as well as
recommendations on how to begin to establish a Whole Farm Organism
will be shared.
The learning continues during meals and in the evening around the camp
fire. Bring your yarns, poetry, songs and musical instruments to share.
——- What you need to know——–   Local Biodynamic and organically sourced
lunch provided Thursday and Friday, continental
breakfast and a lunch will be provided Saturday.
Limited reserved camping is available.
If flying or driving in from afar feel free to call about suggested best airports,
land routes and accommodations.
Call with any dietary concerns 970-963-6107. *Limited Work Study
Scholarships available call for more info. Register early, this course sells

Sustainable Settings verified Regeneratively Grown

A Member of the North American Fellowship Preparation Makers, has been Demeter Certified Biodynamic, and approved mentor ranch for North American Biodynamic Association Apprenticeship Program (NABDAAP), was a founding member of the Central Colorado Biodynamic group (CCBD),  past member of the BDA. 

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 when you arrive for the class.

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