Biodynamics Conference 2023
~ Biodynamics and You ~
How biodynamics can work with all systems to create biodynamics for everyone
We’re so excited to announce this year’s Biodynamics Conference – Biodynamics and You.
It’s been a few years since we have been able to do a full in-person conference and we can’t wait to gather together, and inspire each other to bring more biodynamic philosophy into our life and gardens.
We’ve brought speakers from all around the country and Australia! All joining together for your benefit, education and enjoyment in the Manawatū this May. This year’s Conference is being held at Manfeild Events Centre, 59 South St, Feilding.
Join Biodynamics New Zealand with speakers; Charlie Arnott, Gary Williams, Kaitlyn Lamb, Monique Macfarlane, Cathy Tait-Jamieson, Peter Bacchus and Andrew Criglington.
The essence behind this year’s conference is about collaboration.
How does biodynamics interact with permaculture, regenerative farming, organics, homeopathy? That’s what we’ll be hearing about from our fascinating range of speakers.
The purpose of exploring this theme is to strengthen and develop the natural relationships that Biodynamics New Zealand can have with all these other philosophies and their corresponding communities.
Together we can make more impact.
Biodynamics Conference 2023 Speakers
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Friday the 19th of May – Pre-Conference Introductory Workshop.
This informative, accessible day workshop will be led by Rachel Pomeroy and Katrina Wolff, at Woodhouse Farm Organics, Kairanga, Palmerston North.
Learn the background on biodynamic philosophy, get experience using preps and make a biodynamic compost!
2023 Biodynamics Conference
Saturday and Sunday the 20th and 21st of May.
Location: Manfeild Park, 59 South St, Feilding
SATURDAY 20TH MAY
8.00am – Singing and gathering
8.30 – Registration
9 – Opening and Welcome
9.20 – SESSION ONE – Gary Williams: Regenerative Practices for Land and Water
10.10am – SESSION TWO – Dieter Proebst: Permaculture as a Design Framework for Biodynamics: Not one without the other
11am – Morning coffee/tea break
11:45 – SESSION THREE – Kaitlyn Lamb: Finding my Ikigai: A Young Person’s Journey into Biodynamics
12.30pm – Lunch
1.30pm – AGM /or Optional meditation and yoga stretch outside (weather dependent)
2.30pm – SESSION FOUR Andrew Criglington & Peter Bacchus: How does Homeopathy fit into Biodynamics?
3.15pm – After tea break
4pm – SESSION FIVE – Charlie Arnott: “The Power of Connection: How the Regenerative Journey Podcast is Bringing Together a Global Community of Changemakers”
5.30pm – We’ll move down the road to the Old Coach Museum.
6pm Canapés, nibbles and drinks: Time for connecting and making friends with other biodynamic practitioners – dairy, wine, agriculture and or regional groups
Opportunity to explore the Museum, which describes itself as home to an outstanding collection of rural New Zealand heritage, showcasing over 140 years of history in the heart of the Manawatū. A place to cultivate relationships, grow minds and harvest memories.
SUNDAY 21ST MAY
8.00am – Early morning yoga/meditation
9am – SESSION SIX – Charlie Arnott: Why Regenerative Agriculture Matters: Lessons from My Farming Journey
10.30am: Morning coffee / tea break
11.10: SESSION SEVEN – Monique MacFarlane Biodynamics, a journey: The grounding perspective of the interconnectedness of everything
12: SESSION EIGHT – Cathy Tait-Jamieson: From Biodynamics to kaupapa Maori – BioFarm – a case study
2.15-4.15pm – Afternoon Collaboration – Group discussion on future plans, plans such as incubator project, video of elders, 100 year celebrations
4.30pm: Closing ceremony
Accommodation (some options)
There are a range of different accommodation options nearby to the conference venue. Some of those we have investigated range from Freedom Camping park up spots in Council managed parks to $195 per night for two people (including breakfast) in a Palmerston North Hotel. All of these accommodation options have to be booked directly with the provider and paid separately from the conference: good to book ahead. Please mention the conference when you book.
The Feilding Hotel, 9 Manchester Square, Feilding – walkable to the conference venue. Rooms around $120 per night. Details and booking at https://www.feildinghotel.co.nz/
Copthorne Hotel, 110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North, 4410 (20 minutes drive)
We have negotiated a special rate for conference rooms of $155 per room per night or $175/$195 per night for breakfast for one or two people. Rooms are either single/double rooms or twin beds 110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North, 4410T +64 6 350 0707 F +64 6 356 8604
Feilding Holiday Park
Feilding Holiday Park have a variety of options. None are self-contained but have access to communal bathrooms – you can view here. Please book directly with Kristie at firstname.lastname@example.org , 027 607 1770 – but mention that you are attending the BIODYNAMICS AND YOU conference
Dorm Room – single bunks with minimum group size of 10. $45 per person, per night. Includes private kitchen and toilet.
- Bunk Rooms – variety of double and single bunks available $30-50 per person, per night, depending on linen requirements and numbers to a room (numbers from 5-20 in a room)
- Cabins – $80 per night for up to 2 people. Double bed with linen, small TV and fridge
There are also park-up spots for people with self-contained campervans, motorhomes etc.
- Powered Sites – $25 per person, per night.
- Non-Powered Sites – $18 per person, per night
There are more powered sites available on the ground of the Conference Centre as well – book a spot here
Manfeild Park Motel
Great options and speak to Helen on 06-323 8761
There are many other options for accommodations in and around Feilding and in Palmerston North. A search on Google brings more choices – looking forward to seeing you in Feilding!!
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