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Flower Essence Society
Flower Essence Society
Maharishi University of Management
Maharishi University • Fairfield Iowa
Maharishi University of Management
Maharishi University • Fairfield Iowa
Maharishi University of Management
Maharishi University • Fairfield Iowa
Maharishi University of Management
Maharishi University • Fairfield Iowa
Maharishi University of Management
Maharishi University • Fairfield Iowa

Coursework and Curriculum

The Flower Essence Society's Professional Course, offered by Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz, is designed for both intermediate and advanced practitioners with some previous training or experience with flower essence therapy. This is a special opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in flower essence therapy by combining practical and theoretical teachings, informational and experiential learning, flower essence plant studies and therapeutic profiles, counseling methods and inner work.

The ability to select the most appropriate flower essences is a key skill for flower essence practitioners. Through our experience and research we have determined that there is no single correct selection for a given situation; rather there are more or less several effective selections. What makes an effective selection, and what is the process by which we can arrive at choices and strategies for flower essence therapy? Besides gaining a thorough knowledge of the essences themselves, the most important skills are communication with one's client and learning to appreciate the significant soul gestures that can be correlated with flower essences. You will have an opportunity to practice listening, questioning, and case-taking skills with a partner, along with guidance on how to select archetypal remedies that are truly effective.

The program offers professional quality, in which intellect, feeling and imagination are honored and cultivated. FES' highly acclaimed training and certification program has been offered annually for over three decades, and has been attended by practitioners from around the world. Join FES for a most enjoyable and enriching experience!

Highlights of the Professional Course

  • Philosophical/historical basis for flower essence therapy
  • In-depth profiles of leading flower essences and formulas
  • Nature walks and plant study in the Terra Flora gardens
  • Principles of flower essence selection, formulation and application
  • Practical experience assessing and selecting flower essences
  • The MetaFlora Map of the Soul as a blueprint for flower essence therapy
  • The Client-Practitioner Relationship in flower essence therapy
  • Treating special populations: children, elderly, animals
  • Clinical case reports and leading research from FES

Testimonials from past students:

"The course is such a gift because it deepens your understanding of flower essence therapy and the flowers themselves, and the different plants. And what I've come to understand so much more deeply being here and taking this course is that flower essence therapy is an amazing gift for us on the planet particularly at this time. It brings a depth to my practice that I simply did not have before and couldn't have if I hadn't come here."
~ Elizabeth Wolf, Good Medicine Apothecary, Lincoln, NE

"I want you to know how profound it was to take the FES Professional Course. It was literally taking a step back into the world of being alive. Nothing could have been better than the inspiration of flowers and also being ignited by your deep dedication to them."
~ Celia Candlin, New York, NY

"I am submitting my plant study, which I did on the fennel flower. I really loved doing
this study and found it even more illuminating than I had even considered."
~ Stephanie Gailing, Author of Planetary Apothecary, Seattle, WA

"I simply came here, because in my opinion, it's the best teaching you can get in regard to flower essence therapy; I'm really glad to have been able to attend this course."
~ Lucas Vergnettes, DO, North Vancouver, BC

"Thank you for such a marvelous experience and opening your home and hearts to us. It is so inspiring to be around fellow flower essence people after so many years of primarily working on my own. I enjoyed the symbolism, imagery and poetry that enhanced your presentations. I especially adored the time spent with each plant and the discussions of their essential qualities."
~ Amy Erez, Sugi Health and Fitness

Read more details of the course curriculum here:

Complete course registration information here:

Maharishi University of Management

1000 North Fourth St.
Fairfield, Iowa 52557
Phone: (800) 369-6480
Website: Course information
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Here's an upcoming opportunity to get hands on and exposed to Biodynamic agriculture experts through a course intensive! Taught by international biodynamic agriculture expert Dr. A. Thimmaiah, PhD, you will learn efficient methods for carbon sequestration, address climate change, gain farming skills, and explore the tenets of Biodynamic agriculture practices through holistic and special aged preparations, the lunar cycles and what it means to manage a farm as a whole organism. Whether you are a student, farmer, amateur gardener, activist, organic food organization, or agriculturally-based organization; this course is an amazing opportunity to further your education and experience. Lectures with Dr. Appachanda Thimmaiah, PhD, Mr. Jim Fullmer, Dr. Tom Newmark, Robert Karp, Peter Proctor, Mr. Ivo Bertaina, Italy, Steffano Belloti, Abraham Jacob, & Ms. Rachel Pomeroy.

Course dates: April 3-April 27, 2017 in Fairfield, Iowa
Learn more >

Regenerating Agriculture and Regenerating Society

"A truly regenerative agriculture is one in which all the natural resources we use to produce food get renewed in the process of using them." – Fred Kirshenmann, thought leader in organic and regenerative agriculture

In this certificate program, you will develop the knowledge and experience to bring about this revolution in agriculture and start farming organically yourself. Applying this simple approach to agriculture widely will transform our agricultural system and society as a whole.

There is a 10-month Regenerative Organic Agriculture Certificate Program offered in regenerative agriculture program in the US. We take learning beyond the classroom and provide our students with the hands-on farming experience they need to use their skills confidently in the field.

Biodynamic Agricultural College

East Sussex UK

On-line Education and Training course in Biodynamic Agriculture
Year Round
Description: In recent years the Biodynamic Agriculture College (BDAC) has received requests for a course of study from people who are unable to attend a campus-based program. The team at BDAC, supported by the Biodynamic Agricultural Association, decided that the time was right to respond to these requests and develop a distance-learning program in biodynamic principles and practice.  This year round coursework is delivered through a blend of online study, self-directed study and research, and practical experience on a farm or garden.

Biodynamic Association

1661 N Water Street Suite 307
Milwaukee WI 53202
Phone: (262) 649-9212

The Biodynamic Association's interactive webinars allow farmers, gardeners, apprentices and others to learn from leading biodynamic educators in a distance-learning format. Watch Introduction to Biodynamics Webinar, recorded live on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Upcoming topics include:

  • Biodynamic Animal Husbandry with Steffen Schneider
  • Growing and Saving Biodynamic Seed with Harald Hoven
  • Learning the Language of Biodynamics with Cynthia Hoven
Classroom Study Courses:

NABDAP's two years of on-farm training are complemented by classroom study courses that cover the fundamental principles and philosophy of biodynamic farming. NABDAP classroom study courses are offered in several regions, and are taught by experts in the theory and practice of biodynamic agriculture. 

Rudolf Steiner College

9200 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Phone: (916) 961-8727

Located on a beautiful thirteen- acre campus just east of Sacramento, the College offers students a wide range of educational opportunities, including a comprehensive selection of Biodynamic workshops and events, evening study groups, and a Biodynamic Farm Apprenticeship Program. Students enrolled at the College can participate in a variety of biodynamic educational activities, including classes and work in Raphael Garden, the college’s 3-acre Demeter certified Biodynamic farm.
Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Education 2012–2013 Workshop Calendar

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

PO Box 990
East Troy, WI 53120
Phone: (262) 642-3303

The Institute is a public non-profit with the mission to cultivate the ecological, social, economic, and spiritual vitality of food and farming systems through education, research, policy, and market development. Their organic and biodynamic farm training and education includes work in the classroom and in their garden. Beginning farmers through advanced growers develop the skills and competencies to take their agricultural careers to the next level. The Institute also offers internship opportunities.


Principles of Biodynamic Farm

Date: March 18 - March 19, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM (CDT)
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Cost: $99

The Pfeiffer Center

260 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY  10977
Phone: (845) 352-5020

The mission of the Pfeiffer Center is to practice, teach and spread awareness of the biodynamic method of agriculture and land care. The Center offers educational programs, workshops and events, internships, and a one-year training course "Practical Training in Biodynamics"

Hawthorne Valley Farm

327 County Route 21C
Ghent, New York 12075
Phone: (518) 672-7500

This beautiful Biodynamic farm offers day-long classes, two-week intensives, a Whole Farm Planning Course, summer camps, and farm tours, as well as year-long farm apprenticeships.

The Josephine Porter Institute

P.O. Box 133
Woolwine, VA 24185-0133
Phone: (276) 930-2463

The mission of JPI is to heal the earth through production of quality biodynamic preparations, and to advance education and research in biodynamic methods. They support farmers and gardeners’ education by offering daylong and weeklong workshops on the biodynamic preparations.

Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary

445 Floyd Highway North
Floyd, VA 24091
Phone: (540) 745-2153

Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Sanctuary aims to restore the health and vitality of the honeybee worldwide. Since founding Spikenard Farm in 2006, Gunther Hauk and his wife Vivian have been actively spreading their vision of sustainable biodynamic beekeeping by providing on-site workshops, lectures, consulting and publications.

Steiner College

“The natural gifts, naturally inherited knowledge, traditional medicines, and so on that have been passed down from ancient times are all losing their value. We need to acquire new knowledge in order to be able to enter into all the interrelationships of these things. . . Today, no less than in ancient times, we are in need of knowledge that can really enter into the inner workings of nature.”
— Rudolf Steiner, Agriculture (1924)