“Andrew Lorand opened up the world of biodynamics for us and the way he speaks about it – often with humor, but at the same time with great seriousness about what is essential, with tremendous technical competence and most of all with contagious enthusiasm – makes every hour with him an unforgettable experience.” (J.N., Austria)
At the beginning and the end is only love.
Andrew Lorand (October 28, 1957 – June 16, 2017)
Andrew Lorand was a biodynamic consultant, teacher, and author. On the 16th of June, he died of the late episodes of a stroke that had tied him to bed last year. Born in 1957, he began biodynamic teaching in Switzerland in 1973. This time should shape his life. After completing his apprenticeship and training in cheese making, he worked at different Demeter farms before studying agriculture. He graduated in the US (Penn State), where he promoted agrarian education and biodynamics. Afterwards, he was lecturer for organic farming at two universities and led biodynamic training in the states. At the same time, he was engaged in the burgeoning CSA movement in the USA and helped spread the concept of solidarity farming. In California, he found his future focus: biodynamic viticulture. Subsequently, he advised renowned wineries in the US and Europe and closely followed the “respected Biodyn” group, founded in Austria. As a serious and original lecturer, he was particularly interested in a spiritually guided approach to biodynamic agriculture: the effects of the cosmos and the orientation through meditation were, of course, a part of sustainable agriculture. Based on this, he developed a therapeutic-diagnostic view of the plant as a whole, he worked to make agriculture as an organism and individuality comprehensible and manageable.
His legacy is alive in a series of 3 books and online courses (in English, German), developed with his wife Kati, (www.triptolemos.net).
He not only left his beloved wife (Kati) and children (Jonathan and Elisabeth), but also many people who were inspired by him.
My name is Dr. Andrew Lorand and I am a biodynamic teacher, coach and consultant.
I look forward to meeting you – and supporting you with your work in biodynamics.
Primarily, I work as a kind of physician for farms, treating each farm as an individual, much like a human doctor would treat an individual human being. This work starts with learning about how biodynamics can further optimal health and productivity of your farm.
What I have learned, is that it is essential for farmers to gain an excellent grasp of the philosophy, principles and practices of biodynamics as a solid foundation for their work und therefore I offer courses, technical instruction and individualised diagnostic consulting for this very purpose – in English, German or French.
Furthermore, experience shows, that strategic planning, choice of economic model and the human-social aspects of farming and business development are increasingly very important for the health and success of all kinds of farms. Thus, even though the why, how and when of the practical work comes first, we look at these issues as well, in the courses and consultations.
My approach is built on the “Agriculture Course” given by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, his philosophy called “Anthroposophy” and is focused on applying principles of anthroposophical medicine (a system of complimentary medicine) developed by Dr. Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman, to agriculture. Naturally, my practice is furthermore grounded on the basis of modern agricultural practice, technology and science and my own 40 years of agricultural experience (As a farmer, I am both vocationally and academically trained). You can read more about my pedagogical and technical approach on my concept page.
Overview of what I offer:
For whom? I offer courses for individuals and individual farms of all kinds, but also for groups and associations; for people wishing to convert their farming operations to biodynamics or improve or expand their biodynamic practice.
Courses: Introductory and continuing education courses, which cover the general philosophy, key principles and technical methods of biodynamics for beginners and advanced practitioners and in particular also for those wishing to convert to biodynamic management. Furthermore, I offer courses in several specialised areas, such as diversified small holdings, veggie-herb-flower production, fruit production, dairy and other animal farming, viticulture & oenology and more (see sidebar); but also on economic innovation (CSAs, community farming and other new economic models) and social processes that are increasingly so important for the success of our farms, gardens and other agricultural enterprises.
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Conversion: Assistance in preparing and converting your farm to biodynamics, as well as on-going coaching and consulting on various technical aspects during the conversion. This can also include both strategic and year-ahead management planning.
Diagnosis: What is healthy? What is not healthy? What methods, therapies and remedies are needed to return the farm or a part, to fullest, optimal health and productivity? This is a key element of short and long term success and I will present my diagnosis and suggestions in a way that you can learn to make these assessments increasingly yourself as they form the basis for your daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal decisions.
Innovation: Support you to develop or re-develop your strategic plans and/or your economic model and work with you on internal and external social processes in potentially new and effective ways. Biodynamics is about the whole farm, including the strategic, economic and social aspects and these are certainly increasingly significant in today’s market. From customer direct to CSAs to community farms we can look at how to apply such innovative approaches as associative economics to your farm.
Meditation: Developing an enhanced and reflective awareness of (a) nature and her subtle processes, (b) of your actual farming activities, (c) the management of your farm and the landscape, (c) the people who work with you and whom you sell your products to, i.e. the social processes, (d) the economic aspects of your farm and region and (e) the role of your own person plays in all this – is an essential part of biodynamics. We can discuss and if you are interested explore more comprehensively the possibilities of a self-guided, independent, non-dogmatic meditative practice to assist you to work authentically with the spiritual in nature, to improve your farm management and expand your socio-economic practices and possibilities.