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March 31st, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Andover Chapel

Harvard Divinity School

The Spiritual Verticality of

Biodynamic Agriculture

As part of the conference

“The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture" 

Held March 31-April 1, 2016

Philippe Armenier, biodynamic consultant

Brigitte Armenier, piano

Gabrielle Armenier, eurythmy

The spirit of biodynamic agriculture is to be sought in the imaginative consciousness of the human being who sets his artistic capacities to the service of the becoming of the Earth.
This presentation will take the form of dialogues between a Biodynamist, a Musician and a Eurythmist. A 3x3 perspective of the subject matter allows the participants to alternately unfold their respective fields of study, to weave a picture of the moral action/spiritual verticality of biodynamic agriculture.
A short eurythmy performance will conclude the lecture, rendering perceptible the working analogy:
Biodynamic agriculture is to Agriculture what Eurythmy is to Music.




Ballade #4

Opus 52 in f minor - excerpt 

BODY - Imagination                                           SOUL - Inspiration                                                 SPIRIT - Intuition

The Biodynamist - Philippe Armenier            The Musician - Brigitte Armenier                         The Eurythmist - Gabrielle Armenier

OPENING STATEMENT: Biodynamic agriculture spiritualizes the Earth.

1 ) The Three types of Agriculture

  • Organic

  • Biodynamic

  • Conventional

2)  The Threefoldness of the Human Being:

  • Spirit

  • Soul

  • Body

3) The Threefoldness of the human being in its physiology of outer uprightness:

  • Head

  • Chest

  • Limbs

4) The Four Elements in Nutrition - The Fourfoldness of the Plant:

  • Fruits

  • Flowers

  • Stem – Leaves

  • Roots

The plant as an upside down human


5)  The Fourfoldness of the Sonata and Symphony


How does art feed us?


1st movement - Fire

2nd - 3rd movement - Air/Water

4th movement - Earth

6) The inner uprightness of the human being – The “I”


In Eurythmy, the human being lends its uprightness to the gesture but does not become the gesture.

The “upright human being” as a moral being

7) Biodynamic agriculture as the moral action of the human being upon the Earth 


Photo slide-show


The capacity of levity of the BD 501

8) “The wind instruments prove that the head of man experiences music.” (Steiner – GA 283, 03.08.1923)


The capacity to think clear thoughts


The clarinet as a column of air

9) The body becomes a negative space

Developing a feeling for Truth through the eurythmy gestures



Eurythmy spiritualizes the body.

(Exposition Under Construction) 

The Biodynamist:

La Biodynamie Spiritualise la Terre

Biodynamic Agriculture Spiritualizes the Earth

"Imagine if every farmer came into his field with such an artistic and human gesture, how beautiful the Earth would be!"


As a musician thinks in rhythms, The Musician then placed the Conference amidst patterns of rhythm

World-renowned biodynamic consultant and winemaker Philippe Armenier (recipient of 100 points from Robert Parker, Wine Advocate) is the former owner of the Domaine de Marcoux, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France.

He has pioneered biodynamic practices since 2001 with some of the top and cult wineries on the West Coast of the United States.

Recognized for her compelling intensity and lustrous tone, French pianist 

Brigitte Armenier is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique in AvignonFrance.

She recorded a CD of solo piano repertoire Analogos: Between Music and 

Biodynamic Agriculture which includes a 25 page written interview. 

Hailed by the NY Times for his "assured virtuosity," celebrated clarinetist Murray Colosimo presented a series of critically acclaimed solo recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, Town Hall and Merkin Concert Hall and has commissioned and recorded many new works.


He currently serves as Principal Orchestra Conductor at Juilliard for the Music Advancement Program.

American eurythmist Sea-Anna Vasilas is a member of the Eurythmy Spring Valley Performing Ensemble in Chestnut Ridge, NY, and serves on the faculty of the School of Eurythmy. Sea-Anna has performed solo repertoire 
throughout North and South America as well as in Europe and currently collaborates internationally with professional musicians.

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