Workshops & Events

Volunteer Days

Next Volunteer Day:
Thursday, September 27, 9:00am-12:30pm

One day a month in season, the Pfeiffer Center welcomes volunteers to pitch in and work along with Mac, Megan, and the interns. It's a great opportunity to get your hands dirty, make new friends, and get a taste of life in the garden.

Upcoming Volunteer Days: Thursday, August 30; Thursday, September 27; and Thursday, October 25.

Information: For all the details, please visit this page.

Michaelmas Festival

Saturday, September 29, 2:30pm

All are invited to help stir and spray the biodynamic preparation #500, which supports humus formation and root growth. This year, this free, child-friendly event takes place at the Fellowship Community’s Hill Top House, where the Pfeiffer Center gardeners will join Fellowship residents and Duryea Farm farmers in a well-loved community tradition. We look forward to seeing you there!

Location: The Fellowship Community, 241 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x120, or email

One-Year, Part-Time
Practical Training in Biodynamics

Mac Mead, Principal Instructor
With Megan Durney, Bill Day, Jairo Gonzalez,
Jennifer Greene, Craig Holdrege, Steffen Schneider,
Sherry Wildfeuer, and Hugh Williams

Registration Extended to the Second Class: Saturday, October 13

In thirteen full-day workshops from September to June, the Pfeiffer Center’s One-Year, Part-Time Practical Training in Biodynamics covers the basic principles and all the timely activities of biodynamic agriculture through the seasons.

Registration for the 2018-19 Training has been extended to October 13. Visit this page for a complete description of the course and schedule for the year, or click here to apply today!

Fifth Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner
Benefit for the Pfeiffer Center

Friday, October 19, 6:30pm
$90 per person

Join Mac Mead, Megan Durney, and the Pfeiffer Center interns for a candle-lit family-style sit-down dinner with biodynamic wines in Threefold Café’s Main House dining room.

On the deck, sip some wine and sample the appetizers, including butternut squash hummus with endive and salsa • warm bean soup shooters • and sweet-potato latkes with apple chutney. Then it’s on to the dining room, and please pass the duck risotto with root vegetables and crispy leeks • fall Israeli couscous salad, loaded with Pfeiffer Center veggies • roasted chicken with preserved lemons on a bed of bitter greens • autumn root vegetable gratin • Pfeiffer Center green salad • Pfeiffer Wheat honey rolls • and watch this space for more!

It’s great food and fellowship — and more! The Silent Auction and Raffle give you a chance to bring home unique Pfeiffer Center-related items while supporting our work.

Order tickets here. Want to bring a bunch of friends? Purchase a table for 8 or 10!

Beekeeping for the Future

With Bill Day
Saturday, November 10, 9:00am-5:00pm

If you are thinking about getting honeybees next spring, now is the time to prepare. This one-day workshop will address questions all aspiring beekeepers need to ask as they prepare to embark on this spiritual yet profoundly nature-bound journey. For beekeepers with one or two years’ experience, this workshop is a great opportunity to take stock, ask questions, and learn new perspectives.

The workshop will be organized around the beekeeper’s essential role in nurturing the hive organism. What can we as beekeepers do to create conditions in which our bees can thrive? What are the most up-to-date natural and holistic methods, and how do they work?

Topics covered will include: the biology of the hive organism and the beekeeper’s role in fostering healthy hives • working with different hive designs • sources of bees • siting your hives • biodynamic methods for managing varroa and other health issues • beekeeping as a path to heightened powers of observation and awareness • and much more.

Weather permitting, the day will include a visit to the Pfeiffer Center’s apiary, where we will open some hives and demonstrate techniques discussed in the classroom.

Bill Day has kept bees for more than a dozen years. He is principal beekeeper at the Pfeiffer Center, and also keeps bees at Bluefield Farm in Blauvelt, NY.

Click here to register.

Farm Stand

Every Friday, 12:00-5:00pm
At the Hand & Hoe, 241 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY

The Pfeiffer Center is teaming up with the Fellowship Community’s Duryea Farm to offer an expanded weekly farm stand at the Fellowship Community’s Hand ’n’ Hoe, 241 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY. Every Friday from noon to 5:00pm, stop by the Hand & Hoe for fresh-picked, biodynamically raised produce and herbs grown in the fields and gardens of the Pfeiffer Center and Duryea Farm. A farmer will be on hand to assist you.


Prefer to pay by check? Click here to download a printable registration form.

Questions? Directions to the Pfeiffer Center, information about housing, and more can be found at this page.

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