Workshops & Events

Volunteer Days

Next Volunteer Day: July 7, 9:00am-12:30pm

On select Fridays from April to November, 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 are: July 7 & 21, and August 4.

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


Farm & Garden Days:
A Hands-On Garden, Farm and Forest Experience

August 14-18 and 21-25

Farm and Garden Days is a small (60 participants), specialized, hands-on farm, garden & nature experience for children ages 6-12. Digging potatoes, picking peas, milking cows, visiting horses and honeybees, making pizza in an outdoor clay oven, and more — with plenty of time for swims, exploring nearby woods and streams, art activities, music and games.

Farm and Garden Days is a collaboration between The Nature Place and The Pfeiffer Center. Activities take place in the Pfeiffer Center’s biodynamic gardens and at neighboring Duryea Farm.

When: August 14-18 and August 21-25, 2017. Camp days are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm, with before- and after-camp care available, and children are welcome for either or both weeks. Busing is available from Manhattan.

How much: $850 per week ($1,125 for children coming from New York City; includes daily transportation).

Reserve your child's place in Farm and Garden Days 2017: Click here to enroll online. To learn more about The Nature Place, click here, call 845-356-6477 or, email camp@thenatureplace.com.


One-Year, Part-Time
Practical Training in Biodynamics

Mac Mead, Principal Instructor
With Megan Durney, Bill Day, Bruno Follador, Jairo Gonzalez,
Jennifer Greene, Craig Holdrege, Steffen Schneider,
Sherry Wildfeuer, and Hugh Williams
Registration now open!
Course begins Saturday, September 16

The Pfeiffer Center’s One-Year, Part-Time Practical Training in Biodynamics consists of thirteen full-day workshops beginning in September 2017 and ending in June 2018. Workshop days run from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and feature an engaging mix of classroom talks and field activities. Topics covered include: making and working with the biodynamic preparations • making and working with compost • techniques for soil building • understanding the rhythms of nature and planetary influences on earthly life and growth • best practices in agricultural handwork and pruning • farm animal husbandry • seed saving • biodynamic methods of weed and pest control • the honeybee • and much more.

What our students say . . .

“The course was amazing in so many ways. . . . I always felt so nourished after our workshops. . . . I love the practical but I also love the theory and philosophy that goes into all of it. I am now more in touch with myself as a teacher of children because of this course.”

— A teacher from Pennsylvania

“I loved seeing the progression of the garden through the year, learning to use cover crops on vegetable beds, and thinking about the whole year's plan. I was inspired by the ideas about how to integrate animals with the garden and seeing the farm as an organism. I thought it was so important that Mac stressed the importance of respecting and learning from local farmers, whatever their approach.”

— A teacher from New York, NY

Information: Click here for a complete description of the course and schedule for the year, or apply today!


Michaelmas Festival
in the Garden

Wednesday, September 27, 3:00-4:30pm

All are invited to help stir and spray the biodynamic preparation #500, which supports humus formation and root growth. This free, child-friendly event is a well-loved community tradition. We look forward to seeing you there!

Location: In the Pfeiffer Center garden, opposite 285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY; click here for directions.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x120, or email info@pfeiffercenter.org.


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

Saturday, October 21

Save the date and make plans now to join us in celebrating our autumn harvest!

Join Mac Mead, Megan Durney, and the Pfeiffer Center interns in the Pfeiffer Center garden for an evening introduction. Then it's on to Main House for biodynamic canapès on the terrace, followed by a candle-lit sit-down dinner with biodynamic wines in Threefold Café's Main House dining room.

This event is co-sponsored by the Parent Council of Green Meadow Waldorf School; all proceeds benefit the programs of the Pfeiffer Center. Watch this space for details!


Beekeeping for the Future

With Bill Day
Saturday, November 11, 9:00am-5:00pm
$95

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.

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

Need more help? Call the Pfeiffer Center (845-352-5020 x120) M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm, or email us at info@pfeiffercenter.org.


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