Farm & gardens  |  White Waltham

Building your landscape, from observation to development, with Jean-Michel Florin

£ 150 

Per person

Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September

Saturday 10 am – 5 pm to include lunch and dinner. Sunday 10 am – 2 pm to include lunch.

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All fresh vegetables and fruits are harvested to order, enhancing the quality of our food and minimising waste. Please confirm your menu choice for each person in your party in the 'Comments' box provided during checkout.

Waltham Place welcomes Jean Michel Florin to lead a weekend workshop: Building your landscape, from observation to development.

The landscape is truly the source and origin of agricultural production. The bio-dynamic approach sees the landscape as a living "organism" that can be approached in its entirety to discover its specific nature (the genius of the place) and its meaning. In this way, we can find directions for development and hence for planning. The idea is not to have a fixed model, but to accompany the evolution of the living landscape to make it ever more individual.

During this course, we will take the time together to use an active sensory approach to perceive the landscape in all its diversity; observation exercises and sketches will enable us to 'dive in' to the land to approach the genius of the place. These in-depth observations will help us to understand how the landscape is evolving today, and to envisage practical ways of developing it based on the identity of the local terroir.

Saturday 31st August 2024 10am - 5pm

- What is landscape? The different levels of life in the landscape and in a terroir (daily and annual rhythms, biography of the landscape).

- Overall approach to the landscape of the estate :

- Practical exercise: perceiving the atmosphere of the landscape through a walk in the field

- Collective creation of an atmosphere map

- Approach of the estate in its context :

- Directed observations in the field at 2 comparative stations: the role of each kingdom of nature: minerals, vegetation, animals,etc.

- Discussion: what is the character of this landscape?

- History of the landscape and the estate  

Sunday 1st September 2024 10 am – 2 pm

- Review of the previous day's learning and discussion time

- Practical exercise: drawing symbolising the specific character of the place

- Development ideas for the future based on the global approach

- Summary of the morning's observations: what has been achieved? What changes have  been made to the landscape of the estate?

- Discussion of possible concrete projects

- Conclusion and outlook


We anticipate high demand for this event. If the event is fully booked and you wish to join the waiting list please email, including your name and phone number.

Waltham Place farm shop

Collection Advice

Our Books, 'A year at Waltham Place' and 'The Covid Years - Waltham Vol II' are available for collection from The Office. Our postcode is SL6 3JH. Use the gate by the red post box and park in the small car park immediately to the left.