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Bee Well and Be Well: The Spiritual Significance of Bees

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Michael Joshin Thiele
Interview—Bee Well and Be Well: Michael Thiele Discusses the Spiritual Significance of Bees
with Michael Joshin Thiele
9 am - 4 pm in the Wheelwright Center


Sunday, March 2
Saturday, May 24
Sunday, September 7

The Art of Living with Bees

For our ancestors, bees were heavenly messengers, an expression of the wisdom in the universe, a spark of cosmic consciousness, and a gift to the world. To recognize and understand the unique nature of bees means to recognize and understand something of our own fundamental nature. The oneness of the bee colony reveals the interconnectedness of the world, and of ourselves within the world. In the past centuries, as bees became a commodity of modern apiculture, a deeper meaning and understanding of their true nature was lost. Only a more bee-centered approach can help us reestablish a reverent and respectful relationship with them.

This three-class series will explore honeybees from new vantage points and will provide an overview of a holistic approach to apiculture. Topics will include: Biology, the life forces and natural gestalt of bees, alternative beehive designs, a comprehensive approach to bee-health and varroa mites, an overview and study of the life-rhythms and cycles throughout the bee year, biodynamic approaches and bee-centered management, along with the study of various texts and contemporary bee research.

This series is designed to be a resource for practicing beekeepers as well as for beginners and all “bee-lovers.” Classes can be booked individually or as a series. A fresh, delicious vegetarian lunch is included with each class.

Class Series

I. Bees: Living between Heaven and Earth: Tools, information and preparations for the beginning bee season, with perspectives on the nature of the oneness of the hive as a macro/super organism.
Sunday, March 2, 2014

II. Gathering Sunlight: The hive as an interface; exploring new approaches of living with bees; interconnectedness with seasonal cycles and rhythms.
Saturday, May 24, 2014

III. The "Bien": The Lifeline of the Biosphere:
Strategies for health; bees and their (agro)-cultural quality and their pivotal role for life on earth; introduction into apisophia.
Sunday, September 7, 2014



  • For the three-part series (all three workshops): $230; $207 current SFZC members; $184 limited income.
  • For each separate workshop: $85; $76 current SFZC members; $68 limited income.
  • Some partial scholarships available. (About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations.)
  • Fee includes lunch.
To Register: Use the ticket table below to register online. Or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).

About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations

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Michael Joshin Thiele
Michael Joshin Thiele lived and practiced at Green Gulch Farm for 8 years and received lay ordination in 2001. In 2007 he co-founded The Melissa Garden, one of the first Honey Bee Sanctuaries in the US. He created Gaia Bees as an educational & resource platform in 2009 and teaches Apiculture classes in the US and abroad.