9 am - 4 pm
with Michael Joshin Thiele
In the Wheelwright Center
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 the 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 re-establish 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.
These series are 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.I. "Bees: Living between Heaven and Earth":
Perspectives on the nature of the oneness of the hive as a macro/superorganism & hive designs.
Sunday, June 2, 2013 II. "Gathering Sunlight":
The hive as an interface; communication; honey.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
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.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Fees for the three-part series (all three workshops): $230, $207 current SFZC members, To Register:
$184 limited income.
Fees for each separate workshop: $85, $76 current SFZC members, $68 limited income.
Use the Ticket Table below to register online. Or call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.
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.