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.
Most recently he worked as an apiculture consultant in the Dominican Republic. His approach to bees has been published in national magazines & books and he is featured in the "Queen of the Sun" documentary film. He lives with his wife and children in Sonoma County, CA.