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Events & Workshops

Events & Workshops in 2020
with Michael Joshin Thiele

 

HoneyLove Conference, Los Angeles, CA
January 18 & 19, 2020

Re-envisioning Beekeeping in a time of crisis

More info coming shortly

 
Interactive Live-Stream
January 25, 2020; 10am – 1pm PST                                                                                                                                      

Arboreal (log) Hives – Changing the paradigm of Apiculture.

“Apis Arborea” is an attempt to redefine our relationship with bees and to create a new paradigm of caring for them.  

We will look at the reemergence of ancient and traditional ways of apiculture, such as the “Zeidler”, the craft of caring for bees in living trees. The rewilding of honeybees and nest restoration are becoming increasingly essential for honeybees to survive.  As wild bees survive in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship.

During the live stream event, we will explore various arboreal hive designs. Michael will go step by step through the process of making vertical log hives and share lots of video footage, required tools, and other resources.  This lifestream event will integrate groundbreaking research data and fundamental changes in life sciences as resources for a paradigm shift for apiculture strategies in the Anthropocene.

This live stream gathering will provide a meeting environment, which allows for interactive learning and discussions among participants.  Tickets available here.

 
College of Marin, CA
Winter semester, January 30, February 13&27, March 12, 2020

Re-envisioning Beekeeping in a time of crisis

The accelerating loss of animal species and biodiversity reflects the urgency with which we need to move towards the preservation of honeybees. This course is an introduction to a system-based approach to beekeeping. We will combine contemporary entomological research, the study of natural wild beehive environments and cutting-edge trends in life sciences to better understand the complexities of the life and the needs of honeybees. With the newly gained knowledge of the course, participants have new tools to creatively adapt to fundamental challenges to the survival of honeybees. Michael will share various aspects of his work, among them examples from current rewilding projects, the craft of traditional tree-apiculture, and bee-centric strategies for beekeeping. We will study the essential role of honeybees in sustaining life on our planet and at the same time explore ways to preserve their life and foster environments conducive to their health and dignity. For all levels of beekeeping; beginners welcome.

Registration will open in early December.

Interactive Live Stream
February 1, 2020 (tent.); 11:15 – 12:30pm PST

Arboreal Apiculture Salon

Hosted by Jonathan Powell, Natural Beekeeping Trust, UK and Michael J. Thiele, Apis Arborea, USA. The topic of Salon #8 will be announced shortly.  We meet about every other month.  If you would like more info or have questions, please send an email to michael@apisarborea.com or subscribe to an email list for the Salon here

 
 

Past Events & Workshops

 
 
Interactive Live Stream
November 16, 2019; 6:15 – 7:30pm GMT

Arboreal Apiculture Salon

Our guest for Salon #7 will be Torben Schiffer. His research focuses on the climatic conditions of tree cavities and beehives, and the effects on bee health.

Hosted by Jonathan Powell, Natural Beekeeping Trust, UK and Michael J. Thiele, Apis Arborea, USA. We meet about every other month.  If you would like more info or have questions, please send an email to michael@apisarborea.com or subscribe to an email list for the Salon here

Interactive Live-Stream
November 9, 2019; 10am-12pm PST                                                                                                                                     

LocApiary – A Vision for the Collaboration of landscape, honeybees, and humans.

The Anthropocene and the accelerating extinction of life on earth are a wake-up call for a fundamental shift of apiculture and of being on earth.

LocApiary is a local watershed apiary and an innovative initiative that follows a symbiotic narrative and a vision for the collaboration of landscape, honeybees & humans.  The framework of LocApiary follows the natural life gestures of honeybees and integrates cutting edge research in life sciences and traditional practices. In the life world of connectivity, the well-being of one is enmeshed in the well-being of others. We will explore collaborative strategies for beekeepers and conservationists, how they can benefit habitat connectivity and integrity and foster a reconciliation ecology.

Michael will share innovative gestures within the biodynamic field of apiculture and various aspects of his work, among them, examples from current rewilding projects, log hive designs and as well as the craft of arboreal apiculture. 

Please join us from your home – without traveling and a lower carbon footprint.

For Tickets click here.

Gravenstein Apple Fair, CA
August 18, 2019; 11:30 – 1pm

Building Natural Log Beehives 

Log hives rehabilitate the natural home environment of honeybees which allowed them to thrive for millions of years. To rewild honeybees provides natural resources for local honeybee populations and supports the honeybee’s health. Join Michael and learn about innovative ways of apiculture and how to create and provide ideal nesting habitat for honeybees. You’ll get hands-on experience with the first phase of hive-building and be able to build your own bee sanctuary at home. 

more info here

Interactive Live Stream
August 24, 2019; 6:15 – 8pm GMT

Arboreal Apiculture Salon

Awareness can be defined as the ability to have knowledge of or perception of a situation or fact. All living beings are aware under this definition since all living things can and do perceive a change in their environment, respond appropriately, modify their behavior and adapt. Also, all species have the ability to communicate in some form with each other.  Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. It has been defined as sentience, awareness, subjectivity, agency and the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind.

In Salon #6 we will explore sentience and bees and how we can expand humanity’s moral circle.

Hosted by Jonathan Powell, Natural Beekeeping Trust, UK and Michael J. Thiele, Apis Arborea, USA.  If you would like more info or have questions, please send an email to michael@apisarborea.com

For sign up click here.

Soil Not Oil Conference; 5th Annual Agro-Ecological and Environmental Conference, CA
September 9-10,2019

Apis Arborea – Apiculture in the Anthropocene

More info at Soil Not Oil Conference.

Interactive Live-Stream
October 12, 2019; 10am – 1pm PST                                                                                                                                      

Arboreal (log) Hives – Changing the paradigm of Apiculture.

“Apis Arborea” is an attempt to redefine our relationship with bees and to create a new paradigm of caring for them.  

We will look at the reemergence of ancient and traditional ways of apiculture, such as the “Zeidler”, the craft of caring for bees in living trees. The rewilding of honeybees and nest restoration are becoming increasingly essential for honeybees to survive.  As wild bees survive in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship.

During the live stream event, we will explore various arboreal hive designs. Michael will go step by step through the process of making vertical log hives and share lots of video footage, required tools, and other resources.  This lifestream event will integrate groundbreaking research data and fundamental changes in life sciences as resources for a paradigm shift for apiculture strategies in the Anthropocene.

This live stream gathering will provide a meeting environment, which allows for interactive learning and discussions among participants.  Tickets available here.

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NYU Tisch School of the Arts 

April 5, 2019

Hiving: Aesthetic Sociality, Living Forms, Forms of Living, A Research Symposium

For a schedule and more info click here

Interactive life stream

April 20, 2019; 10 am – 1 pm, PST


LocApiary – A Local Watershed Apiary

The Anthropocene and the accelerating extinction of life on earth are a wake-up call for a fundamental shift of being on earth.

LocApiary is an innovative initiative for the protection and conservation of Honeybees. It follows a symbiotic narrative and a vision for the collaboration of landscape, honeybees & humans. LocApiary provides a framework for a holistic approach to the health and survival of Honeybees.

It rehabilitates the natural life gestures of honeybees and honors and protects their essential role in sustaining life on our planet.
This workshop attempts to move beyond a binary approach in our exploration of the apian matrix of life and to think literally outside the box. We will study apian life gestures within arboreal hives, sustainable apian nest designs and new concepts in life sciences such as holobionts. We will explore innovative approaches to bee health which integrate landscape, honeybees and social/ cultural fields. Michael will also share innovative gestures within the biodynamic field of apiculture and examples from current rewilding / LocApiary projects.

To sign up click here.

Interactive live stream
April 28, 2019; 7:15 – 9pm GMT

Arboreal Apiculture Salon

The April meeting is the fourth sequence of an ongoing Salon which is open to anyone.  We understand it as an opportunity for a global arboreal apiculture community to connect and meet for exchange and symbiotic learning, to share innovative ideas and to be a resource for each other.  We envision this live streaming event to be a creative and interactive place to re-envision apiculture in the time of the Anthropocene. We hope that this gathering will be able to embrace and encourage a diversity of disciplines and vantage points.

Special guests are Debra Roberts (US) and Heidi Herrman (UK).

Hosted by Jonathan Powell, Natural Beekeeping Trust, UK and Michael J. Thiele, Apis Arborea, USA.  If you would like more info or have questions, please send an email to michael@apisarborea.com

For sign up click here.

Interactive Live Stream
March 2, 2019; 10 am – 1 pm, PST                                                                                                                                                 

Apis Arborea – The Ancient Craft of Tree-Apiculture and Building Log Hives

“Apis Arborea” is an attempt to redefine our relationship with bees and to create a new paradigm of caring for them.  

We will look at the reemergence of ancient and traditional ways of apiculture, such as the “Zeidler”, the craft of caring for bees in living trees. Rewilding habitat and nest restoration for honeybees are becoming increasingly essential for honeybees to survive.  As wild bees survive in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship.

During the workshop, we will explore various arboreal hives designs. Michael will go step by step through the process of making vertical log hives and share lots of video footage, required tools, and other resources.  

This live stream gathering will provide a meeting environment, which allows for interactive learning and discussions among participants.

To sign up click here

Portland, OR
November 14 – 18, 2018

Biodynamic Conference
Transforming the Heart of Agriculture

Apis Arborea – Rewilding Honeybees

In this workshop, Michael will give an introduction to ‘Apis Arborea’ and share innovative gestures within the biodynamic field of apiculture, among them the framework of an indigenous, arboreal apiculture and LocApiary, a vision of a local watershed apiary.  Rewilding and the rehabilitation of natural honeybee nest habitat are part of an effort to further develop a biodynamic paradigm of apiculture.

More details here.

Green Gulch Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, CA
October 7, 2018; 9am – 4pm

Apis Arborea – The Ancient Craft of Tree-Apiculture and Building Log Hives


“Apis Arborea” is an attempt to redefine our relationship with bees and to create a new paradigm of caring for them.  We will look at the reemergence of ancient and traditional ways of apiculture, such as the “Zeidler”, the craft of caring for bees in living trees. Rewilding habitat and nest restoration for honeybees is becoming increasingly essential for honeybees to survive.  As wild bees survive in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship. During the workshop, we will build ‘honey bee nests’ in logs, using traditional and contemporary tools. Wear layers. We will be outside for most of the day.

More info and registration here.

at Healdsburg SHED, CA
September 23, 2018 

Rewilding Honeybees – Protecting the Source, Inspiring the Future.

The anthropocene is a wake up call for fundamental change and innovative initiatives in a time of crisis.  Michael will present a ‘symbiotic narrative’ that not only places the very basic needs of honeybees at the center of our concern, but also brings to light the bio-dynamic plasticity and adaptability of honeybees as a keystone species and cultural innovator.  In this context, the vision of rewilding of honeybees not only leads to the rehabilitation of natural and complex biotic systems, but also recalibrates our capacities of perception and cultural identity.

More info and regsitration here

Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm, CA
September 14 & 15, 2018

Wellspring Conference

Toward a Living Community with Anthroposophy
More info here

Netherlands
August 31 – September 2, 2018

Learning from the Bees Conference
Honeybee, Landscape, Human Being

This event ‘Learning from the Bees’ will be the first of its kind – bringing together natural beekeepers, scientists, nature conservationists, artists and bee-lovers from all over the world.We will build and share knowledge building on the latest scientific research and practical experience, share inspiration and learn from initiatives and projects from grassroot to policy level and take steps towards creating an international association ‘Learning from the Bees’ that will work to protect bees and champion their interests.

Details for registration here

Sebastopol, CA
July 28, 2018, 10am – 4pm

Rewilding Honeybees
Designing ‘Landscape Apiaries’

This workshop is an introduction to the apian paradigm of rewilding honeybees and strategies of conservation and renewal. It will provide tools for design and implementation of rewilded apiaries.

We will study their life gesture and learn about the biodynamic plasticity and adaptability of honeybees as a super-organism. Other topics will include information about natural nest qualities, log hive designs and bee-centric management strategies. We will explore various aspects of an integrated and holistic approach to bee health and preservation, and introduce an approach which combines ‘indigenous’ and entomological resources.

This workshop is for anyone concerned for the health and survival of honeybees, backyard beekeepers, conservationists, land stewards, public and private landowners, and those interested in rewilding honeybees. For info and registration click here.

 
Webinar
July 19, 2018

Arboreal Apiculture

In this workshop, Michael will give an introduction to ‘Apis Arborea’ and an approach to apiculture ‘outside the box’.

Rewilding and the restoration of natural honeybee nest habitat are part of an effort to develop a comprehensive and wholesome paradigm of apiculture. The accelerating loss of animal species and biodiversity reflects the urgency with which we need to move towards preservation and a systems-oriented approach. The framework of Apis Arborea is one of honoring and protecting the essential role of honeybees in sustaining life on our planet while preserving their life and fostering environments conducive to their health and dignity.

Michael will share various aspects of his work, among them examples from current rewilding projects, the craft of arboreal apiculture, bee-centric strategies for beekeeping, and an introduction to the intricate nature of honeybees.

Details for registration here.

 
Occidental, CA
July 12, 2018

Reframing Apiculture
“Protecting the source, inspiring the future”

The framework of Apis Arborea is one of preserving the life and resiliency of honeybees through rewilding and through the restoration of habitat and natural hives. This allows for the development of a comprehensive and wholesome paradigm of apiculture.  In this class, Michael will share various aspects of this bee-centric approach, among them current rewilding projects, the craft of traditional tree-apiculture, bee-centric strategies for apiculture and an introduction into the intricate nature of honeybees.  Open to all levels of beekeeping and bee-lovers.

Details for registration here

Nevada City, CA
May 19 & 20, 2018

Rewilding Honeybees – The Whole Hive Being
“Protecting the source, inspiring the future”

Log hives beautifully provide the bees an opportunity to live as bees intend to live, in tune with their own seasonal rhythms.  Natural nest habitat is an essential aspect of preservation and renewal of honey bee health and resiliency.  The desire to help to the bees is present in many people, yet many do not necessarily want to become “beekeepers”.  Rewilding and the restoration of natural honey bee nest habitat are part of an effort to restore genetic diversity, adaptability and vitality to honey bees.

In this workshop Michael will explore the indigenous craft of arboreal apiculture, (tree bee-tending) biodynamic practices, log hives and natural nest habitat.  The workshop will provide tools for design and implementation of rewilded apiaries.  This workshop is an opportunity to think literally “outside the box”.

Open to all levels of beekeeping and bee-lovers.

Details for registration here

Green Gulch Farm, CA
April 28, 2018

Apis Arborea – Rewilding Honeybees
“In wildness lies the preservation of the world”

The framework of Apis Arborea is one of preserving the life and resiliency of honeybees through rewilding and through the restoration of habitat and natural hives.This allows for the development of a comprehensive and wholesome paradigm of apiculture.In this workshop, Michael will share various aspects of this bee-centric approach, among them current rewilding projects, the craft of traditional tree-apiculture, bee-centric strategies for apiculture and an introduction into the intricate nature of honeybees. Participants will be able to integrate new information and insights into the upcoming 2018 bee season. Open to all levels of beekeeping and bee-lovers.

Details for registration here

at SHED, CA
February 11, 2018

Apis Arborea

In this workshop, Michael will give an introduction to ‘Apis Arborea” and share various aspects of his work, among them examples from current rewilding projects, the craft of traditional tree-apiculture, bee-centric strategies for beekeeping, and an introduction to the intricate nature of honeybees. Rewilding and the restoration of natural honeybee nest habitat are part of an effort to develop a comprehensive and wholesome paradigm of apiculture. The accelerating loss of animal species and biodiversity reflects the urgency with which we need to move towards preservation and a systems-oriented approach. The framework of Apis Arborea is one of honoring and protecting the essential role of honeybees in sustaining life on our planet while preserving their life and fostering environments conducive to their health and dignity.

Details for registration here

Green Gulch Farm, CA
February 3, 2018

Biodynamic Apiculture

 

The biodynamic approach to honeybees is centered on the essentials of nest integrity, the understanding of the hive as a singular, sentient being, and the coherence of inner and outer habitats.  In this workshop we will study the unique life of honeybees and examine how a biodynamic approach integrates core life principles into our relationship with honeybees as well as into our apiaries.  Michael will introduce innovative ways within the biodynamic field such as ‘Apis Arborea, the vision of a ‘Landscape Apiarium’, and non-allopathic approaches to health. Participants will be able to integrate new information and insights into the upcoming 2018 bee season. Open to all levels of beekeeping and bee-lovers.

Details for registration here

EcoFarm Conference, CA
January 27, 2018

Habitat and Holistic Care for Honeybees

Honey bee colonies are facing a crisis due in large part to conventional approaches to beekeeping and crop pollination. The urgency of the problem makes it imperative to inquire into the complexity and dynamics of biotic systems, and to implement creative solutions that support honey bees and the health of our farms. In this workshop, we will discuss a process of “rewilding” honey bee nests, harkening back to historic log hives and bee trees. The presenters will also discuss ways to increase the pollination potential on farms, including habitat restoration and supplemental plantings. This workshop will provide attendees with practical tips for supporting honey bee colonies on farms year-round, emphasizing sustainable and biodynamic principles.

Details for registration here

Portland Urban Beekeepers Association, Portland
March 18, 2017, 9am – 4pm

Bee-Centric Apiculture

In this seminar, accessible for anyone interested in the health of bees no matter their experience, we will discuss the unique matrix of the life of honey bees and examine how a bee-centric approach can integrate core life principles into our relationship with honey bees and into our apiaries.

Details for registration here

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