Events & Workshops

Events & Workshops in 2018
with Michael Joshin Thiele

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

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

Wellspring Conference

Toward a Living Community with Anthroposophy
More info 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

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.

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.

Past Events & Workshops in 2017

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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