Events & Workshops

Events & Workshops in 2017
with Michael Joshin Thiele

Green Gulch Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, CA
October 21, 2017; 9am – 4pm

Apis Arborea – The Ancient Craft of Tree-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. 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.

Details for registration here

 

Events & Workshops in 2018

 

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.

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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

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
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

TBD
Coming Up in spring 2018

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 updates email michael@apisarborea.com.

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