Events & Workshops

Events & Workshops in 2021

Interactive, international Live Stream
June, 2021; specific time tba

Arboreal Apiculture Salon #18

Our special guest will be Freya Mathews. She is an Australian environmental philosopher whose main work has been in the areas of ecological metaphysics and panpsychism.  Her current special interests are in ecological civilization; indigenous perspectives on “sustainability” and how these perspectives may be adapted to the context of contemporary global society; panpsychism and critique of the metaphysics of modernity; and wildlife ethics and rewilding in the context of the Anthropocene.  To join the Salon meeting (via Zoom), please click here. The Salon is a free event, serving communities around the globe. If you would like more info or have questions, please send an email to michael@apisarborea.com or subscribe to an email list and/or for more information about the Salon here.

Santa Cruz Bee Guild
August 4, 2021;
Re-conceptualizing Apiculture in a time of Crisis. More info here.
Interactive, international live-stream
August 21, 2021; 9am-12pm PST (San Fransisco time zone)                                                                                                                         

Log Hives – a tutorial for design & construction

During this live stream event, Michael will go step by step through the process of making vertical and horizontal log hives and share lots of video footage, necessary tools, and other resources. This lifestream event will explore various arboreal hive/nest designs and integrate groundbreaking research data and fundamental changes in life sciences as resources for a paradigm shift for apiculture strategies in the Anthropocene.
We also will look at the reemergence of ancient and traditional ways of apiculture, such as the “Zeidler-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.

This live stream gathering will provide a meeting environment that allows for interactive learning and discussions among participants.  For all levels of beekeeping.

For more info and registration click here.

Sonoma County, CA
Fall 2021

Log Hive Building Workshop

The departure from normalcy due to climate emergency and accelerating extinction rates of all species opens the door to a re-evaluation and re-conceptualization of core belief systems and practices in beekeeping.  As wild Apis Mellifera survives in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship.

Join us for an in-person log hive-making workshop. We will use traditional and contemporary tools for the construction process and learn about principles for the design and set-up of log hives.  The workshop will combine hands-on practical work on logs with an introduction to an arboreal apiculture paradigm.  More info tba soon.

(near) Chicago, IL
October 21-23, 2021;
Log Hive Building Workshop/ Rewilding Honeybees

This in-person weekend workshop was originally scheduled for 2020 and has been rescheduled again due to COVID. More info will be posted as soon as the new logistics have been settled. You can email us to be notified with further updates.

Online Workshop Series at College of Marin
October 27, November 3,10 &17, 2021, 7:00pm – 8:30pm PST

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 and an inquiry into innovative gestures within the biodynamic apicultural field.  For all levels of beekeeping; beginners welcome. 

Registration will open in mid-summer.

Past Events & Workshops

Interactive, international live stream
May 8, 2021; 9am- 12pm PST (San Fransisco time zone)

LocApiary: Creating Regenerative Apian Networks

A Compass Point for Apiculture beyond Sustainability 

The departure from normalcy due to climate emergency and accelerating extinction rates of all species opens the door to a re-evaluation and re-conceptualization of core belief systems and practices in beekeeping.

This workshop will explore new vantages within a cutting-edge, arboreal apicultural world and will outline a framework of innovative practices and strategies. It promotes the re-alignment of apiculture with the fundamentals of wild apian ecologies and ethics.  We will introduce the innovative concept of LocApiary (local watershed apiaries) and show how it can serve as a powerful resource towards a life-sustaining shift within apiculture. The workshop will provide resources for a deeper understanding of honeybees and tools for designing apian networks with ecological and ethical integrity. It is a compass point for strategies beyond sustainability.

The ecological integrity of wild populations of honeybees (Apis Mellifera) is transforming the fundamentals of apiculture and initiating a radical shift in thinking for beekeepers, conservationists, and scientists alike.  As a revolving new reality within the apicultural field, it has become a driving force of an inquiry into and the creation of a new, holistic paradigm of apiculture.

For beekeepers, conservationists, and anyone interested in a shifting apicultural paradigm. More info and registration here.

“In Wildness is the preservation of the world.” H.D. Thoreau

Seventh Annual Conference – Livestream
November 21-22, 2020;

Russian Natural Beekeeping Conference

This will be the 7th conference of natural beekeeping in Russia. It will be a free online event. Apis Arborea will be one of the presenters. More info here. (chrome browser can translate Russian into English)

Interactive, international Live Stream
September 12, 2020; 11:30 – 1:00pm PST (San Fransisco time)

Arboreal Apiculture Salon

Hosted by Jonathan Powell, Natural Beekeeping Trust, UK, Cheyanna Bone, USA, and Michael J. Thiele, Apis Arborea, USA.

In Salon #13 Michael J. Thiele will discuss some contemporary inquiries into rewilding and explore foundational implications of the prevalence of wild Apis Mellifera in the US and (only partially known) wild dynamics. We also will explore the fringes of and innovative concepts within the arboreal apiculture paradigm. Additional topics will touch on current projects/visions and program development at Apis Arborea. 

To join the Zoom meeting, please click here.

If you would like more info or have questions, please send an email to michael@apisarborea.com or subscribe to an email list and/or for more information about the Salon here

Waldorf 100
March 7, 2020; 10:30am – 2pm, Summerfield Waldorf School, Santa Rosa, CA                                                                                                                                   

Bee-ing and Living in the Canopy of Community

Waldorf 100 All School Celebration; more info here.

International Live Online Symposium
March 22-24, 2020; 

Wisdom of the Hive

More information here.

Interactive, international Live-Stream
March 28, 2020; 10am – 12pm PST; (San Fransisco time zone, CA, USA)                                                                                                                                   

LocApiary – Rewilding Honeybees and Reconciliation Ecology.

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.

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

Re-envisioning Beekeeping in a time of crisis

More info and registration here.

Interactive, international Live-Stream
January 25, 2020; 10am – 1pm PST (San Fransisco time zone, CA, USA)                                                                                                                                 

Building Arboreal (Log) Hives – Changing the paradigm of Apiculture.

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

Re-envisioning Beekeeping in a time of crisis

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

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

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

Building Natural Log Beehives

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.

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

Portland, OR
November 14 – 18, 2018

Biodynamic Conference
Transforming the Heart of Agriculture

Apis Arborea – Rewilding Honeybees

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

EcoFarm Conference, CA
January 27, 2018

Habitat and Holistic Care for Honeybees

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

Bee-Centric Apiculture

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