Our Team

  • Michael Joshin ThieleFounder

    Michael’s pioneering approach to apiculture as a platform for global renewal has appeared in national and international magazines, books and films. He has presented his work at Harvard University & New York University, consulted for the USDA, and in 2006 developed the organization Gaia Bees to advance biodynamic practices in apiculture. 

    In 2017 he founded Apis Arborea to preserve the life and resiliency of honeybees through rewilding, that is, the restoration of habitat and natural hives, and the use of a holistic ecological and science-based framework in working with bees. He offers workshops and training in apiculture practice in the U.S. and internationally.

    Michael was born and educated in Germany. He lives with his family, and an infinity of bees, in the oak woodlands of Northern California.

  • Elizabeth CandelarioAdviser

    Elizabeth Candelario has deep experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors and believes passionately in the role of business to drive social mission.  Most recently, Elizabeth served as President of Demeter USA, the nation’s only certifier of Biodynamic farms and products and a member of Demeter International, the oldest ecological certification organization in the world.  

    Prior to her eleven year service with Demeter, she served in sales and marketing leadership roles for various premier and award-winning wineries. Her brand marketing and sales strategies have included innovative campaigns that have environmental, cause marketing, and cultural components. For example, she helped conduct the successful turnaround of a winery by connecting the owners’ values to the brand.  Elizabeth also has extensive experience working with non-profits in various roles including founder, president, vice-chair, development chair, and board member, as well as consultant.

    After leaving Demeter in February, Elizabeth re-launched Studio Airstream, a strategic marketing practice specializing in organizational development, business development, and cause marketing projects designed to connect brands to consumers through their hearts.


  • Cheyanna BoneCollaborator

    Cheyanna is passionate about facilitating dynamic connections between humans, honey bees and the earth.  She is devoted to supporting honey bees to reclaim their vitality and wild nature by bringing the innate wisdom of the Hive Being more deeply into human awareness.

    Cheyanna met Michael at his first Zeidler log hive class in 2017 and knew she had met a “kindred bee spirit” at work.  She is enjoying collaborating with Michael to support the work rewilding of honeybees locally and globally. Cheyanna lives in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California where she works closely with her local community using natural, biodynamic and rewilding apiculture practices.


  • Pepa ReimannCreative Director

    Originally from Germany, Pepa Reimann is a creative director and designer with a passion for branding, design and visual language. She helps organizations and individuals launch, rejuvenate and expand their brands in meaningful ways. Sharing her design experience to brand and launch Apis Arborea is her contribution to support and protecting honeybees.


  • Cameron NielsenDocumentary Filmmaker

    Cameron Nielsen’s is a documentary filmmaker. His journey with bees started from a young age under the mentorship of Michael Thiele. He explores the question, “how can you engage people with the importance of honeybees?”  through interdisciplinary perspectives on ecology and communication. During his undergraduate studies at Quest University Canada he created a short documentary, The Good of the Hive. The documentary tells the story of a mural initiative that is painting 50,000 honeybees – the number of bees in a healthy hive, in murals around the world. 


  • Gus GriffinApprentice

    Raised in Vermont Gus is a farmer interested in using his background in ecology and botany to blur the borders between farming and nature. Bees and their potential as a vector for societal, personal and ecological growth have inspired Gus and are teaching him new ways of listening and participating in a community.

  • Daniel ChurchArborist

    Daniel Church is an Arborist and Zeidler from the Monterey Bay. Through his work with trees, he has developed a relationship with bees in their natural environment. He is working to draw more attention and appreciation toward Apis Arborea to help facilitate their health and safety.