Our Spikenard Biodynamic Beekeeping methods are completely centered on developing a true and right relationship with the honeybees. Answering the questions “Who are the honeybees? What do they need?” is the starting point of what we teach and demonstrate in our courses, so participants can expand and deepen their understanding of these incredible creatures and better serve them as bee tenders. The bees themselves are the main teacher and guide in this striving, and one of their core lessons points us toward a path of wholeness, recognizing the importance of the human being, the landscape, and the cosmos in the life and health of the honeybee. The exploration of this wholeness, and the relationships and interactions of these elements give rise to a ceremonial mood during the gatherings and workshops at Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary. Here, healthy communities and human well-being are seen as essential for the health of the honeybees and our beloved Earth.
Practical learning and demonstrations of biodynamic beekeeping practices, in-depth study of honeybee anatomy and physiology, meditative work, exploration of the spiritual foundations of biodynamic beekeeping, hands-on experiences with the bees, and festivals around honey, dandelions, and biodynamic preparations are all part of our richly transformative learning opportunities.
The Biodynamic Beekeeping Spring Experience is centered around all the activities of the swarm and comb-building season. This time of the year is the height of the honeybees’ growth and reproduction cycle, where the bee tender has the most work to do in expanding hives and shepherding swarms into new hive bodies. We will be celebrating the spring nectar flow and any surplus of honey, as well as be immersed in the incredible experience of swarming. This gathering is open to people of all beekeeping skill levels, including beginners and those who are not yet working with bees. This Experience gives a robust introduction and foundation to our central beekeeping approach, principles, and practices.
Snacks and light lunch are included each day.