Events & Workshops

Events & Workshops in 2021/22

Interactive, international Live Stream
November 20, 2021; 11;30am PDT

Arboreal Apiculture Salon #20

Our special guest will be Prof. Dr. Scott F. Gilbert from the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; Department of Biology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, USA. Scott will talk about his pioneering work about Holobiome, radically new perspectives on what it means to be an individual, and the origins of novelty.  His research is an inspiring resource for arboreal apiculture and a deeper understanding of the nature of honeybees. 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.org or subscribe to an email list and/or for more information about the Salon here.

Saint Helena, CA
January 15, 2022

Log Hive Building Workshop

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.

The departure from normalcy due to climate emergencies 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.  Arboreal apiculture explores new ways of animal stewardship and conservation in a time that calls for out-of-the-box thinking. 

Information and registration here.

Interactive, international Live Stream
January 29, 2022; 11:30am PDT

Arboreal Apiculture Salon #21

Our special guest will be Prof. Jürgen Tautz. He is a behavioral scientist, sociobiologist and bee expert. He is a Professor at the Biocenter of the Biozentrum der Julius­Maximilians-Universitat in Würzburg and chairman of its bee research group. Tautz is the author of several popular science books on bees and holder of the Communicator Award of the DFG. 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.org or subscribe to an email list and/or for more information about the Salon here.

Interactive, international live-stream
Saturday, February 26, 2022, 9-12 pm PDT (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.

You can register here.

Online Workshop Series at College of Marin
March 30, April 6,13&20, 2022, 6:00pm – 7:30pm 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 are welcome. 

Registration will open soon.

(near) Chicago, IL
May 14-16, 2022

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.

Past Events & Workshops

An Online Zoom Roundtable; Berlin, Germany
October 10, 2021; 16:00-18:00 CEST

Honeybees & Hope in the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene is upending the validity of a system that created the current conditions of crisis. The associated fundamental shifts and challenges impact all ecological, cultural, economic, and spiritual fields.  We find ourselves in a time that is ripe for deep introspection, pioneering, and visioning. Paired with radical shifts in life sciences and insights of Deep Ecology, the renaissance of arboreal apiculture holds many promising new pathways for mitigation, conservation, and education. What is the current state of the global arboreal apiculture movement, what are its potential, challenges, and visions?  How can the social fabric of honeybees be a model for change and inspire our quest for creating holistic systems that acknowledge the interdependence of all life forms? How can we become an apian ‘tissue-like gathering of individuals that focuses on commonality and not otherness?  Panelists: Heinz Risse, Mellifera/Berlin; Ana Prvački, Artist; Christoph Heinrich, Chief Conservation Officer of WWF; Michael Joshin Thiele, Apis Arborea/USA. More info and tickets here.

Sonoma County, CA
Saturday, August 28, 2021; 9am-4pm PST

Beelining – the craft and science of locating wild honeybees

Beelining is the craft and science of locating wild honeybees. The pursuit is old as humankind and has gained new relevance in a time of accelerating mortality of managed honeybees. Wild (unmanaged) honeybees on the other hand have evolved as self-sustaining populations and are an essential focus for conservation and research. This hands-on workshop will allow participants to learn and practice all essential tasks of beelining at a location in Sonoma County (to be disclosed upon registration). We also will provide background info and resources for sourcing all necessary tools. This in-person workshop is limited to 12 people. We will follow the current Covid-19 protocol.

For more information and registration please click here.

International live-stream
August 30- September 2, 2021

2nd International Conference on Biodynamic Research

“Growing beyond Resilience” is the theme of the 2nd international conference on biodynamic research. Apis Arborea will be one of more than 60 international researchers and practitioners from 15 countries to share our pioneering work for the conservation of wild honeybees and the reconceptualization of apiculture in the Anthropocene.  For more info and registration click here.

 

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.org 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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