Arboreal Apiculture Salon

Arboreal Apiculture Salon
An Interactive Live Stream & Podcast

Exploring the science, beauty, and spiritual expression of Arboreal Apiculture

The Arboreal Apiculture Salon is an opportunity for a global arboreal apiculture community to connect and meet for exchange and symbiotic learning, to share innovative ideas, and to be a resource for each other.

Listen to or chat with arboreal apiculture experts and enthusiasts from around the world and develop a deeper connection to Arboreal Apiculture.

Co-hosted by Cheyanna Bone (Apis Arborea), Jonathan Powell (Natural Beekeeping Trust), and Michael Joshin Thiele (Apis Arborea).

“How can we participate in a co-creative unfolding of new realities?” (Tarnas).

Upcoming Salon

January 29, 2022, 11:30 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 or subscribe to an email list and/or for more information about the Salon here.

Listen To Previous Recordings

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No. 20 with Dr. Scott Gilbert 

In Salon #20 Dr. Scott Gilbert gave a mind-blowing and very inspiring presentation on Holobiont and cutting edge research in life sciences – with fundamental implications for apian health and arboreal apiology. In the past, models of biology followed a thinking in terms of entities, that is now being replaced by a new focus on processes. According to Scott, symbioses lays at the foundation of life and makes palpable an entangled and mutually creative field of development.  This new vantage is a watershed moment for arboreal apiculture.

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No. 19 with Cheyanna Bone & Michael J. Thiele

Salon #19 was a special mixture of practical advice, storytelling, joy, and insightful comment. Michael and Cheyanna described their recent beelining experiences and we learned that there are many ways to approach discovering new nest sites. We explored the act of ‘witnessing’ – the listening to and careful recording of the natural world; an increasingly important practice as we try to understand the shifting baselines in our environment.

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No. 18 with Matt Somerville

Our special guest for Salon #18 was Matt Somerville. He is a pioneer of arboreal apiculture and has been installing hundreds of log hives all over the UK.

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No. 17 with Dr. Frank Krumm

Our special guest for Salon #17 was Dr. Frank Krumm from Switzerland. He is a scientific assistant WSL/SLF in Davos, a member of the Mountain Ecosystems group, and has done research on honeybee nest habitat and tree-micro-habitats.

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No. 16 with Sabine Bergmann

Our special guest for Salon #16 was Sabine Bergmann from Germany. She is an advocate for traditional and historical apiculture and promotes the rewilding of honeybees in Europe.

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No. 15 with Ivan Pigarev

Our special guest for Salon #15 was Ivan Pigarev from Russia. He is the Executive Director of the Natural Beekeeping Association of Russia and author and director of the upcoming documentary “Point of Return”. He is a pioneer within the Russian Zeidler community and promotes arboreal apiculture throughout Eastern Europe.

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No. 14 with Jonathan Powell

This special salon launches the new web site – A new initiative by the Natural Beekeeping Trust

With this Website the trust seeks to showcase and encourage practices that restore and support the honey bee and its natural habitat and recognize the honey bee as an independent wild species. Michael and Cheyanna interview trustee and fellow podcaster Jonathan Powell about the site and the story behind it.

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No.13 with Michael J. Thiele

This Salon explores the fringes of arboreal apiculture and what it takes to develop and unlock the potential of new paradigms. Michael shares his journey into uncharted territories of rewilding honeybees and elaborates on challenges and opportunities that come when we begin to re-conceptualize apiculture in the light of mass extinctions and a new evolving global movement of apian conservation. Touching on practical as well as philosophical questions, we look deeper into this emerging field.

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No.12 with André Wermelinger

This salon will focus on the rewilding of honeybees in various landscapes and ecosystems. We are delighted to say that our special guest will be André Wermelinger from Switzerland. André is the Managing Director of FreeTheBees, an organization that has been instrumental in returning the lost craft of tree beekeeping back into Europe. André is a passionate advocate of wild Apis Mellifera, promoting both legal protection and monitoring of wild colonies by engaging with scientists and conservationists. More information about his work is available here

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No. 11: Stillpoint

In this Salon we focus on what we may call ‘Stillpoint’, a transitional time between past and future, very creative but also challenging. It has an inwardly and outwardly dimension and is significant for our relationships to the entire web of life. ‘Stillpoint’ invites us into a reflection of a world in motion and continues our inquiry into the ongoing unfolding of our relationship with honeybees.

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No.10: The Team Discuss Beauty and Native Species

In this Salon the group discusses the recent podcast with Richard Prum (Salon 9) and his views on how beauty has shaped evolution. The team then goes on to discuss the dichotomy of native vs alien – also in the light of climate crisis and ’neo-natives’

Aboreal Apiculture Salon No.9 with Special Guest Richard Prum

In Salon number 9 we welcome Professor Richard Prum of Yale University to discuss the role of beauty in evolution.

Richard’s latest book, About The Evolution of Beauty, was named a best book of the year by the New York Times book review, Smithsonian and Wall Street Journal.

A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences—what Darwin termed “the taste for the beautiful”—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. Prum introduces agency and perception as essential components for evolutionary processes and challenges the dogma that holds that natural selection explains every branch on the tree of life: which species thrive, which wither away to extinction, and what features each evolves.

We ask Richard about his unpublished work on pollination and bees to understand the influences of beauty and way the selection process is shaped by the memory of things beautiful … or sometimes dangerous.

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No.8: Rewilding

We will have several guests from Europe and the US to share a space of inquiry and discussion about the concept and their personal practice of ‘Rewilding Apis Mellifera’.

Presenters include Michiel Verspuij* (Ireland), Deborah Richmond (UK), Torben Schiffer (Germany) & Michael J. Thiele (US). Each will share their unique perspective on the subject.

* For information on the Welsh project mentioned by Michiel Verspuij please watch this video edited by Jonathan Powell:

Arboreal Apiculture Salon No.7 with Special Guest Torben Schiffer

Listen to Torben Schiffer; our guest for Salon No.7. Torben works for Prof. Jürgen Tautz / Hobos Project (University Würzburg), his research focuses on the climatic conditions of tree cavities and beehives, and the effects on bee health. Additionally, he is an expert on the symbiotic relationship between book scorpions and honeybees. He proved that book scorpions feed i.a. on varroa mites and beetle larvae (such as small hive beetle). Furthermore, he is exploring the effects of beekeeping on the grooming behavior of bees.

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