Arboreal Apiculture Salon

Arboreal Apiculture Salon
An Interactive Live Stream & Podcast

Exploring the science, beauty, and spiritual expression of Arboreal Apiculture & Apiology.

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 & Apiology.

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

The Salon is a free event, serving communities around the globe. If you would like more info or have a suggestion for a topic/ speaker, please send an email.

Upcoming Salon

September, 2022

Arboreal Apiculture Salon #25

After our summer break, we will resume in September with Salon #25.  Our guest will be Prof.Dr. Jürgen Tautz from Germany. He wrote “The Buzz about Bees” and “Honey Bees”. His latest book “Communication Between Honeybees: More Than Just a Dance in the Dark” will be available this summer and be one of the topics of our conversation. Please stay tuned for more details and information.

October 22, 2022

Arboreal Apiculture Salon #26

Our guest will be Prof. Dr. Lars Chittka from the Research Centre for Psychology at Queen Mary University of London, where he is a Professor of Sensory and Behavioural Ecology. His latest book “The Mind of a Bee” is a rich and surprising exploration of the intelligence of bees. October 22, 2022, 11:30am – 1:00pm PST. To join the Salon via Zoom, please click here.

Listen To Previous Recordings

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  • Salon No 23 With Frederique Apffel Marglin May 9, 2022
    Our special guest is Frederique Apffel Marglin. She is Professor Emerita, Dpt. of Anthropology at Smith College and founded Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration in Peru. Frederique is challenging the foundation of western thinking and promotes new ways of being in relationship with the agency and sentience of the non-human world. Her innovative research presents […]
  • Salon No. 22 With Thomas Seeley April 4, 2022
    Our special guest will be Thomas Dyer Seeley.  He is the Horace White Professor in Biology in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. He is the author of several books on honeybee behavior, including Honeybee Democracy and The Wisdom of the Hive.  He was the recipient of the Humboldt Prize in Biology […]
  • Salon No. 21 With Filipe Salbany February 19, 2022
    Our special guest for Salon No. 21 is Filipe Salbany. He has worked with honey bees for over 50 years in Africa, Europe, North America, and the UK. In November 2021 his work at Blenheim Palace (UK) received international attention when the Guardian published an article about the discovery of over 50 previously unknown honey bee colonies of […]
  • Salon No. 20 with special guest Prof. Dr. Scott Gilbert December 4, 2021
    Our special guest is 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 […]
  • Salon No. 19 Beelining with Cheyanna and Michael December 2, 2021
    Beelining is an ancient craft and science of finding wild honeybee trees/nests. The pursuit is old as humankind and has gained new relevance for the conservation and rewilding of honeybees. Cheyanna and Michael will give an introduction to the logistics and challenges and share how beelining is used in projects in their work at Apis […]
  • Salon No.18 with Matt Somerville August 17, 2021
    For Salon #18 we are delighted to have Matt Somerville from the UK as our special guest . He is a master carpenter and the founder of beekindhives. Matt has been a pioneer of arboreal apiculture and experimented with diverse hive designs. He has started to set up hundreds of log hives in the UK and is […]
  • Salon No. 17 with Frank Krumm May 16, 2021
    Our special guest is Dr. Frank Krumm from Switzerland. He is a scientific assistant WSL/SLF in Davos, a member of the Mountain Ecosystems group, a scientific advisor to in this fascinating presentation he discusses tree-micro-habitats.
  • Salon No. 16 with Sabine Bergmann April 7, 2021
    Our special guest for Salon #16 is Sabine Bergmann from Germany. She is an advocate for traditional and historical apiculture and promotes the rewilding of honeybees in Europe. Sabine and her students have made over 300 log hives which have been placed in projects around Germany. The podcast covers how she got started and the schools, […]
  • Salon No. 15 with Ivan Pigarev February 4, 2021
    We are delighted to welcome Ivan Pigarev, 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. This fascinating interview looks into the roots of Russian arboreal apiculture […]
  • Salon No. 14 with Jonathan Powell November 21, 2020
    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 […]
  • Salon No. 13 with Michael J. Thiele September 29, 2020
    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 […]
  • Salon No. 12 with André Wermelinger July 3, 2020
    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 organisation that has been instrumental in returning the lost craft of tree beekeeping back into Europe. André is […]
  • Salon No. 11 - Stillpoint May 17, 2020
    The Salon will focuses 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 […]
  • Salon No. 10 The team discuss beauty and native species April 7, 2020
    The Arboreal Apiculture Salon - A podcast exploring the science, beauty and spiritual expression of Abroreal Apiculture with Jonathan Powell from the Natural Beekeeping Trust and Michael Joshin Thiele from Apis Arborea and Cheyanna Bone.    
  • Salon No. 9 with Richard Prum March 11, 2020
    Richard's book is a major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences—what Darwin termed “the taste for the beautiful”—create an 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 […]
  • Salon No. 8 - Rewilding February 3, 2020
    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. * […]
  • Salon No. 7 with Torben Schiffer November 18, 2019
    In Salon number 7 we welcome Torben Schiffer to talk to us about the biology of honey bees free from the confines of beekeeping hives and manipulations. 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 […]

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