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Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping Training

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We still have room for a few more participants in the next two-year Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeper Training. Please read through the following course description & information before registering for this training.

Objectives of this training are to deepen the understanding of the honeybees and the laws of nature, which are the laws of life, in order to arrive at appropriate beekeeping practices able to strengthen the honeybee’s compromised immune system and restore health to the extent that external factors of our environment and culture permit. The training will go beyond traditional/organic/natural beekeeping methods, and will explore beekeeping methods that will bring us and the Honeybees into the future. A new way of relating to the animal kingdom is dictated by the needs of our times. The overarching goal of healing will lead us into a deeper understanding of the most holistic way of enlivening the landscape and forage for the pollinators: biodynamic agriculture.

The training will have a total of 4 sessions (3 days each), two in 2013 and two in 2014. Each session will include practical experience with our bees as well as artistic activities, in order to train our sense of observation, a necessary tool for rising above ‘recipes’. After completion of the four sessions, including their requirements, the training will finish with a certificate for biodynamic/sustainable beekeeping. As these sessions are conceived as an organic whole, they can only be taken in proper sequence.

Requirements: 

  • The participant will be required to have worked with bees and will be working with bees between the sessions.
  • For those fairly new to beekeeping, familiarity with a basic beekeeping manual (e.g. Richard Bonney “Hive Management”, or “Beekeeping for Dummies”) is expected.
  • Rudolf Steiner’s lectures “Bees” should be read before the 1st session.
  • In the course of the training, other reading will be assigned. 
  • Homework will be assigned between the sessions.

The dates for this training are:

  • In 2013 - Session I: May 23-25 & Session II: July 18-20
  • In 2014 - Session III: May 22-24 & Session IV: July 17-19

Tuition: Total tuition cost: $1,280. Discount for couples: $1,120 each. This price includes lunch, snacks, and teaching materials. Breakfast, supper, and lodging are not included.

Registration: The fee of $640 (couples $560 each) for the 2013 sessions has to be paid by March 31 to secure a place. The remaining $640 (couples $560 each) has to be paid by February 28, 2014. In case of cancellation, $40 will be retained for office expenses.

Location: 
Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary Floyd, VA
United States
Date: 
Thu, 05/23/2013 (All day) to Sat, 05/25/2013 (All day)