Healing the Earth with Bees

Join Michael Joshin Thiele at UMass Amherst on April 2, 10:00am – 12:30pm in Fernald Hall for an amazing workshop on biodynamic apiculture.

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From Gaia Bees website:

Gaia Bees advocates for a fundamental shift in Apiculture and develops new practices toward a bee-centric approach. We examine how the bio-integrity of Honeybee nests can inform and heal our apiaries and landscapes, and how the wisdom of Honeybees can be an inspiration for the evolution of new paradigms of life.

The oneness of the bee colony reveals the interconnectedness of the world, and of ourselves within the world. In the past centuries as bees became a commodity of modern agriculture, a deeper meaning and understanding of their true nature was lost. Only a bee-centered approach can help us to reestablish a reverent and respectful relationship with them.In this pivotal time when life on earth is in transition on so many levels, the bees enter our awareness worldwide through their struggles. They can become an inspiration for a change in our cultural, emotional, and agricultural landscape. The Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner emphasized that “we need to study the life of bees from the standpoint of the soul”. In the end, the world shows us whenever the soul element is missing in our lives. The current plight of the bees shows us the repercussions of our limitations. As our life-long allies, the bees mirror our own struggle to live in this world. Their encouraging message is to wake up – to wake up to this fragile, wonderful and precious world, to wake up to a heart-centered reality. May we all wake up!

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