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Biodynamic Bee Seminar

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 09:00am - 03:00pm

Michael Thiele Seminar

​Portland Urban Beekeepers is very excited to be bringing in bee expert Michael Thiele of Gaia Bees to speak at a special event on March 18, 2017. Michael's biodynamic approach to honey bees is centered around the essentials of nest integrity and the understanding of the hive as a singular, sentient being. In this seminar, accessible for anyone interested in the health of bees no matter their experience, Michael will discuss the unique matrix of the life of honey bees and examine how a bee-centric approach can integrate core life principles into our relationship with honey bees and into our apiaries.

Michael Joshin Thiele lived and practiced at Green Gulch Farm for eight years and received lay ordination in 2001. He is leading an innovative and multidimensional approach within the biodynamic apiculture movement, and teaches in the United States and abroad.

He is founder and president of Gaia Bees and is researching new dimensions of apiculture in a sociocultural, agricultural, and spiritual context. In the last decade, Michael has been involved with the creation of honey bee sanctuaries and refuges as a means of protection and education. The most recent project is the Honey Bee Sanctuary and Refuge at Green Gulch Farm. In 2013, he worked as a biodynamic consultant for the USDA in the Dominican Republic, and more recently he presented his work at Harvard University. His work is documented in various national and international magazines, books, and film documentaries (Queen of the Sun). He lives with his family in California, USA.

Cost: $30

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Rose City Park United Methodist Church 
5830 NE Alameda St 
Portland, OR 97213


Event Sponsor  Portland Urban Beekeepers