January 18th & 25th
Wednesdays 5:00 - 7:00 pm PST Online
You may have an interest in working with bees, and want to get to know them a little deeper before diving into beekeeping. Or maybe you are a homesteader or gardener thinking of incorporating an apiary into your home for pollination benefits and a little bit of honey too. This introductory course is perfect for you as we explore the magic of honeybees, their origins, history and modern day applications. This class is not a “how to beekeeping course” rather a moment to revel in awe and learn the incredible feats of magic these bees play out daily.
We’ll investigate some cultural practices and traditions centered around honeybees and native bees, explore the members of the hive, bee biology, what their roles are internally and for the ecosystem at large, and have a solid understanding of their importance to our planet.
Anyone hoping to further their understanding of the honeybee, native bees, and pollinators. Your background could be from a variety of interests, not limited to gardening, beekeeping, or farming. Anyone seeking to also understand a little more deeply why pollinators are so vital to our ecosystems, food supply, and global health. This course is for you if you have always loved bees and wanted to know more!
Topics explored in this workshop:
Your enrollment includes:
There will be one session available this winter in January. This is designed so that you can enjoy this learning opportunity in the slowness of winter and also have time to prepare yourself should you want to start beekeeping in the spring.
We love hosting these classes in person, however to make this accessible to as many as possible we’re hosting online via zoom. You can join via video on your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. Cozy up with your evening tea and enjoy learning from your own home. As mentioned, if you cannot attend a live session, recordings will be sent for your to review at your convenience.
Course Instructor: Anna Maria Desipris
Course Costs and Registration
Registration closes the day before the first meeting, or before 25 spots are filled.
Course fee: $75
Inquire for payment plans and scholarships.
Discounts available for youth/young adults 21 and under.
February 2nd & 9th
Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. PST Online
Many folks are feeling a call to work with honeybees in some capacity, as we are hearing more and more headlines about the uncertain state they are in. Being a steward of a bee hive can be a joyful and beautiful experience, enriching the lives of not only the beekeeper but the bees themselves and surrounding environment. However, for all those joining as hobby beekeepers, we aim to practice, to the best of our ability, natural beekeeping methods. It is critical that we as bee educators, farmers, gardeners, are pushing for a return to treatment free beekeeping methods that do not perpetuate further harm into the environment.
This Intro to Natural Beekeeping course will give you the background of what natural beekeeping is, the methods it promotes, how to find bees and set up your first hive, what kind of materials and equipment you will need and some notes on what maintenance looks like in your first year.
We also briefly discuss the sentience and innate wisdom of the hive, how their teachings compliment the greater ecosystem, and how we can learn through observation and stewardship.
This workshop is designed for anyone who is ready to dive into beekeeping as a beginner with a natural approach. Those who seek to understand the historical beekeeping practices and its evolution through time, and ultimately returning to more simpler ways. This course is also for you if you have started your beekeeping journey fairly recently and could use a refresh or to explore treatment free/natural methods.
Topics explored in this course:
There will be one session available this winter in the month of February. This is designed so that you can enjoy this learning opportunity in the slowness of winter and also have time to prepare yourself should you want to start beekeeping in the spring.
Course fee: $100
February to October 2023
The first Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST Online
+ 6 Sundays online and in-person gathering (see details below)
Join us as we celebrate our 5th year of our Bee Guardian Apprenticeship!
Beekeeping, a craft practiced for thousands of years, has provided a deep connection between the human realm and bee spirit. In becoming a Beekeeper or Bee Guardian, you not only learn the art of working with bees, but in doing so inherently become connected to the seasons, environment, and in essence see the world differently. In aligning yourself with the bees and their perspectives, your understanding of complex systems becomes easier, and the understanding that “everything is connected” becomes crystal clear. Because bees are a keystone species, we see their impact and importance in the environment in many aspects. Their classification as a “superorganism” teaches us many concepts of biology and is also applicable to how humans could live and interact with one another.
Working with bees is not just about honey, but finding a way in which we can connect to something greater. Bees teach us how to slow down, how to listen, to observe, and be in integrity. Truly great teachers, working with bees will equate to a lifetime of learning once you embark on this path. Now more than ever, we need more people living life in harmony with the environment and in community, so much of this we can learn from these beings.
The feminine essence and force speaks through the hive naturally. We seek to work with the hive to reconnect to our own inner Queen, to feel the support of sisterhood and community, and become reacquainted with the sweet nectar and honey of life. We dive into not only the practical side of beekeeping, but the spiritual, emotional, and esoteric realms that we outside of time and space.
The Online Bee Guardian Apprenticeship equips you with the knowledge and tools you’ll need to begin your journey with bees with confidence. Whether you want one hive, or many, this course contains a well rounded curriculum to prepare you for this amazing journey. In becoming a Bee Guardian you also become an earth activist, a pollinator advocate, and more connected to self.
Anna Maria’s personal ethics towards beekeeping are rooted in Natural and Treatment free methods. Thus, this course will follow that protocol. The Bee Guardian practices move away from chemical treatments, genetic manipulations, and commercial scale beekeeping. Instead, we focus on healing colonies through nature’s intelligence and ideally breaking a dependence on artificial manipulations, poisons, and extractionary methods.
This course is designed for individuals who are ready to embark on a beekeeping journey. We spend 9 months together learning the ins and outs of natural and treatment free beekeeping, from how to get your bees to the maintenance that will be needed. The beauty of this course is that the schedule follows the flow of beekeeping activities throughout the year.
A new addition to our course this year is the incorporation of “Plant Folk and Hive Medicine” modules which focus on creating hyper seasonal medicine and magic from the plant world and hive. The plants that will be featured will be in season, medicinal, pollinator supporting, and pillars to the ecosystem. You’ll learn how to transform gifts from the hive, honey, pollen, and propolis and marry them with plants for healing and support of home and self.
If you are still unsure of what beekeeping entails or want to know more about what natural beekeeping is, you can join us for our two winter mini courses: Introduction to the Honeybee and Introduction to Natural Beekeeping.
Your curriculum will include, but is not limited to:
See picture with schedule!
The Bee Guardian Apprenticeship will run for 9 months for core curriculum, herbalism instruction, and seasonal celebrations. All sessions will be recorded for review and reference.
The Monthly Core Curriculum Sessions:
Plant Folk and Hive Medicine - Combining the medicine of the plant world and hive, we join together as Anna Maria guides you how to make hyper seasonal remedies, potions, and medicines for our home, hearth, and self.
Equinox/Solstice Celebrations - Deepening our connection to the seasons and rhythm of Gaia and the hive, we come together to celebrate, reflect, nourish, and set intentions for the next season ahead.
Post graduation perks:
Full price is $2700 with options available, please inquire for work trade positions and low income tuition opportunities. 25 spots available only!
In full: $2400 (discounted from $2700 for paying in full)
In two payments, February and June ($1350 each payment)
In nine monthly installments ($300 each month)