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Sun Hive Weekend Workshop (Sat-Sun)

The Sun Hive is an alternative bee hive made of rye straw woven into skep-like baskets with moveable frames to reflect the form and shape of natural feral bee nests. Through its unique design the Sun Hive reveals the deeper nature of bees and allows them to grow naturally according to their own needs.

Learn to build a Sun Hive in this hands-on weekend workshop at HomeFarm with Kelsey Zaavedra and Michael J. Thiele. Over 1.5 days at the farm, participants will learn about the construction process of Sun Hives from harvesting and processing rye to wooden hardware and traditional weaving tools, and will work together to weave several complete Sun Hives. Through instruction, lecture, and conversation, the workshop will also explore the basics of Biodynamic apiculture, Sun Hive management, and the deeper nature of Honeybees.

A limited number of finished Sun Hives that are made during the workshop will be available for pre-sale to workshop participants for the discounted price of $450. Those wishing to purchase a hive should select “Workshop + Hive” from the drop-down ticketing menu.

Please note that this is a 1.5-day workshop that will take place offsite at SHED’s HomeFarm in Dry Creek Valley. The time of the workshop is Saturday, May 14 from 9am-5pm and Sunday, May 15 from 9am-1pm. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be served on Saturday, and breakfast will be served on Sunday.

Directions will be emailed to all workshop participants ahead of the event.

Note: This will be a hands-on workshop that will mostly take place outdoors. Please dress in work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, wear comfortable shoes, and bring sun protection.

A Minnesota native, Kelsey Zaavedra graduated from Emerson College in England. She worked directly with the Natural Beekeeping Trust in the UK during her studies and has brought the Sun Hive initiative to the US. She is a beekeeper and biodynamic gardener in the St. Croix River Valley,  Minnesota. Kelsey is an advocate of seed saving and sovereignty and loves to see the genetic diversity in all living things.

Michael Joshin Thiele lived and practiced at Green Gulch Farm for 8 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 (www.gaiabees.com) and is researching wild Honeybees and new dimensions of apiculture in a sociocultural, agricultural and spiritual context. In the last decade, Michael has been involved with the creation of Honeybee sanctuaries and refuges as a means of protection and education. The most recent project is the Honeybee Sanctuary & Refuge at Green Gulch Farm. The underlying concept of a “Landscape Apiarium” is the leading principle in this bee-centric approach. In 2013, he worked as a biodynamic consultant for the USDA in the Dominican Republic.  His work is documented in various national and international magazines, books and film documentaries (“Queen of the Sun”). He lives with his family in CA, USA.



May 14, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg, CA, United States

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