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Sun Hive Weekend Workshop at HomeFarm (April 29 – 30)

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. 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. Directions will be emailed to all workshop participants ahead of the event.The time of the workshop is Saturday, April 29 from 9am-5pm and Sunday, April 30 from 9am-1pm. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be served on Saturday, and breakfast will be served on Sunday.

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 is leading an innovative approach within the biodynamic apiculture movement and teaches in the United States and abroad. Gaia Bees is engaged into the research of wild Apis Mellifera and new dimensions of apiculture in a sociocultural, agricultural and spiritual context.  Michael has been involved with the creation of Honeybee sanctuaries and refuges as a means of protection and education.  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 approach to apiculture is documented in various national and international magazines, books and film documentaries (“Queen of the Sun”). Michael is available for consultations, seminars/workshops and set up of sustainable apiaries. He lives with his family in CA, USA.



Apr 29, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


25 North Street, Healdsburg, CA, United States

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