Our mission is to promote sustainable and biodynamic beekeeping through education, research and a honeybee sanctuary, where people can experience a beautiful landscape in which honeybees and other pollinators can live, heal and thrive. In addition to our Friday Open House days April to October, we offer many classes and workshops. Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeper Training (SBBT)... People come from all over the world who want the experience and knowledge gained from this most in-depth and comprehensive training in beekeeping that is offered at Spikenard Farm! This class presents a unique learning opportunity for all who would like to immerse themselves into a holistic understanding of the Sacred Bee. It is this knowledge that inspires and guides our practice of keeping and caring for the bees and for working with the earth. The main objective of this training is to deepen the understanding of the honeybees and the laws of nature, which are the laws of life, in order to arrive at appropriate beekeeping practices that strengthen the honeybee’s compromised immune system and restore health. By going beyond traditional/organic/natural beekeeping methods, we will explore beekeeping practices that will bring the honeybees and us into the future. A new way of relating to the animal kingdom is dictated by the needs of our times. The overarching goal of healing will lead us into a deeper understanding of the most holistic way of enlivening the landscape and forage for the pollinators: biodynamic agriculture. This training will have a total of 4 sessions (3 days each), two in 2016 and two in 2017. Each session will include lectures, group sessions, practical experience with bees and artistic activities that will help train our sense of observation, a necessary tool for rising above ‘recipes’. After completion of the four sessions and reading requirements, the training will finish with a certificate for biodynamic/sustainable beekeeping. As these sessions are conceived as an organic whole, they can only be taken as a whole and in proper sequence... Dates: June 2-4, 2016, August 18-20, 2016, May 11-13, 2017, July 20-22, 2017 For more information please contact us.