Maine Coast Waldorf School and co-sponsors Avena Botanicals and Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment are pleased to present biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk for a Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop, Saturday, October 13, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Maine Coast Waldorf School’s Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport. (The workshop is $60/person and requires preregistration and prepayment. Details below.)
In this workshop Gunther will begin with a brief look at the development of beekeeping in the last 2000 years. Understanding the complexity of this creature’s instinct from a spiritual point of view will let us regain the awe and wonder inherent in this highly evolved insect. We will search for what actually has driven all the inventions, on which current professional and most hobby beekeeping rely. A logical examination of these practices in view of the impact on the honeybee’s health, will let us arrive at beekeeping methods that respect the honeybees’ very own needs and further their health. Through their suffering, the honeybees are calling us to radically change our relationship to all the animals we raise, and challenging us to become stewards of the kingdoms of nature rather than exploiters. Topics will include:
- A brief historical sketch: from the sacred to the mundane
- Understanding the colony as one organism
- The vital importance of swarming and having naturally raised queens
- What is wax really? Working without foundations
- Mites, hive beetles, foulbrood, etc.
- Treatments and teas
- Pros and cons of different hive forms and materials
- Bee forage, care of the land
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT FOR WORKSHOP: The cost for the workshop is $60/person. Snacks will be provided but lunch is BYO. To register & pay click here. Registration is not considered complete until payment is made.
Gunther Hauk has been a biodynamic gardener and beekeeper for over four decades. A former college teacher in the United States, and then a Waldorf School gardening teacher in Germany, he returned to the USA in 1996 to co-found the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, NY, where he also taught at Sunbridge College. Since the publishing of the NY Times article “The Hush of the Hives” that year, Gunther has given numerous workshops on Biodynamics and sustainable/biodynamic beekeeping methods nationally and internationally. In his book “Toward Saving the Honeybee” (first published in 2002) he called for a radical change in beekeeping methods to help avert a great crisis.
In 2006 Gunther and his wife Vivian co-founded The Spikenard Farm, Inc. Honeybee Sanctuary now located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on 25 acres near Floyd, Virginia. Their workshops and training in Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping serve beekeepers throughout the USA and Canada . Gunther’s work was featured in two full-length documentary films about the honeybee crisis – “Queen of the Sun” (2010) and “Vanishing of the Bees” (2009), and he also produced his own educational film “Hour of Decision” (2015).