LEARNING FROM THE BEES CONFERENCE
25th - 27th August 2020 UK
Bees Know no Boundaries
With regard to present concerns about coronavirus we feel it advisable to keep an open mind as to whether we will be able to convene in Devon this August. That said, we feel committed to gather, once more, an intentional community of people dedicated to the honeybee and will therefore continue planning for the event. We trust that any decision to postpone "Learning from the Bees" or indeed, reduce the size of the event will be met with your understanding.
We hope that our common striving towards learning from the bees will be immeasurably invigorated by a steadfast concentration of every single one of us on what the high form of love manifested by a bee colony may teach us and inspire in us.
In a climate of fear in which we witness all-too-human behaviours it may be helpful to meditate on the ways in which the spirit-imbued wholeness of a bee colony responds to threats to its survival in selfless togetherness. Keep well and think about the bees!
About the event
Learning from the Bees 2020 will be an intimate contemplative gathering of 120 people on the beautiful grounds of Dartington Hall, UK. For this third conference dedicated to Learning from the Bees we will converge in a spirit of reflection, celebration and enquiry as we acknowledge the honeybee’s place in this world as a creature worthy of respect and protection in its own right.
Learning from the Bees conferences are unique, bringing together natural beekeepers, scientists, philosophers, artists and writers from all over the world. At Dartington we aim to explore the wider ramifications of rewilding the honeybee in the context of deepening our own relations with the natural world. What are the spiritual imperatives of our time? How do we tackle our estrangement from the well-springs of our existence? Do our hearts need rewilding? What are the boundaries in ourselves that stop us from living in harmony with the earth and each other? Who are the bees, truly, and how can we know them?
We have woven a strong international network of initiatives which share the common objective of returning health and resilience to the honeybee, and we fully acknowledge our need for sustained and purposeful inner work to establish the moral compass needed to navigate the challenges that await us all.
Register Interest & Keep up to Date
An outline programme will be published here and sent to all subscribers in April; ticket sales will commence then.
The beautiful 1,200 acre estate of Dartingtom Hall - South Devon UK will be the home of our conference in August.
Accomodation options include Couryard Rooms near the Great Hall, student accomodation nearby and camping options.
Vegetarian food will be provided and included in the price of the conference ticket.
Reflections from previous conferences
Featuring "Being with the Bees"
We will be showing for the first time the english subtitle version of "Être avec les abeilles" in the unique setting of the Dartington Barn Cinema
Tickets, which will include food and accomodation at Dartington Hall will go on sale in April 2020. If you would like notification of when tickets go on sale please register your interest above.
Registration prices are not yet fixed but are expected to be:
Full registration £290
Full registration + student accommodation 2 nights £380
Full registration + courtyard accommodation 2 nights £440
Lunch and evening meals are included in the registration price. Accommodation options also include breakfast.