LEARNING FROM THE BEES CONFERENCE
Serving the Honey Bee
Monday 3rd - 4th April 2023
We are delighted to announce that in April 2023 we intend to hold the next Learning from the Bees Conference in Hungerford, Berkshire UK. Please register your contact details below if you wish to receive more information when it becomes available below.
Learning from the Bees 2023 will be an intimate contemplative gathering of 150 people at Sheepdrove organic farm and conference centre, Hungerford, UK. For this third conference dedicated to learning from the bees we will converge in a spirit of reflection, celebration and inquiry as we acknowledge the honey bee’s place in this world as a creature worthy of respect and protection.
We will bring together natural beekeepers, conservationists, scientists, philosophers, and artists. Together we shall explore how we can best serve the honey bee whilst fully respecting its essentially wild nature. We shall also explore how the honey bee can help us to deepen our own relations with the natural world and engage more fully with the spiritual imperatives of our time?
We will showcase the practical work of outstanding individuals whose entire focus is on serving the honey bee in a spirit of selfless giving. Besides there will be workshops and classes aimed at widening our perspectives on mindful and artistic approaches to the bees in our lives.
Be inspired by the manifold gestures of giving back to the bees that you will learn about at this event and rejoice in meeting one another in a beautiful bee-centred space.
Who is coming
We are still developing the programme, but the provisional list of speakers includes:
Here are some of the attendees you will meet ...
If you have a ticket and want to join the Gallery please use this link (requires google account).
Location - The Sheepdrove
The Sheepdrove is an award-winning, family-run, mixed organic farm which is Soil Association certified.
The farm is renowned for its exceptional conservation work and habitat creation for birds and other wildlife. There are 4 acres of gardens and grounds set in 2,000 acres of organic farmland.
Sheepdrove is home to a sustainable and environmentally sound green events venue using renewable energy projects.
Bee first - what we think we have learned
Running alongside the presentations and lectures at Learning from the Bees 2023 will be an exciting display of hives (or perhaps nest spaces is a better description) that demonstrate the wide range of possible approaches to natural bee husbandry, guardianship and conservation. From bee guardians who wish to minimise or eliminate their interference with the colony and support the natural biology of the honey bee, to beekeepers who want their actions to be guided by the needs
of the bee, there will be thought provoking and innovative ideas and designs, fully curated by the organising team and experts in the field. There will also be examples of hive or nest space “improvement” ideas, such as baffled entrances and insulation methods, that can significantly modify any hive in favour of the health of the bees.
Should you have an idea or wish to contribute to the display please email us.
Speed BEE Talks
At the Learning from the Bees 2019 Berlin conference, one of the most popular events was the Speed BEE Talks, and we will be repeating this in 2023.
We will invite a handful of conference attendees to talk after dinner on Monday, 3 April 2023, to share their bee stories about innovation, community-building, creativity, activism, and more. In this series of rapid-fire talks (a la late-night chat show), each speaker will be handed the mic for a quick, 5-minute presentation. If you wish to give one, please fill out the Google Form here.
photo © Onyx Baird
It's been a long time since we were able to meet each other, and so at this conference we are hoping for many beautiful encounters, in the spirit of learning more about each other and the bees in our lives. As with all Learning from the Bees events the beating heart will be the people who are coming together. To foster community we will be engaging the talents of Vaughan's Kitchen to provide a feast of organic foods for lunches and on Monday evening. You can find the proposed menu here.
Reflections from previous conferences
© Patrick Lindhof by Mellifera e.V. Berlin
© Silke-Meyer by Mellifera e.V. Berlin
© Patrick Lindhof by Mellifera e.V. Berlin
Register Interest in Learning from the Bees 2023
Tickets will go on sale September 1st 2022. Before then, there will be an opportunity to pre-book spaces. If you would like to stay in touch and be informed about future events please register your interest here:
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