The Arboreal Apiculture Salon

Exploring the science, beauty and spiritual expression of Abroreal Apiculture

An Interactive Live Stream & Podcast

Next Stream: March 21st, 2020 18:15 - 19:30 UTC  

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Would you like to listen to or chat with arboreal apiculture experts and enthusiasts from around the world? It's easy join our friendly live stream events where you will receive a warm welcome and introduction to bees and their natural home.

The Salon is recorded with a live online audience, and published as a podcast hosted by Jonathan Powell, Natural Beekeeping Trust,  Cheyanna Bone and Michael J. Thiele, Apis Arborea. 

This is a free event, open to anybody seeking a deeper connection to Arboreal Apiculture.

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Recordings of previous Salons

Salon No. 9 Special Guest Richard Prum

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In Salon number 9 we welcome Professor Richard Prum of Yale University to discuss the role of beauty in evolution.

Richard's latest book, About The Evolution of Beauty, was named a best book of the year by the New York Times book review, Smithsonian and Wall Street Journal.

A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences—what Darwin termed “the taste for the beautiful”—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. Prum introduces agency and perception as essential components for evolutionary processes and challenges the dogma that holds that natural selection explains every branch on the tree of life: which species thrive, which wither away to extinction, and what features each evolves.


We ask Richard about his unpublished work on pollination and bees to understand the influences of beauty and way the selection process is shaped by the memory of things beautiful ... or sometimes dangerous.

Salon No. 8 Rewilding

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We will have several guests from Europe and the US to share a space of inquiry and discussion about the concept and their personal practice of ‘Rewilding Apis Mellifera’.

Presenters include Michiel Verspuij* (Ireland), Deborah Richmond (UK), Torben Schiffer (Germany) & Michael J. Thiele (US). Each will share their unique perspective on the subject.

* For information on the Welsh project mentioned by Michiel Verspuij please watch this video edited by Jonathan Powell:

Salon No.7 Special Guest Torben Schiffer

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Listen to Torben Schiffer; our guest for Salon No.7 . Torben works for Prof. Jürgen Tautz / Hobos Project (University Würzburg), his research focuses on the climatic conditions of tree cavities and beehives, and the effects on bee health. Additionally he is an expert on the symbiotic relationship between book scorpions and honeybees. He proved that book scorpions feed i.a. on varroa mites and beetle larvae (such as small hive beetle). Furthermore he is exploring the effects of beekeeping on the grooming behavior of bees.

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