Our goals are to continually grow in voice and outreach, offering - as bees do - a collective understanding of the bee. We are creating teaching opportunities and events throughout the world to share our message, developing a temple-based education system that asks the student to delve deeply and find their integral contribution to this paradigm-shifting study.
March start date
10 months online instruction
New Year II Module
2020 PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Through collective envisioning and a well-rounded course of studies, a thoroughly modern interpretation of the Practices of the Sacred Beekeeper is emerging. An authentic and relevant Path is developing to serve the spiritual needs of both the individual and the community.
The Study of the Bee brings us into direct communion with the Earth.
The courses offered are touchstones the Seeker may follow to create her own version of the Six-Fold Path of the Sacred Beekeeper. Working together and sharing our discoveries we, like the Bee, bring the Honey of inspiration to our Hive and Ourselves.
SIX-FOLD SACRED PATH
The College of the Melissae is more than a beekeeping school.
We follow a Six-Fold Sacred Path, in other words we study the bee through:
Science, Sacred, History, Mystery, Art/Medicine and Activism.
We actively pursue the Science of beekeeping and question the current beekeeping culture and environment. In this way we catalyze a paradigm shift and create a conscious container for the honey bee and her allies to thrive.
How does science serve the past, present, and future of beekeeping?
We study the Sacred of the Bee and recognize that at the end of Science is an infinite field of discovery that brings us deep inspiration and connection to the rules of Nature and principles of pollination, parthenogenesis and superorganism.
What is Sacred and how do we demonstrate its value?
We examine the history of beekeeping and find ourselves continually spiraling to and from the Herstory. We recognize the Myths of the Sacred Bee cultures need to be explored and told in the voice of the pre-Appollon Oracle. We share these myths as a way to re-inculturate our people and follow the plethora of ancient Sacred Bee cultures throughout the world.
How is our Herstory reflected, confined, and/or supported by our History?
The Mystery is an individual path of personal and Divine Feminine empowerment and together we explore animal communication with the bee through dream-work and ritual practice. This is supported with symbol study, meditations and creation of foundational language.
How do we authentically explore the Mysteries with modern relevance?
Art and Medicine flow one to the next. All arts are medicine and all medicine is art. This spectrum is enriched with the study of Science, Sacred, History, Mystery! Our program invites students to create temple arts to share at our Spring and Autumn Immersions.
How does the Honey bee inspire us to live our art and beecome our own medicine?
Activism: That which we love, we protect. This program models and implements our spiritual fortitude through civic life. With the beauty and grace of initiated Priestesses, Warrioresses, Sisters and Artists, we learn to embody leadership by teaching, performing, sharing, and designing world change with the Sacred principles of the bee at the center.
How do your individual gifts contribute to the greater good?
2020 COURSE OFFERINGS
Beekeeping Basics: Finding Your Style
Overview of modern beekeeping practices, the study of bee biology, life cycle, biosphere, disease, and treatment. Explore many methods of beekeeping. Strengthen observation skills and develop personal, informed beekeeping style. Work with a team. Develop an understanding of local environmental and legislative activity in support of bees. Map your landscape; inner and outer. Students will be asked to bee aware of the Sacred within their experiences.
This course focuses on the teachings of the bee and how we may apply these teachings to our own life. Breathwork, meditation practices and other techniques to support greater understanding and alignment with the bees and Nature Herself, Dreamwork,
re-envisioning the Divine Masculine and sound healing are just a few of the topics explored in this course.
Bee Culture & History
Essays and explorations into world bee culture and history. Additional readings will be delivered during this course. Students will be asked to delve deeper into symbols, mythologies, and cultures presented through documented journey-work, additional research and/or art and medicine creation. Special attention will be directed toward the archetypes and cultures of Cybele, Artemis and the Melissae Path of Ancient Crete.
This course will take students deep into the symbols, practices, and myths connected to the honeybee. Through the study of the stories, ancient artifacts, and other remnants we will gain a deeper understanding of the mystical relationship between humans and the honeybee. Explore how we, as modern-day allies of the honeybee, might adapt and apply these ideals to our own lives.
Create the Accoutrements (with some elements provided by the College) to develop a unique and refined ritual practice.
Kyphi, a ritualized ceremonial incense
Create your garment cords with a specialized weave
Sew ceremonial robe based on the Greek Chiton
Create offerings for Bees, Seeds, and Trees
Paint your bee homes with Symbols of the Sacred Bee
Activism is an important part of our work at the College of the Melissae. Students are encouraged to actively promote pollinator health in their community through education, political action and/or gardening. Artistic Offerings of any nature are encouraged. Each student is asked to create, implement and document their own dream activism project over the course of two years.
Advanced Beekeeping: Disease and Immune System of the Honeybee
In-depth overview of diseases of the honeybee and
review articles on the complicated and fascinating Immune System of the Honeybee.
Reflections on Steiner
Steiner's essays on Bees are easily accessible for review.
(with Pati Tozer and contributions from Tanisha Lopes & Brooke Nuckles-Gentekos)
Exploration of arts and crafts related to Sacred Beekeeping, both practical and spiritual. During monthly Apis Arts instruction, students will be encouraged to engage their creativity with arts and crafts lessons to help them better approach and integrate beekeeping. Each College of the Melissae Apis Arts lesson will include a make-it take-it arts & craft project, insights and lessons, resources, and inspiration.
Bee Priestess Journey
(with Nikiah Seeds and Nao Sims)
An introduction to connecting deeply with your personal guides and the consciousness of your hive. Students will learn about historical animist and priestess cultures, and how they relate to modern-day beekeeping. Students will learn how connecting through animal-communication or through grounding with your hive can make us more sensitive and observant beekeepers, as well as learning directly from the bees how to heal ourselves. Students will have the chance to discover what ways of connecting work best for them and how to journey to connect to their own Power Animals. Students will learn how to journey or connect with hive consciousness and work with their individual hives in this way. We will also focus on honing the five senses as a deeper way of connecting. This course will offer a framework, spiritual practice, and language for your work with the bees.
Second Year Module:
What is your Sacred Activism:? Perform 20 hours of service
Video Recording of your own evolution of idea/concept/work. (video editing training included)
Delivery of Sacred Gifts
Create & Deliver your Teaching
Create Sacred Garb
Bee Sash & Chiton
Ritual Basket & Teachings
Water & Honey
Wax & Fire
Pollen & the 8
Mala & Perfume
Laurel & Kyphi
Veil & Bones
Ritual of the Veil