Welcome to one of the most fascinating pursuits in the human:animal field.
The study in its true depth is, by it's nature,
rich in history and herstory, ethics and earth values.
Waking up to human:bee relations is like receiving
direct communication from the Earth herself.
That is one of the greatest discoveries many people
are experiencing when they begin to work with Apis Mellifera.
Once you begin to walk down the Beauty Path of Beekeeping know
that the world will open up to you in a whole new way.
Be prepared to be delighted, bee-soted and bee-loved!
Human beings have been working with bees for tens of thousands of years, and our relationship is changing. People are finding their way to the bee as if drawn or bidden. And we become enraptured and delighted, curious! Together we will explore 1001 tales of myths and dreams and scientific rabbit holes. Watch the shift happen when the layers unfold into a map.
The College of the Melissae is charting new territory as we fold together the many elements of the study of the Bee.
Ancient mythologies take on a new dimension when we begin to understand
the relevance of our founding cultural symbol systems and
the effect our cultural paradigm has on shifting the solution in THIS world.
Science: We will give you an overview so that you are informed and can develop your own way within the field. We want you to understand the science and the range of information available and encourage you to create your own path.
Modern methodologies, especially breeding, migratory and mono-crop pollination, and beekeeper applied chemicals are creating havoc within the species. Visiting other countries shows that the American beekeeping is some of the weakest system in the world. Agri-chemicals, migratory pollination and the annual almond pollination event have created a weaker species of bees whose numbers are only supported through replacement. This effectively creates an addiction dynamic. In other words, the bees survive through chemical dependency and re-queening.
In the current agricultural paradigm, bees are often treated as a product and the industry itself is entrenched in the “Better Living Through Chemistry” paradigm. Fortunately, the trend is toward understanding the intrinsic wisdom of the bee, including Her own genetic ability to adapt and transform into a healthy creature. However, the genetics alone are not going to self-heal the species. We need to apply an improved epigenetic environment in order to support the natural evolution and repair of the bee species.
Health and medicine, diet and agriculture have all begun to develop new understandings within their fields. Many people are seeing the wisdom in reducing processed foods, increasing food diversity and avoiding chemicals in their diets for the good of their health. Organic farming, permaculture and biodynamics have begun to enter into the language of agriculture as healthier to the crops and the earth, water and other animal species. These philosophies are contributing to changing our relationship to beekeeping. We are beginning to see that what is good for the bee is good for humanity.
The College of the Melissae teaches toward intuitive style and asks you to explore communication with the bee. When we handle bees through listening, scent and timing, minimize intrusion and encourage excellent forage environment, we are doing something that is largely outside the current Western methodologies.
Surprisingly, this perspective is considered audacious within the industry, but
thought leaders and people everywhere have begun to show, through scientific study that this path may become a major trend and solution to the current issues bees are facing.
When we work with bees, we become more aware of Nature, including the many other companion species of pollinators, plants and elements. Many people fall completely in love with the bees which is understandable since the whole language of the species is one of perfume, love and collaboration.
Ultimately we offer this information so that we can develop a thorough understanding of the language and culture within the beekeeping world and perhaps you will choose to participate in the growth of a new trajectory within the realm of beekeeping.