Beekeeper Educator Activist
Laura Bee brings a unique perspective to the study of the honeybee with cutting edge natural beekeeping methodology and practices, and a cross-cultural and spiritual context within a well rounded curriculum.
Laura founded the College of the Melissae; Center for Sacred Beekeeping on January 1, 2012 and serves as its current Director.
Laura is passionately devoted to the College goals, her students, apis meliferra and ...her chickens.
Laura Bee's Curriculum Vitae
"Let us put our heads together and see what life we will make for our children"
Tatanka Iotanka, Sitting Bull
Nikiah Seeds (Canada): Nikiah has been beekeeping since 2007.For the past 20 years Nikiah has been working in the realm of woman's spirituality both is the birhting field as well as a ceremonialist and priestess. Nikiah is an elder priestess in the 13th House Mystery School, an ordained Spiritual Minister, and shamanic drum artist. As a sacred and shamanic beekeeper Nikiah has been working with the bees spiritually, while learning how to care for them within the current state of our environment. Since 2006 she has been a devout student of shamanism and this deeply informs her work as a beekeeper and priestess.
Her training in shamanism comes from core shamanic techniques with several different teachers over the years including the Foundation of Shamanic studies, and her initiation into a Northern Celtic Shamanic tradition known as the Sagh’ic-Tire Dhream.She is also the co-author of the book Moon Mysteries; Reclaiming Women's Menstrual Wisdom. She honored to bring her wisdom in these realms to the faculty at the College of the Melissae.
For more about Nikiah: http://www.redmoonmysteryschool.com/
Nao Sims (Canada):
Nao founded BeeCause Pollination Project:2008 A project dedicated to keeping bees in the backyards of neighborhood gardens.
In 2011 Nao moved from her city home a 6-acre rural property on Vancouver Island to create Honey Grove, a sanctuary for honeybees. www.honeygrove.ca Honey Grove has since become an international destination for Agriculture Tourism. Nao offers hive tours, honey tastings, flower essence workshops and educational talks with regard to beekeeping.
For Nao, her bees are her greatest teachers. The wisdom she gleans from the hive profoundly impacts all aspects of her work.
Nao is also a teacher of Sacred Dance for Womenwww.dancesacred.com and co-author of the book Moon Mysteries- Reclaiming Women’s Menstrual Wisdom, which she wrote together with Nikiah Seeds.
Nao and Nikiah have been working together in the realm of Women’s Spirituality for well over a decade.
Les Crowder (CA & NM) Les served for many years as the president of the NM Beekeepers Association and previously served as the NM Honeybee Inspector for five years. His hive-of-choice is the Top-Bar and he also brings over 15 years of experience of treatment-free beekeeping and queen-rearing to his course. Les is a published Author and winner of the “Best Instructor” award at the NM Organic Farming Conference, Les brings a great deal of experience, knowledge and forward thinking methodology to the College of the Melissae. Les is also working on development of the International Natural Beekeeping Federation as well as dozens of International programs. He is a popular speaker and educator and is sought after for workshops and conferences, worldwide.
For a great video on his work : https://youtu.be/0gkz34d_L5w
Brooke Nuckles Gentekos (OR): Brooke is an Artist, Arts Advocate, Ava-Sha Priestess, Sacred Beekeeper, founder of the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon, and nonprofit consultant/ Grant Writer. Brooke has been teaching art for over 17 years and is inspired by her practice of sacred beekeeping. Brooke's contributions to the curriculum focus on helping students to reawaken ancient traditions and offers illuminating steps to manifest one’s sacred beekeeping dreams through art, journaling, and conscious intention.
Brooke’s artwork can be seen on her website:
Pati (Canada) is a painter, sculptor, aesthetician, computer programmer, and alchemical artist, who holds a Master's degree in Art History. An eternal student, she is excited and honoured to have contributed to the College of the Melissae as both a student and as a member of the faculty.