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Michael Thiele

The Apian Ecology of Selves: Who Is We?
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The Apian Ecology of Selves: Who Is We?

The Cartesian belief in otherness and the loss of connection to earth’s cycles and diverse life forms led to illusionary thinking of human independence, soul-blindness, and a self incapable of recognizing agency and sentience within the entire range of co-constituents of the web of life.

Now we find ourselves at a moment in time where we may ask how to re-enter the world of intimacy, this inner landscape of belonging and nexus of communication.

Apian consciousness opens. It opens hearts and vantages. The associated climate is one of stillness and gratitude. To surrender means to listen and to become oracle. How can we enter the wisdom of apian inter-coherence as a tissue-like gathering of “individuals”? And how can the apian ecology of selves be a gateway into a “kin-centric landscape of being”? Who is We?

About Michael

Michael Joshin Thiele’s pioneering approach to apiculture as a platform for global renewal has appeared in national and international magazines, books, and films. He has presented his work at Harvard University, New York University, and consulted for the USDA. In 2006 he founded Gaia Bees to advance biodynamic practices in apiculture, then in 2017 created Apis Arborea, a platform for a multidisciplinary approach towards rewilding, conservation, and protection of honey bees during The Anthropocene. Michael received lay-ordination within the Zen Buddhist tradition and pursues apiculture within a socio-cultural and spiritual dimension. He is an edge-walker within the biodynamic and holistic apicultural field.




Inspired by the scholarship and leadership of

the Melissae (ancient bee priestesses and oracles), we invite you to

meet select luminaries and international thought leaders, who share

insights, visions, and dreams for a new tomorrow.

During this yearlong online series, we meander through a labyrinth

of Science, Sacred, His-/Herstory, Mystery, Art/Medicine, and Activism

— the pillars that comprise the College of the Melissae.

Amid troubled times, together we ask: Who are we?

Where did we come from? And how can we recreate our cosmology?

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