Founder, Director, Rahibe
BEES, DREAMS, MEDICINE
Bee Club & Bee Devotional
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Rahip & Team Bee
BEES, DREAMS & MEDICINE
Rebecca A Robertson
Founder: Mayan Women’s Melipona Honeybee Co-op MayanMeliponaHoneybee.com
SACRED FEMININE POWER
The Etheric Medicine of the Sacred Bee
Rebecca A Robertson shares her deep, beautiful understanding of and connection to the sacred, etheric medicine of the bee and reminds us of the role the bee - and the bee hive - play in Gaia consciousness. She also describes an incident from early childhood, where she was swarmed on and stung by dozens of bees kept by her father, and how she later on came to realise that this was an early initiation onto the Bee Priestess Path. Rebecca talks passionately about goddesses that are specifically related to the bee and the huge impact Layne Redmond (author of "When Women Were Drummers") has had on her path. She also ventures into Mayan history and chats about her devotion to the unique Melipona bee and its significance for the Mayans.
Host: Emmi Mutale, Feminine Revered
Walking with Source: Intuitive Discovery with Valerie Solheim
"Hello, I’m Valerie Solheim, Ph.D., Jungian psychologist and goat hiking guide. My focus, for 40 years, has been on quieting my mind to attend to the Voices that guide me. I was guided to the bees and instructed to record them inside their hives, at designated times. I initially understood that the recorded inner hive frequencies, played back to other hives, would strengthen the hive.
However, I learned these frequencies not only heal bees, but also, all sentient beings. Overtime, as I listened, more healings and spiritual experiences occurred both from the recordings and from those who opened their hives to me.
As for the goat hike guide, that too was taken up upon Voice instruction. After five years, I’m still receiving gentle nudges and, some not so gentle, on how to better serve those who choose to follow my four goats and me into the forest. "
Valerie will be teaching this course as part of our new, expanded Oracular Path Teachings. Open to the Public.
"Where there's a Bee, there's a Way."
The Beehive Effect: Ancient Rites - Quantum Principles
Photo by Nicole Combeau, Rites of Passage Project, 2021
Desiree lives in Harlem, New York with her sons, her husband, and her Smith Corona Electric ‘76 typewriter. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Maryland in College Park, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.
“Re-membering Herstory: Unveiling the Bee in the Sacred Feminine”
Desiree Mwalimu-Banks is a Zambian-born, East-Coast raised, artist, writer, curator, educator and diviner, and mother, whose work explores the collapse between the boundaries of art and life. She weaves together her passion for the narratives of women in the African Diaspora with visual art and global anthologies of the Sacred Feminine. Desiree's Tantric studies inspire and inform her creative practice. She investigates mysticism, the nature of human relationships, eroticism, and the politics of performance as inquiry into the complex identities of women of African descent in America.
She has partnered with several institutions on facilitating women’s wellness events, including the Manhattanville Purchase College Interfaith Studies Department, and The Caribbean Cultural Center. Desiree is also an ordained reverend who has served as both a marriage officiant and memorial facilitator in California and New York City. She studies the Isian Mysteries as part of her training for ordination as a Priestess of Isis, through a diasporal lineage of the Fellowship of Isis, in the United States.
Her works can be seen in digital and print-based publications, including Heart & Soul, Sensheant, and teenvogue.com. Her article: Nectar of the Divine Feminine: The Ancient Bee Mothers of the Anahata Chakra was included in the publication of the 2018 anthology, Harmony In Chakras by Olivia Whiteman.
"I'm a sacred beekeeper and a devotee of Dionysus. I am particularly interested in his presence within Minoan Crete, the Corycian cave of Delphi, and his involvement in the Eleusinian Mysteries. I am a wife and mother, and my family and I live in Central Oregon in a region with deep agricultural roots. We maintain a small farmette where I grow vegetables and medicinal herbs and keep chickens and goats.
I grew up in Southern California in a small town among the Joshua Trees of the Mojave Desert. After college, I began working around the country as an interpretive naturalist. I taught visitors the human and natural history, geology, and ecology of the Northern Cascade Range, the Florida Everglades, and the Grand Canyon. Eventually, my family and I landed here in Oregon. I currently own and am the headteacher of a small, farm and nature-centered preschool.
Patricia Tozer is a multidisciplinary artist, silversmith, and designer living off the west coast of Canada. Her current work is informed by the belief that decorating one's body is a deeply-rooted human instinct, an ancient imperative, supporting self-expression and community belonging. In her hands, jewelry becomes the medium through which we discover our true selves and find our kindred spirits. She is overjoyed and very proud to have been a student of the college and to have been asked to contribute to the course curriculum.
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:
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 (Canada) founded BeeCause Pollination Project:2008 A project dedicated to keeping bees in the backyards of neighborhood gardens. vimeo.com/7229580
In 2011 Nao moved from her city home a 6-acre rural property on Vancouver Island to create Honey Grove, a sanctuary for honeybees. 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 Women 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 nearly 20 years.
Poems and Dreams Inspired by the Sacred Honey Bee
27 Petals is a divinely inspired exploration of the inner workings of the honey bee nest. Its pages are full of mystery, magic, passion and purpose. Priestess and Yogi Karla Capacetti-Quintana takes you on a journey to rediscover your connection to Source with multi-sensual honey bee poems and dreams.
Karla Michelle Capacetti-Quintana has been practicing Sacred Beekeeping since 2015, though the
spirit of OneBeeing has been present in her life since childhood. On the cusp of her 27th golden birthday she Joshua Tree, California to be initiated into the Way of the Melissae teachings within the Path of Pollen where she experienced life altering revelations that have progressively become integrated into her beeing. Since then, she has immersed herself in a program of self-study, allowing the honey bees, their bioregional plant allies, and their OneBeeing Spirit to guide her on the beauty way.
As a self-taught herbalist, student at the College of the Melissae, seeker on the Path of Pollen, and a yoga teacher and practitioner, Karla uses her intuition to tune her many senses towards the archetype of OneBeeing to fulfill her life mission of midwifing the Earth and all of her children into in a new world and way of beeing. Blessed Bee!
Certified Nutritionist (CN) and Certified Clinical Herbalist (CCH), discusses the vital importance of honey bees in our food systems and pollinators in general in our ecosystems. As the founder of HoneybeeHerbals.co, and an initiate of the College of the Melissae.
Courtney also shares some of the ancient traditions of sacred bee-keeping found in Cretan, Minoan, Greek, and other Mediterranean cultures. She reveals how “honey is alchemy,” and “bees are wisdom-collectors.”
From the Temple of Karnak, near Luxor, Egypt, to the teachings of Hippocrates, and from ancient Indian wisdom that regards the buzzing of bees to be the Sound of Celestial Creation, to the national bee-keeping practices in Slovenia, and to teaching courses at the GrowHaus in Denver, Colorado, Courtney traverses time and space in this delightful exploration of our sacred connection with the honey bees.
Watch on YouTube: Courtney's Interview
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 30 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
GriefWorks: Finding Belonging In the Grief Process
Nala is honored to source her medicine work from a homestead beside the Salish Sea, traditional Chimacum and S’Klallam territory.
From her handbuilt earthen sanctuary at the edge of the woods, Nala has been cultivating old-tyme “wisewoman" skills for decades. With a deeply embodied and commonsense approach to wellness, Nala weaves her culture-shifting practice with threads of Ancestral Nutrition, Somatic Griefwork & Permaculture Design.
She specializes in helping the work of healers and activists to become more animist, rooted into relationship with our own lineages, and the lands where we live.
Her deeply somatic style encourages us to come home to our bodies, tending the wounds of "whiteness" through rituals that support the grief process, and foster a lush experience of gratitude and belonging. Descending from Ashkenazi & Romany Jewish folk from Poland and Russia,