I came to beekeeping through some serendipity, some heartbreak, and some soul searching. I am a bee tender, a bee enthusiast and have a fascination with the cultural and historical practices, myths and beliefs around bees and beekeeping. Sometimes I travel too; I find honeybees wherever I go.
I have been tending hives for the past seven years. I primary use top bar hives, but have experience with Langstroth & Warré (the later pictured left). I work closely with women bee keepers and women who work with the hive on a symbolic/metaphorical level.
I have studied extensively under The Path of Pollen, a shamanic honey bee tradition based in the British Isles. While I do not teach Path of Pollen practices, my bee tending, courses and workshops are informed by what I have learned from this particular tradition and my years of work within it. The Path of Pollen does not teach beekeeping as we know it today, but works with the honey bee as a living symbol, ally and motif.
My approach to beekeeping falls under the general and debatable labels of natural and bee-centric beekeeping. I am primarily interested in the relationship between beekeeper and bees, what we can learn from the hive being and what we can offer to the bees, both in a single hive and as a species. I assist clients in the basics of hive maintenance, learning how to care for bees, and developing a relationship to the honey bee. My goal is to empower clients to eventually work with their honey bee colonies on their own and to use the human-nature relationship to delve deeper into their own soul. While my style focuses on a more feminine approach than is currently practiced in the commercial beekeeping world, I happily work with clients of any gender. And of course, most of the time, I tend my hives dressed in skirts.