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EVENTS - TALKS 2015

The Call of the Bee  - Peter Griffiths Hall, Village Centre, London Road, Forest Row RH18 5ES
Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Cost: £5
This public talk by Heidi Herrmann, one of the founder trustees of the Natural Beekeeping Trust, will explore the Bee behind the bees. How can it be envisaged, what is its message?
Life on Earth is inextricably linked to the live-giving work of the honeybee. Our lives depend on the bees' ability to carry out their vital tasks. What can we do to align ourselves to the needs of the bees? The bee invites our participation.

Natural Beekeeping -Serving the Needs of the Bee - Convention Talk
Lodge Hill Centre, Pulborough RH20 1LZ
Saturday, 28 February 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
A talk by Heidi Herrmann at the West Sussex Beekeepers Convention 2015
Course Price: £25.00
Email Bookings: wsbkaconvention@gmail.com
For more information and booking please visit  http://www.westsussexbeekeepers.org.uk/
Phone Bookings: 01798-343470

Seeing the Whole of the Bee - An exploration of the principles of the Sunhive 
Picket Piece Village Hall Walworth Road Andover, Hampshire SP11 6LJ
Tuesday 3rd March 2015, 7:30 to 9:30pm
The Natural Beekeeping Trust has pleasure to introduce members of Andover Beekeeping Association to the Sunhive,  as well as some of the principles embodied in the Trust's direction in apiculture.

The talk at the meeting of the Association in March will be given by Heidi Herrmann, one of the charity's trustees. The Natural Beekeeping Trust's unusual and unique stance in the wider field of "natural beekeeping" has been variously featured on ITV, BBC and other media.
Heidi Herrmann will be accompanied by Peter Brown, biodynamic farmer and Director of the Biodynamic Association, who manages the Trust's sunhive activities.

Email Bookings: contactus@andover.bka.org.uk
For more information and booking please visit: andover bka
Phone Bookings: 01264-386836

COURSES
Bee-centred Beekeeping - An Introduction  & The Wonders of the Bee: A Workshop for Beginners
Bee Room, Hammerwood Road, Ashurst Wood RH19 3RX
Saturday, 7 March 2015 - 9:30am to 5:00pm
Sunday, 22 March 2015 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
We cannot teach you to be a responsible beekeeper in a day.  However, if you attend this workshop you will arrive at an informed view of the honeybee colony, the "Bee", its life, its interrelationships with nature and its essential needs. In short, we aim to give you a thorough introduction to the marvels of bee life: what is a bee colony, how does it evolve through the seasons and what is the role of the beekeeper in assisting the Bee to achieve its full vigour. You will gain a good understanding of what might be needed on your part to do justice to honeybees and to become a proper carer for them. The workshop is a perfect preparation for a beekeeping course and is suitable for anyone interested in bees and their way of life.
The workshop will be taught by Gareth John and Heidi Herrmann. You may find it helpful to read these notes before deciding to attend. In case of hive visits, protective clothing will be provided.
Course Price: £75.00
Price for Friends of the Trust: £60.00 - why not  Become a Friend ?
The price includes: Organic lunch, morning & afternoon tea/coffee
Email Bookings: carrienaturalbeekeepingtrustorg
Phone Bookings: 07842-436428


Sunhive Workshop
Tablehurst Farm, London Road, Forest Row RH18 5DP
5pm Friday 13th March 2015 - 5pm Sunday 15th March
Please note: Workshops are extremely popular. We are planning a second workshop mid May; details to be confirmed.
The Sun Hive (Weissenseifener Haengekorb) forms the core of the Natural Beekeeping Trust's commitment to bee guardianship.

Based on an ingenious combination of skep baskets made of rye straw and wooden support structures, the hive is intended to be installed at a height of at least 2.5 metres (8 feet). The shape of the hive harmonises with the movement gesture of the bee colony and enables the bees to design their brood nests according to their own innate criteria. The hive was designed by German sculptor Guenther Mancke, and represents the fruits of many years of research into the nature of the honeybee colony.

Sun Hive-making workshops are open to experienced beekeepers; beginners by arrangement.

The workshop will take place over two and a half days and will involve weaving the straw skep baskets over wooden moulds which are built to precise measurements.

The workshop fee includes tuition, pre-made wooden hoop frames, support structures, copy of Sun Hive book and organic lunch and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday (Bring and Share supper on Friday).

Please note the price does not include accommodation or food (other than the aforementioned meals), both of which are the responsibility of the student to organise and pay for independently.

We would like to bring to your attention that a course booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of payment in full. A course booking taken without payment will be treated as unconfirmed and the Natural Beekeeping Trust may accept another confirmed booking in its place.

Read more about the Sun Hive - A Biodynamic Initiative
Find out more about Tablehurst Farm
Course Price: £300.00
The price includes: All materials, wooden hive parts. Lunch on Saturday & Sunday, all refreshments. Bring & Share supper on Friday evening

Email Bookings: carrie@naturalbeekeepingtrust.org
Phone Bookings: 01733 704508




RELATED EVENTS

Bee-centred Beekeeping - A talk by Gareth John
Monday 2 March 2015 8pm-9.30pm
Bishops-Stortford Football Club, Woodside Park Dunnow Road, Bishops-Stortford CM23 5RG

Gareth John, whose experience with bees spans more than 40 years, will speak to the members of the Bishops Stortford Beekeepers Association about his unique and highly successful approach to keeping bees, and in particular, what led him to his deep convictions about keeping bees in accordance with holistic principles, without any of the compromises commonly accepted in the pursuit of honey.

Gareth cares for more than twenty colonies in Oxfordshire and builds his own hives. His bees thrive without any chemical intervention, as he follows a no-treatment path of beekeeping characterised by sensitive observation of the colonies' behaviour.

"To do justice to the bees, it's best to take the long view. Nature works like that.  Honey is a short term gain, and the bees often pay the price of beekeepers' obsession with it.  But the crux of the matter is the health of the bees, of the colony as a whole, their fitness to do their job as Nature intended. Pollination - that is the true gift of the Bee"

The talk will last approximately one hour, followed by questions. The event has been convened by BSBKA but all are welcome. There will be a collection in aid of the NBKT.
Email Bookings: mkalessandri@yahoo.co.uk
Phone Bookings: 01279-324507

Skepmaking Course
Forest Row. TBC.
Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Get ready for the swarming season and make a skep for your bees. Daniel Docherty, philosopher and basketmaker, is offering to show you how at the beautiful Tablehurst Farm, one of the county's flagship biodynamic farms in Forest Row.

The skeps will be woven from locally grown biodynamic rye straw; bring a pair of well-fitting gloves if you have them.

A simple organic lunch and refreshments will be provided; feel free to bring something nice to share with your course mates.

TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE, PLEASE EMAIL DANIEL OR SEND HIM A MESSAGE. YOUR PLACE IS GUARANTEED AS SOON AS YOUR PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. PLEASE SEND YOUR CHEQUE TO 9 MEDWAY DRIVE FOREST ROW EAST SUSSEX RH18 5NU 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT TABLEHURST FARM.

Course Price: £70.00
Email Bookings: dandochertyhotmailcom
Phone Bookings: 01342-825545
Please note that places are limited and booking is essential


Bee-centred Beekeeping, a talk by Gareth John 
Harper Adams University Newport, Shropshire TFI0 8NB
Sunday, 19 April 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Gareth John, longtime beekeeper, trustee of the Natural Beekeeping Trust and the Biodynamic Association, will present the theory and practice of a bee-centred approach to life and bees in a talk at the British Beekeeping Association's Annual Convention at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

WHAT IS THE BEE, AND WHAT ARE ITS NEEDS? RECENT DISCOVERIES IN BEE BIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY SHOW US THAT THE BEE COLONY IS FAR MORE COMPLEX AND SUBTLE THAN WE COULD EVER HAVE IMAGINED. IT IS RELATIVELY EASY TO INCORPORATE THIS KNOWLEDGE INTO OUR BEE
HUSBANDRY TO ASSIST OUR BEES TO BE HEALTHY AND VIBRANT; IN OTHER WORDS, TO BECOME BEE-CENTRED BEEKEEPERS. IN SO DOING, WE WILL DISCOVER THAT BEES CAN BE HEALTHY AND VIGOROUS WITHOUT ARTIFICIALLY RAISED QUEENS, TREATMENT FOR VARROA, OR CONSTANT INTERFERENCE BY THE BEEKEEPER. THE TALK WILL HIGHLIGHT THE KEY ASPECTS OF BEE BIOLOGY, BEHAVIOUR AND PHYSIOLOGY THAT UNDERPIN HIVE DESIGN AND BEE HUSBANDRY AS PRACTICED BY THE SPEAKER.

Email Bookings: bbkabritishbeekeeperscom
For more information and booking please visit: bbka@britishbeekeepers.com
Phone Bookings: 0871 811 2337