I am continually amazed at the depth of what I learn in the presence of Gunther, Vivian and Alex. The depth of my understanding of the needs of the honey bee has transformed how I steward my bees and resulted in my bees continuing to be strong and healthy. I went to study with them thinking I would only come away with a better understanding of the honey bees and instead I have grown in my understanding of the needs of the earth, the plants the animals the pollinators and the human being. I will continue to return to deepen my understanding.
I joined my son and his class for a field trip to Spikenard farm and had a wonderful time. The farm and location are beautiful, all of the honeybee caretakers were kind, knowledgeable and helpful. The children learned a lot and had a great time. A truly inspiring endeavor.
I have had the great fortune and honor to visit Spikenard over the last two years attending the Sustainable Biodynamic Bee Keeping Training. At first glance, most people are in awe and so moved by the beauty of the site. Visitors and students are greeted by loving and open caregivers and stewards. People know they are truly welcomed to share in their common love for honeybees and nature. The element that comes thirdly is the tremendous integrity and deep deep commitment to put honey bee welfare first. The exploitation of this incredible creature goes back through our time.. New environmental pressures and current beekeeping practices are creating a situation that is dire. Spikenard is a small place but its strength is mighty and the goodness and knowledge radiating out is changing people lives as they work towards creating hope for the future of our honeybee friends. It is a true partnership with the bees. Spikenard walks the talk. Its beekeeping practices have come through active participation over many years by its founders but there are also elements of research and study which propels it forward to meet our changing times.
Salute, and may we all rise to the challenges ahead with loving hearts, clear heads and willing joined hands !
As a graduate of the first 2-year beekeeping program at Spikenard, I am continually impressed by the depth and breadth of the learning every time I visit this special place. The love and care that goes in to the Sanctuary, and all that it offers for people, plants and pollinators, is extraordinary. The atmosphere in classes is spacious, the scenery spectacular, the food nourishing, and the teaching outstanding. Gunther, Vivian, Alex and interns work tirelessly to support the honeybee, create beauty, and heal the land.
Absolutely wonderful place. I have been following this sanctuary for several years. I admire their dedication to a honeybee. I believe biodynamic beekeeping is a way to save honey bee. I am excited how many people they taught and affected via educational materials - videos, books, classes etc.
I attended a class at Spikenard and it was incredible!!! Gunther, Vivian and Alex were down to earth, kind instructors. I would recommend a visit to Spikenard for anyone interested in beekeeping, biodynamics, genuine people or beautiful scenery.
Cutting edge insight into saving the honey bee. Husband, son and I took a short beekeeping course with Gunther years ago. Have been following this good work since.
It's not easy finding someone to teach a beekeeper how to work with the bees responsibly, sustainably. Spikenard fills that niche with their warm and expert trainings. Spikenard is not static in its methods, for they are constantly evolving to help not just the honeybee, but the humans, animals, plants and the earth itself with the recognition that what affects one affects all others. I completed the two year Sustainable Beekeeping training and I return every year for workshops to learn more. I'm grateful for Gunther, Vivian, Alex and everyone at Spikenard. They help keep my hopes alive for a healing planet.
The classes offered at Spikenard are transformational. I went there to learn about bees. I left having learned about healing Earth, Soul, and Spirit. And the stewardship of bees, too, of course.
Four years ago I made a decision that would change how I think about life. I decided to become a beekeeper. Quite by accident I discovered there was a Bee Sanctuary in Virginia! Needless to say, I have taken several classes & visited Spikenard Farm many times for help and advise. To say I'm impressed with their philosophy is an understatement, they are so commented to doing their part & teaching others the importance of bees in our eco system. The staff & ongoing work with biodynamics in beekeeping have helped me so greatly which in turn helps me pass it on to my family & children. Thanks for the heartwarming work you do at Spikenard Farm.