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Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Husbandry, Animals, Botanical, Horticultural & Landscape Services, Environment, Environmental Beautification, Food, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Our mission is to promote sustainable and biodynamic beekeeping through education, research and the development of a honeybee sanctuary where people can experience the healing of the land, the honeybees, and ultimately the human being. We work to create a biodynamically invigorated landscape in which people, plants and animals create the necessary sheaths of protection and care for all. It is our deep commitment to understand, protect and care for this magnificent, love-imbued, but very vulnerable creature that is so close to us as human beings.

Target demographics: the honeybees and their keepers to thrive

Direct beneficiaries per year: The honeybees, native pollinators, local visitors, beekeepers, 'wanna-bees', school children, and more!

Geographic areas served: Local, National, and International

Programs: Tours, classes, retreats, workshops, local/national/international talks, webinars, writing.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Spikenard Bee Sanctuary is a holy place. There is an amazing amount of love, wisdom, understanding and insight that the stewards, working there, have to share. Treating bees and the earth with reverence, and gratitude is the example they set. Learning how to keep bees in a bee-centric way, is of utmost importance in these times and this training goes beyond natural/organic methods. I will be forever changed from spending two years in the Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeper Training at Spikenard.

2 Mindy17

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a very special place where one can experience what it really is like to partner with nature, and here of course, especially the honeybee. Students taking courses at the sanctuary can learn about the intricate relationships between humans, animals and plants through practicing sustainable methods and respecting the earth and all who live upon it. For those who want to become sustainable beekeepers, in my opinion, there is no better place to learn, having the chance for hands-on experience under some of the most knowledgeable mentors and with many different types of hives. Even for those who may be more interested in just gardening or garden design, the farm is a wonderful showcase of what types of plants attract bees and native pollinators.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Spikenard is a sanctuary for bees and human healers of the earth alike. The courses and study offered there are cutting edge in that their perspective is bee-centric and human-partnering rather than a production-maximizing. After 18 years of beekeeping, I believe their approach is crucial not only for the bees, but possibly for the human race.

2 Don_46

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff and facilities of this honeybee sanctuary are top notch. Full time staff and interns make this honeybee sanctuary promoting sustainable and biodynamic beekeeping a fun and eye opening experience. I am enrolled in a two study under their guidance and am very happy I found these folks.