Spikenard Sanctuary is an excellent place where very nurturing people are totally devoted to the honeybee and its survival. They are very welcoming and are willing to share very good information about bees and sustainability .
Spikenard is a place with deep roots, spiritual and practical, balanced between earth and heaven, on the top of a mountain, serving the bees and serving humanity, in our time of need. Their respect for, honoring of, and healing of the bees is grounded and based in specific, meticulous, careful observation of each hive and their interaction with their environment. Their attention and care extends to the environment. The biodynamic principles used in tending the land will have far-reaching impact long into the future. Spikenard is a place where humanity strives to support the good of the earth and of humanity. Our participation is necessary.
I was drawn to Spikenard because I knew there was more to beekeeping than feeding them sugar water and harvesting honey. I wanted to be a steward to the bees and I learned this from Gunther, Vivian and Alex. I learned more than I anticipated about bees during my two year training. I come back every year to learn more. What a rejuvenating experience it is to return to Spikenard Sanctuary. Biodynamics is about how we can heal and improve the earth and it's creatures. You must come to Spikenard even if you are not a beekeeper.
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 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.