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.
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.
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.
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.
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.