Learning from the Bees | Berlin 2019

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A conference and Zeidlerei workshop – Together with colleagues from Mellifera Berlin and The Ambeessadors, I organized, visually designed and equipped this event.

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Learning from the Bees | Berlin 2019 – (28 Aug- 1 Sept) A conference and Zeidlerei workshop to spread natural beekeeping

The event convenes beekeepers, foresters, farmers & bee lovers together to reconsider failing systems and imagine a better future for bees — and a greener planet. Featuring Prof. Thomas Seeley, natural beekeepers and many others.

Learning from the Bees attracted people curious about and preferring a natural, bee-centric approach to beekeeping. More than 250 scientists, foresters, activists, artists, and bee lovers from 26 countries convened to brainstorm alternatives to failing systems in agriculture, forestry, and apiculture and to reimagine a better future for the bees. This second edition in the series founded by the Natural Beekeeping Trust emphasized Zeidlerei (the centuries-old craft of tree beekeeping from Eastern Europe) and audience participation. A primary desired outcome was for speakers and attendees alike to share ideas, expertise, data, and stories with one another so that, at the conclusion, spirits would be universally uplifted and everyone would leave equipped with concrete action steps that could be implemented at home to further spread natural beekeeping to more communities far and wide.

Beyond hearing from a roster of international luminaries in the worlds of science, culture, art, and spirituality, attendees could participate in Speed BEE Talks (10 five-minute presentations on innovation, creativity, trends, and new bee news); converse with speakers and others during Cross-Talk Pollination; visit Prinzessinnengärten for garden/apiary tours, a preview screening of Honeyland, and buffet dinner under the stars; and enroll in an intensive, two-day Zeidlerei workshop to learn basics skills: how to carve out log hives, tree-climbing techniques, safety precautions, tool maintenance, and more.

The complete program can be viewed at www.LearningFromTheBeesBerlin.com.

Learning from the Bees | Berlin 2019 was organized by members of Mellifera Regionalgruppe Berlin and The Ambeessadors, with support from Mellifera e.V.Natural Beekeeping TrustAurelia-StiftungGuerrilla FoundationStadtbienenZukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft and CrescoCapitalGroup.

Logo & Graphic – salzundhonig, Cam · Edit · Compositing – Patrick Lindhof, www.derachteozean.de

The panel discussion “Are We Ready to Swarm concluded the conference with an overview towards the future of natural beekeeping, featuring (left to right) Torben Schiffer, Sabine Bergmann, Antonio Gurliaccio, Heidi Hermmann (moderator), Dr. Johannes Wirz, Prof. Thomas D. Seeley, and Dr. Przemysław Nawrocki. Photo: Silke Meyer

During the Zeidlerei workshop, tree trunks were hollowed out into log hives. Photo: Silke Meyer

Climbing techniques in the traditional Zeidler style were shown and then practiced by everyone. Photo: Silke Meyer

During Cross-Talk Pollination, 13 speakers invited attendees into intimate conversations about their presentation topics. Photo: Patrick Lindhof

Olaf Baldini · Generative Scribing · Photo: Florian Amrhein