Wisdom of the Bees
Principles for Biodynamic Beekeeping
“The more you investigate these creatures and the manner in which they live, the more you will come to the conclusion that there is a great intelligence in how they work and what they accomplish.” —Rudolf Steiner
While the benefits of Steiner’s research into agriculture and education are increasingly recognized, his research into the nature of bees has had limited impact on beekeeping practices and on our general understanding of nature. Wisdom of the Bees examines Steiner’s insights and research into the nature of bees and their implications for the future of beekeeping.
Today, more than eighty years after Rudolf Steiner presented his lectures on bees, we are confronted with a serious decline of honeybees around the world. This fact alone justifies Wisdom of the Bees, a practical and timely introduction to biodynamic beekeeping.
Erik Berrevoets revisits those seminal lectures and reexamines Steiner’s observations and insights in the context of today’s dire situation and provides practical advice for modern beekeeping practices.
Wisdom of the Bees is an accessible and essential introduction to the urgent subject of holistic beekeeping practices.
1. Introduction: A Spiritual Approach to Beekeeping
2. Spiritual Science and Beekeeping
3. A Spiritual Understanding of the Nature of Bees
4. Spiritual Relationships: Bees, Plants, Honey, and People
5. Hives and Hive Management
6. Artificial Breeding
7. Healthy Bee Colonies
8. The Role of the Beekeeper
Appendix: Hive Design Features
Resources for Beekeeping