Bee's Gold: Spend a Week Learning the Art of Beekeeping

Bee's Gold: Spend a Week Learning the Art of Beekeeping

While it may be a tad early to start thinking about your plans for Valentine's Day, consider this: In the Ka`u district of Hawai`i's Big Island, certified permaculturist and beekeeper Alison Yahna is offering a 5-day crash course in beekeeping, and you're invited. From February 12 — February 18, Yahna will share both the historical and cross-cultural wisdom related to bees and honey, while offering hands-on training in the art of keeping bees and harvesting all-natural, raw honey. Space is limited to 12 participants, and the deadline for deposit is December 22nd. Think: What a unique Christmas gift!

Yahna, who came to study bees after she was swarmed by a hive on the mainland yet wasn't stung by a single bee, had the revelation that working with bees was her true calling. After spending an afternoon in her secret hive location on South Point, Hawai`i, it was clear this is more than just a hobby for Yahna. She breathes bee culture, occasionally waxing poetic on the shamanistic properties of bees and their use in rituals throughout various cultures around the world. With a masters in teaching, Yahna considers herself a "holistic" beekeeper.

Her outfit, the Artemis Smiles Honey Company and Bee Sanctuary, churns out some of the best honey in Hawai`i. This is an opportunity for those with an interest in maintaining a healthy source of nutritious food, pollinating your own fruit trees and connecting to nature to get involved in a life-long pursuit.

Included in the $1,580 fee is lodging, food and all equipment needed for the duration of the seminars. The perks don't end there: Accommodations are at the nearby B&B Kalaekilohana, which we covered in a story last winter. The inn is run by two of Hawai`i's finest gentleman, who happen to be excellent chefs and artisans.

To register for the February 12 to February 18 session, call Alison at (808) 929-8117 or email beeoracle@hotmail.com

To learn about Alison Yahna's bee company, visit www.WildBeesandHoney.com

Accommodations are at the nearby B&B Kalaekilohana. The inn is run by two of Hawai`i's finest gentleman, who happen to be excellent chefs and artisans.