Werner Gysi is a published and much sought after speaker about Biodynamic Beekeeping, and he will be coming to Calgary on April 13th and 14th.
April 14th, 2012
Werner will be keynote speaking about Beekeeping: The Wholistic Approach
Where: Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 1 Street Northwest Calgary, AB T2M 4P4
Cost: Donation, recommended $10.00. All procededs will go to The Calgary Permaculture Guild and The Community Pollinator Foundation.
Details: Werner will be sharing stories about his own experiences beekeeping according to biodynamic principals. With a glance at where the concept of biodynamics came from, Werner will offer information about wholistic and sustainable ways of producing food, philosophies of earth cycles, Rudolf Steiner and Maria Thun, as well as talk about changes in the world of beekeeping and strategies to maintain sustainable hives through sustainable practices.
If you would like more information about the event, please go to www.backyardbees.ca/courses
April 15th, 2012
A.B.C is offering a full day workshop taught by Werner Gysi, Colony Management Using a Holistic/Biodynamic Approach
Where: The Calgary Canoe Club, 6449 Crowchild Tr SW Calgary, AB T3E 7C6
Time: 9:00am- 5:00pm
Cost: $120.00. Register here. Includes Werner’s book, Harmonic Farming: Beekeeping, fully catered healthful lunch and tea break snacks.
Details: Here is the course outline for the day:
Colony management using a holistic/biodynamic approach
- Langstroth hive with all its components, incl. Insulation, feeder pail, entrance reducer, newspaper, foundation, old comb, processed wax, etc.
- A nuc, swarm box
- Tools (hive tool, also elastosil used to make mold)
- The finished mold, candles, propolis
- Included with the workshop is one copy per participant of Harmonic Farming: Bees. No other literature is handed out.
Introduction, the basics
A briefing on inspiration received along Werner’s path, foremost from uncle Roebi, Rudolf Steiner and Maria Thun and Werner’s “inner self” (mention that we should take information and process it consciously, listening to our heart, trying out things)
Why a holistic, sustainable way to produce food?
Explaining my view of mother Earth using an equation: Earth+seed=life+death=Earth (a cycle) in order to explain why I consider a holistic approach mandatory.
The philosophy of Rudolf Steiner (body, mind, spirit, intuition, and how I apply it in my daily life related to agriculture, in particular in regards to:
-ether or in biodynamics called life form
-astral (senses and intuition),
-ego (to be, spirituality)
-energy flow (slide)
Introducing the calendar from Maria Thun
Definitions used in bio-dynamics that relate to beekeeping:
-root, flower, fruit, leaf days (slide) this first hour is the same as given during the seminar
The anatomy of the bee
The queen, bees, drones
queen cells, cups, bee cells, drone cells
frames and brood nest
Equipment and tools (10′)
Using the calendar (Maria Thun)
Managing an apiary with 7 hive
(1st time that the colony is opened)
Harvest, Preparing the colonies for winter (August)
SMC (sustainable mite control)
Preparing hive for winter
Sorting frames, what to look for
Cleansing flight (Early March)
The scrap board, determine strength
Diagnose for nosema and AFB
(2nd time that the colony is opened)
SMC and IPM (integrated pest management (Mid to Late March)
Mite control (SMC, IPM)
Worker bee laying eggs
Uniting weak hives
(3rd time that the colony is opened)
Spring Management (May)
Mite control (SMC)
Feeding teas if required, collecting plants for tea
Starting with a nuc
Why counting bees?
forced swarming, splits
Types of swarms
(4th time that the colony is opened)
Observing (Summer time)
Removal of drone frames
Adding a honey box
Storing honey and frames
Making a mold
Explain and show 5 min movie to make mold and produce foundation