Natural Beekeeping

Instructor: Javan Kerby Bernakevitch

Date: Saturday, June 18th
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (plus follow-up field trip from 1-3 pm)
Workshop Cost: $10 (free for members!)

The Wayward School kicks off  the “Flora & Fauna” summer season with the “School-Revisited” lecture series. We hope you’ll join us for this in-depth lecture and presentation with Javan Kerby Bernakevitch of Permaculture BC!

We don’t often associate conventional beehives with industrial agriculture: the boxes and the beekeepers’ overall operations seem small-scale enough and incomparable with big factory farms. Although the size of a conventional beekeeping operation pales in comparison to an industrial feedlot, the logic we humans have concocted to manage our bees is very similar.

  • learn what it means to let the bees simply be who they are by keeping bees in a manner that respects their natural inclination
  • learn what you can do in your city to help our bee populations cope with colony collapse disorder (the startling decline in world bee populations)
  • learn the basic principles behind natural beekeeping and get design ideas (warre, and top-bar)


Javan Kerby BernakevitchInstructor Bio:

Versed in construction, natural building, environmental education, group facilitation and organic gardening, Javan offers a unique balance of content-focused education with student-centered learning. His recent work experience includes working with OUR Ecovillage as a Permaculture practitioner and educator producing bio-regionally appropriate greywater and natural building systems. He is currently working with Food Forest expert Richard Walker on a large commercial Permaculture landscape in Alberta; and a book on Permaculture Design to be published in 2012.

Javan continually aspires to spread the lessons of Permaculture through Vancouver Island Permaculture Community and Meetup Group and articles for Urban Garden and other publications. He received his Permaculture Instructors Certificate from Jude Hobbs Cascadia Permaculture Institute and his Permaculture Design Certificate at OUR Ecovillage.


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