Sun Queen School of Apiary Arts 2023 Season
Sun Queen School is celebrating 6 years of student success! Students past and present enjoy and benefit from the community of support, resources and opportunity Sun Queen School provides. Beekeeping is more than a hobby but a lifetime of love and devotion. In today’s world the craft is more challenging then ever! Your investment into your education will bare fruits long after our time together.
Together we follow the Sun through the Beekeeping season weaving a rich tapestry of Science, Art & Magic punctuated by practical skill. Sustainability in the Apiary is paramount when the normal average yearly loss rate is 40% of all hives! I teach expansion method beekeeping on all hive styles, demystifying advanced skills and articulating the details in easy to follow instruction. Whether your goal is 2 hives or 200 my curriculum offers a unique perspective integrating a variety of skills including botany, herbalism and Gardening. All important techniques to offset obstacles of the modern era of the craft!
Choose one of 4 paths to learning!
Sun Queen School of Apiary Arts Educational Offerings:
Online Via ZOOM LIVE! Each month students will gather with Fonta Molyneaux for a series of live lectures with corresponding slide shows outlining the science and art of bioregional beekeeping.
Through this deep coursework students will learn the full spectrum of skills needed to begin or sustain their apiary month to month around the wheel of the year. This path is the foundation of the entire program and offer distance learning for students all over the country while helping personalize your learning to your local bioregion.
These live lectures will cover the core curriculum here at Sun Queen School in a visually stimulating and fun environment where you can engage with both the teacher and other students! Classes are held the 4th Wednesday of the month March- August via zoom. I do record the classes for students to view throughout the season but the class is Live and so much is learned and shared with your participation, questions and experiences!
4th Wednesday of the month March-August
March 22, 2023 B is for Beekeeping: Biology of a superorganism
April 26 2023 Hive Tending: developing dexterity and discernment within the heart of the hive.
May 24 2023 Bioregional Beekeeping: Around the Wheel of the Year
June 28 2023 Minding your Beeswax: the art & science of reading Combs & Frames.
July 26 2023 The Honorable Harvest: the mystery, magic and medicine of sustainable honey harvesting practices and other products from the hive.
August 23 2023 Survival Skills: overcoming obstacles to bee health with practical organic management techniques
Tuition $400 includes PDF copy of Sun Queen School of Apiary Arts Manual to Bioregional Beekeeping
The Nectar Path leads to Wild Everlasting Farm 30 acres devoted to exploring the kinship between People, Plants & Pollinators. Here, students will gather monthly with Beekeeper Fonta Molyneaux for a 1.5 hour lecture outlining the core curriculum at Sun Queen School. Students then spend 2 hours in the field developing hands on experience in the apiary. During the coursework students will develop the experience they need to become proficient in hive tending and putting the full spectrum of skills they learned in the lectures to practice. Skills like Swarm Catching, making increase, comb reading, honey harvesting, and overwintering alongside Botany, herbal medicine and gardening! The nectar path gives you a working example of how to put all these skills together into a holistic practice that connects you deeply with the bioregion and yourself. Students will enjoy learning from the People, Plants & Pollinators at Wild Everlasting Farm on the River…
Class Size limited to 15 students!
Protective Clothing for beekeeping REQUIRED!
4th Saturday of the Month 11am-3pm PST
March – August at WILD EVERLASTING FARM on the River Dorena, OR
March 25, 2023 B is for Beekeeping: Biology of a superorganism
April 22 2023 Hive Tending: developing dexterity and discernment within the heart of the hive.
May 27 2023 Bioregional Beekeeping: Around the Wheel of the Year
June 24 2023 Minding your Beeswax: the art & science of reading Combs & Frames.
July 22 2023 The Honorable Harvest: the mystery, magic and medicine of sustainable honey harvesting practices and other products from the hive.
August 26 2023 Survival Skills: overcoming obstacles to bee health with practical organic management techniques
99 problems and Propolis solves them all! Aptly named after this incredible resource this pathway is for folks who want advanced skills and direction in their apiaries. Due to the growth of Wild Everlasting Honey Fonta will no longer be offering on the fly mentoring & consultation to non students. NON-Students who wish to receive private mentoring in their apiary must prebook 3 or more private sessions at $100 each. During these sessions Fonta will diagnose, problem solve and make accommodations for any of your seasonal duties. From Splits to re queening, organic treatments and 911 triage Fonta doesn’t just advise she uses all her experience, skills and gifts to create desirable outcomes in your apiary that can make or break your season….
$300 for 3 sessions (VERY LIMITED booking for this pathway)
Students of the Honey Path will join us the 4th Sunday of each month at Wild everlasting Farm in Dorena, Or 12-4pm for a full day of advanced apprenticeship. Skills covered include making increase, swarm catching, creating an even vibrant apiary, and advanced problem solving! Students on the honey path must have met pre requisite requirements for advanced students. An advanced student is defined as having completed the pollen path lecture series or graduated the nectar path or able to demonstrate advanced skills to teacher with approval!
April- September $500
Register today to reserve your seat in one of our many offerings!
Class SIZE IS LIMITED IN ALL OFFERINGS! Full tuition Due to complete registration process!
for more on Sun Queen School Founder/ instructor www.wildeverlasting.com/earthstrong