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The Barefoot Beekeeper

The Barefoot Beekeeper was the title of my first book, published in 2007. Since then, I have written several more books, aimed at people who want to keep bees in a simple, reasonably natural way, without investing a lot of money and free from the synthetic chemical treadmill.

This podcast is irregular, variable in content and hopefully somewhat useful and interesting to beekeepers of all flavours.

You can find my website at and you will find me on Facebook and rarely on Twitter.




Aug 14, 2013

Recorded at the 2013 Friends of the Bees unConvention.

'Inner Beekeeping' is about the way our interactions with bees affects us internally. Everyone's experience may be different, yet there is a lot of commonality.

A wide-ranging discussion, unfortunately with some intrusive background noise at times.

Ray Purse
nine and a half years ago

A podcast duration tag would have been good so that one could make defined space for ear time.

I was primarily struck by the male/female divide when it came to the answering of Phil's question. Despite the common acknowledgement that one can find oneself entering into a calm and peaceful state of mind (not thinking of other things) it seemed that none of the men chose to express this as an entering into relationship unlike the females of the gathering who mostly expressed their event as entering into kinship whereas the males rather stuck with explaining their experiences - cerebral.

I would like to have heard the word spiritual used to describe experiences which is what the female contingent were mostly engaged in describing. For it is a feeling - of awe as one voice put it and another as heart felt - that characterizes or heralds that which one can get lost in this Narnia like entering into as still another female voice put it.

The 'philosophy' here is that the heart is the organ of unity for the life of the human of which the sun is an ancient symbol for. The bees are themselves are sun creatures with the queen representing the unity of the life of the colony. I do dislike that colonies are described as superorganisms as this just confounds the biologically discrete with the life energy.

Well worth the listen - only sorry I wasn't there..