UNITY: Jacqueline Freeman on the wisdom of Bees (Ep. 32)

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Episode 32: Unity

Learn about the wisdom of bees with author and natural beekeeper Jacqueline Freeman.

"We wake up to the understanding that we are all one, all the time. Human beings exist connected each to each, but believe that they are not.” - Jacqueline Freeman in a message from the bees

In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with author Jacqueline Freeman about listening to the wisdom of bees. We talk about reverence and how she came to learn about natural beekeeping from the hive itself.

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Jacqueline Freeman is a biodynamic farmer and natural beekeeper who wrote the popular book Song of Increase: Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World. She and her husband Joseph moved onto their biodynamic farm in southwest Washington in 2001 and she got her first hives soon after. Jacqueline attended conventional bee school and immediately knew there must be a different way to care for bees that is more respectful, more compassionate, more like the way feral bees live. A few years later she began teaching this bee-centric approach in her classes.

We discuss how the bees sense of unity has influenced Jacqueline’s own human relationships, including her marriage and approach to housework. We talk about bee songs, the magic of pollination, birth as a ritual and how bees approach the death process.

We also talk about:

  • A bee’s understanding of unity

  • Bee mating rituals

  • Listening to intuition

  • Sacrifice and service

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