JUNE 30, 2017
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Join us for a weekend all about the honeybee! Delve into the science of hive happenings to further understand what it takes to successfully keep your own bees. Necessary for one in every three bites we eat, having bees around is very important.
Understand why the bees are struggling and how you can make a difference. Then learn what you need to know to get started with your very own hive.
We wll practice being beekeepers with a mock hive (no live bees) and all the beekeeping gear. Learn how to increase the chances of survival for your bees and how to harvest your very own honey (yum yum!).
Erica Shelley, PhD specializes in teaching treatment-free small cell beekeeping (an alternative to standard chemically-treated beekeeping).
She has been teaching beekeeping with Best for Bees for 5 years and is the resident Apiarist at RARE charitable reserve in Cambridge.
Program fee: $75.00
BRUCE TRAIL HIKING
Frank Kuznik will lead two hikes in the beautiful Dufferin Highland section of the trail. The Saturday hike is about 12-15 km in length, at a moderate pace. The Sunday hike is a bit shorter. Both hikes start at 9 am.
Program fee: $25.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE CREATIVE SPIRIT
This weekend retreat will offer opportunities to explore creative and spiritual expression with contemplative photography practice, hands-on activities, and time for discussion, reflection and group sharing of photographic images.
Emphasis will be on using the photographic tools and skills that we already have to add another layer to our personal and spiritual journeys. Suitable for all skill levels and camera knowledge.
Michael Battenberg is an award winning photographer with extensive experience with macro and fine art photography, as well as in both the studio and the field. He recently released his second book, Portraits in an Overlooked World, and provided both stills and video for the multimedia project The Honeyed Tale with Ruth Tait. His work has been shown at venues throughout Toronto, including First Unitarian in Toronto and The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga.
Program fee: Free.