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Artemis Smiles Education Center

Learn about honeybees and beekeeping!  We offer a variety of educational opportunities for people of all ages and walks of life.  Alison Yahna, who established the Sanctuary in 2001, holds a Master's Degree in teaching and has been a passionate educator for over 20 years.  

Programs for school children K-12

The center is a fascinating field-trip destination for school groups.  The children experience the bees up close, visit the bee 'nursery',  learn the bees biology and natural history, and even assist in the harvest and eating of honey, still warm from the hive. 

Field-trips have been cut from many school's budgets.  We also to take our presentation, with a living, glassed-in observation hive and delicious honeycomb, into the classroom.   

Our educational objectives for young people focus on learning the importance of bees and other pollinators for food production, transforming the fear of honeybees into appreciation, and learning the biology and natural history of the honeybee as a very special 'super-organism'.

Sponsoring an educational presentation for school children is a wonderful way to help the bees!  Please contact us if you are a parent or educator interested in a school presentation, or if you would like to support these programs.


Custom Eco-tours for Individuals and Families

Have you always wanted to learn about bees?  Are you thinking about keeping bees and want to know what it takes?  Are you looking for an interesting and educational activity for your family while visiting the Big Island?  Contact us for an individualized experience.  Whether a one-hour tour of the Educational Center, or suiting up for a hand's on immersion into the world of bees and beekeeping, with all it's fascinating biology, folklore and esoterica, we are happy to provide something designed just for you.  


Beekeeping Workshops:  The Sacred Art of Beekeeping

Artemis Smiles has been offering a variety of beginning beekeeping courses for the past six years.  These courses are designed for hobby and back-yard enthusiasts, rather than for commercial honey production.  We believe that supporting the renaissance in small-scale beekeeping is a great way to restore a mutually beneficial relationship between bees and human-kind.  We can preserve the bees genetic diversity, provide an environment free of many of the pollutants and practices that have led to their decline, and enjoy the bees' gifts of pollination and honey from our own back yards!

Unique to Artemis Smiles is our practice of direct communication with the honeybees.  We incorporate instruction in a variety of metaphysical techniques, such as meditation, into our workshops.  We approach beekeeping as a Sacred Art, one which can lead us into a deeper connection with the Divinity within ourselves and within all beings.   

As well as our beginner workshops, we offer workshops for experienced beekeepers who would like to deepen their connection with their bees through the practice of direct communion with their colonies and the 'over-lighting spirit of the hive'.  

Please contact us to receive our workshop calendar for 2012.

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