Benjamin Pixie has been actively romancing the wilds of this world for over half of his life. He is husband to millions of virgin maidens who dedicate their lives to the sex work of the Earth, and lovingly serves 50 queens. In addition to beekeeping, he is a mead maker, alchemist, herbalist, a hide tanner, leather worker, & poet. He is father of 2 shining radiant little witches.
The Magic and Medicine of the Bee. Benjamin will be sharing stories of Bees as stewards of the fecundity of life and examples of alternative styles of civilization that promote diversity.
Through myth, story and honey tasting this class will ingest the sweet plant medicines of the bees while exploring the bitterness of our current experiments in civilization. We will discuss the poison and catastrophe of monoculture as exemplified in Colony Collapse Disorder. Through stories of powerful plants, pollinators and humans who remember we will untangle the webs of death and amnesia to grieve the losses and celebrate the beauties of being alive in these times of great change.
Mead Making as Medicine- Wort Cunning
We will focus on the history and mythology of this ancient and sacred practice of fermentation and explore the delicious intricacies of alchemical transmutation that the bee perform to create the most immortal gold of honey and the ways we humans further this art in the creation of ambrosia- the divine drink of poets and the divine. We will explore various possibilities of mead due to yeast culture/ floral source and addition of herbs, as well as the role of mead and ferments in medicine and herbcraft.
Bark Tan Salmon Skin-
Learn the ancient art of bark tanning- using plant skin medicine to bind with animal skin to become leather, while working with the most magical creature who bridges land and sea whil being steeped in wild myth, poetry and story. Students will get the chance to tan a salmon hide and learn much of how to bark tan mammals, and fur on as well as being immersed in wonder and richness of this wild and mighty fish.