THE EARTH SALON, “Wild bees are backyard bees” with Michelle McPherson — RECORDING IS HERE!!

A monthly meeting offering, with occasional guest ‘experts’,
hosted by the Touching the Earth Collective and Shambhala Online,
curated and co-facilitated by David Wimberly and Deborah Luscomb.

Wild bees are backyard bees

With Michelle McPherson

Everyone knows how important honey bees are. But we also have a beautiful diversity of wild bees in North America, and they need more attention! Meet some of these beautiful insects, and learn easy ways to care for bees by creating bee habitat on your own property.

Michelle McPherson is passionate about helping people connect with bees and nature.  She owns a small, thriving apiary in Atlantic Canada that emphasizes bee health and light-harvesting of quality products.  She loves developing and teaching courses about Natural beekeeping, wild bees, and bee conservation.  Committed to life-long learning in the field of apiculture, Michelle will receive a Master Beekeeper Certification from Cornell University in spring 2021.  Michelle is also an ecologist (MSc) and environmental consultant.  She has more than fifteen years of experience in ecology research and writing: conservation planning for protected areas, Species at Risk, creating biodiversity standards, and environmental assessment.

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Previous Earth Salons

Living with Eco-Anxiety with Melissa Moore
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Climate Victory Gardens with Bob Cervelli
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Gratitude with Deborah Luscomb and David Wimberley
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Backyard Chickens with Charlotte Mendel
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“The consideration of where we are and what we are, on the spot, turns out to be very important. We are talking about a farming situation in some sense: how we are going to experience the land properly, the real land, the land that grows crops and the land on which animals are raised.

When we first wake up in our bedrooms, first thing in the morning, it would be so great if the first incense we smelled were either cow or horse manure or the smell of plants. We have to go back and experience how the earth works, rather than purely smelling our neighbor’s bacon cooking as soon as we wake up, and hearing taxicabs roaring and garbage trucks rumbling. We should all experience working on the land, literally and properly. That is the best way to wake ourselves up: smelling earth, actually experiencing good earth.

Ladies and gentlemen, there are a lot of problems that have come up because, since medieval times, the process of conquering the world has been based on conquering the earth
instead of touching ground, touching soil properly.”

From “Nowness,” a talk at the 1979 Kalapa Assembly.

The Earth Salon is intended to bring us together to explore the greater implications of our bodhisattva vow.  We hope to include guided practices, as well as guest speakers to focus on how our daily activities bind us or alienate us from the earth we share with all creatures.

How do we rouse our intention?  How do we move from intention to action?  How do we build resilience and appreciation?  How do we create a pathway for caring activity on this earth?

Together we will investigate these questions and more while looking at food & gardening, housing & construction, travel, clothing, energy, consumption, and many other areas that will undoubtedly arise during our conversations.

The Zoom meetings are free and open to all, but we do appreciate donations.
(Zoom info below.)

“Whatever we have done with our lives makes us what we are when we die.
And everything, absolutely everything, counts.”

-Pema Chodron


Topic: Earth Salon
Time: Every month, on the Second Sunday, 7 occurrence(s)
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*Jan 10, 2021 12:00 PM (Atlantic)
Talk: Wild bees are backyard bees
with Michelle McPherson

*Feb 14, 2021 12:00 PM (Atlantic)

*Feb 21 2021 12:00 PM (Atlantic)

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