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For the Bees: Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop

The Learning Center's partnership in Rogers Park, including Heartland Alliiance, Chicago Waldorf School, and others, has developed a vibrant urban beekeeping program. We are excited to announce that Gunther Hauk, biodynamic gardener and beekeeper, teacher and lecturer, will offer a workshop on Biodynamic Beekeeping at Chicago Waldorf School this Friday.


When:  October 15, 2-5 pm
Where:  Chicago Waldorf School Physics Lab, 1319 W Loyola Ave
Suggested Donation: $25
RSVP's: In advance to Brian Gleichauf at


Mr. Hauk will speak about methods of holistic beekeeping that turn the beekeeper's role from that of manager of livestock to one of creator of bee habitat.  The primary goal must be to enhance the health of the bees, not to harvest honey. The worksho will also include practical work involving the Chicago Waldorf School hives.


Gunther Hauk is an educator of longstanding and a biodynamic gardener as well as a beekeeper for over 50 years.  He co-founded the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, NY in 1996 where he developed a successful biodynamic part-time training and taught at Sunbridge College.  Since then, he has given many organic beekeeping workshops all over the continent.  In 2006 he co-founded the not-for-profit organization Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary with his wife, Vivian. Working to help save the honeybee is dear to his heart.


Mr. Hauk is the author of Toward Saving the Honeybee, available through the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, and is also featured in the newly released film "Queen of the Sun," directed by Taggart Siegle (also the director of  The Real Dirt on Farmer John.) Visit the Spikenard Farm website to learn more about Mr. Hauk's work.

Bees at the Learning Center Woodlawn Hives-Photo courtesy of Volunteer Beekeeper StaceyCollecting pollen at the Learning Center Demonstration Garden-Photo courtesy of Volunteer Beekeeper StaceyBees entering their hive-Photo courtesy of Volunteer Beekeeper Stacey