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6th Tree-beekeeping Workshop in Belarus: 19th to 22nd of September.

We invite You for a great adventure! Our workshop would be held for the 6th time in remote area of Naliboki Forest – biggest forest complex in Belarus, located only 90 km West from Minsk.  Seams to be far away? No, it’s just 100 from Minsk International Airport. And what’s more important if You arriving to Belarus by air You do not need visa to entry!

Participant working in pairs using a chainsaw and traditional tools will make an loge hive. The work will be carried out under the supervision of two experienced tree bee-keepers. From Poland and Belarus, both English speaking. The program of the workshop include not only discovering the tree-beekeeping tradition specific for Central and East Europe and gaining skills in log making, learning practical knowledge of hanging them on the trees, attract and keeping the bees in this kind of hives. Also we’d like to show You this beautiful place and  wild nature of Nalibki Forest, the biggest forest complex in Belarus. Workshop would be held in the most remote place in this forest on the small island surrounded by swamps and forest, 20 km from closes village and 8 km from closest neighbor. Accommodation conditions are very simple: a house with only 2 big rooms, kitchen and sauna for batch and relax after hard day of work. Only local cushion would be served prepared by local cook at place. We spend there together 3 days, working, learning and exploring the beautiful wild nature of Naliboki Forest. Sleeping bags are essential. We would stay in the place which we renovate in 2018 by ourselves using small donation we use on our crowd-funding project.

Our Place at Naliboki Forest, belarus

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4th Tree-beekeeping workshop in Naliboki Forest Belarus 4-7.10.2018

We invite You for a great adventure! Our workshop would be held  form  4th to 7th October 2018 for the forth time in remote area of Naliboki Forest – biggest forest complex in Belarus, located only 90 km West from Minsk. Where together with our tree-beekeeping brothers from Belarus we promoting tree-beekeeping as part of our common heritage, and we share it with You!

Participant working in pairs using a chainsaw and traditional tools will make an loge hive. The work will be carried out under the supervision of two experienced tree bee-keepers. One form Poland and one Belarus, both English speaking. The program of the workshop include not only discovering the tree-beekeeping tradition specific for Middle-East Europe and gaining skills in log making, learning practical knowledge of hanging them on the trees, attract and keeping the bees in this kind of hives. Also we’d like to show wild nature of Nalibki Forest, the biggest forest complex in Belarus.
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Tree-beekeeping Workshop in Naliboki Forest, Belarus

We invite You for a greate adventure!  Our workshop would be held for the second time in  remote area of Naliboki Forest – biggest forest complex in Belarus, located only 90 km West from Minsk. Fratrum Mellicidarum have members there as well, together we showing and promoting tree-beekeeping as part of our common heritage, and we want to share it with You!

Participant working in pairs using a chainsaw and traditional tools will make an loge hive. The work will be carried out under the supervision of two experienced tree bee-keepers. One form Poland and one Belarus, both English speaking. The program of the workshop include not only discovering the tree-beekeeping tradition specific for Middle-East Europe and gaining skills in log making, learning practical knowledge of hanging them on the trees, attract and keeping the bees in this kind of hives. Also we’d like to show wild nature of Nalibocka Forest, the biggest forest complex in Belarus. Workshop would be held in the most remote place in this forest on the small island surrounded by swamps and forest, 11 km from closes village and more than 3 km from closest neighbor. Accommodation conditions are very simple: a house with only 2 big rooms and outside sauna for batch and relax after hard day of work. Only local cushion would be served prepared by local cook at place. We spend there together 3 days, working, learning and exploring the beautiful wild nature of Nalibocka Forest. Sleeping bags and warm clothes are essential!
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Tree-beekeeping in Belarus

 

Due to its geographical location, tree beekeeping has played an important role in Belarus since at least the Middle Ages. It has been a trade crossroads for merchants travelling from the north (Varangian or Baltic Sea) to the south (Russian or Black Sea) – or from the Vikings to the Greeks – and from the east to the west, following rivers and trails.

Back then, the main export goods were resources obtained from local forests, such as furs, honey and wax. Given the high value of honey and wax, tree beekeeping became a lucrative and independent source of income for the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL; the forerunner of modern Belarus) during the 15th century.

The Grand Duchy of Lithuania joined together with the Kingdom of Poland and was ruled by a common monarch for hundreds of years. The first union in 1386 was sealed with the marriage of the Polish queen and Lithuanian king. The union became official in 1569 and lasted until the end of the 18th century. Together, the bi-confederate state covered an area of up to 900,000 km2, where tree beekeeping was an important part of the economy and social life. The two countries shared and added to their common heritage of ancestors, history, and traditions.

 

Map of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1595. Source: www.antiquariat-krak.com.pl

 

The gradual development of financial and economic relations led to the active growth of tree beekeeping and its related crafts and industries. Not only was wax but also honey and mead, in high demand within the whole country, as well as abroad.
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