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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 great 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. together with our tree-beekeeping brothers from Belarus 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 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, 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 Naliboki Forest. Sleeping bags and warm clothes are essential!

We offer shuttle from Minsk Airport/Railroad station to Nalibocka Forest for the participants. Meeting point would be set in Naliboki village for those arriving by own car.

Cost: 210 EUR / person including accommodation, insurance, breakfast and lunch.
Shuttle from Minsk and back to Minsk Airport +40 EUR

Reserve the place for You for this exceptional workshop! Sign up for our Workshop now!

Partially advanced payment of 100 EUR requested by PayPall or bank transfer.

References:

http://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/single-post/2017/10/21/Belarus—Bringing-Back-the-Bears-and-Bees

More details on email: fundacja@bartnictwo.com

Tree-beekeeping strategy

Few expression from last workshop at Naliboki Forest. Of course full relation would be published  later on, but few information is worth sheering separately – the tree-beekeeping strategy in swampy forest’s of Belarus.  Ivan Mulin, our tree-beekeeper from Naliboki forest create and hanged on the tree’s this year about 10 small log hives. Why? This is an old tree-beekeepers strategy still used by some individuals on Belarus. Where ‚bortnik’ create 2 kinds of hives, one dedicated for honey, and others for swarms.  The smaller one are dedicated for catching swarm’s, the cavity of them is lower than standard logs so they make bee’s swarm more often than usual then fly away and look for a new home.

Preparing swarming hives. Fot Fratrum Mellicidarum

 

They are localized around territory (outside ring) where normal size log-hives are putted on the trees and tree platforms. Of course we talking about area of several square km, where logs and tree-platform are scatter across the territory. On each platform are localizeted up to 3 logs, then some others standing separately on the tree’s. But how to choose a place for placing an log or platform?
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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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Treebeekeeing recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Poland

In Krakow, on the 4th of October, 2016, delegates from Bractwo Bartne met with the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage. On this proud day, tree beekeeping (bartnictwo) became officially recognised as a part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Poland. The application was prepared by our organisation and Prof. Krzysztof Hejke.

 

Tree beekeeping enjoys a more than 1,000 year old history in Poland. The golden era of this profession was from the Middle Ages up until the 16th and 17th centuries, when the territories of modern Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and the Ukraine formed one country and culture under the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

However, since the 19th century, the tradition of tree beekeeping has been almost entirely replaced by conventional beekeeping. Despite this, the craft has survived in many remote villages inside Belarus. We have managed to find and check the few links that connect us to the bygone era of tree beekeeping, in what is today modern Poland. Together with Prof. Hejke we have located and interviewed the last remaining people from the Kurpie and Augustów Forest regions, who have preserved elements of their familial tree beekeeping traditions. These include living and working in harmony with and respect for nature and its laws. One of the people we located is Mr. Niemkiewicz from Augustow Forest. His father taught him a special kind of log hive beekeeping many decades ago. This is the only kind of beekeeping that his family know. Mr. Niemkiewicz joined us in Krakow on the day we celebrated the recognition of tree beekeeping as a part of Polish history, tradition and culture.

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Mr. Niemkiewicz at his bee farm. Photo by Prof. Krzysztof Hejke

 

 

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Mr. Konopka from Kurpie, presenting his log hives made from tree with hive which was cut down many decades ago. photo by prof. Krzysztof Hejke

 

Tree beekeeping (PL bartnictwo) is a set of practices, knowledge and traditions focusing on honey bees, their habits, preferences and behaviours. It is based on the belief that honey bees are better off living high above the ground and that man should not interfere in the development of the bee colony.

Tree beekeepers hollow out the trunks of living trees (tree hives) or logs (log hives), so that bees can settle in them. Tree beekeepers seldom visit their hives – usually only a few times a year. The collecting and harvesting of honey is usually in autumn, traditionally after the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8th of September). Only a small amount of honey is collected, so that the bees can live from the rest.

It is believed that only a righteous and honest man should take care of bees. The status of a tree beekeeper is therefore something to be proud of.

 

 

 

 

 

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