One of the biggest reasons I am so enthusiastic about collaborating with Scatter Joy Acres and Joy Bartling is because of the opportunity to have a place that spotlights bees and beekeeping on multiple fronts. It not only provides space but an open-minded and willing support for bee conservation, skills training, providing a “safe space” for people to encounter bees in a positive way, and to facilitate the incredibly therapeutic experience that beekeeping offers.
Beekeeping can be a very relaxing and calming experience. It requires the beekeeper to proceed in a purposefully calm and deliberate manner. There sensory experiences that beekeepers enjoy have been often described as soothing, relaxing, and contributing to an almost Zen-like state of mind. Like I said earlier, it can be downright therapeutic.
Joy and the volunteers at Scatter Joy Acres bring rescued animals to the ranch and then introduce people seeking calming and self-fulfilling therapeutic experiences to those animals. This does two things at once. It provides the rescued animals with and abundance of care and positive interaction from people and it gives people an opportunity to build confidence, a sense of purpose and calm to build up the inner strength to live more full and positive lives.
Bringing rescued bee colonies to SJA helps to keep bees that might have otherwise been exterminated or died of unnecessary environmental stress factors alive and in a low stress environment. It also allows the Bee Smart beekeeping project to introduce people to the fascinating and often stress relieving experience of beekeeping.
I welcome anyone who is seeking out unconventional and interesting ways to help to alleviate stress issues such as people recovering from ptsd, over-busy lives, incarceration, low self esteem and other such stressful backgrounds.
With the new teaching apiary at Scatter Joy Acres being a home for rescued bees, maybe it could bee a good fit for you to.
Contact Tony Sandoval here at the Bee Smart beekeeping project to find out more about how bee rescue and beekeeping might bee just the the therapeutic experience that you are looking for.
You can support the Bee Smart beekeeping project and it’s efforts in bee conservation, beekeeper skills training, and building informative and entertaining public awareness about bees at the Bee Smart beekeeping project Patreon page.