The Song of Increase by Jacqueline Freeman
The most joyful emanation produced by a colony of bees is known as the “song of increase” — declaring that the hive is flourishing and the bees are happy in its abundance. Sharing a sacred bond with humanity for millennia, the world of honeybees is filled with secret wisdom. What if bees could tell us why so many colonies are dying and what we can do to reverse the collapse?
In The Song of Increase, Jacqueline Freeman takes us on a trailblazing journey beyond traditional beekeeping and offers a way to work in harmony with honeybees for our mutual good. The Song of Increase focuses on the hidden aspects of apiculture — a bee-centric approach to living with honeybees — that lead naturally to more sustainable practices. Insightful, with direct teachings received from the bees themselves, this book illuminates the unity consciousness that guides every action in the colony and how this profound awareness can influence the way we see both the natural world and ourselves.
Jacqueline Freeman is a biodynamic farmer and natural beekeeper who speaks at national events, including the Organic Beekeepers Conference, Women in Agriculture, and permaculture and nature conferences. In 2013, Freeman was invited by the U.S. Embassy and the USDA to help rural beekeepers in Dominican Republic establish a biodynamic and organic honeybee program, which later received funding for the next five years. She lives in Washington state and has written magazine articles for Biodynamics, Lilipoh, Home Orchard Society, and Living in the Northwest.
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Praise for The Song of Increase:
“A gem of a book: a deep reflection and meditation on honeybees, celebrating the sacredness and holiness of the hive. Song of Increase blends spiritual, practical and scientific insights into a beautiful anthem for the honeybee. Jacqueline shares the inner workings of the hive, to the tragic implications of Colony Collapse Disorder. She navigates us out of the darkness, into the light to help create a healthier relationship with this most sacred animal.” — Taggart Siegel, award-winning documentary filmmaker of The Real Dirt on Farmer John,Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?, and SEED: The Untold Story
“Beekeeping practices are undergoing serious transformations — so that we can really keep the bees. Song of Increase takes you into realms not found in traditional beekeeping books, realms that require an open mind and also an open heart. The book encourages you to look with new eyes, listen with new ears, and develop the understanding of honeybees required for having the right to say, ‘I love them.’ The future of our relationship with the natural world is tangible!” — Gunther Hauk, author of Toward Saving the Honeybee; cofounder, Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary
“Enjoying a totemic relationship with the honey bees, Jacqueline Freeman shares her spiritual journey of communing with the soul of the hive. If you ever wondered what dreams bees have, what secret role the drones may play, or what the queens sing about, you will discover here a unique perspective as well as a heartfelt plea to adopt bee-friendly ways in beekeeping and agriculture at large.” — Dr. Leo Sharashkin, editor of Keeping Bees With a Smile: A Vision and Practice of Natural Apiculture