Bee Medicine: Oils, Salves and Balms - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Bee Medicine: Oils, Salves and Balms

$60 per person
2 hours
Up to 10 people
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$60 per person
Seattle, Washington
What We’ll Do

In this workshop, you will touch fluffy wax cappings straight from the hive, and chew and taste raw propolis. You'll also try three different kinds of honey—the most obvious gift of the hive. You'll learn how these materials, which are essential for hive health, can be used for human medicine, such as herbal infused oils, topical salves, and balms. Next we’ll discuss native plants and their importance to bee and human health, including recommendations for what you can plant in your own region. Finally you'll sample prepared balms and salves, and create your own skin-healing salve to take home.

Where We’ll Be

The Hillman City Collaboratory is an incubator for social change. Located in the historic Hillman City neighborhood of Rainier Valley, the Collaboratory is a warm gathering space that supports the abundant brilliance in the neighborhood.

About Your Host

Hi. I’m Bob, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I fell in love with beekeeping living in a garden cottage surrounded by skyscrapers as the writer-in-residence for Seattle's Hugo House. With 12 years experience tending honey bees (at one time 150 colonies), I'm also a leader in pollinator conservation. Founder of the non-profit The Common Acre, I was co-Primary Investigator on a four-year USDA study and instigated the Flight Path and Green Line projects with Sea-Tac Airport and Seattle City Light. I'm excited to co-host this workshop with Shannon Welles of Hypha, an organization dedicated to the interchange between art and earth. Shannon is a Washington-native plant steward and has trained in Pacific Northwest ethnobotany, medicinal wildcrafting, permaculture, and earthen building. She holds an MFA in Arts Leadership.

For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.

What Else You Should Know
Group Size

There are 10 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to Bring
  • notebook and pen
  • camera
Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

What We’ll Provide

Honey and some palate-cleansing foods such as almonds and apples.


Salves and balms to try (topical)

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