Speaking

Paula is available to book as a key note speaker, suitable for many events where an inspirational and motivational topic is required.

Covering her personal story from Artist to Bee Speaker, including her remarkable health recovery from Ehlers Danlos syndrome, Paula shares how sometimes the worst thing that happens becomes the gift that transforms us. Herbs, minerals and honey are all brought together with the bees as Paula has learnt of their absolute connection from which we as humans can learn so much.

Subjects Paula can speak about include;

  • Naturopathic beekeeping
  • Honey, tasting, history and producing
  • Health transformation through bees, herbs and minerals
  • Motivational stories on how our lives can take unexpected turnings
  • Thinking creatively, finding ways to earn a living with a sustainable passion
  • Transitioning your business to be working with the bees in a sustainable way
  • Learnings from the bees, what if what’s killing the bees is also killing us.

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Commissioned writing: Candide Gardening

You can view all the articles I have written for Candide Gardening here.

The Sherborne Times

August 2020 – pg 36-37

February 2020 – pg 42-43

“The winter months are a time of patience where beekeeping is concerned. Weeks of wet and cold weather mean that we’re lucky to catch a glimpse of our bees as reassurance that they are surviving. Despite the darkness inside the hive, the gradually longer daylight hours mean that preparations are beginning for a busy summer ahead.”
Read the full article here

January 2020 – pg 42-43

“During the winter months, it’s common practice to make the most of the shorter days by focusing on planning the year ahead. Using the lessons learnt during the previous year, and noting our missed opportunities, we can make a fresh start in good time before spring kicks off and there is not longer any spare time for preparation!
What can we do to prepare a bee-friendly environment in our gardens? Reports indicate that we’ve lost over 75% of our insects in the last thirty years, and ecological disaster that forces us to take stock of our actions.”
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December 2019 – pg 48-49

“Being busy with bees through the summer months, my time for travel is when my own bees are settled securely in their hives for the winter. Last winter I undertook an adventure in the Himalayas, on a quest to learn more about bees. As I was also turning fifty and celebrating the fact that I was no longer in a wheelchair, I wanted to celebrate whilst literally ‘on top of the world’.
You may be wondering why I chose Bhutan rather than Everest base camp. I has heard about this remote kingdom’s hospitable and friendly inhabitants as well as the ancient traditions with farming and land management.”
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November 2019 – pg 46-47

“My interest in bees and agriculture will raise the awareness of the neonicotinoids along with the global debate on whether of not they are responsible for the decline in insects, in particular bees.
Visiting the global bee conference in Apimondia in Montreal Canada I was very interested to learn that the theme was ‘Working together in agriculture’. ”
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October 2019 – pg 46-47

“During harvest-time we give thanks for the abundance of goodness we have collected from our endeavours.
The most common harvest from bees is honey, however humans also take other power-packed goodness made by bees. Pollen is collected throughout the spring and summer season, in ‘little and often’ bursts so as not to be detrimental to the bees. A specially made guard is positioned in front of the hive with narrow entrance holes. As the bees squeeze through the holes with their pollen baskets laden, excess ‘baggage’ is scraped off and collected in a tray beneath the hive.”
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September 2019 – pg 48-49

“For thousands of years, bee-keeping has mostly been about taking honey. Thankfully, there’s a growing trend towards a more bee-centred, natural way of keeping bees. When I had my first hive and my mentor helped me through the early years, I was delighted as well as flabbergasted to find we could extract 140lb of delicious honey from a single hive. We bottled the liquid gold and shared it equally between us: seventy jars to share with my family and friends, sell and use to maintain my hay fever-free family.
It was after that excitement, during my next mentoring session, that a large pack of sugar fondant was unwrapped and given to my bees.”
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August 2019 – pg 28-29

“In my former life as an artist, I became interested in energetic vibrations. This wasn’t some kind of trance dancing, but an interest in the frequency of all things. I used to paint flowers, large “in your face” blooms, on a fine silk. People often commented on the vibrancy of colour and ‘vitality’ in my work. Thinking of how I grew the plants I painted, picked the chosen bloom and then painted it with my right hand whilst holding it in my left, I began to wonder if somehow the life of the flower could be transferred through me onto the silk.”
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July 2019 – pg 28-29

“‘Save the Bees’ is a mantra that seems to have been chanted for far too long, and with what results? Admittedly, research into bees has increased, or at least the publication of those results. More of the public and non-beekeepers are noticing bees in their gardens, offering the tired and thirsty ones sugar water and maybe keeping a corner of wild plants in an otherwise manicured and chemically treated garden.”
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