Apis Sophia Exstasis


with Ariella Daly and Gina DeBernardo

June 27th – July 2nd, 2019


Enjoy 6 days and 5 nights at SolHenge Retreat in the idyllic french countryside, receiving embodied womb-based teachings through engaging with nature, eros and feminine ways of seeing in the dark.

The divine feminine is rising. Pushing us to meet ourselves in the fullness of who and what we are. The old ways of knowing are coming back to our embodied selves and we are answering the call. To go deeper. To soften. To roar. To draw upon our nectar. To dance with night. To sip the sun. To awaken the voice of the womb.
With honey bee, our most ancient ally, we turn toward the hum of vitality seeking expression within us. We gather our storied wisdoms in dewy pearls. We move with the ecstasy of the living earth. We become.

Apis Sophia Exstasis Workshop will focus on oracular (intuitive) seeing, understanding that such intuition comes from connecting with your own body’s wisdom. Each women will be guided through a series of shamanic practices based in methods from The Path of Pollen. Each woman will make and awaken her own personal scrying mirror, an ancient feminine tool for intuitive wisdom.

The workshop seeks to drop women deeply into their own body of knowing through engaging with the erotic life force energies of nature. We will work with movement, sacred anointment, sound and embodiment practices to awaken the voice of the womb and the heart.

 >>> This workshop is limited to 16 women.<<<


Ariella Daly and Gina DeBernardo met at the Sacred Trust in England in 2013 during a Path of Pollen shamanic training.  They have worked, studied and played together ever since, splitting their adventures between California and the United Kingdom.  Apis Sophia Exstasis is a fusion of their personal skills, experience in shamanic studies, and work they have been cultivating together for years.


Ariella is the woman behind Honey Bee Wild and @Beekeepinginskirts.  She is a beekeeper, writer, teacher and musician living in Northern California. Her work with the bee came through a lifelong interest in human connection with the non-human world.  She has studied extensively under The Path of Pollen, a shamanic honey bee tradition based in Europe. Her work is a fusion of her love for the natural world and embodied, wombic practices cultivated through celtic shamanism.

Ariella works as a natural beekeeping consultant in Sebastopol, CA as well as offering workshops and ceremonies.  She has over 16 years experience leading earth-based ceremonies including seasonal observances and rites of passages such as blessing ways, entering elderhood, and entering marriage.

Ariella seeks to foster a deeper relationship between people and the natural world through honey bees, seeing the bee as a bridge species between our domestic lives and the wild within and around us. She is a lover of wild places, liminal spaces and the song of the land.  She teaches dreamwork, natural beekeeping and women’s retreats all guided by the honeyed wisdom of the serpent and the bee.


Gina DeBernardo is a woman devoted to her love affair with life and all it’s brilliant facets.  Her work has brought her from the warm waters of Florida, to the rugged coast of California, from the tropical breezes of Mexico to the lush hills of England.  She moves through life as a lover of the earth and it’s people, practicing the embodiment of ecstasy in a pure, grounded form.

Gina is a skilled bodywork practitioner with over 18 years experience. She spent 6 years in San Francisco working with men, women and couples. Her work combines a unique blend of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Sacred Anointment, embodiment practices and shamanic modalities.

Gina has spent years engaged in advanced teachings within the Path of Pollen, a gynocentric European shamanic tradition which holds the honey bee as its central living symbol. She has assisted on many of the advanced programs offered with the Path of Pollen, including more recent work with men.  Integrating shamanic methods with her own bodywork practices, Gina works with the impersonal use of sexual energy within the body, to awaken us into our divine eros: our life force, creativity, will and the power we have to ignite our dreams into reality.  Her work with clients is a deep dive into discovering your authentic, erotic, fully expressed, sacred self.  


– 3 vegetarian meals a day with home grown or locally sourced food, alfresco style dining, starting 27th June evening

-Optional Vineyard tour and supper on the last night of the retreat 2nd July

-snacks/drinks throughout the day

– Shared single bed accommodations

– Access to student kitchen

– Access to swimming pool

-Use two towels per person

-Optional use of reduced rate retreat car for local trips

-Optional reduced rate transfer from Bordeaux and Bergerac airports

-Optional reduced rate B and B on 26th June and/or 2nd July

Click Here to reserve your place

or contact Ariella directly: ariella@honeybeewild.com