The Bee Queen


The Bee Queen

Weird and Wild is a way you could describe Sara Mapelli’s meditative dance, which she does covered in over 10,000 bees. Watch the video here

Sara Mapelli brings new meaning to the term “queen bee” as she dances with a swarm of bees blanketing her body. While wearing the queen of the hive, Mapelli is surrounded by 10,000 bees, creating what she describes as a meditative atmosphere of movement, energy, and sound.

Oregonian artist and energy therapist Sara Mapelli, known as the Bee Queen, wears a squirming coat of thousands of honeybees over her topless torso—a performance aimed at helping others conquer fears and commune with nature.

The healing, meditative bee dance is one aspect of her alternative medicine practice, and her audience—often people who fear bees or feel disconnected from nature—goes home less afraid and spiritually reinvigorated, Mapelli says.

Mapelli spoke to National Geographic about what first drew her to be with bees, how people respond to her unique art-form, and what it feels like to have up to 15,000 of the stinging insects swarming her body.

Read more of the article from National Geographic

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