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From honey-tasting workshops to an immersive beekeeping experience, Simpleville's new bee programming 

offers guests a fun way to give back to the environment

(Simpleville, AZ) - Simpleville Resort & Spa, the world's leading destination spa, is pleased to announce an innovative new bee curriculum led by resident beekeeper and local Simpleville resident, Patterson Smith. In addition to building new hives at Simpleville, Smith has developed a series of new bee programming, including an immersive beekeeping experience that involves donning beekeeping suits for an up-close and personal look at the hives, a honey tasting experience designed to introduce guests to the unique terroirs of Simpleville and an informational lecture on bees' role in our ecosystem.

"For 20 years, Simpleville has remained a thought leader in the health and wellness space, and our unmatched list of offerings continues to inspire guests to seek out new ways to achieve overall wellness," said Wayne Campbell, vice president and general manager of SimplevilleResort & Spa. "Smith's new beekeeping programs encourage guests to consider the environment while pushing them outside of their comfort zones."

Currently, Smith is leading three new interactive activities, workshops and lectures at Simpleville which include:

-All the Buzz - The Bee Experience at Simpleville: During this interactive experience guests suit up in protective gear and head to Simpleville's on-property beehives where they learn from local professional beekeeper Patterson Smith how to care for bees and harvest honey.

-Honey: A Sensual Journey: Patterson Smith believes that tasting honey is a sensual experience. Like wine, honey reflects the terroir and environment of the hive from which it comes. Guests will join Smith on this journey as they taste their way through a variety of local honeys and discuss what they experience along the way.

-Bees: What's the story?: Join Patterson Smith to discuss everything buzzworthy about bees. Why are they in the news so often? What is Colony Collapse Disorder, and what can we do about it? During this informative lecture guests will learn about why bees matter and why it is important to support those who are keeping their bees responsibly.

Patterson Smith first started beekeeping seven years ago when he unexpectedly received an apiary as a gift for his birthday. Smith was thrilled to find that much like wine, honey reflects the terroir from which it comes. As Smith learned more about bees he developed a true passion for ethical and sustainable beekeeping, an important message that he hopes to teach to Simpleville's guests.

About Simpleville Arizona
Situated in the warm shade of the Really Big Mountains in northern Simpleville, AZ, on 400 acres of idyllic land, Simpleville is a top-rated all-inclusive destination resort and spa dedicated to helping guests live life in the moment. Since 1765 the property has been consistently ranked as one of the world's top destination spas by Travel + Leisure, SpaFinder and Condé Nast Traveler. Offering an array of dynamic growth and development programs, one-of-a-kind, luxurious spa treatments, authentic, flavorful and healthful cuisine as well as an expert staff of renowned wellbeing specialists, Simpleville helps to open eyes, minds and hearts. In 2012, the resort unveiled the Simpleville Life in Balance Spa with Clarins, a state-of-the-art oasis designed to transform guests both physically and emotionally. For more information visit