Susan West Kurz is a renowned holistic beauty expert, co-founder of Dr Hauschka Skin Care Inc. and author of Awakening Beauty the Dr Hauschka Way.
From 1992 to 2006, Susan oversaw the development of Dr Hauschka Skin Care from a modest niche company to what is now recognized as the preeminent holistic skin care brand. Since her apprenticeship at the Meadowbrook Herb Garden in Richmond Rhode Island in 1972, Susan has been involved with a holistic approach to healing, to business and to bringing Biodynamic agriculture and gardening practices to the public.
Her concern for the plight of the honeybee triggered the idea for Beecoming Sophie and the unique approaches suggested in the book for stopping the disappearance of the bees and for protecting our food freedoms. The family in Beecoming Sophie is loosely based on Susan's own family. In 2000, she and her husband Clifford adopted two Guatemalan children — a five year-old girl named Rossibel and and her seven year-old brother Emilio — and have watched them grow and flourish with much love, a holistic lifestyle and healthy food. Susan's oldest son, John West Walsh from her marriage to actor J.T. Walsh, visits the family and beehives frequently for supplies of bee conscious honey at their home in Jamestown, Rhode Island, between his film career and work in the recovery field.
Bee Conscious is becoming a non-profit organization, with the goal to attract 500,000 backyard biodynamic beekeepers and bee buddies. This will help restore the population of honeybees to the level it was in the 1970's. We need to establish a new relationship to the honey bees and nature for a sustainable future.