Founder and Director
Karen is a wellness enthusiast with a passion to learn everything she can about the effect of diet on health and well-being. Over 20 years ago, Karen began the adventure of a lifetime — crossing the Atlantic from her home in Canada on an 8- meter sailing yacht to settle in the Azores. There, she continued her work as an international lawyer, working remotely from the Islands and frequently visiting her clients in continental Europe.
Karen was introduced to Dada Dave Dhyana, an Indian monk based in mainland Portugal, who regularly visits the Islands to teach people about juicing as a means of detoxification and better health, and about the value of yoga, meditation, and a vegetarian life. After being introduced to juicing, as a component of a plant-based diet, Karen was so ignited with energy and inspiration that she decided to dedicate herself to the study of the health benefits of a plant-based diet and share her newfound knowledge with others. From this awakening, Queen Bee was born.
Ebrina van der Bijl
Nutritionist and Product Developer
Ebrina van der Bijl is a nutritionist, trained in the Netherlands and based in the Azores. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health and Nutrition from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in 2008. After traveling from her native Netherlands to visit various remote parts of the world, Ebrina settled with her family on their farm in the Azores.
Karen had the good fortune of finding her through Ebrina’s outreach efforts to connect with clients who could benefit from her teaching on mindfulness and nutrition. Upon meeting, Ebrina and Karen instantly joined forces and began to plan the development of Queen Bee’s products and services.
Ebrina masterminds production on the floor of the Queen Bee factory. She is equally involved in the management of the farm from seeding to harvest. Ebrina’s high standard for order and efficiency is counterbalanced by her humanity and spiritualism.