Bee-Centric Hives

Gaia Bees offers alternative bee-friendly hives. The designs are based on the needs of the bees and promote a sustainable and wholesome approach to apiculture.

Log Hives:
A natural tree cavity is the “original” and most natural nest site of Honeybees. Log hives mimic this ur-environment and enable bees to unfold their life according to their birthright and instincts. Logs are bee-centered and reshape fundamentally the paradigm of apiculture. Each log hive is customized according to its orientation (vertical or horizontal) and individual environment.  Cannot be shipped (pick up at shop only). For more information, please email gaiabees@gmail.com. Below we show in a video the art of making them.

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Sun Hive (Weissenseifener Haengekorb):

The Sun Hive (“Haengekorb”) is made out of rye straw and has nine, half moon shaped arched, movable frames. Comb is built naturally and can be almost 2 feet deep.
The entrance is located at the bottom of the hive.

The next Sun Hive making workshop in CA, USA will be in the spring of 2018. For info and registration please check the events page within the next few months.

The Sun Hive book is available in the US here.
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Golden Hive (wooden version):
The Golden Hive is designed to provide a natural apian environment, to support health and nest integrity, and to  minimize the impact from interaction (more frequent opening of hives results in a weakening of their health).

New:  The Golden Hives (wooden version) are now manufactured by BeeProgressive in the US (they call it the “Progressive Hive”). More info at: beeprogressive.

Golden Hive (straw version):
 

The straw version of the Golden Hive incorporates several additional bee-centered features. It helps to create an ideal inner climate and supports transpiration of the nest.   Delivery time is currently around 12 months.

The Ancient Craft of Tree-Apiculture

“Apis Arborea” is an attempt to redefine our
relationship with bees and to create a new paradigm of caring for them.  We will look at the reemergence of ancient and traditional ways of apiculture, such as the “Zeidler”, the craft of caring for bees in living trees. Rewilding habitat
and nest restoration for honeybees is becoming
increasingly essential for honeybees to survive.  As wild bees survive in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship.
During the workshop, we will build ‘honey bee nests’ in logs, using traditional and contemporary tools. Wear layers. We will be outside for most of the day.

Location:
Green Gulch Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, CA
October 21, 2017; 9am – 4pm
Info and sign up here