Alternative Bee Nests

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.

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 Sun Hive is designed by the German sculptor Guenther Mancke. The form and shape of the hive is created according to natural/feral bee nests. The design reflects the Oneness of the colony.

The “One-Beeing” describes the animal with a thousand body parts (individual bees). Already through it’s outer shape it reveals it’s nature– as if the egg-shaped skep would be the outer shell or skin of this living being. The inner form allows the “bien” to unfold it’s own natural gestalt, in harmony with it’s instinctual life forces.

We are organizing a Sun Hive making workshop in the US in 2015.  If you are interested, send your email to gaiabees@gmail.com and we will keep you updated on dates/information. Sun Hives are currently not available for sale (worldwide).

The english edition of the “Sun Hive” book is finally back in stock at Gaia Bees.
The book is $24.00, (plus $2.04 tax for CA residents), plus $7.00 shipping/handling within the USA.  To order, please send a check (USA banks only) to (and include your email address):
Gaia Bees, 686 Snow Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
(If paying by PayPal: Add $1.60 for PayPal fee; email address: gaiabees@gmail.com;)
Orders from other countries: Please inquire about shipping and payment options by email.

Sun Hive

                      

 

Golden Hive (wooden version):

The Golden Hives (wooden version) are sold out for the 2014 spring season (some hives available for mid/end summer delivery). Please email Michael for more info at: gaiabees@gmail.com. Delivery can be up to 4 months.

The GoldenHive is designed to provide a good environment for the health and development of the hive, and to minimize the impact from interaction (more frequent opening of hives results in a weakening of their health).

Several features are part of the design:

The bee nest can unfold in one room (without multiple hives and frame levels) – no heavy lifting of supers any more.  The hive comes with tall frames, which allow for more natural comb growth pattern.  The protection of the brood nest has highest priority.  A wax cloth covers the top of the frames and allows partial opening of the hive, and provides further options for protecting the inner climate of the hive. The bees respond by staying calm, since the inner climate is not as deeply disturbed.  The beveled top bars of the frames enable bees to grow natural comb.  The dimensions of the one-room-hive are set according to the “golden mean”. It is a universal principle within all forming forces in nature and is found in art, architecture and ancient philosophy.

Golden Hive (straw version):

 

The straw version of the Golden Hive accomplishes several additional bee-centered features. It helps to create an ideal inner climate and supports transpiration of the nest.  See below for a video clip, documenting the art of making them. Delivery time is currently around 12 months.

 

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 orientation (vertical or horizontal) and individual environment.  Cannot be shipped (pick up at shop only). For more information, please email gaiabees@gmail.com

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The art of Log Hive making: