Alternative 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.

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 are 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.

The next Sun Hive making workshop in CA, USA will be in April 2017. For info and registration please click here.

The Sun Hive book is currently out of stock.
The book is $24.99,  plus $7.00 shipping/handling within the USA.
Use PayPal or send a check (USA banks only) to (and include your email address):
Gaia Bees, 686 Snow Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA

Orders from other countries: Please inquire about shipping and payment options at

Sun Hive








Golden Hive (wooden version):

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

The Golden Hive is designed to provide a natural 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 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 protected.  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 incorporates 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 its orientation (vertical or horizontal) and individual environment.  Cannot be shipped (pick up at shop only). For more information, please email Below we show in a video the art of making them.





The Art of Log Hive making: