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The Sun Hive  -  Weissenseifener Haengekorb

The Sun Hive is an alternative bee hive made of rye straw. It was designed by German sculptor, Gunther Mancke, to reflect the form of wild or feral bee hives.  It is egg-shaped and typically suspended above the ground versus resting on the earth like standard box hive systems. The Sun Hive has 9 half moon removable "frames" that the bees naturally draw their comb from. This hive represents the colony's will to live in a way that meets its innate criteria, the freedom to move in a way it wishes to. It is not meant for honey or pollen production, but a gift to the bees to simply be themselves and live in harmony.


2018 Fall Workshop

The workshop will be held at The Farm in Amador Township in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley. Kelsey Love will lead the course on how to make your own Sun Hive. This is a hands-on workshop where you will learn the craft of weaving.  It is open to anyone interested in supporting honeybee health or those living with bees. Having a background with honeybees is recommended, as this is not a beekeeping class. At the end of the weekend each student will leave with their complete Sun Hive and kit. Registration includes daytime meals.

When: September 28th  3:00pm until Sunday September 30th in the afternoon.

Where: 40422 Oriole Ave, North Branch, MN 55056

Accommodation on and off farm is available. Please inquire for details.






Previous workshops:

October 2017 workshop - Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary

October 2017 workshop

April 2017 workshop

May 2016 Workshop



Photos are from my friends at The Natural Beekeeping Trust in Sussex, England.