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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.


2019 Spring Workshops:

1 Day Workshop at WEI:

When: Saturday April 20, 2019. 9am- 4pm.

Where: The Women’s Environmental Institute.

15715 River Rd, North Branch, MN 55056

What: This is a one day workshop run by the Women’s Environmental Institute where students will learn the craft of weaving. There are no prerequisites and it is a great course for beginners and those curious about this hive. We will briefly touch on the theory and background of the Sun Hive and mainly focus on the craft. Together as a class we will weave one complete hive. For a full course description and registration information please click the link below.

Prerequisite: None.

The Full Workshop at Heirloomista

For those of you wanting to take a complete hive home, this is the workshop for you. Kelsey Love will lead the course on how to make your own Sun Hive. We will start the weekend learning the craft of weaving in a larger group and spend the second day working individually on your own hive. This is a hands-on workshop where we touch on all things Sun Hives.  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.

This is an add-on to the Saturday class. You must register for both classes if you want to do the Complete Course

When: April 21

Where: 40422 Oriole Ave, North Branch, MN 55056

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






Previous workshops:

Octobober 2018 workshop - The Farm @ Heirloomista

October 2017 workshop - Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary

October 2017 workshop

April 2017 workshop

May 2016 Workshop



Sun Hive

The Sun Hive. Comes with the base board, lid, half moon frames, organic fabric cloth, skeps and funnel. Does not include shipping. Each hive is made to order and will take 4-6 weeks to ship.

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