How to be a Keeper of Bees, Workshop based on Biodynamic Principles

BELLO UCCELLO HONEY BEE SANCTUARY is holding a gathering of interested  people in learning and experiencing the World of the Honey Bee from a Biodynamic-Natural Beekeeping perspective.  For two days, in this workshop,  we  will explore the world of the honey bee and the hive and the Bees are your Teachers and we are your guides.  This is an intense two days of learning in the classroom and experiencing hands-on the hive and the bees.  The class fills quickly and so let us know your interest as soon as you can.


June 30th and 1st of July, 2018               Plympton Nova Scotia

Price:  $265.00 for 2 days and all organic coffee breaks with snacks

For further details email:





It is true what they say, the truth shows itself over a period of time. And so this is truly a fact in the evolution of the hive and the honey bee. Huge changes happened to the honey bee and the hive as “gift of the gods” became a by-product of industrialized farming. Rudolf Steiner in his Lectures on Bees spoke very clearly of the plight of the honey bee if people continued on the track they were on 100 years ago. He was right and it has all come to be.

Here at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary we are Observing and Learning from the Hive and the bees and there is good news to share and may what we observe become a picture for the bees in our future.

I have noticed over the years some curious phenomena with our Bee hive Beings at our sanctuary and it seems that one of those mysteries has revealed itself to us so we may share it here with you.
For a time we thought it to be an “observer mistake”on our part, based particularly on the facts about bees written in the old industrial -factory- model manuals for beekeeping. Certain assumptions that have been made some time in the past and are now the go- to “scientific” explanations. When the hive is about to be reborn the first new queen to emerge kills all the other queen cells in the hive and also, if the old Mother Queen Bee has not left the hive by then, she will challenge the “mother bee” . The Old Queen usually leaves the hive to create a new hive elsewhere with a swarm of bees, with wax in their “pockets” to start creating the new hive upon arrival. The new Queen is the winner and the Survivor and her cycle begins. This is the natural science of understanding the hive and the honey bee.
Our story started maybe four years ago, when we witnessed the miracle of a swarm being born from one of our Hive Beings right in front of our eyes! As the bees took flight
to the sky with their old mother (or so I thought) they first congregated over the sanctuary, covering the sky and eventually slowly moving away towards a neighbours property, which is filled with high spruce trees and giant shrubbery. As we were so swept up in the moment to have the privilege to witness this rebirth of a Hive Being, I felt I had to follow them, on foot of course, as far as I could go. Following them would have given us a chance to either pick them up directly from the tree and bring them home to the Sanctuary or entice them to come and settle into one of the quickly provided empty hive boxes placed nearby.
As I stumbled through the under brush with considerable difficulty to keep up with the swarm above me, which was congregating on the tops of several spruce trees, one after another, I could observe them taking flight again and again. At some point I lost orientation of what the bees were actually trying to achieve up there. The brambles and the alders were blocking my path at this point and I was just about to make my mind up to watch them disappear in what- ever direction they wished to go, when they all took to the sky again and to my astonishment they were flying back towards the sanctuary.
I reversed my direction too and quickly made my way back towards the sanctuary. By the time I had all the Hive Beings in my line of sight I witnessed a great surprise. The swarm that had been meandering away from their own mother hive previously, was now in the process of landing and clustering on the front of their old hive. In orderly fashion I watched them walk back into their old abode.

In the bee world this was not “business as usual”. . .

After trying to read about this in bee books, without any luck, I made my own story up in trying to explain this phenomenon: “The old queen got eaten by an insect and the swarm returned home for if there is no queen there is no swarm anymore….. or it was a new young queen that went on her mating flight and the hive took the impulse to swarm but then, with the queen mated and her flying back, everybody else came home again too…
Needless to say I checked the hive being the next day for additional queen cells but could not find any, so the mystery did not get solved and no other swarm emitted from this Hive Being for the rest of that season.

Over the next two years , while working with the Bee Beings, I would , during a hive inspection, work through the supers and perhaps find a queen in the 3rd super. After I went through that super, I would lift it off to continue the inspection. There in the 2nd super was another Queen Bee. How curious.
Since our Queens are not marked my rational was, that while I was inspecting the last frames in the 3rd super the queen had walked down through to the next lower super just to greet me there again. This is absolutely possible and I did not give it much thought for a while . However I decided, after this had happened quite a few times, I would lift the laying queen temporarily out of the hive with the frame which she was on, along with all of the bees on that frame and put them into a prepared nucleus box. By doing this I could keep her separate from the rest of the Hive until the inspection could be finished; at which point I would lift her back into her home and close the hive up again.
And here comes the funny part of this story: With the queen waiting on her frame in the prepared nucleus box, as previously described, I was inspecting the rest of the hive and found another Queen, happily laying eggs and being attended too by her retinue .
I still felt that this must be one of those ” flukes of nature”, where a Mother Queen and a Daughter Queen live side- by -side in one Hive Being, since that is exactly what we are all told is not normal.
I have since found out, without a doubt, that Bello Uccello honey bee sanctuary definitely defies the one- queen- hive theory.

I have found 2 queens several times since then and one time in the middle of one of our courses we give annually, students themselves spotted two queens without them knowing about this phenomenon in our sanctuary, and this time we had the added luck that mother and daughter had two distinct body colours too. The students believed they also saw a third Queen and this will be our work in the future to observe and learn more about all of this phenomena.

To make this very clear at this point, this is not what is called a” 2 queen system” in the industry, where 2 queens are kept in hives separated by a queen excluder, for the sole reason to artificially increase the strength of a hive in numbers for the onset of the honey flow to then dispose of the older queen when the objective of more bees for honey production is achieved.

What we have working here is true Hive Being Intelligence that was allowed a more natural way for a change over from mother to daughter.
Obviously if the old mother is still laying and still has some of her pheromones, the bees allow her to do what she can do. And I have seen how the bees keep the mother and daughter apart from each other in a hive in different sections.

One time I checked one of my Hive Beings with 3 supers in mid June. I found the queen in the upper super and was somewhat dismayed by the small brood she maintained in the first super. There were maybe 2 frames of brood over the whole super,– not enough for a hive being in June, but no signs of disease. I lifted her off with the whole box and inspected the 2nd super only to find this box mainly filled with pollen and honey. I was already scratching my head to see the bees organizing their food stores below them. Not expecting much in the last box , I lifted off the 2nd. box to find the first box totally full with brood from wall to wall and with another queen laying fast and in the most beautiful pattern.
This time not only did I see 2 queens again, but I could actually identify who was the mother and who was the daughter.
The wisdom I was allowed to witness was heart warming. The bees had organized their brood nest in such an obvious way, to allow the mother queen to live out her life in the upper chamber whilst putting honey between the two.

Can you see how this puts a very different light to the first story I related to you of the swarm?

We share this story because we feel there is so much to be learned from bees. In our case they are allowed to live as close as possible to being a feral hive . When a species is under threat of survival and this is definitely the case with the “industrialized bee”, survival behaviour kicks in. In the case of the honey bee, the emerging new queen will kill all others in the hive so only one exists and the mother is usually disposed off.

When the “natural hive” sit’s in a place of “Peace and Plenty”, the Hive Being remembers it’s true blue print of life and this killing of the mother and perhaps even a “sister” stop’s. In the LAND OF MILK AND HONEY the distortion of “survival instinct” changes to one of harmony.

The bees are Love, their frequency is Love. If in 120 years the environment so bent the behaviour of the bees, what does it say about Human Beings who have spent thousands of years in environments of distortion?

Man created the poisonous environment for the honey bee and the hive and their “survival” has come down to colony collapse and disease and distortion. Are the bees showing us that there is something in front of us demanding us to Choose something else, to create a small world of goodness with our Wills and Love? We helped to
create a “normal” world for the bees and the hive – do we all need to give that attention and intention to creating a “normal” world for each other?

When human beings are free from fear and survival instincts; and claim our own Being of Love, will we also stop killing as an option for survival?

With the New Earth, will we show co-creative nature within us, just as the bees have done, that redefines “the facts of science”?

Life Forces are where life is and it is very easily felt at the sanctuary. It is also felt in communities of health and happiness.+++



Last summer we were visiting a local artist coop’s Gallery at St Bernard Church here in Digby County and this is where we met Demeter.
Do google” Demeter Goddess of Agriculture” to learn about this particular Goddess and the rest of her godly family. Our Biodynamic Beekeeping certification comes from the certifying body, Demeter.

A local stone artist had created three pieces for this art exhibit and really we were quite taken by a beautiful pumpkin-sized tomato when we noticed in the corner of the exhibition room, sitting on a table, a rather interesting granite form.

This was one of those destiny moments where several parts of the whole come together to create a story. The origins of this lovely Goddess- of -Agriculture captured in stone was that the sculptor, Mark Graff, had a huge stone sitting in the middle of his tomato patch and every year his rototiller and the stone “met” each other on several occasions.
Apparently last year he and the stone finally communicated and he pulled the huge granite out of the ground and the stone revealed to him the hidden Goddess of Agriculture, namely Demeter, hiding within it , right down to her hair of cornrows !
It was really love at first site when we met this lovely goddess and Mark kindly escorted her to our home where she now sits on top of one of Klaus’ top bar hives, doing what comes natural to Goddesses.

We celebrated our obtaining our Demeter Biodynamic Beepkeeping Certification for 2018 with “Demeter” this year — she did her part on the joyous occasion by blessing the bees and the hives and the land!




Big Bee Creating the Landscape by S.Langpohl

Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary is a fully Demeter Certified Biodynamic Honeybee Apiary. What this means is that all intentions and actions with the honey bees and their hives and the products created from the sanctuary are based on spiritual, ethical and
ecological considerations. There are many Human Beings today who wish to be involved in being a Keeper of Bees. They want to help the bees. They are excited to connect with nature in a real way. All of this good Intention warms the Heart and affirms the shift of values and focus to a New Earth paradigm.

Breaking the addiction to consumerism is one of the signs of Freedom that everyone feels as they refuse to play the  binary-robotic role within a dehumanizing and mechanized old paradigm. It is not unusual for people to want to reflect the good and caring Human Values that they have within themselves by manifesting, in a real way, the goodwill which they hold . So taking care of honey bees and learning about nature is a choice that is being made by many and the first thing one has to consider is how do I learn about taking care of honey bees and where do I obtain my first hive.

You probably can see the Geography of Consumerism looming ahead in the first foot forward on this journey of wishing to be a Beekeeper. The equipment sold, the usual courses given, the local advice of a beekeeper, the books you may read and pretty well most things to do with beekeeping will, for the most part, be determined by the honey-factory model, so where does one begin? Let’s explore together this important question of Purchasing Honey Bees and Hives and some of the ethical and ecological considerations and questions posed.

Spring is the time when all to- be- Keepers of Bees start their journey of questing for bees for the first time in order to start the adventure of becoming a Keeper of Bees.
In today’s world, where everything seemingly can be purchased with the click of a button, why should it be any different for your new hive? Commercial bee operations will look at their winter losses from last year and will already have ordered their replacement bees from other countries or if possible, they will have simply split every hive which is worth splitting by inserting “spare” Queens from elsewhere,…….. and viola they have their numbers of hives back again.
From a biodynamic perspective the picture of how to do beekeeping is not so much focused on the industrial enslavement model, where everything is about time and money,  but rather where all thoughts are centered around an approach that seeks to create Spaces that will allow all life to unfold as naturally as possible.
This requires that we, as Keepers of Bees, consider always how we can support this organic unfoldment of new Space which is least disturbing to the organism
of the hive.

With regard to creating new colonies there are several ways one can go about this. Naturally, we as new keepers of bees, give our stamp of approval to the  method which reflects the considerations we hold most important – namely ethical, spiritual and ecological considerations.

                                                   CATCHING A FERAL SWARM

If you have ever seen honey bees in your own yard, by that I mean, apis mellifera, not bumble bees and not wild bees, then you most likely have a colony of honey bees nearby you, either from another beekeepers hive or from a feral hive of honey bees, living somewhere undetected, doing their wonderous work. Should this be the case, you may be able to  attract a swarm into your bait hive of choice, that you have installed at your premises. (check our blog entry on Russian Swarm Box).

Install your hive trap by mid-May with some frames in it and if you can get some old brood comb in a frame or just a junk piece of comb, place those in your bait box to create a good smell for the scout bees. If you are lucky the scout bees will inspect the new apartment -offering you have generously provided and give its approval and move the whole family to these new digs. Also  applying a few drops of 100% Young Living edible essential oil of Lemongrass will greatly increase your chance of attracting the scouts and convincing them to chose your location over other sites. This method of starting beekeeping would be the most natural way, but many factors do play a great role in the bees finding you. I would suggest this method be given a try, even if you are planning to purchase your bees later in the year, just to see what happens.


We will speak from our own experience from Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary, however there are others who take care of their bees respectfully, chemical free and

Through our year with the bees, by the time June comes around, the bees will have made their minds up for various reasons, to prepare for the Rebirth of their Hive. When this happens we will see the building of Queen cups and Queen cells, and a change in the behaviour of the Hive Being. After I have read the situation as good as I can, I determine whether the Hive Being in front of me is wishing to create a new hive or whether they are about to  replace their mother.
At that time one of our choices is to not interfere with the natural process going on in the hive  and rather  prepare for the hiving of the one or the several swarms which may emerge from the original hive eventually. Or I will look through the hive and remove frames with queen cells, which are almost capped and place them in special mini-hives (nucleus boxes) with ample numbers of their sister bees and food so that this small bee family can function as a normal, natural hive. These nucleus colonies will continue their daily routine until their new Queen- to- Bee hatches from her Queen Cell and goes on her mating flight . She returns as the Queen of the Hive and the Mother of all new family members to come in this hives expansion.

Depending on the original Hive Beings own strength and energetic nature, I help create either one or two nucleus colonies with four frames each. After such a procedure the Mother Hive will have the same appearance as a swarmed hive will look due to the thousands of bees that have left home to live in new hives.

                List of Ethical and Ecological Considerations in New Hive Creation:

1. Rebirth of the Hive through swarming is our first choice for expansion
2. In the new hives all the bees are sisters and come from the original hive’s home
3. All Queen cells come from the Mother Hive and the family traits and hive Beingness is ….respected and the genetics maintained
4. Once the Queen is mated the new hive is a True  hive with all the bees related to each    other and to their new Queen.
5. The swarming process is not induced, but happens naturally
6. Energetically we have supported the bees in their going through the process of making Queen Cells and Swarm Preparations and it is an ecological call as to whether we leave the hive to swarm naturally or to help in the swarming process through the new colony creation noted above.
7. The Queen of the original hive and the new small hives is related to all the sisters and brothers of the hives including their new Queens.
8. The bees in the new small hives always have the original wax cell foundations which their family created with all of its subtly of connectedness and smell and communication.
9. these natural considerations over the years  have lead to regressed- sized -bees, close to their original size before the bee-factory-industry took hold. Regressed- sized- bees are able to fight off the varroah mites better and are the choice bees to have
10.Taking a beginners bee course is a pre-requisite to responsible beekeeping. You don’t buy your car before you learn to drive and it is as logical as that for why one should have a bee course first and then bees.
11.All of our bees have never had any chemicals, and have never been removed from their land for pollination services, nor any other bee-factory-industry unethical


Packaged bees are just as they sound, meaning that they are arriving in a screened box with one to three pounds of bees and an unrelated Queen Bee caged and suspended in this box, surrounded by the bees. Or as I have learned lately, they also can come in a cardboard mailing tube whereby the amount of  bees seem to be  reduced in numbers. When you choose a package of bees you are getting bees not attached to a comb, and therefore there will be no brood present and there will be nothing that they would consider their home body. Remember the wax foundation is the skeleton of the hive.


Cardboard Mailing Tube



In this version you are accepting bees which live on chemical-contaminated combs , the brood is present, and the unrelated Queen is suspended in a cage, between the frames, waiting to be released into the new colony at its new location. Nucleus colonies can come in 3, 4 or 5 frame versions depending what is offered. If you get a 5 frame version  it does not necessarily mean you get more bees, but just more food stored in this version.

                                   A  FULL SUPER HIVE FROM INDUSTRIAL MODEL

Occasionally beekeepers will sell full hives, usually Langstroth, and in this case you will most likely get a hive of ten frames per box. Depending who is offering this hive, it can consist of either one or two boxes of bees with frames and their Queen or a new unrelated introduced Queen.

For this version it would be good to have some experience as a beekeeper already, as the expansion of the hive will be strong and you will be facing many decisions which would better be made in the second year of beekeeping. When you get a small four- frame- hive you have time to observe and learn from the bees and most likely you will not have swarming the first year. You and the hive will grow together.

If the practice which happens often in Nova Scotia, is the rule, then such full -super hives being offered by commercial beekeeping operations usually are hives which have been trucked around for pollination services of many sites, have been exposed to many toxins and chemicals and were probably fed on GMO corn syrup/sugar and GMO pollen patties, by the time these stressed hives are offered for sale to you. Weakened and stressed
hives rarely live through the winter , just as they would not have survived with the seller. Get it:-}!

             List of Considerations in purchasing from the Bee Industrial Model:

1. Remember how we said you should take a beginners course first; well this is where the catch 22 happens. If you are not taking a Natural Beekeeping Course but the usual modern industrial farming method  beekeeping course , then what you will be told as “business as normal in the bee world “will be from a window of an enslavement model. Even wonderful beekeepers who love their bees, do not know they are involved in a system of commodification of life. This has been going on for over one hundred years and so the”normal” is far from normal. The equipment you will be told to buy, the way you take care of the bees with mite strips, fuming them with acids, making money on them, etc etc. will all be presented as the norm. There is nothing normal, ethical or ecological about that type of “norm”.

2. For all of the versions we have just mentioned, except where you catch your own swarm, or where you have been “gifted” with a swarm or given a chance to catch a swarm through a fire department etc , or you acquired a hive through a Demeter certified Apiary, you should know certain facts:
a) what you are purchasing is Called a Hive, and technically speaking it is a “hive” because man has the naming power to say this is a fact and name it so. But from
Nature’s Truth this bringing together of separated parts energetically and spiritually DOES NOT make a True Hive.

With the packaged bees version you will have what is called Shaken Bees. Shaken Bees means that a beekeeper will use a big funnel and will either shake the bees off of frames from one hive or several hives until the screened box is full enough to meet the appropriate “package weight” requirements.
b) the Queen Bee, which is not related to these shaken bees at all, and who more than likely was shipped from another country or continent, is caged and suspended among these displaced bees with a food supply so that they will not starve to death. Often our packaged bees here come from New Zealand for example and the Queen is usually Hawaiian. These bees are displaced, not related to each other, without their real mother and from a different climate and environment and then shipped to you.
c) if you have a commercial beekeeper in your area selling packaged bees the procedure is the same, less the transcontinental shipping.
As you can see, there are choices you can make and sometimes availability will force upon us paths that are not perfect at all, but it is very important to be aware what you are looking at, despite the claims of the industry and it’s sales pitch. And also once you are responsible for a Hive Being , you by allowing the bees to go back to their own ways, by enhancing their life force and treating them with care and love, Nature has a wonderful way of bouncing back and wishing to dance with you, the Keeper of Bees.

Remember every thought counts and every intention carried through your heart will effect all levels of life everywhere.





The Commonwealth of bees from each hive has been exploring the new earth once again, after a winter of inward cosmic life. Spring is here in all of its glory, with chilly, windy dull days and bright, warm sunny days. Exploring bees have already found the alders which are full of pollen and the maples too. This means the nursery is in full swing inside of the hives and the abundant stores of honey left for the bees last autumn,
and the fresh pollen will all be used to bring about the expansion of the hives.
On sunny warm days, when the sun’s rays shine on the still-snuggly-wrapped hives,
the bees start their housekeeping. They know it is too cool to fly far from the hive but they are Beings which live in the Present Moment and make full use of the kind warmth which the sun gives to the interior of the hive.
Spring housekeeping is being done in earnest and the signs of this are all of the dead bees on the ground in front of the hives. The life span of a honey bee is not all that long and so the bees which one sees in the autumn are not necessarily the one’s one will meet and greet in the Spring. The young autumn bees, which have gained age and wisdom, just like you and I, will be the ones attending to the Queen and the community life inside . As soon as possible the dead bodies are swept out of the hive by the busy-cleaning- crew.  Klaus looks at the bees on the ground to see if there are any indications of disease or something unusual to be seen.
We are glad to report all seems well and all hives have survived another winter here in Nova Scotia.

The newest gossip with the bees is the small shed being built in the Sanctuary to house all of the equipment and tools which are required as a keeper of bees. The former storage facility, a small yellow “bumble bee trailer”, has now found a new home as the playhouse for our granddaughter. The storing of bee equipment is no small issue.

Klaus had determined the best way to keep the beautiful waxed frames which the bees had made, safe from invasion by moth’s  or ants ,was to store them in our Jeep. The moth’s and ants could easily find ways into the “bumble bee trailer” and so our Jeep became a moving storage facility.
Any passenger in the Jeep was in peril from flying supers or other miscellaneous things which all shuttled around the back of the Jeep in “safe keeping”. Now the new, well sealed storage shed will hold everything in one place. It also forms an excellent wind-barrier to block the cold north and northeasterly wind storms from hitting the hives in the Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary. Clearly, this life of being a keeper of bees calls for Attention to details at all times:-}

All the hives have survived the winter months once again, and because of the number of hives , this year we will be able to offer to sell small hives to our new and former students. In the next blog we will be discussing ethical Guide Lines for purchasing honey bees. When you are starting out as a new keeper of bees you are met with the whole world of big business and bees as the commodity. This industrialized system in the
business of beekeeping has evolved over the last one hundred and twenty years and so
most books you will read, systems and equipment you will buy and practices you will see, are all based on such a honey-factory-paradigm in beekeeping, and so it is not easy to discern what is natural and ethical and ecological.
All of this and more we will discuss with you next time.

We will be selling the Sanctuary’s surplus biodynamic honey at the Annapolis Royal Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Victoria Day Weekend. Hope to See you there.
Happy Spring!

Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop 2017

BELLO UCCELLO HONEY BEE SANCTUARY is holding a gathering of interested  people in learning and experiencing the World of the Honey Bee from a Biodynamic-Natural Beekeeping perspective.  For two days, in this workshop,  we  will explore the world of the honey bee and the hive and the Bees are your Teachers and we are your guides.  This is an intense two days of learning in the classroom and experiencing hands-on the hive and the bees.  The class fills quickly and so let us know your interest as soon as you can.


June 10th and 11th, 2017               Plympton Nova Scotia

Price:  $265.00 for 2 days and all organic coffee breaks with snacks

For further details email:



HOW TO OF Wrapping a Hive for Winter


This hive is  ready and waiting to be wrapped. Notice the entrance reducer is at it’s smallest size and the landing board has been removed.It is December 3rd and the weather is cold enough now.

Order of  the Hive-Being’s Architectural Structure :

Hive Stand 10″ high, Screened Bottom  Board, Slotted Bottom Board , Supers 1,2,3, , Drone cafe (modified inner cover) and finally the roof. Wrapping here in Nova Scotia happens normally  in the first week of December. It is always best to wait till the bees form into a cluster and the outside temperature hovers close to the 0 degree mark.




The first thing to do is to put a small finishing nail in the center  of the entrance as a mouse guard. This was done already in late October while the bees are still flying  since we do not wish to lock in a mouse  accidentally into the hive. As long as the bees are still flying, any rodent that thinks this location would be a good one for the winter,  will be quickly driven out .




Drone Cafe has been filled with organic straw, preferably with Biodynamic rye straw, otherwise get either rye or any other straw from an organic source to avoid any “treated version”. The rye straw has qualities that are beneficial for the interior environment of the Hive Being. The straw will wick away also all excess moisture.




Next the actual wrapping of the hive . I use roofing felt and wrap the hive once around all sides. The black felt with absorb the sun on the South side.  It also is moisture proof.




Use staples all around to make sure no gaps are left, since the bees are always naturally inclined to investigate everything around their hive and by doing so they cannot  get stuck in cracks. Also, as soon as you have completed this step then immediately  cut out the bottom and upper entrances .




As you have cut them out staple again all around so no cracks remain. (As you can see the wrapping gets recycled over several years.)




This is the outer wrapping that goes on 3 sides of the hive, leaving the south side exposed to the sun so that the heat can be transferred  into the hive. This wrapping is 1′ thick and is the equivalent of a 5′ thick wooden structure. I have in the past tried many other versions of wrapping but this is the final one for now that seems to do all what I want for the hive .  It shields the hive from  the wind and gives an insulation which keeps the cold away,while   still  allowing some sun to get to the hive on the South side which is not covered with the green guard.  This also assures me that  I have not created a box that seals everything in  possibly creating a tomb of condensation for the bees  or an ice box if the South side was not left with just the black tar paper to absorb the sun to heat the hive..





Just a picture of the back side of the wrapping showing it” hinged together” with tape.




The entire green guard shield is held  tight to the hive  by one ratched  strap






Finally because of where I live the whole hive structure is strapped one more time from top to bottom, creating a xmas package look to the hive.   The strap and the stones create extra weight on the roof. This assures the survival of the hive Being should the hive structure be blown over in a big storm. This way the hive will not break apart should it fall and therefore most likely will survive. And believe me I had to learn this the hard way.




Samples of entrance protection  covers that will keep out direct wind intrusion




Same as above




Porches attached




And don’t forget to open the upper entrance when you are all finished. Don’t keep your nose too close though  because by now the bees will be ready to investigate the outside as soon as you open it because of all the noise you have created while you were wrapping.

Biodynamic Winterizing of the Hives- notes

All actions taken around a hive should be considered for the good health and overall Vitality of the colony.   Whether you  start  your bee-journey with a “nucleus Colony” (we are not the only society of Beings which go forth as Colonists to a New World:-} } or an established Hive Being; at the end of the season they should be left with ample stores of honey and pollen .  This one decision of treating the Hive with an Abundance of properly located food stores within the Hive is an Important one.  The Hive Being should  also have a big enough population of bees and brood to form a critical life force to survive the winter months. In the Autumn the inspection of the hive should have ensured that the parasite infestation such as  varroah mites is  at a low enough level that the Hive Being can  survive a possible harsh and prolonged winter, such as it can be here In Nova Scotia on St. Mary’s Bay .  Biodynamic beekeeping requires that proactive Observation and possible life-enhancing-treatments for such imbalances within the hive are dealt with regularly as the situation dictates.  Bombarding a hive in the Autumn with fumigation of oxalic or formic acid, or with toxic chemicals is Not what we do here at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary.

So in a funny way it is not the action of wrapping a hive in the beginning of December, that assures the survival of the Bee-Being but rather all decisions and subsequent actions taken during the active part of the whole season .

Let us assume that your colony at the beginning of September is at a stage where you either reduced it to no more than 3 large hive bodies or you are still waiting for some autumn honey flow to finish some frames in a 4th super that will be taken off shortly.
In our sanctuary, where the older Bee Beings expand to the 5th and sometimes to the 6th large super, this can happen easily and frequently I will leave some frames in the 4th super to be finished off on top of the 3 main boxes, that the bees will go into the winter with. Usually not a full super but rather a few frames with spacer frames to fill the 4th super temporarily.

Having just made this statement, I will have taken action long before the beginning of September, complementing the hives  in their own rhythms and helping them to be centered in the hive boxes. Naturally, consideration is given to the location of   their brood nest and their winter stores. All of this assures  that their access to honey and pollen is guarantied so we can  avoid  the totally preventable loss of a colony . Many a Hive Being has   starved needlessly  to death despite  honey and pollen being stored in the combs due to this lack of attention to the above described order and placement of stores .  No one can predict what the Winter and Spring weather will be……..”an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” .

This loss of a Hive Being ,due to lack of proper location of food and brood , can happen when a cold spell occurs in mid -winter.   The bees cannot brake their cluster to get to the honey that is just below or 2 frames over from their current position in the hive.
So  what  do we do  in our sanctuary? Naturally action is  depending upon every Bee Beings personality, as some will need more help than others and some of our colonies do not need any help at all because of how they have organized their own body for the winter. These Bee Beings have genetically gained back their “memory of Beingness”  and found their Freedom.  Each Human Being is also trying to Remember our full Blueprint of Being a Free Human Being.

Since we do Not use Queen excluders, sometimes the brood nest can be through several hive boxes like a chimney and at other times the queen can get “stuck” let’s say in the 4th and 5th box while the bees have filled honey below their current nest position.
So by mid August I usually “reorganize” the hive bodies if necessary. The reason for choosing to do this during August is simply because of the warmer outside temperature that will minimize the stress for the Bee Being, rather than waiting  one month later when this activity could be much more dramatic for the hive,  depending on the weather patterns .

Whenever this work is done the main honey- flow- surplus honey has been taken off already and the supers reduced, which will make this much faster for each hive.
Since you will  have done this work not very long ago and you would have written down all details observed  in your notes for every hive ; you will have a somewhat realistic picture of what you can expect to see before you open a hive.  This  is a very good practice because you can form mentally a strategy how to go about doing this “reorganizing” if necessary and be prepared with supplies to do so..


1. As you go through the hive remove all empty frames and all partially started frames.

2. Locate the main brood nest and put it as the first super back on the hive stand. The brood nest should be 5 to 6 frames in the center with the rest of the frames filled with honey and pollen capped on either side to make up the 10 frames.

3. The second super to go on next should contain all the remaining brood again centered with say 3 frames capped or partially capped honey on the sides.( If your hive is rather small or a young hive this second box should fill up to about 8 capped  of honey and the rest of the brood all down below)

4. In our sanctuary all Hive Beings go into the winter with 3 hive boxes whereby the last box is full with honey only capped or partially capped at this point, but will be capped a couple weeks later. With this arrangement I never have to think about feeding, even if the winter last till the end of April beginning of May. (Sometimes later swarms will be only 2 boxes high going into the winter but will have plenty of food.)
5.Depending on where you live, you may have a good autumn honey flow and in such a case once your main three boxes are well organized and almost ready for the winter, you could still have a 4th super on with frames that are partially full or full ones that need to be capped yet. (But be careful and be aware of the tendency of your individual Hive Beings, especially the ones that tend to make more brood than honey, in such a case I would not give them more space above the 3rd but rather have them fill the empty brood cells with honey to boost their food reserves.)

6.Should you be a new keeper of  bees and you are still not quite sure how to organize a hive down to a maximum of 3 large hive boxes, resist the notion of leaving more food  above the 3rd super. The problem with this is not the extra food  but rather the extra space created, which will make it more difficult for the hive being to maintain  proper temperature . Heat rises up and in this case to far away from the brood nest. Get another keeper of bees with more experience to help you in such a case.



Winter white, the bee hives wrapped up like christmas packages
and a quietness once again falls onto the honey bee sanctuary.
It is indeed winter here in Nova Scotia and the bee hives are all, one more time,
forming their rotating cosmic globe inside of their hive and enjoying the radiance of the their Queen’s light.

This week is a celebration, because Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary once again received for the third year in a row, its Biodynamic Certification from Demeter. This is one of the highest standard- of- food certifications in the world- its a big deal. Biodynamic farming and food has ethical, ecological and spiritual considerations given to every step in what is happening to produce  this healthy food. Our Honey Bee Sanctuary met all of the criteria of Demeter for certification long before we knew what those criteria were, so it was delightful to us when we applied and got our certification the first year, without having to wait the usual three years. This is because when you mindfully bring heartfelt and responsible Intention  to learning and interacting with any Life Beings of this earth, we believe Human Beings know inside of themselves the respectful and right thing to do. There was a time when we did not need certification labels because we were not yet severed from
the land and nature; but this is not the case today. Slowly all of us are learning to make Life Enhancing Choices for ourselves and our families and in so doing we are actively participating in helping to create new Spaces for more ethical and loving
solutions to manifest such as CSAs, biodynamic farms, biodynamic beekeeping,self-sustainable life styles, etc. It is this synergy of your Goodwill and the people ready to create new respectful and loving relationships with mankind and the earth that is indeed the Dance now happening everywhere on this earth. Thank you from the bees and us for your support in the infinite ways that your goodwill manifests.
The reason we go through this process of assessment every year by Demeter and pay the cost to do so, is because we want people to become aware of biodynamic beekeeping and what that really means. This is not “new” ; the principles involved go back thousands of
years, and like much happening these days, it is more a question of Remembering what we have forgotten. People read our label and ask “what does Demeter certified”mean or what is “biodynamic farming” and so the dialogues and the awareness grows with each conversation. With awareness comes empowerment to people to know they have choices , large and small, for entering into Life Respecting scenarios. Enough of those kind of choices by us all and we will wake up one day to a New Earth;—- one where Beauty and Love is the foundation of our daily Intentions.

One of the ways to help our friends, neighbours and customers become more aware of
the Ethical and Ecological and Spiritual issues involved in the provision of the food they eat was for us to have biodynamic certification through Demeter and to give workshops on Natural Beekeeping Based on Biodynamic Principles. As far as beekeeping goes, seeing this Demeter approval, definitely says the opposite of the “industrial – model honey bee factory” commodification-approach to keeping bees . If you wish to research more about Demeter Certification for Biodynamic Beekeeping please go to






beautiful frame of honey from sanctuary hive weighing 12 lbs


This summer has been a very busy and beautiful season at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary. The hives are still in a rhythm of expansion of their brood cycle and honey production  and therefore quite high and a new two super hive has 9 full frames of brood waiting to emerge into thousands and thousands of baby bees! In September
this is very unusual. The good news is that there is an abundance of nectar and pollen for the bees and so they will thrive. We notice that the goldenrod
is painting the fields and roadsides with its brilliant golden yellow presence and this food is a honey-bee-favourite.  The visitors to the sanctuary have been interesting and their comments and observations are always welcome. One visitor laid out on the grass her healing meditation Tibetan bowls and invited the music beings of the spheres to come and bee with the hives and the honey bees. How beautiful this special blessing was
to the Sanctuary and to the earth. She later reported that a jar of the bees honey is now in her healing room because of its high frequency for healing.

Labour Day Weekend we had six children and three adults come to visit the bees. What fun! In ten years of keeping the bees Klaus has been
stung many times but I have not been stung once……but all of that changed that day. We have wondered over the years that perhaps I might be allergic to bee stings because even a black fly bite causes quite a reaction in my body. At the time of this “event” Klaus and a friend were blissfully opening a hive with 80,000 bees flying around them as they were doing an inspection .. Some guard bees were flying the circumference of the Sanctuary and the children were doing ok but the adults were definitely being singled out to buzz off so-to-speak.. This behaviour is usual this time of the year and sometimes the bees even land on me and then fly away.

. But this day I had my long hair clipped up in the back and the bee got caught inside the web of hundreds of blonde strands and instead of seeking her escape in an outwards direction she went deeper into the hair . Good heavens, first she was just humming, but once she got herself trapped the song became more an angry sound of fear. Please picture that six little children were all looking on with big eyes and considering the
whole purpose of the visit was to show the loving nature of the honey bees and no reason to fear; I was very aware that going crazy would be
totally unloving and irresponsible on my part and so I tried to keep my cool. Meantime the inevitable piercing with a bee stinger was becoming more and more
immanent. I continued to try and open up my hair to let the bee out but this only pushed her about and when I heard her last warning sound I knew I was about to be stung in the middle of the back of my head! Strangely enough the sting was
not painful, but the question became what to do to help myself. Now if this was someone else who had been stung, we would have confidently
started to apply all that we know about helping people with a bee sting. We have homeopathic apis mellifera  medicine, creepy chemical antihistamine liquid
(which in a recent study relates such medicines to causing dementia) and for the worst case scenarios, we have an epi pen on the ready at all times. We also
have Young Living essential oils like lavender to help with the swelling and itching and we are well practiced in doing tapping which is very helpful for someone with a sting. What did I do—-called for Klaus who could not hear a thing; – opened my purse and poured many drops of lavender essential oil on the sting area, which was probably forty-thousand lavender flowers in concentrate, and drank two capfuls of that horrible chemical histamine. Luckily the swelling was not too bad and there was no pain.
Twenty minutes later we all were at the Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse eating large homemade molasses ginger cookies and the children were dipping feet into the
salty water.

I did not think of tapping until late that day and ice also seemed to be something which dawned on me only several hours later.
So as a result of this little drama I have studied up on what happens to the body when you get a bee sting. This description is brief and very helpful. Our
friend shared this with us shortly after the “event” and it was lucky that she actually was reading the book ” Robbing the Bees” by Holley Bishop where this information was found. (This book has some interesting info about the bees which the person researched; however her buying into the GMO agenda as something life enhancing shows the obvious lack of consciousness )

“The stinging mechanism takes thirty to sixty seconds to unload ….poison. Up to half the dose is comprised of a toxic protein called melittin, which bursts blood vessels and damages tissue. Melittin’s purpose is, quite simply, to hurt. A hit of it also encourages the body to release histamines, which defend against the venom and in the process produce itching, redness and dramatic swelling. …As the melittin and histamines go to work, the flesh around the wound warms and rises to the painful burning welt …….
accompanied by aches and feverish chills as the body attempts to cope with the toxins and histamines. .
A mischievous team of enzymes called phospholipase A2 and hyaluronidase act as a sidekick to the melittin, aiding its painful rampage. They have an emollient effect, like water on a dry sponge, on the acids that hold tissues together, allowing the toxins greater, freer and more painful spread into the flesh. Bee venom also deliverers….dopamine and norephinephrine, neurotransmitters that accentuate fear and excitement and make the sting unforgettable. The final elegant efficiency of the sting is the alarm pheromones it releases. ” (Pages l44, l45 ‘Robbing the Bees’ by Bishop). We have much more detailed descriptions of the biological reactions of the body to bee stings but this one is closest to my experience of a bee sting.

The next thing I have done is to make a list to be kept in the Bumble Bee trailer by the sanctuary, and in each vehicle, so the combination of shock and
clear thinking do not have to play a major role in dealing with the sting, should I ever get one again.


1. TRY TO REMOVE THE STINGER IMMEDIATELY. This you do by scrapping the skin where the stinger is lodged sideways. You can push the stinger out this way.. There is a small suction pen you can purchase which helps to remove the stinger and some of the venom. Warning: if you pull the stinger out you will push the rest of
the venom in the stinger into your body. Not a good idea.

2. CHECK TO SEE IF BREATHING IS OK AND NO SWELLING IN THE THROAT AREA. If breathing is difficult and/or the throat feels swollen or difficulty in swallowing,
one is to use the epi pen at once and take some antihistamine  and proceed immediately to outpatients at the nearest hospital.

3. DO TAPPING PROCEDURE IMMEDIATELY. This is a Bodytalk procedure and we use it for many applications for health and happiness of the body. It is very effective and here is a video to show you how to do this:

The Cortices tapping technic is explained by the founder of Bodytalk, Dr. John Veltheim.
When you get stung by a bee, do this technic three times: First as described, then you focus on the sting and do the procedure again, afterwards you do the technic for a third time not focusing on the sting.

3. ICE . Monitor your body’s reaction to the sting and place ice or a frozen bag of peas on the stung area. Leave for 5 minutes and then remove. You can do this
every hour or so to help lower the swelling.

4. USE  ORGANIC 100% THERAPEUTIC ESSENTIAL OILS and apply topically to the sting-area. Lavender is excellent and Tea Tree and Peppermint. Use only a drop with each
application. My swelling was held to a minimum and there was no pain. The soreness lasted for two days but only when I put pressure on the area. I used the lavender only once and it worked that well.

(If you want edible therapeutic essential oils from Young Living at wholesale cost, contact us and we can open an account for you or sell directly to you the oils you wish to have.  These are the essences which we use for the honey bees and what is good for the bee is good for me).

5. ANTIHISTAMINES will help prevent itching and the histamines from causing painful swelling. Naturally you need to recognize that you are introducing
another form of “chemistry” into your body which has consequences as much as the venom does but in other ways. I also chewed some Plantain growing
in the grass and put it on the sting and it did relieve the itching .

6.DRINK WATER to help the body flush out unwanted substances. Relax and apply lavender the next day if itching is still happening.

(this is not Medical Advice but rather practical advice for home first aid. This list is from our own experiences, where Klaus was a trained paramedic
in Austria and opinions from books we have read. It is not medical advice for there are many people with many special conditions where only their doctors can give advice for a sting)

The conclusion to this little drama at the sanctuary is that I was very lucky to have received the sting. After having some dental work I went to the osteopath
to make sure everything was aligned in the jaw and my subtle body movements were moving and not frozen in place. Sometimes one has to go a second time
and I felt my ears and jaw not quite right after a month after the treatment and was planning to go again. However I noticed within two hours of the sting that the
jaw was loose and aligned and the ears were just fine. My body was balanced and flowing as is natural with a healthy body. So Thank You to the Bee for helping me
and who had to die  after stinging me. In the rejoining of the Biosphere and the Human Being the relationships revealed are deep and symbiotic
and always their great mystery brings Love and inspirations of great Joy to my Beingness. The honey bee and the hive are always consistent
in one thing ——they hold and reveal the great Genesis Blueprint of Life for humanity until we can Remember fully the Beauty of Creation and ourselves.

Also I must close  with a note of grateful relief that I found out I was not allergic to bee stings!


Screened Bottom Board TRANSFORMED

Early in the morning Klaus and our one and half year old granddaughter go and visit the bees to see if all is well.  It was quite surprising when her mum and I came back from our walk and she was singing her own original tune–  Bees, Bees, Buzz , Bees, Bees, Buzz”!  Children are so connected to nature that it makes one think how many ways can we help them experience this important connection; especially when there is a concerted effort to have children sitting in a classroom as early an age  as possible to “learn the system” they are to perform under. The expansion of our children’s destinies into creating a new earth that they are so capable of dreaming of from within their Beings, is solidly connected to that happening with the biosphere and all the beings that share this Space.   Thank goodness there are many parents taking back the  sharing of the great adventure of Life  through homeschooling, Forest Schools, Nature and Science Schools, Waldorf Schools and many other wonderful approaches which keep our families and their children connected to this beautiful Earth and their Heart Centers. It is with this thought we all can relax a bit and know that there is a future of joy and peace possible ……..with bees enhancing our landscapes and babies bringing the stars and sun to shine upon that landscape.


As we have mentioned in several blogs about the ley lines which the bees are so connected with, we have made adjustments of the location of the hive boxes to the intersection of ley lines so the bees can enjoy the great Life Forces which the earth provides on such locations.  The next step was to get rid of the “metal” in the screened bottom boards. There were two reasons to do this; one because Demeter certification requires “NO’ metal in the hives and the most important reason, the metal screening on the bottom boards block the energetic forces which the bees would benefit from the earth.  So after trying out several very  strange and unsuccessful materials to make the bottom board screens, we have come up with this version which works well and which the bees accepted.  Since the bees have now given their approval and are happy with this design, we wish to share it with you also.  Our inspiration for this design came from the English beekeeper who wrote the book on Bees and Ley Lines (previous blog).


Modified Screened Bottom Board (MSBB)

Pine boards 7/8 thick by 15 1/2” by 20″glued together and marked for the slots to be cut, with the side rails showing



Measurements for slots from right to left with the back end of the MSBB showing




Measurements for the rails all cut to a depth of 3/8″, whereby 3/4″ represents the top and

the width between the two measurments of 3/8″ and 1/4* is according to the thickness of the material you are going to use for the drawer.



Slots cut



Slots routed so that the slots form a funnel shape to catch more of the falling mites



Side rails glued, back filled in with a 3/4″x3/4″ piece of pine and drawer fitted with recycled plywood and  a scrap piece of wood for a landing platform



MSBB side by side with the drawer assembly



MSBB up side down with the drawer assembly installed




Community Involvement in Catching a Swarm


The bees are now living in five story high-rises and the honey season is in full flower! Several nucs are sitting in the sanctuary and all  of them have a mated Queen who is laying eggs now. The noble pear tree in the Sanctuary has hosted three swarms so far this week and Klaus is being kept busy attending to these new manifestations of life – day and night:-} The swarms which come from our bees are easily recognizable due to their
regressed size. After a swarm, it is advisable to check the hives where you have seen Queen cells and this will tell you if they have come from your hives. OBSERVATION – above all the skills which we need to develop as keepers of bees, learning to Observe the nature and rhythms of the Hive and the life cycle of the honey bee is the most important one.

Here at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary each Hive has a name and her nucs usually reflect the “family” name, for example from the Paul Hive we have “Paulette”, “Paulina” etc and this helps us easily recognize the family traits and be more aware of the nature of the hives. We keep written  Records.
Every new keeper of bees will confirm this phenomena – you are all dressed up and ready to go to the hives and when you get there your brain goes into mush  and you look at the hives and become somewhat mesmerized. First we thought this
was from lack of experience but now we know the Frequency of the Hives is high and it actually has an effect on the Human Body. After years of thinking this was just a mistake, or a coincidence, or forgetfulness; we can assure all you keepers of bees who are
approaching the hives as a Guardian of the Honey Bee, you are not loosing your memory or losing some IQ points — no, you
are EXPERIENCING a new SPACE where the left brain is subdued into its serviceship to the right brain and “Dancing with the Hive” rather than “Managing the Hive” becomes a transformative exercise. Be patient with yourself and to help with the situation, draw up a list of things you need to do at the hives and what you need to Observe externally and internally. Check each of these things on your list each time and you will soon find you have trained yourself as a lst class Observer, not just of the bee hive but maybe of life too:-}

Contemplate on the idea that perhaps by approaching the Hive as an Observer who basis his actions on  feelings, intuition,questions  and knowing with the creative right side of the brain and uses the left side of the brain’s organizational skills, as backup,  might actually be an exercise in helping us find the Balance of Life.  Our New Earth, that all people of Good Will  are helping to co-create at this moment  , requires us Human Beings to learn to trust the right creative side of the brain and let the left side of the brain that has been over stimulated in control mantras to the point
it thinks control and domination and a world of losers and winners is normal, will be able to heal. There is a reason that the Pharaoh of Egypt was the Beekeeper, that the Mystery Schools holding ancient teachings of Wisdom used the Bee as their
symbol, that the Knights Templar had the “Queen Bee” symbol (the fleur de lis is the Queen of the Sun upside down} and the reason
is simply put —that Observation of the Hive and the Honey Bee holds the blueprint for all of Creation. So we encourage nature lovers
and keepers of bees to Keep Records of your Observations and take a list to the hives each time to help you remember to take time to Observe.





Summer is yummy and this year we can say it is truly an amazing year for the honey bees at the sanctuary. Not only did all of the hives survive the mild winter with good health and happiness but they were really ready for the nectar season to begin.
This very strong life force which the biosphere and the cosmos is radiating forth is not only for the honey bees to be strong and healthy but also for Human Beings.

Before our yearly  beekeeping courses began we had three friends of ours join us at the honey bee sanctuary to meet the bees. They are triplets and three years old. You can see the little boy has his hands on his hips and surveying the whole situation —-his questions were real ones and perhaps in a couple of years Klaus will have a small apprentice to help with the bees. Notice the lack of concern about the bees flying around them – they were fearless and totally in the present moment of  the discovery of Life.
The lesson from the Sanctuary this time is from the baby-bee-triplets who are Love Beings too – – – Nature is a safe place —-Bees like children—–Get up close and person about looking at the miracle of nature and Ask lots, and lots and lots of Questions——–experience your inheritance of this sacred earth with inquisitiveness and joy. Celebrate nature and the Song of Summer!
‘But perhaps the Mystic Honey Doctrine The Principal Upanishads, translated and edited by Swami Nikhilananda (1963)explains it more simply:
“This earth is the honey of all beings and all beings are the honey of this earth.” Mystic Honey Doctrine

“This sun is the honey of all beings and all beings are the honey of this sun.”

BEE POLLEN: unethical food substitute


Fog is holding the sweet smell of the apple blossoms which hang in full bloom all along the cliffs of the bay. Somehow an etherial Mt Fuji has
presented itself for contemplation at the “head-of-the-tide”. Trees have dressed themselves completely in variations of green and the bees have already discovered the hanging flowers of the maple trees. This is early summer at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary.

Last winter was very mild and the bees came out of the hives in March in great numbers. Every hive had a healthy life force with no signs of disease. It is such a wonderful feeling to see them emerge from their hive and go straight to work gathering the
pollen which is so essential for their new brood and expansion of the hive. We did give them extra insulation to the North for the winter months, but we believe the positioning of every hive body on the intersection of ley lines was one of the most helpful ingredients in helping the bees survive the winter months. Naturally
leaving 150 lbs of honey and pollen per hive, not exposing the bees nor the hive to poisons and chemicals , respecting the rhythmic natural cycles
of the hive in our working with the bees and keeping electric magnetic pollution from the hives as much as possible ,all contribute to
the result of happy bees floating up into the air and coming back with pockets full of multi-colored pollen.

Recently a person, concerned about the honey bees, wrote an email inquiring into the ethics of buying bee pollen. How wonderful that people are becoming more and more aware of ” the big picture ” of food these days and considering the ethical,
ecological and spiritual issues and responsibilities surrounding their involvement in their day to day actions of living life -for example, buying honey or pollen or royal jelly. In a previous article on this blog we wrote about the vegan requirements for ethical
honey. Now we shall address the fact that there is no such thing as “ethical” pollen. And even worse is the taking of “royal jelly”……simply put, it is a crime against nature .


Bee drumming-17

Pollen are first found in the alders in the early spring and it is a timely protein provision for feeding the baby bees who have been newly birthed in the hive and for feeding all the bees in the hive as they wait for the right warm temperatures to leave it for gathering.. The nectar from the dandelion and other early plants is also gathered and turned into honey by the bees, to provide the hive with carbohydrates.
When the great bounty of blossoms appear in early summer it is known as “high season” for the bees and there is so much pollen and nectar available from all of the blossoming trees and flowers that it is now the bees Expansion of the Hive cycle. The pollens come in varying colours from bright yellows and oranges to greens and whites. The bees return to the hive with back- pouches full of pollen. When you observe a hive you can easily see these pollen on the bees back legs. The bees make Bee Bread from pollen and fermented honey which they feed to the baby bees when they are around four days old. . All bees of the Hive depend upon Pollen and especially the brood.

Pollen is stored for future survival of the hive.

QUESTION: Why can’t a pollen trap be placed in the entrance to the hive to take some of the extra pollen from the bees;, after all we take the “extra” honey?

The pollen is a very important protein food to the bees and without protein the bees will die. There is ethically no acceptable “substitute” for natural pollen gathered by
the bees in nature, no matter what product some company is flogging. GMO soya “pollen” patties, or any other pollen substitute  products offered on the market are Not Pollen. Some of these “products” say they have a small percentage of natural pollen in them, but they are not True 100% natural pollen which the bees need .  No more than most of the food at the supermarket today is  real natural food but rather it is  only “chemically produced edible product” of GMO corn or soya, HFCS and other chemical concoctions; but not truly natural food with great life forces to nurture our children or ourselves. What we do to the bees we do to ourselves.   Unlike the nectar substitute which we can make from stored honey supplies from our own bees and herbals and Young Living organic essences of plants, to help the bees when there is a dirth of nectar from the plants; pollen needs to be solely sourced by the bees directly from nature.

If we have frames with so much pollen in them that the bees need room to store honey and raise brood in that space within the hive, we remove this pollen- laden- frame and freeze it. When food is short for the bees, or a young nucleus colony  or swarm requires instant protein,  the pollen frames go back into those  hives for the bees to be nurtured.

QUESTION: I wish to have pollen for my overall health and so is there any ethical source for pollen?

No and Yes.  There is no ethical source of bee pollen for a “consumer product” which has been gathered with pollen traps at the entrance to the bee hives
and then bottled for sale as a supplement. But organic raw unfiltered Honey has pollen in it, as well as propolis, which is nature’s anti-biotic.
Find someone who is selling RAW, UNFILTERED, BIODYNAMIC,or ORGANIC HONEY and you have an ethical source of pollen in the honey.

Remember that the pollen in the stores has usually  come from  commercial honey-factory-farms which have used many chemicals and poisons  inside and outside the hive and they are found in the wax, honey,pollen  and bodies of the bees. It does not make sense to take such a by-product of that paradigm of chemical farming and consume it for your health.  Illogical.

QUESTION: In places where there is no winter, they can have a continual source of pollen coming all year long. Is it ethical to buy these pollen?

The Hive is not a Commodity Factory, regardless of what practices have evolved due to our momentary evolutionary drop into mechanistic thinking. This lapse in our Higher Consciousness is passing and Human Beings are gaining their Freedom to think with their Hearts , which by the way, has 500 times more electro-magnetic energy than the brain. Just like the Bees have their Bee Space it is up to us all to make the little decisions in our day- to- day life to Create new Spaces  to Dream new dreams about the world we wish to live in.
The majority of Human Beings are bored with “stuff” and with being enslaved, unhappy consumers and the shift to creating new Spaces for a new earth sometimes is as
easy as asking the right questions and choosing to live as harmlessly as possible a creative and happy life. New Spaces for a new earth – lots of
places to look up such discussions on this shift . Everyone’s Heart already knows its own destiny and if you see clearly the issues involved in commodifying a loving and serving-of-humanity -and the- earth living organism, such as the Bee and the Hive, into a Mechanistic Factory for mono-cultured pollination services, trapped pollen supply, honey taken and high fructose corn syrup sugar substitutes given for the bees to eat instead of their honey, propolis removal for bottling
and Queens raised and killed to extract royal jelly, then you can apply what you now See to the paradigm in which you live. Choices –
we change the world to a better place by recognizing we have choices, one Human Being at a time.


biodynamic beekeeping course 2016

Spring is definitely here in Nova Scotia and once again we will be offering two Natural Beekeeping Workshops based on Biodynamic Principles on June 11th and 12th or June 14th and June 15th.



Bello Uccello Honeybee Sanctuary, a Demeter certified biodynamic honey bee
sanctuary, will be holding it’s ninth Natural Beginners Beekeeping Workshops based on
Biodynamic Principles on

Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th or on Tuesday,
June l4th and Wednesday June l5th, 2016.

The course is two full days and only two courses are held per year with a limited registration of participants. They fill up quickly.
Klaus Langpohl, an experienced, certified biodynamic beekeeper, will be your Guide
as he shares with you, one-on-one, the Amazing Life of the Honey Bee, inside and
outside of the Hive . The Bees and the Hive will be your Teacher. The workshop is
designed to prepare you for your journey to become a Natural Beekeeper based on
biodynamic principles. This is an intensive l5 hours of classroom and outdoor, hands-on
experiences. In a small class setting you will learn about the world of the Queen of the
Sun and you will:
– learn about the science of the bee and the hive and the life cycle of the bee
– discover how to take care of the bees without chemicals,
– gain hands on experiences with the hives,gaining confidence in approaching,
observing and working with the hive throughout the season  and learning about the equipment and assembly of a hive
– practice the art of inspecting the hive and Seeing what to look for as a natural
– learn about the pests and diseases which threaten the bees and natural solutions to
these challenges
– discover the calendar of beekeeping as a biodynamic beekeeper and view the natural
world relationships which influence the honey bee
– meet others in a small class setting who are also environmentally conscious and place
a high value on organic/biodynamic food quality
– learn how to regress the size of the honey cell back to its original mite resistant size
– discover how to locate a hive on your property


We would appreciate your forwarding this notice to other friends of the honey bee whom you think would be interested in becoming a Natural Beekeeper.  We and the Bees thank you .

Nectar – Soul Essence of Flowers & Trees

Greetings from Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary and the very healthy honey bees buzzing around the hives today.  Our glasshouse was almost 100 degrees and windows had to be opened to deal with the heat of the sun on this February day.  Every hive is buzzing and doing cleansing flights.  All is well in the sanctuary this winter.  We are preparing for our courses for June and we are accepting requests for information on them now.



Flowers of last summer were abundant.

Sometimes sitting back and contemplating on not just the details but also attempting to see the Big Picture is worthy of consideration. There were so many strange things happening in Nature last summer that we waited until we heard from many of the local beekeepers before we came to any hasty conclusions about what all of this might mean.

Our summer was beautiful, one could say “idyllic” and the foggy mists from St Mary’s Bay moistened the shoreline and the fields in the morning and the
wonderful mists of the evening also gave droplets of the essence of life to all of the wild flowers, trees and the bees. It was the first “high season” of the year
for the honey bees. The flowers were in abundance, the sun radiated forth its life-giving nourishment and we awaited the signs from the bees to give additional Space for their anticipated expansion of their Hive. Long before mankind was involved in the bees rhythmic cycle during the “honey flow period” of the Year, this expansion cycle was happening for the honey bee and the hive. But……this year something changed.

Because our relationship with the bees is one where we are observing a lot and trying to learn more about them and what they have to teach us about symbiotic relationships in nature and with Life itself; we noticed that the activity of the hive was very “internal” and that not much was happening externally. This is at a time where the bees are usually flying from the first sign of the rising sun in the morning to the last sign of the setting sun in the evening. We knew something was amiss, but logically nothing could be wrong. Finally we opened up a hive and there were the bees in the thousands and they were creating lots of brood throughout the hive and consuming the small honey stores which they had been left from the Spring. The bees were not gathering enough nectar to fill the cells in the hive to keep the Queen laying in an orderly pattern . No nectar to fill the spaces equals the Queen laying many more eggs, which will also require much more honey, which just was not there! The bees were actually on their way to starvation. Every hive had the same story to tell. So we immediately went to the deep freezer and brought out the honey of theirs which we freeze for emergencies and started feeding every hive. Now here is the funny thing – the bees were eating the honey and feeding the honey to the increasing number of baby bees but their rhythm of flying off and gathering the nectar from the plants was not really happening. How odd…………………..The Rhythm of the bees in the Hive had been disturbed by the lack of nectar in the flowers and plants. We needed to help bring back the Rhythm again. The pure honey was not doing it. It was keeping them alive and they were making brood but the Rhythm was way out of balance. Honey is not the same as Nectar to the honey bee. It became obvious to us that what the bees needed was Nectar and not honey. When they have the Nectar they will fill that watery substance in the empty cells in the hive and that will stop the overproduction of the brood and leave the bees to make the honey from the nectar and the natural ancient Rhythms and life cycles of the Hive will be Restored.


Last summers bounty was amazing.  Lots of pollen but no nectar.

So we resorted to creating Steiner’s Bee Tea with honey rather than sugar as the substitute for the natural nectar, along with the flower essences.

1 liter water
2 kilos organic white cane sugar (at least make sure your sugar is non-GMO)
10% of the sugar for this recipe should be honey or even a higher ratio if possible. We use only honey from our freezer now.
1/2 cup of strong chamomile tea or 1 drop of Young Living or doTerra edible Chamomile Essential Oil
3 drops of Young Living or do Terra edible Lemon Oil
1 drop of Young Living or doTerra edible Lemongrass Oil
1 drop of Young Living or doTerra edible Spearmint Oil
one small pinch of grey sea salt
Dissolve the sugar and honey into the water with the grey salt over a med high heat until the sugar is completely dissovled into the liquid
The syrup must never boil or bubble, but must be hot enough to thoroughly integrate the crystals into the water. After removing from the heat, you
can wait 20 minutes and then add the rest of the ingredients.. When the liquid completely cools it will not crystallize but be a clear liquid. It should not have crystal formations in it.

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The honey we had plenty of, but to obtain the high quality of essences of lemongrass, lemon, chamomile and spearmint which were 100% pure, edible  and organic and which had no fillers in them was the challenge. The bees needed the Real thing. So once again the bees have given us a Life Enhancing Lesson which has benefited not only them but us and hopefully you too. We did not know that when you read a label which says 100% pure essential oil on a bottle of essential oil, the FDA requires only 5% of the contents to be the oil and the rest can be filler. The filler can be anything, including very inedible and sometimes toxic substances to our bodies and the bees bodies also. The bees needed a therapeutic , edible , organic quality of essential oils and we found them. There were two very popular companies which sold them – doTerra and Young Living. Holding our noses because of the multi-level marketing structure which one jumps through to obtain the oils, we entered 100% into the Dance with Essences .The oils had life” frequencies” which were so strong we knew the bees would be truly nourished with them  and now these essences, which are the “soul of the plant”, are also part of our daily life.  The frequencies of the oils are just what we needed and this is a journey we recommend highly for the happiness and well-beingness of your quality of life at this time on the planet. …. and once again it is thanks to the honey bees that this citizen medicine revelation  has come into our life at this time.If you are interested is seeing what the essential oils can do for you, we recommend reading “Reference Guide for Essential Oils” by Connie and Alan Higley.  What an eye opener. This is the wisdom which has been lost for a long time and it is the book which we have been looking for for decades.


The bee tea was made, and within a few days the bees were back to business-as-usual and you could see that they were consuming the tea and starting to expand the hive with nectar and making honey from the nectar.. This took us through the period of no nectar in the plants. It was great when the next “honey flow ” came and the flowers actually had nectar this time. The bees were healthy, the hives were huge and life once again returned to the Rhythm of the sanctuary.

QUESTION: why no nectar in the plants ?

So what on earth happened? Now here is where it gets very interesting. The local small beekeepers started coming to us and talking about the same thing. Lots of pollen and lots of flowers but no nectar. This translated to them as less honey. Then came the letter from a scientist friend of ours in Ethiopia and the report on the bees there was that the flowers were plentiful but the nectar was very little. So one has to say whatever is going on looks a bit global in its nature.

So here is our Question:

With the amount of proof from out-of-the-closet scientists and thousands and thousands of people, like you and me, all reporting the same thing, one can at least put the Question: Does the spraying of chemicals from the geoengineering taking place so heavily in our skies have something to do with the drying up of the nectar? It was not a lack of moisture for the flowers, nor was there a lack of flowers. Who gave whomever- it- is which is poisoning our “Commonly Owned Atmosphere” the right to bring such a death-fed of aluminum, barium, strontium etc. into the sacred cycle of life on this planet, which we are all symbiotically living within. Why is there no one stopping this? Our soil and our rivers and even the sludge from our sewer systems are all indicating elevated numbers of these toxins when they are tested. Since our country and others have signed “treaties” with each other to not create weather and/or do this geoengineering in the other country’s skies, it seems logical that perhaps this is something happening in the” here and now” of our lives. Could this explain why the trees, the plants, the animals and the bees are suffering from the “application of geoengineering of our skies”—-as well as we human beings? . What can we do to have this stopped? Can the bees continue to live a “natural cycle” when the flowers and trees are having their life essence sucked  dry by the drying agents  sprayed from the air ?

As with all things it is good to see the government documentation where you can to confirm such questions; but also consider citizen science,which holds merit and is worthy of  consideration.  Since our skies continue to be geoengineered we worry about the future of the bee and again we will say – what happens to the bees is happening to us.  Their fate and ours will be the same.





Bee drumming-25It was great to have the Demeter inspector come to visit the honey bee sanctuary and sit with us to discuss the work which we are doing with the honey bees. Or should I say, the work the honey bees are doing with us:-}! Each one of
the Hives in the Sanctuary has its name and also a “biography” of a certain sort. Every observation we have of the hive is noted in a book for that hive and every action we do with the hive is also carefully recorded. When the hive swarms
we keep the “family records” in the new book for the new hive and also make note of the name of the swarm in its “mother’s hive” record book. These records are referred to often as we look at how we can help the bees thrive. For instance, this year we did “ashing of mites” and this is a biodynamic method of dynamising the ashes of varroa
mites and then on a date when the cosmic and earth influences are just right (and we use the Maria Thun Planting Calendar to know which day that  date is) we spray the inside of the hive with a homeopathic dilution of the ashes.
How to Do Biodynamic Ashing of the Hive for Varroa Mites

1. Collect the varroa mites located on your bottom board of the hives. You will need minimum of 50 mites , and the more the better.
Collect them in a glass jar for next years ashing.

2. Usually in the month of May, when the moon is in Taurus, the biodynamic ashing can take place. Please check your Maria Thun calendar to confirm the exact date.

3. Create a small wood fire in a tin  with very dry wood which produces embers which glow for a long time, like oak, birch,beech. Once the
embers are bright red and glowing and the fire has disappeared, empty the varroa mites from your jar onto the embers. Cover the
embers with a lid and leave . When you check the embers later there should be only ash in a light gray in colour and not black.

4. When everything in your container has cooled down, sift the ash into another bowl, through a sieve, which will remove the charcoal debris.


5. Place the ashes in a mortar which is made from glass, porcelain or stone. With a pestle, rhythmically in a clockwise and counter clockwise direction grind the ashes in the mortar for one hour. This process is the dynamising of the ashes and it provides you with the Base Substance.

6. This Base Substance can be applied in two ways to the hive:

1. Use the Base Substance, put into a shaker with a fine head and apply directly to the bees within the hive. You can sprinkle lightly over the frames
and the bees directly and this method is called Peppering.. We personally do not do this method due to the lack of volume of ashes required.

2. Or, using the Base Substance, create a homeopathic solution by potentising the ash with water which can then be sprayed lightly over the bees
and frames within the hive at the correct date.


Potentising is creating a homeopathic solution by diluting the Base Substance by the following process:

1. Put 9 parts of water into a glass, stone or clay container. Add 1 part of the Base Substance. (example: 9 tablespoons of water to 1 tablespoon of Base Substance )
This ratio can be made either by volume as previously noted or by weight.

2. Always start with the diluting matter, in our case water and add the Base Substance measurement to it.

3. With a wooden stir stick stir the mixture in a rhythmic motion creating a vortex (funnel shape) . Once the vortex has been created deep down in your container
you then reverse the direction you are stirring and create a vortex again in the other direction  and continue this rhythm clockwise and counterclock wise stirring for 3 minutes. We have now created D1.

4. This volume of D1 potency is now your measurement for the next step. The ratio now changes to 10 base solution to 90 water. You will need 90 times the volume of D1 potency in water volume.

5. Repeat Step 3. You now have created a D2 potency.

6. Now you continue to use the 10:90 ratio to create D3 and then D4. By now your containers are getting huge in volume and so at D4 we label the jar “D4 and the date”
and “Varroa Mite “. This will be our supply for years for making new potencies.

7. From now on we will go back to a 1 part to 9 part ratio of dilution (like in step 1) . Example 1 Tablespoon of D4 and 9 Tablespoon of Water and repeat the vortex
stirring for three minutes. This will create D5 and from D5 you will create D6 up to D8. D8 is the potency we are looking for. D8 is what is recommend in treating the honey bee hive for varroa mites.

8. Spray lightly the D8 onto the bees and the frames on the right day.

Now it is important to know that everything is about Life Enhancement and Respect for Life and Nothing is being Killed here. We as Human Beings
are created to manifest our lives and the work we do on this Earth  through our Heart Center and the nurturing Human Heart is  incapable of killing anything. We have no intent in killing the mites. This treatment is to create an influence within the hive where there is an interference with the natural reproductive cycle of the varroa mite. Our wish is that the mites no longer find the hive a suitable place for their life cycle. In Biodynamic Beekeeping our Intent is for balance and harmony and it is never to enter into the polarized- world- vision of a “justified war” on life. The Intent quite simply is to help the honey bees and their hive enjoy a place of health and happiness, in a harmonious environment. It is important to remember there is nothing natural about the varroa mite being a predator within the hive—- it was Mankind who created the situation where our greed for more and bigger brought us to create the supersized wax cells in the foundation of the hive . It is because of those unnaturally large sized cells within the hive that the predator, namely the varroa mite, is able to live. The cells in our hives are being Regressed in Size and that means that the varroa mite also finds
it a place where it no longer flourishes.
We still lightly spray the bees with EM for probiotic nourishment for their immune system and for mite control and we also still lightly dust the bees with organic white sugar which has been turned into powder in our Bullet. The cycle of the mite needs to
be kept in mind as one does these procedures and after you do this, you need to repeat the application within 21.days. These dates are all put into the records of each hive as reminders of actions which need to be carried out at a future date. You cannot
“wing it” with the bees, there are so many important pieces of information which are referred back to many times in one season.Naturally the notes also start to form a bigger picture of the supra-organism of the “hive” and it is at that level that true relationship
with the world of the honey bee Begins.



The Russian Swarm boxes, which we referred to in an earlier blog, are working out very well. We have had four swarms and three of them were not from our hives. They were visitors from elsewhere. However the one swarm from the “Paul hive,”
named after our friend in Bear River where Klaus rescued a hive from his very high chimney several years ago, is worthy of a comedy play.

Klaus saw the capped Queen cells in Paul a few days before the swarm happened and he knew he needed to inspect the hive very soon to see what was going on, because there seemed to be “less activity” at the hive for three days. We arrived at 10ish
at the sanctuary and within minutes a swarm of  bees, hiding in the   neighbouring field, came flying by the thousands towards the sanctuary. Unfortunately the neighbours were mowing and trimming grass and bushes and the noise from the machines  seemed to bother the swarm and so they all landed in the row of cherry trees along the sanctuary’s driveway, just above the hives. They rested only a few minutes and  then they took off down the Hwy 101 and Klaus went for the Jeep with the equipment for catching swarms ……and my appointed job was to follow the swarm. This is where all dignity was abandoned -I found myself in the center  of the swarm, running down the main highway with bees all around me. As  we ran together I shouted  a  warning to the dismayed pet owners coming out of the  local vets office, and ignored the surprised  faces of the folks having an ice cream cone in front of the local kwik way, as  I continued to run with the bees. They then did a 45 degree turn onto
a side road and after trespassing through three backyards I found myself at a woods edge where the bees seemed to have dove head-first out of site. By this time the “Jeep scout” was looking for me and he  braved the wood- thicket to find our wonderful, happy, regressed -sized-bee- friends,  sitting in a spruce tree 60 feet high!!!!!!! There was an old car graveyard next to this wood and after accepting that perhaps
Paul’s Rebirth of the Hive may have manifested as a new “Hippie Hive” living in a 1967 volkswagen bus, we said our goodbyes to the swarm and wished them well and left.

Honey bees finding a new home in the wild is something to celebrate and so we went to town and bought ourselves an ice cream to celebrate this amazing event of the Sanctuary. On the way home we drove up to the woods to look at the swarm one more time and they had already left. Perhaps that old orange coloured Volkswagen bus with Peace written on its side was a meant-to-bee for the bees……….being Love Beings and all. Two kilometers later, as we drove down our quarter-of-a-mile long lane, Klaus saw a black thing on the side of the honey house deck. By the time we were half way down the lane we both had wild, impossible Imaginations going through our heads. Finally passion got the best of Klaus and he stopped the Jeep and ran diagonally through the fields  towards the honey house. There they were —-Paul’s babies had found us! Klaus had left another two- super- bait box on the honey house deck and the bees which had left their original home located a couple of kilometers away, were now marching inside their new home very quickly. This hive became a three super hive within a week – the largest swarm yet.

So the moral of the story is – just let them go and if they wish they will find you!



June was a wonderful month at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary , with two groups of absolutely wonderful people coming together, at the Sanctuary, to learn more about the hive and the bees. The bees were their usual great Teachers, Klaus was their willing and learned guide and together we all formed a positive, enthusiastic “hive of friends of the bees”, prepared  to be counted as people ready  to discover a New Bee Culture based on an Ethical, Spiritual and Ecological approach .  What a privilege it is to meet other people who are ready, willing  and able to bring their life forces and Intent to learning about the honey bee  and growing their own experiences in their lives, from the lessons taught by  the honey bees; one of nature’s finest Ambassadors..

Isn’t it interesting that nature Never Lies (how noble  is that!) and it makes one wonder how we as sacred Human Beings have somehow found ourselves in a world where we, mostly unconsciously, participate in the enslaving, poisoning, exterminating,destroying,consuming and carrying out  innumerable other acts of “separated consciousness”on the Web of Life which supports our very existence on this beautiful planet?   The good news is that from our experiences lately we can see   there is a huge shift taking place at this time  in many arenas of life,  in the warm and loving Hearts and Imaginations of mankind    and every one of us can make the small choices in our daily life which supports those shifts and enlivens our lives with rich experiences and creative manifestations which all come from within ourselves.

The bees are Love Beings and you can feel their basic Song of Joy though-out  your whole body if you stop and listen.  The honey they make can only be full of amazing life enhancing properties and happiness because the source of the honey comes from a Place of Life , just as our Dreams of Joy for mankind Imagined from our Hearts also comes from such a Place of Life.  These thoughts are far from the transgenic agenda  encircling our lives like the Predator Agenda it is. .

The language which developed around beekeeping during the past century, is one of commercialization of the hive and the bee. In other words
the bees went from a symbiotic part of an agrarian way of life With us and an integral  Creative Beeing within the web- of- life in our earth’s landscape, to a controlled-
enslaved ‘manifestation’ within the Honey Factory. Thus is the plight of the honey bee today.

I could go on forever with the Addiction our culture has to commodifying  the “All of Life”, including Human Beings;, but there are strong hearted individuals  out there serving humanity by making that phenomena very clear – check out a Waldorf teacher, named  Cara St Louis and her  utubes.
What has happened to the bees is happening to us all, and it is when we look at the Big Picture happening to the web-of-life on this sacred planet  that we can feel and see the plight of the honey bee and the hive best……and also ourselves.

Bee the Change you wish to See.


The Sun is fully singing this morning in a clear blue sky, with very little wind and it is a Root Day on the Biodynamic Calendar – a very good day for a swarm. We are listening to see if we can hear the Song of the Sun that David Sereda has discovered and
says restructures water, including the water in our body. Well if “happiness” is a Song of the Sun then we hear it very well. Apparently
so can the bees because they arrived like clockwork at 10am to our Russian -designed Bait Hive by — Dr. Leo Sharashkin, Editor of “Keeping Bees With a Smile”.
To be part of the Rebirth of the Hive never gets “old”, it is so Beautiful and Life Enhancing to the Soul of both us and the Earth!
Following the information in Moon Time by Johanna Paungger we found an old plum tree on the property which sat exactly on the intersection of two geomagnetic lines and placed this Russian designed bait hive on top of the tree. This tree
is around 200 years old and we knew it had rotted completely out on the inside, but it was so beautiful to look at, even in its decaying state, that we had left a 10 foot high trunk of the tree standing and this is where we placed the bait hive.

This swarm was very large and they arrived like a long wave onto the trunk of the tree. It was amazing to watch the bees follow the many paths and contours in the old bark and flow up the trunk like sap in the Spring and into the box. As the bees were still arriving we called Dave and Lois, our special friends of the bees, and they arrived with cameras and excitement. It was truly a morning filled with Joy to witness this cosmic-earthly event. The sound was so soft and the bees were so peaceful that we felt a very special connection to  this Swarm . We all decided to have a turn at greeting the bees by climbing  the ladder and tickling  the bee beard hanging off of the box and the bees seemed to be very happy to have us attend this great Rebirthing Event.

Now the bees are settling down and we will wait until this evening to bring them down from the tree and properly Hive them into a larger home. This swarm was so huge that they took a long time to all get into the box. Because these were not bees from our Sanctuary we need to take precautionary measures for the first two years to make sure they are healthy and happy bees. The “Swift Bees” which we rescued from a chimney a couple of years ago are just amazing and intelligent bees. They did not wish to be moved from their isolation location after the two years were up and so now that temporary location has become their Home Sweet Home. We did have scout bees come to our honey house again this year and we put out a full super on the deck in case they voted for this location; however, the Swifts were out on their own in the wilds  for a couple of years and had gained some “skills”and decided to fight off the scouts to the bait hive which was somewhat near “their territory”.

These Swift Bees are tricky and Klaus is always laughing at the behaviours which he observes with this particular hive. He also recognizes in them a truly “natural nature” which is strong, “Free” ,kind, quiet and hardworking- quite like many of the people we meet living here in rural Nova Scotia. We look forward to having a nuc from this hive at some point and let’s hope that the drones from this hive are mating with the Queens from the other hives, so that these traits become part of the new hives yet to come!

Ciao from Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary