Sun Hive Workshop - Oct 2018

Where: Forest Row  - Sussex

When: 10am Friday, 12th October to 6pm to Sunday, 14th October

The Sun Hive (Weissenseifener Haengekorb) forms the core of the Natural Beekeeping Trust's commitment to bee guardianship.


Based on an ingenious combination of skep baskets made of rye straw and wooden support structures, the hive is intended to be installed at a height of at least 2.5 metres (8 feet). The shape of the hive harmonises with the movement gesture of the bee colony and enables the bees to design their brood nests according to their own innate criteria. The hive was designed by German sculptor Guenther Mancke, and represents the fruits of many years of research into the nature of the honeybee colony.


Sun Hive-making workshops are open to experienced beekeepers; beginners by arrangement. The workshop will take place over two and a half days and will involve weaving the straw skep baskets which are built to precise measurements. 

Tuition and materials to make the Sun Hive skeps are included in the workshop fee together with the wooden parts which complete the hive are included in the fee.

Organic refreshments (teas, coffee, cakes) and lunches are also included.  Please note, the workshop fee does not include accommodation, breakfast or evening meals.  Tablehurst Farm are unable to offer accommodation or camping.

Read more about the Sun Hive - A Biodynamic Initiative

Course Price: £335.00

The price includes: Pre-made wooden hoop frames and support structures; Sun Hive book; organic lunch and refreshments on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Please note that places are limited and early booking is essential.


Cancellation Policy


If you need to cancel your booking on a course we will do our utmost to fill your place if there is someone on the waiting list. In this case you will receive a full refund, minus 10% for our administration costs. If the booking is cancelled more than 2 weeks from the start of the course, you will likewise receive a full refund, minus 10% for our administration costs. We regret that no refunds can be made if the booking is cancelled within two weeks and no-one can be found to fill your place.

Disclaimer: Whilst the trustees believe that any methods and research published through this website are beneficial to bee health in general, they cannot accept any legal liability to users of this website for any losses or damage sustained as a result of following any of the suggestions or methods described.


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