Bee prepared for Winter!
Updated: Jan 4
October in Colorado signals a change in weather as days can be in the 90s and then drop to
the 20s pretty quickly. For many animals, this shift is uncomfortable and, for some animals, even deadly. Bees can survive a Colorado winter but have some preparation to do first.
I was asked to work on a couple of bee hives for Alvéole, an international company whose mission is to create “bee-friendly communities for greener cities.” They put bee houses (hives) on top of city buildings and educate the employees about how great bees are and how to help our environment (in a nutshell, a lot more goes into this process).
Alvéole and the beekeepers prepare large inventories of bees ready to move out when a new client wants their bee hive. Some of those hives are from Colorado, and some are transported to Denver from around the country. Imagine being a bee in California and then finding yourself living in Colorado! Many of us who live in the Centennial State have experienced that very situation of moving from a warm to a cold place and learning the best ways to adjust to our new environment.
The intention for our communication and energy session was to help the bees understand that Winter is coming and the steps that will happen to help them prepare for colder weather. There were specific things that would help when they feel the weather starting to change even just a little bit:
getting a yummy food source called “pollen patty”
having their homes wrapped in insulating material
staying together in their cluster to keep each other warm
The energy therapy would help balance their energetic field and provide extra immunity to support them over the cold months.
When I arrived at the Denver office, Tasha and her team answered all my questions about bees and how they live. They are truly amazing animals! We then drove to the hive sites where some bees will live over the Winter. They asked me to work on two specific hives. It was a chilly morning, and many bees stayed inside their hive, keeping warm until the sun rose.
The first hive I worked on was a little more active, and several bees were flying around the entrance. Before I started the session, the beekeepers removed the sugar buckets from the top of each hive. These buckets are supplements for bee feeding during the summer months. When they removed the bucket from this first hive, many bees clustered towards the top. The beekeepers commented how that was odd because of how cold it was. The bees should have been deep in the hive. This turns out to be significant later! The assessment of the energy for the hive showed it to be congested and unbalanced. As I do the energy repair and balancing, I feel a strong maternal love from the hive. The queen bee is the mother of all the bees and loves all of her family. I then started our communication and told them about preparing for Winter. I asked if they wanted anything else. They wanted more sugar and were upset that the sugar bucket had been removed but were content that another even richer food source would be replacing the bucket. They also wanted a landing pad at their entrance. The beekeepers accommodated these wishes as soon as the session was over.
The second hive was very quiet. The bees were inactive even upon removing the sugar bucket, with only a few rising to the entrance during the session. My initial energy assessment showed all their energy systems to be open and balanced. The energy of this hive still felt
maternal, but there was an organization and efficiency, or a strictness, to that maternal love. Since I had the other hive to compare to, it felt like the first hive had the “fun mom” who lets the kids run amok, and this second hive had the “strict mom” where kids eat their veggies, do their homework and go to bed early. I shared in the communication about preparing for Winter, and they already knew the routine and seemed a little bored with my information. They did not want anything extra or have any other comments. The energy work I provided would help stabilize an already open energy system giving them extra support for the Winter. Talking with Tasha after the sessions, I asked if she knew which hives were from Colorado and which were from California. She didn’t, so we decided to ask. The answer was eye-opening! The first hive was from somewhere warmer; this was their first Winter here. They were the California bees! This explains why the bees were not huddling for warmth, flying around in the cold air, or staying at the top of the hive.
The second hive shared that they had been through Winter before and knew the routine, reflected in their clustering together for warmth until the air temperature improved. This hive was a Colorado hive!
The experience for me was beautiful to connect to small animals but with such a large presence! The queen bee is the main contact and sets the tone, or the energy, for the whole hive. For the beekeepers, this proved to be a helpful activity to give them peace of mind knowing they are providing the best care for their bees and giving them all the opportunities to make it through the Winter successfully. We look forward to seeing how the bees are doing when they check on them again in 6 months. To be continued!