Sunday, July 26, 2015

New Homie, March or April, 2016

pic of Beehive Values poster with magnets, 2014

Hey everyone!

The Beehive Collective House is currently looking for a new housemate / collective member for March or April, 2016.

We welcome interest from queer folk, elders, youth, people of all colours and cultures, radicals.

Due to the physical two-floor nature of our home, our space is regrettably not accessible for all types of bodies.


The Beehive is an established collective house located just off Commercial Drive.  We believe that mutual support in the domestic realm fosters stronger individuals and stronger communities.  Collective living is a powerful form of activism, allowing us to exercise our values of social and environmental justice right in the home.   Together, we aim to hold safe space for individual and collective growth.  As a new housemate you will join 5 other adults, one baby (1 year) and 2 cats. There is a guest room for friends and visitors.


• Shared meals (we have a big kitchen and eat dinners together)
• Environmental consciousness and practice
• Open communication and supporting each other
• Vegetarian/vegan/freegan/local food; cooking from scratch
• Kids
• Animals
• Community-building and skill sharing
• Laughter, games, music, stories, creativity
• Growing food (we have a garden), and foraging.


varies depending on income, but it is very very very affordable.  Inquire if you need specifics.


we ideally seek someone who plans to live here for longer, rather than shorter; we have been a low transition house for the last 4 years, and this adds to the warm sense of connection in the house.


• Eating together is one of the great joys of collective living, and since the Beehive's inception it has been a central priority of the house.   We share sit-down dinners almost every night of the week, and we expect that people are home for dinner at least half the time.  We each cook dinner one night a week for everyone.  We eat ethically sourced food (local, home-grown, CSA, organic, dumpstered, unprocessed and/or minimally packaged).
• Regular, organized housework to maintain our community, we live with a lot of structure.
• An almost weekly house meeting lasting 1.5 hours based on consensus.
• Having friends and guests over for dinners and overnight visits.
• Occasional larger social events such as potlucks, meetings, workshops, storytelling nights, food-processing parties.
• Weekly 30-minute meditation session if interested.
• Processing food – fermenting, canning, dehydrating, etc.
• A happily bike-based home.
• Overall, we exercise simple, economical and environmentally friendly living.  We are social but not a party home, and the house is usually quiet and calm in the evenings, with a clean kitchen.


If think you might be interested to consider joining our home, please send us an email and answer the questions below: at

Why do you want to live at the Beehive?
What do you do?
Do you have experiences living collectively? Or with other Collectives?
What skills do you bring with you?
What are you passionate about, or how do you spend your time?
Any questions or concerns?
Please include your phone number, as the next step is a conversation.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

~the bees: Sara, Ben, Caitlan, John, Michael and baby, plus Donut and Java.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

First Edition... the Dandelion Seed!

Hot off the press from Nelson, this awesome publication has submissions from Beehive members Sara and Michael.  Solena, the Editor, lived at the Beehive for several years, and her family were founding members of our house.

Note: Solena (Ed) is the one in the picture who is not pregnant! 
Tasha, who is pregnant, is a Beehive founder.

Enjoy the read! It's worth it because there are many reflections of some of the values we hold up and cultivate in our house, and other houses with similiar intentions... things like: sharing, celebration, cooperation, creativity, growing food, mindfulness, kids, salvaging and overall thinking about the effects of our actions and choices as individuals and collectively.

Thanks to the production team, and to everyone who dreamed and did it.

DOWNLOAD the Dandelion Seed HERE

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Walter visits the Beehive

Walter loves to visit the Beehive.  Beehive homies like it when he is here too... lots of interesting conversation, books, food and birds.
   Sara and Walter (aka Dad) early morning birding in the neighbourhood. And with the crew...

Proof of simultaneous enslavement and liberation possible at the Beehive! Note book title.

And walks in the spring blossoms... who says we all wear rose-coloured glasses? OK maybe I do anyways.