The Mayan Melipona Bee
Sanctuary Project

Support for Melipona bees and their women bee tenders of Yucatán & Meso America

MayanMeliponaBee.Org

Objectives

Preserving
Ancient Traditions

The Mayan MELIPONA honey bee tending tradition dates back 3200 years. The disappearing Melipona bees and sacred mayan methods are presently being restored and passed down to future generations through your generous donations.

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Women owned and sustainable

Create
New Sanctuaries

Our sweet dream… is to boost severely declining bee populations by bringing bees to 5 villages per year from 2022-2027. With funding and infrastructure we can create pollinator corridors with sustainable Bee Sanctuaries, preserving traditional cultural practices for the future.

The Mayan Melipona BeE Sanctuary Project support for melipona bees and Their women bee tenders of Yucatán & meso-america

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in Alliance with asheville sister cities

Xunan Kab

The Mexican Yucatan is home to the Mayan Stingless Melipona bee. She is called Xunan Kab which means Royal Lady Bee in Mayan language. There is a documented 3200 year old tradition of honey harvesting in Maya lands. Xunan Kab is the only honey bee native to North America and has a distinctively unique pyramid shaped comb. The Melipona Bees are crucial rainforest pollinators and the pollinator of the Vanilla Orchid.

Women of the Yucatan have recently begun honey cooperatives from what was once a men only practice. This new development has encouraged a few women to create their own MELIPONA HONEY BEE SANTUARIOS and honey businesses which continue the preservation of their ancient Mayan bee tending practices.

Bee the Future and grow a network of Meliponarios throughout the Yucatan— a whole corridor of pollinator sustainability can be achieved—-with your help!

About The Mayan Melipona Bee Sanctuary Project

Women of Meso-America and the Yucatán have little opportunity for starting eco-businesses mainly due to low or no income, limited education and resources, as well as society and cultural traditions.

The Mayan Melipona Bee Sanctuary Project is specifically dedicated to funding women in rural pollinator areas of the Yucatán Peninsula and Meso-America with Melipona honey Bee apiary start-ups.

By providing funding for education, our goal is to Sustainability establish new Melipona Bee Sanctuaries maintaining healthy bee populations.

Our model allows women to sell this rare and valuable Medicinal honey in local markets and abroad thus creating opportunities to sustain ancient mayan cultural Practices while reviving declining Melipona Bee populations

The Mayan Melipona bee project support for Melipona bees and their women bee tenders of Yucatán and Meso-America

Mayanmeliponabee.org in Alliance with asheville sister cities

Director of Mayan Melipona Bee Project

Rebecca Ann Robertson

Rebecca Ann Robertson is a veteran BEE tender and Community Activist living in Asheville, North Carolina, USA


Rebecca has traveled extensively visiting bee temples around the world that preserve ancient traditions and sacred beekeeping practices.

The MAYAN MELIPONA BEE SANCTUARY PROJECT was conceptualized and founded by Rebecca after she was invited in 2020 to represent Bee City USA/Asheville, NC in a delegation traveling to Asheville’s Sister City of Valladolid, in Yucatan Mexico.

Rebecca’s connection to the Melipona bees and their women keepers was immediate as was her decision to find the ways and means to support her beekeeping sisters to grow and thrive, economically and culturally.

The Mayan Melipona bee project support for Melipona bees and their women bee tenders of Yucatán and Meso-America

Mayanmeliponabee.org in Alliance with asheville sister cities

Our Hive Members

Francisca Moo Yah

Mayan Elder Melipona Advocate

Nana Shuni Giron

Mayan Medicine Healer, Ceremonialist & Translator www.nanashunigiron.com

Stephen Buchmann,Phd.

Author & Science Advisor www.stephenbuchmann.com

María Luisa Rodarte Reyes

Valladolid Coordinator mlroddis@yahoo.com

Cathy Peerless

Sister Cities Valladolid Comm. Cathypeerless@yahoo.com

Mayanmeliponabee.org in alliance with Asheville Sister Cities

César Antonio May

Mayan Translation Melipona Rescue Team

Davíd Dzib Polanco

Melipona Rescue Kanáankaabo'ob davidpolanco_84@hotmail.com

Stephen Stuart

Multimedia Producer stephen@storystable.com

Linda Go

Web & Landscape Designer lindagomusic@gmail.com

Project budget & deliverables

The Mayan Melipona bee project support for Melipona bees and their women bee tenders of Yucatán and Meso-America

Mayanmeliponabee.org in Alliance with asheville sister cities

The Mayan Melipona Project costs $9,000 USD per Village

Our honey of a dream are donations for 5 villages per year starting in 2022 through 2027 your donation would contribute to ~

  • 12 live Melipona Hives $200-300 per hive
  • Secure installation of hives for new bee tenders where applicable
  • Four workshops about native plants for pollinator gardens, Melipona Beecheii care in the Mayan tradition,
  • Indigenous honey harvesting practices, rituals and ceremonies, and help to market the extraordinary, medicinal and rare Melipona Honey
  • Bi-annual visit with The Melipona Project team member and Project affiliate.
  • Basic equipment such as jabons, protective palapa huts , hive stands, fencing, harvesting tools and receptacles, and native flora for start up pollinator gardens delivered by March 2022

What your donation provides

$100 = 1 Baby hive

$200-$300 = 1 Melipona Bee hive

$400-$500 = Pollinator garden plants

$400-$900 = Education and Marketing

$1000 = Equipment & retail jars

$3000-$5000 = Infrastructure for Bee Sanctuary

$9000 = Hives, infrastructure & harvesting equipment to accommodate one village.

Mayan Melipona Bee Inc is a 501c(3) Non-Profit Corporation and accepts tax-deductible donations

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Sponsors and Grant Recipients

Some things are just meant to happen. The Xerces Society’s Bee City USA program actually launched from Asheville, North Carolina. In 2020, when Asheville’s Sister Cities program asked Bee City USA-Asheville to participate in a delegation to Valladolid which is Mexico’s honey capital, I suggested Rebecca A Robertson. She had been an advocate for bees for many years, and she had a long relationship with Mexican Mayan culture. Little did she know that she would meet one of the local leading advocates of Melipona beekeepers on that trip. That encounter changed her life, and now she is fully committed to helping Mayan women restore declining Melipona bee populations. It is thrilling to see these legendary stingless tropical bees at the center of the Mayan Melipona Bee Sanctuary Project

Phyllis Stiles, Founder & Director Emerita of Bee City USA

Bee City USA – Asheville Leadership Committee 

SPONSORS

Padre Tilo Director of U Yits Ka’an Escuela Agricultura Ecologica www.uyitskaan.org

Maestro Adalberto Aguilar Meliponario Experto

Edith Soto Centro Ceremonial Retreats www.cnhac.org

Shuni Giron Mayan Ceremonialist www.nanashunigiron.com

Stephen Stuart FIlm Producer www.StoryStable.com

César Antonio May Kanáankaabo’ob Melipona Rescue and Mayan Translator

María Luisa Rodarte Reyes Rodis Place Airbnb in Valladolid, MX http://abnb.me/7m4LeN2P5fb

2022 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Consolación Rosie Púc, Tixcacalcupul, MX

Doña Celsa, Santa Eleuteria, Yucatan, MX

Testimonials

Some things are just meant to happen. The Xerces Society’s Bee City USA program actually launched from Asheville, North Carolina. In 2020, when Asheville’s Sister Cities program asked Bee City USA-Asheville to participate in a delegation to Valladolid which is Mexico’s honey capital, I suggested Rebecca A Robertson. She had been an advocate for bees for many years, and she had a long relationship with Mexican Mayan culture. Little did she know that she would meet one of the local leading advocates of Melipona beekeepers on that trip. That encounter changed her life, and now she is fully committed to helping Mayan women restore declining Melipona bee populations. It is thrilling to see these legendary stingless tropical bees at the center of the Mayan Melipona Bee Sanctuary Project

Phyllis Stiles, Founder & Director Emerita of Bee City USA
Bee City USA – Asheville Leadership Committee

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