Diana and Don live in a suburban neighborhood in the Front Range of Colorado, under the shadow of Longs Peak with their cat.
Don has been a longtime gardener and became interested in beekeeping when he was standing under his neighbor’s fully blossomed crab apple tree one Spring in 2006 or 2007 and nary a bee could be heard buzzing. This was about the time that the first reports of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) were coming to light and the plight of the bees was being exposed. At that point, he decided that he wanted to help the bees, so he started planting more bee friendly plants in his gardens. In 2013, he took the plunge into beekeeping – starting with a class through the Boulder County Beekeepers Association (BCBA). He built his first top-bar hive, bought a 3 pound package of bees, placed it next to a Buddha statue in the back yard, and Buddha And The Bees was born.
Both Don and Diana bring a do-it-yourself ethic to Buddha And The Bees. Their curiosity and eagerness to experiment are evident in the variety and quality of their products. Diana weaves her experience with wellness and cooking into her personal care products. With the health and wellness of honeybees, pollinators and the environment in mind, Diana sources the finest organic ingredients for use in her personal care products. So that what you put on your skin is as good for you as it is for the health of the planet we share.
Buddha and the Bees began as a response to our alarm about human activity’s impact on bees and the larger environment. It has grown into ways to promote and create wellness through the tending of nature and the bees; development of hive-derived honey, candles and personal care products; and the study and teaching of yoga. We’d love to hear from you!