About our Nicaraguan Bee Sanctuary 2017-10-22T17:59:31+00:00

About Zumbido Vida Endangered Mayan Bee Sanctuary

Nicaraguan Bee Sanctuary - Tiffany Renee and Jaimey Walking Bear

Zumbido Vida Nicaraguan Bee Sanctuary is a Mayan meliponiculture apiary project from Tiffany Renée and Jaimey Walking Bear. Through curated and community-contributed content, virtual events, and visuals, our mission is to provide you with practical, bite-sized solutions and inspiration to grow bee habitat, healthy food, build soil and self-resiliency. Formerly located in Petaluma at 8th & B Streets, Tiff and Jaimey moved to Matagalpa, Nicaragua in February of 2017 to explore a more simple way of life in a tropical highland climate. 

A Quick Guide to this Website

This site is constantly evolving and unfolding, created for and with the community at large. Check back often to watch how it grows.

The Apiary

Our blog and visual gallery, where you’ll be able to find:

  • Zumbido Vida stories and updates
  • Garden and homestead how-tos
  • Education: Pollinator habitat support, Permaculture, organic farming, carbon farming, and more
  • Guest posts and content
  • In-depth tours of other homesteads, urban gardens, farms, food forests, and more

The Resilience Guild

The home base for information about our virtual conferences, webinars, and other events. Through conversations with experts and bonus content, we explore topics ranging from food forests and permaculture to carbon farming, fibershed, beekeeping, and more.


We’re active on Instagram and Facebook, providing live look-ins on life in Nicaragua, updates on the garden, and spotlights on the gardeners, homesteaders, and farmers we meet. If you’re an Instagram user, follow us @zumbidovida for the latest and greatest.

Don’t have the Instagram App? Want to see archived videos? Check our archived videos over on our Facebook page

Zumbido Vida Apothecary

Our Apothecary has herbal formulas and propolis tinctures available for purchase (ships from our US pantry). 


About Tiffany Renée

Tiffany Renée, native beekeeper and regenerative entrepreneur, is a former Petaluma Vice Mayor and Golden Gate Bridge Director, and an outspoken advocate of permaculture, carbon farming and pesticide-free public spaces. Renée ran for the Northern California Coast Congressional seat in 2012, speaking at over 25 forums and connecting with thousands of people during the year-long campaign.

Tiffany holds a Permaculture Design Certificate taught by the late Toby Hemenway and Daily Acts, an MA from California Institute of Integral Studies with a focus in Integral Ecology, and a BA in Women’s Studies from Mills College. Renée is Past President of the Petaluma Community Guild. She is a 2007 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and Economy. She frequently speaks on Local Economy, Regenerative Businesses and Healthy Living through Growing a Plant-based, Evolutionary Diet. Living with celiac, she is gluten and dairy free. She current resides in Matagalpa Nicaragua.

About Jaimey Walking Bear

Jaimey’s professional resume is highlighted with more than 20 years’ leadership in marketing, training and development, and event production in the retail and technology sectors. Outside of the tech and event scene, Jaimey finds peace and solace as a soil nerd and lover of wide open spaces. He’s also uber-passionate about Veterans issues, music, and SF Giants baseball. Jaimey holds a BA in Environmental Education from Sonoma State University. He is former Board Member of Friends of the Petaluma River and is a founding Board Member of the Petaluma Music Festival.