About Ixchel Rainbow Living Mayan Bee Sanctuary

Ixchel Rainbow Living Mayan Bee Sanctuary is a Mayan melipona apiary project from Sita Karam Kaur Ixchel and Jaimey Walking Bear. Our mission is to provide economic development for women and ecological preservation through ethical native beekeeping. Your purchases helps fund our programs. With practical, bite-sized solutions and inspiration to growing bee habitat and a thriving food forest, we can all help save the bees and reverse climate chaos in our daily lives.

Formerly located in Petaluma, California at 8th & B Streets, Ixchel (ee-shell) and Jaimey moved to Matagalpa, Nicaragua – the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere– in February of 2017 to explore a more simple way of life, growing a food forest while giving back to the community in the 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:

  • Sanctuary 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

Rainbow Light of Renewal Retreats and Masterminds

“Ixchel is an intuitive alchemist who bridges the world of high level politics and business and the spirit realm: where we come from, and where we need to tap into in order to be the most POWERFUL LEADERS we can be. If you’re ready to take a step back and look at what your DIVINE PURPOSE is (and what distracts you, and what you need to let go of, and what you need to claim)… and leave behind unsustainable patterns, and other stuff you subconsciously do to sabotage yourself and lessen the impact you make…. as well as healing the trauma and fatigue that comes from being a leader and trailblazer in a world that moves slowly (too slowly some times)… Ixchel will offer you the sacred space, wisdom and tangible rituals to guide you to divine clarity – so you can go out into the world, making your biggest impact no longer jaded and disappointed, but filled with renewed energy and JOY. You owe it to yourself.” — Merel Kriegsman – Conversion Copywriter

Tierra Chicas: Grow Your Green Smoothie and Resilience Guild

The core course for understanding regenerative gardening and permaculture principles. The course includes access to our virtual conferences, webinars, and other events via a Facebook Group. Through conversations with experts and bonus content, we explore topics ranging from food forests and permaculture to carbon farming, fibershed, beekeeping, and more. Click here to learn 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 @ixchel.love 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

Sita Karam Kaur Ixchel

Intuitive Alchemist and Flow Coach

Ixchel (sounds like ee-shell), is an intuitive soul alchemist, a Flow Coach, and a bee mystic. She serves spiritual leaders who want to embody a more transformative vibration in their changemaking. She helps them tune in to their empathic nature and amplify their radiant leadership through their daily rituals.

Ixchel, author of Buzzing Blooms for Bees, knows what it feels like to sail too close the sun without the right tools for the charge. Working with you before you burn out while reflecting back to you the earthbound supernova that you are, Ixchel will help you dust off your shine with self-care, spirit-care and a mid-flight refuel so you can be more effective, heart-centered and impactful as you make history, to show up brighter and more brilliant than ever.

While blazing her own trail as the first to go to college as a single mom, to becoming the first Latina to serve as Vice Mayor of Petaluma, running for Congress and beyond, Sita Karam has mentored women to run for office, start their first business and learn strategies to champion their causes. She is an outspoken advocate of pesticide-free public spaces.

Ixchel holds a Permaculture Design Certificate taught by the late author 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. She is a 2007 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Just and Resilient Communities.

She frequently speaks on Local Economy, Regenerative Businesses and Rainbow Living through Growing a Plant-based, Ancestral Diet. Thriving with celiac, she is gluten, dairy and sugar free. Ixchel has been on a writing sabbatical in Matagalpa Nicaragua since February 2017, exploring the intersections of living through revolutions, sacred plant medicine, ancestral dieta, Mayan cosmology and Kundalini Yoga.

You are the leader of your journey. Walk in beauty. It all begins with how you want to feel.

About Jaimey Walking Bear

Jaimey Walking Bear (that’s me with Seth Godin!) has built a 20+ year track record of leadership in the event, tech, entertainment, and retail sectors. Jaimey’s passion for the event business is rooted in his love for connecting subject experts, creatives, makers, and doers with an audience — and with each other — in the limitless opportunities available in that space for you to be amazing and transform the world.

His mantra is to be the spark that lights bridges to holy cow opportunities for thriving communities, and he is committed to transforming the event industry to be more inclusive, and a platform for opportunity for underserved communities.

He’s been blessed with the privilege to work directly with hundreds amazing thought leaders — from luminaries including Seth Godin, Ann Handley, Gary Vaynerchuk, Beverly Jackson, David Shing, Chris Brogan, and many more. In addition to working with these industry luminaries, Jaimey’s been responsible for booking, managing, and developing hundreds of industry experts (i.e. “ridiculously smart, awesome people”) for Digital Summit’s conference programs. He’s collaborated with and served some of the nation’s leading foundations, associations, and grassroots community organizations.

Jaimey is a founding organizer and former board member of the Petaluma Music Festival, an annual non-profit concert event responsible for raising over $300,000 for music education programs since 2008.

Ixchel, Zara and Zoë, are his heart. Music of all varieties is his soul. He loves baseball (go #SFGiants!), speaking out for social, food and economic justice, the City of Detroit, the cosmos, and the magic of Tuolumne Meadows.