Summer 2016 and Winter 2017 Class Descriptions and Schedule is below.  Scroll down to view or download pdf

Download PDF of Winter 2017 class schedule
Download PDF of Fall/Winter Prep 2016 Classes


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Summer 2016

HoneybeeLives Apiary
New Paltz, NY

Maintaining a Healthy Hive: Fall / Winter Prep

The end of summer is a critical time to tend our hives.  It is important that our colonies are strong, as we head towards colder months.  The earlier we address weaknesses the better we can help the bees rally for the winter.
Learn how to clean up hives, and look for problems that might weaken your bees.  

Learn about the life in the hive during this transitional time.  Understand what you are looking at, and how to judge the strength of a hive.  Prepare for fall and winter, to best nurture the bees and boost their immune systems.  Let us help you think thru your autumn tasks of fortifying your hives, and answer your questions.

Varroa mite season is in full swing, just when the winter brood is being reared, so vigilance is important.  It may be necessary to treat your hives for these parasites.  Understand the options available for dealing with these pests in non-toxic ways, and if “treating” is necessary, so a hive doesn’t completely crash, learn about treating hives with organic-based acids.

$60 per person for this 4-hour class.  Please note there is a 6 student minimum, so not all classes will run, and others fill up quickly.   Please sign-up early and secure your spot with payment in advance.

Sunday, August 14, 2 - 6pm  (canceled due to weather forecast)

Monday, August 15, 11am - 3pm

Friday, August 26, 11am - 3pm

Saturday, August 27, 11am - 3pm  (canceled)

Sunday, September 11,  11am - 3pm
Tuesday, September 13, 11am - 3pm  

Saturday, September 24, 11am - 3pm


Winter 2017

Hudson Valley & Brooklyn

Natural / Organic Beekeeping – Winter Weekend Workshops


This two-day class will introduce students to Natural/Organic Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence.

New Paltz, Hudson Valley  -  Jan 21 & 22 or Jan 28 & 29 or Feb 25 & 26

The Commons - Brooklyn  -  February 4 & 5 

The class fee is $200 per person if taking both days.  Individual classes are $110. 

You will come away with the knowledge, as well as the inspiration to nurture your honeybees and respect these hardworking, gentle creatures who live in complex and beautiful communities.  We encourage beginners to take both days to obtain a broad understanding of the responsibilities and challenges entailed in this undertaking, so you can be knowledgable, loving and confidant beekeepers.  These classes can be taken on one weekend, or divided into Saturday one weekend and Sunday another weekend.  The Sunday class will be helpful to beginning and experienced beekeepers.  We can help you obtain bees and we suggest you wait until after the class to purchase your equipment so you have a better understanding of your choices.

Class Descriptions

Intro to Organic Beekeeping: Planning a New Hive for Spring  (Saturday 10am - 6pm)
Learn about the basic requirements and responsibilities for organic beekeeping. Understand the community of a hive, the tools involved, elements of site selection, where you can obtain honeybees and equipment, and an understanding of a naturalist approach to their needs. This class introduces students to a nurturing way of beekeeping, and a philosophy of respect and love for these amazing creatures.  There is a hands-on demonstration of assembling a wooden hive, and extensive class handouts to help new beekeepers.

Understanding and Caring For Your Bees  (Sunday 10am - 6pm)
Topics will include: hive congruency and design to benefit the colony (including Top Bar Hives); Honeybee health and disease management the natural way; seasonal concerns and methods to keep your bees strong.


Registration Instructions

Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment Required.

To register for classes, please send an email to [email protected] acknowledging which class you are registering for, or call (845) 255-6113.  Please include phone contact information.

Send payment in the form of a check to:

133 Plains Road
New Paltz, NY

We do not currently accept payment via credit cards or paypal.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 845-255-6113

HoneybeeLives' main beekeeping classes take place during the winter months in preparation for spring bees. We teach in a number of locations in New York State, including HoneybeeLives Apiary in the Hudson Valley, and at The Commons in Brooklyn, New York City.

We do offer a variety of classes throughout the year, supporting beekeepers with knowledge helpful for each season, as well as informational classes for the general public and kids. You can download a list of our seasonal classes below.


Seasonal Class Offerings

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Thank you for your interest in Honeybee Lives.

Chris Harp and Grai Rice


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