Winter 2019 Class Descriptions and Schedule is below. 
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Gift Certificates are available for Winter classes


"A Gift of Honeybees is a Gift of Life"

We can mail you a beautiful, personalized gift certificate to give to someone.
We ask an additional $8 to cover the printing, postage and handling,
or I can email a digital one at no extra cost.

Winter 2019


Winter Weekend Workshops

New Paltz, Hudson Valley

January 26 & 27
February 23 & 24

The Commons - Brooklyn

February 9 & 10

(previously scheduled for Feb 2 & 3)

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

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. 

Intro to Organic Beekeeping  (Saturday 10am - 6pm)
Learn about the 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.

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.

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

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.


Seasonal Class Offerings

HoneybeeLives main classes are the two-day winter weekend workshops
that take place in Brooklyn and New Paltz (in the Hudson Valley).

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.
Download Seasonal Classes PDF

Thank you for your interest in HoneybeeLives.

Chris Harp and Grai Rice


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