Please note that pre-registration is required for all classes.
Email: [email protected]

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 and Sustainable Living Resource Center 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, or scroll down to read about our upcoming classes.

Seasonal Class Offerings

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Winter 2016 Classes
Download PDF of Winter class schedule


Please Scroll Down For Current Classes in Hudson Valley and New York City

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please send a request to [email protected]



Gift Certificates are available for Winter classes


"A Gift of Honeybees is a Gift of Life"

We can send you a beautiful, personalized gift certificate to give to someone.
We ask an additional $8 to cover the printing, postage and handling.

Summer 2015

HoneybeeLives Organic Beekeeping
HoneybeeLives Apairy
New Paltz, NY



Learn about the lives of Honeybees. Hear about the current plight of Honeybee colonies, and understand the intrinsic value of nurturing these amazing creatures. For the general public, gardeners, and wanna-beekeepers.   Includes a visit into a working hive to experience the honeybee community and a honey tasting. 

$30 per person  (6 person minimum)

Saturday, August 22  10am - 12:30pm



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.

4 hours.  $60 per person.   (Five student minimum.)
Please note: Not all classes will take place, and others will fill quickly, depending on enrollment.

Month of August

Saturday, August 15 - Class 11am - 3pm

Friday, August 28 - Class 11am - 3pm

Saturday, August 29 - Class 11am - 3pm

Month of September

Friday, Septmber 4 - Class 12pm - 4pm (Labor Day Weekend)

Tuesday, Septmber 8  - Class 11am - 3pm   CANCELED

Saturday, Septmber 12  - Class 11am - 3pm

Monday, September 14 - Class 11am - 3pm



Winter 2016


Winter Class Descriptions

Dates and locations are listed below
HoneybeeLives Organic Beekeeping Classes introduce students to Organic/Natural Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence.  This two-day winter weekend class taught by Chris Harp and Grai Rice is available on three winter weekends in the Hudson Valley and one weekend in Brooklyn.  Learn a gentle way to tend them while respecting their instincts and understanding their complex and beautiful lives.  This class is also helpful for current beekeepers who are looking for a culture of nurturing to advance their skills.

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

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.


New Paltz, Hudson Valley

January 23 & 24

January 30 & 31

February 20 & 21

February 27 & 28
Snow day extra weekend

Brooklyn, New York City

February 6 & 7
(Brooklyn dates still to be confirmed)

Registration Instructions

Pre-Registration Required, and Pre-Payment Requested.

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 check or money order to:

133 Plains Road
New Paltz, NY

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

Thank you for your interest in Honeybee Lives.

Chris Harp and Grai Rice

 Drumming a Swarm in the Apiary