Spring and Winter 2019 Class Descriptions below. 
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Download PDF of June Intro Lectures 2019

Download PDF of Winter Classes 2019

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.

Spring 2019


How to Inspect, and Maintain, a Healthy Hive

HoneybeeLives Apiary
New Paltz, NY


This is a hands-on workshop, ideal for beekeepers to gain confidence in working with a hive.

Learn how to interact with your hive and understand what you are looking at.  It is important to recognize healthy brood patterns, as well as signs of problems.  Gain a sense of the rhythms of the hive, watching and preparing for swarm season, and a general overview of hives during the main nectar flow.  We will also touch on monitoring for diseases and pests, and discuss various mite treatments and timing.   Chris Harp will guide you through the inspection process so you can gain confidence working with hives.

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

Month of May

Saturday,  May 4 - Class 11:30am - 3:30pm
Tuesday, May 14 - Class 2 - 6pm
Friday,  May 17 - Class 2 - 6pm  (waitlisted)
Saturday,  May 18 - Class 10:30am - 2:30pm  (canceled)

Month of June

Saturday,  June 1 - Class 10am - 2pm
Sunday,  June 9 - Class 2 - 6pm

Pre-registration required, and pre-payment requested to hold a spot in these small classes. 
Please email [email protected] to hold a spot or call 845-255-6113,
then follow up with payment via check to:

133 Plains Road
New Paltz NY 12561

Intro Lecture on Honeybees and Organic Beekeeping


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.  (8 person minimum)


Sunday, June 9, 10 am - 12:30 pm


Sunday, June 23, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Celebrating National Pollinator Week



Pre-registration required, and pre-payment requested to hold a spot in these small classes. 
Please email [email protected] to hold a spot or call 845-255-6113,
then follow up with payment via check to:

133 Plains Road
New Paltz NY 12561


Winter Weekend Workshops


New Paltz, Hudson Valley &
The Commons - Brooklyn
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


 Drumming a Swarm in the Apiary