Please note that pre-registration is required for all classes.

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 2015 Classes
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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.

Winter 2015

HoneybeeLives Organic Beekeeping
Winter Weekend Classes

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.  The NYC class will be offered on one weekend only. These classes will be helpful to beginning and experienced beekeepers who are looking for a culture of nurturing. We help our students obtain bees for spring, and we suggest you wait to order equipment until after the class so that you have a better understanding of your options.

Sustainable Living Resource Center - Rosendale, Hudson Valley
 March 7 & 8, New class added March 28 & 29

The Commons - Brooklyn
February 21 & 22

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


Winter Class Descriptions

  PDF of Winter 2015 classes


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.


Topics will include: hive congruency and design to benefit the colony; Honeybee health and disease management the organic way; seasonal concerns and methods; as well as imparting the value of respecting the lives and needs of your bees.  Top Bar Hive beekeeping will be discussed.


Spring / Early Summer Classes


This is a hands-on workshop, ideal for beginning 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.

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 May

Saturday, May 9 - Class 11am - 3pm

Saturday, May 16 - Class 11am - 3pm

Monday, May 18  - Class 11am - 3pm

Friday, May 22 - Class 12pm - 4pm (Memorial Day Weekend)

Saturday, May 30  - Class 12pm - 4pm

Month of June

Saturday, June 6 - Class 12pm - 4pm

Saturday, June 13 - Class 10am - 2pm



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.  

Sunday June 28  12pm - 2:30pm - $30 per person  (6 person minimum)

There will be another Intro Lecture in July or August


Registration Instructions

Pre-Registration Required, and Pre-Payment Requested.

To register for classes, please send an email to 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