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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Summer/Autumn 2014


National Honeybee Day
August 16, 2014


NYC Honey Fest

September 13, 2014


Intro Lecture on Honeybees and Organic Beekeeping

TBA - Brooklyn this autumn on a weeknight

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. 
$30 person, pre-registration required.


Fall/Winter Prep Class  (remaining dates listed below)

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.

4 hours.  $60 per person.   (Five student minimum.)  
Pre-registration required, and pre-payment requested to hold a spot in these small classes.

Please note: Not all classes will take place, and others will fill quickly, depending on enrollment.

Month of September

Saturday, Sept 6, 10am - 2pm 

Sunday, Sept 14, 1 - 5pm

Sunday, Sept 21, 11am - 3pm

Pre-registration is required. 
Email Or Call 845-255-6113

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 $7 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
Jan 24 & 25 or Feb 7 & 8 or March 7 & 8

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.


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