Winter 2018 Class Descriptions and Schedule is below. 
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Winter 2018


Natural / Organic Beekeeping – Winter Weekend Workshops

Our 2018 winter classes take place in New Paltz and in Brooklyn.

Winter Class Descriptions

(Class dates and locations listed below)

HoneybeeLives' main beekeeping classes take place during the winter months in preparation for spring bees
in the Hudson Valley and New York City.

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.  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.

The class fee is $200 per person. 

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.

Winter Class Dates and Locations

New Paltz, Hudson Valley
Deyo Hall, Historic Huguenot Street
January 20 & 21
February 24 & 25
There is a waitlist for this class.  Please call #646-522-7656
to be added in case of cancelations for this weekend's class.
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March 17
We are scheduling a compact one-day class
If interested in this please email us:
[email protected]


Brooklyn at The Commons
388 Atlantic Ave
February 3 & 4

Or visit our Registration page for additional information and options for registering.

These classes can be taken on one weekend, or divided into Saturday one weekend and Sunday another weekend.  The Sunday class will be helpful to beginning and experienced beekeepers.  If you only want to take one day the class fee is $110 and online registration is not available.

Seasonal Class Offerings

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.
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Thank you for your interest in Honeybee Lives.

Chris Harp and Grai Rice


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