Winter 2018 Class Descriptions and Schedule is below. 
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Download PDF of Intro Lectures June 2018

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.

Spring 2018

Natural / Organic Beekeeping with a Biodynamic Influence

HoneybeeLives Apiary
New Paltz
Hudson Valley, NY



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.

This is a hands-on workshop, ideal for beginning beekeepers to gain confidence in working with a hive, or veteran beekeepers looking for a culture of nurturing.

4 hours.  $60 per person.   (Six 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.


Saturday,  May 5 - Class 11:30am - 3:30pm

Saturday,  May 12 - Class 12pm - 4pm

Friday,  May 18 - Class 11am - 3pm

Saturday,  May 19  Class 11am - 3pm  CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

Thursday,  May 24 - Class 10:30am - 2:30pm


Saturday,  June 2 - Class 10am - 2pm

Sunday,  June 10 - Class 2pm - 6pm



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.  Excellent for those considering becoming a beekeeper as well as those interested in knowing more about the natural world around us.

2.5 hours.  $30 per person

Sunday, June 10,  10 am - 12:30 pm


Sunday, June 24,  10 am - 12:30 pm
Celebrating National Pollinator Week


Please email:  [email protected] to register

Send payment via check to:
133 Plains Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

Please Note:  We only offer online registration for our winter classes

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 Honeybee Lives.

Chris Harp and Grai Rice


 Drumming a Swarm in the Apiary