Advanced classes

Sustainable beekeeping – ecological, natural approach

For Advanced Beekeepers. One year hands-on experience minimum.

March 23rd, 7:0010:00 pm, Wednesday. Online class on ZOOM. Part 1
March 30th, 7:0010:00 pm, Wednesday. Online class on ZOOM. Part 2
Q &A till 10:30 pm, if needed.

In this class we will focus on the natural, sustainable beekeeping approach.

Length: Two classes. Three hours each.
Price: $90

Course must be prepaid to reserve your spot.  Limited space is available. Sign up now before you miss out. Refunds are 50%. If you cancel, it has to be done 48h the latest before start of the class to receive the refund. No refunds, if you are a no show.

Basic knowledge of beekeeping is expected from participants. You need to have at least one season of beekeeping experience prior to attending. There will be no time to answer basic questions, only advanced ones. The knowledge of beekeeping terminology will be expected.

You will be learning  about:

    • What sustainable beekeeping with a natural approach is
    • Immune system of a single bee and a colony and why it is important
    • Ways to boost colony’s immune system and resilience
    • Honey bee nutrition; understanding its importance
    • Basics about splits (We have a separate, more advanced class about this subject)
    • How to get a queen the natural way on a small scale
    • Swarming – what to do when the colony is making preparations to swarm
    • Solution to an early spring new colony
    • Winterizing – discussion about various approaches
    • Pests and diseases: biology and identification – understanding the problem

In this class there will be also time for sharing our individual experiences about specific subjects.

Attention: We do not teach a commercial, big scale beekeeping.

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Queen and her attendants
Queen and her attendants
Splits, nucs, and swarm boxes – at our educational apiary

For Advanced Beekeepers only. You MUST have a minimum of 1 year of hands-on, active beekeeping experience to take this course.

May 14th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
At our educational apiary
The Living Centre,  5871 Bells Rd, London
Space is limited.

This workshop is a combination of an open beehive demonstration and theory of doing a split using few different methods.  You will learn how to recognize an age of open brood to ensure that split has young enough larvae to make a new queen. We will discuss various methods of splitting a beehive; their pros and cons.  We will also look at benefits of making nucs and using swarm boxes.
Length: 4 hours.
Price $110
A good knowledge of beekeeping and terminology is expected from participants. You need to have at least one season of active beekeeping experience prior to attending.

Please bring your own veil (a must). A bee jacket or a bee suit is also welcomed, if you feel more comfortable that way. We will be working bees without gloves.  Please do not bring your hive tool.  Water bottles are recommended. A notebook and a pencil could be handy.

Course must be prepaid to reserve your spot. Sign up now before you miss out. Refunds are 50%. If you cancel, it has to be done 48h the latest before start of the class to receive the refund. No refunds, if you are a no show.


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Double nucs
Double nucs
A bee trap
An empty swarm box waiting to be discovered
Swarm box with with new occupants
A swarm box with with new occupants
Making nucs – Hands-on, one-on-one, at our educational apiary

For Advanced Beekeepers only – please contact us, if you are interested. You MUST have a minimum of 2 years of active beekeeping experience to take this course.

May 15th
1:00 – 4:00 pm
At our educational apiary
The Living Centre,  5871 Bells Rd, London
The online follow up on ZOOM
May 25th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Only two spots are available.

You are going to make a nucleus colony (nuc), together with a teacher.  You will have a hands-on, in-person experience using colonies from our hives.  Choosing a larva of a proper age to become a queen. Selecting brood frames and resources for a new nucleus colony and moving them to the new hive. Pros and cons of a 5-6 frame box and the regular Langstroth hive box as a home for the nucleus colony. Demonstration of moving the nucleus colony to the Long (horizontal) Langstroth hive.
Length: 3 hours.
Price $150

There will be a follow up on ZOOM on May 25th at 7pm. You will be able to see in a short video a progress of the nuc which you have made. There will be time for Q & A.

A good knowledge of beekeeping and terminology is expected from participants.

Please bring your own veil (a must). A bee jacket or a bee suit is also welcomed, if you feel more comfortable that way.  We will be working bees without gloves. Please, do not bring your own hive tool. Water bottles are recommended.

Course must be prepaid to reserve your spot. Sign up now before you miss out. Refunds are 50%. If you cancel, it has to be done 48h the latest before start of the class to receive the refund. No refunds, if you are a no show.


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Brood comb in various stages
Supersedure queen cell
Supersedure/ emergency queen cells
Working bees in a Long Langstroth hive