Beekeeping Course & Workshops
We have begun creating comprehensive ONLINE courses to help you understand your bees and act in line with their needs. Head over to our Sister Education Site where Bec has created the first course How to Successfully PackDOWN your hive for Winter . Follow this link to learn how & why so you can give the best care for your beehive www.beesmartbeekeeping.com
Currently our 2020 face to face classes are suspended due to COVID-19. We will open registration as soon as we are able.
We are so excited to be working on many more online resources so you can enjoy learning about the magic of backyard beekeeping at your leisure during our social distancing time. These will help you begin planning and thinking about your beekeeping dream. Stay tuned for our links coming your way. These will include beginner to advanced resources including crafts & other beekeeping related activities.
Beginner Bee Keeping Workshops are highly recommended before your start with Bees. Not only will you gain confidence after having hands on experience before you take possession of your own bee hives but you will know the legal responsibility required as a Beekeeper. Don't forget to watch my movie below giving you a taste of our program.
I run Beginner Beekeeping Workshops in the Yarra/Dandenong Ranges and at other times closer to Melbourne. Also, check out other times and sessions around Victoria.
Hear what past participants have to say about my workshops.
Other beekeeping training workshops are run throughout the year and generally on demand. If you are wanting to learn something, in particular, please drop me an email.
1. Step A- Beginners in Beekeeping
This is a 5-hour introduction to bee keeping workshop covering what to expect, the rules and regulations, where to position your hive, pests & diseases, building your hive, seasonal management, the workings of the hive and so much more. This workshop is not a 'taster' glossing over beekeeping as a hobby but a full demonstration of bee husbandry and tips & tricks on keeping your colony healthy throughout the season. It takes a lot more than just placing your hive in the backyard and leaving it to do its own thing... You will learn how to manage your bees for the first season from a nuc to a complete working hive. Learning to read and understand your colony is the first step in establishing a healthy hive.
See upcoming workshops here
Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
10 am - 3 pm BYO Lunch
Hi Bec, Thanks for the fantastic course on Sunday. It's the fourth (!) introductory beekeeping course I've taken, and of all of them, it has been the best organized and most professionally delivered. I really appreciated the way the course was structured, and the focus on seasonal activities and responsibilities. None of the courses I've taken before have been as effective as reinforcing how big a responsibility beekeeping is, so it was good to hear more about the code of practice and our responsibilities around reporting pests and disease. I really enjoyed the day and am more keen than ever to start the hobby!! Thanks again. All the best,
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2. Step B- Field Days In Springtime
I hold small groups of people who have completed my Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop and are wanting to experience opening a hive under supervision. This is a great opportunity for those who are about to take possession of their hive and want to experience it beforehand. You are required to provide your own protective gear and hive tool to attend which can also be purchased with me in my Hive Store on the morning. Completion of Step 1 is a pre-requisite to join in this Field Day. Heaps of fun and everyone comes out buzzing with excitement. Check out my Facebook Page for some pics from the 2015 year.
3. Step C- Pack Down Field Day In Autumn
With winter approaching I also hold a pack down day so my beginners can see first hand how to physically pack down the hive so the bees are snug and ready for the colder months ahead. We discuss different techniques, honey requirements, storage of spare equipment and lots more. Everyone must be suited up and Completion of Step 1 is a pre-requisite to join in this Field Day.
You can visit Bec's online course platform to learn how to successfully packdown your bee hives here www.beesmartbeekeeping.com
4. Step C - Advanced Management Techniques
All participants who have come through my program get the opportunity to another field day. Here you will learn more advanced beekeeping techniques to enable your smooth transition from year to year. This is available after participants have had their hive for more than 1.5 seasons. Everyone must be suited up and Completion of Step 1 is a pre-requisite to join in this Field Day.
5. Honey Harvesting
This workshop is run Jan to March each year- check out my website for dates and workshop schedules.
A sticky fun workshop designed to give you an understanding of timing, practical experience and know-how when it comes to harvesting your honey from your hive. Hands on fun with Bec.
A couple of hours hands on experience.
6. Short Workshops
Other short courses are run periodically throughout the year which covers a range of interesting topics.
Next Workshop is Mead Making - coming soon - Great Father's Day gift idea
So Buzz back here again to see what is coming up soon.
Should you have a specific request on the type of short workshop you would like to participate please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your request.
Disclaimer: Material & information published and/or presented in any of our training courses/workshops, leaflets or in Becs BeeHive website is produced in good faith & for general information and Becs BeeHive or its proprietors will not be liable for any loss suffered by any person for action taken on the basis of such information.