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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Natural and treatment-free beekeeping with Leo Sharashkin June 2018

United Kingdom

16-17 June 2018 Monmouth Shire Hall, Agincourt Square. NP25 3EA

A Bees for development event

 

NATURAL BEEKEEPING THAT WORKS

A unique weekend on natural, treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives with Dr Leo Sharashkin of Missouri, USA, on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June.  You can attend either or both days.

Dr Leo Sharashkin is editor of Keeping Bees With a Smile: A Vision and Practice of Natural Apiculture, a comprehensive resource on keeping bees naturally in horizontal hives. He is contributor to American Bee Journal, The Beekeepers Quarterly, and Acres USA, and speaks internationally on sustainable beekeeping, organic growing, and Earth-friendly living.  He holds a PhD in Forestry from the University of Missouri and a Master’s in Natural Resources from Indiana University, USA.

Saturday June 16

NATURAL BEEKEEPING THAT WORKS

On Day 1 we discuss how honey bees live in the wild and how we can mimic their ways in our managed hives.  We cover the main pillars of natural beekeeping, and how these can be beneficially applied in any apiary.  We talk about the importance of using local honey bees and the keys to successfully attract swarms to bait hives to start or increase your apiary.  Then we discuss the concept of "ideal" beehives: what makes a hive bee-friendly (and beekeeper-friendly, too); advantages of very deep combs and horizontal hives, plus an honest evaluation of pluses and minuses of conventional and alternative hive models.

Sunday June 17

ADVANCED NATURAL BEEKEEPING MADE EASY

On Day 2 we go over the entire yearly cycle of caring for your bees, in much detail.  Spring colony build-up; natural and artificial swarming, propagation, and breeding; honey flows and honey harvest; successful wintering.  We discuss the advantages and limitations of each management procedure, how it influences productivity, well-being, and health of the colony.  We cover practical ways to limit beekeeper's intervention and how to make your apiary low-input and sustainable.  We cover local nectar resources, how to take advantage of them and avoid sugar feeding.  Finally, bee health; treatment-free beekeeping; and crafting and marketing premium eco-pure honey and many other products of the hive.  You can have a few thriving colonies, or make a living doing natural beekeeping - and Dr Leo shows you how.

Venue

The Course will take place in Monmouth’s historic Shire Hall, NP25 3EA, across the road from Bees for Development.

Course fees

Fee includes tuition fee, materials, refreshments and picnic lunch.  VAT included

Select option from the list below to purchase ticket

 

 

 

ex VAT

Incl VAT

Sat & Sun

16 & 17 June

one place

£150

£180

Sat & Sun

16 & 17 June

two places

£283

£340

Saturday

16 June

one place

£80

£96

Saturday

16 June

two places

£150

£180

Sunday

17 June

one place

£80

£96

Sunday

17 June

two places

£150

£180

This event follows on from Leo’s much acclaimed Course in November 2017:  you can see reviews below.

Having already read "Keeping Bees with a Smile" and "Keeping Bees in Horizontal Hives" it was a no-brainer when I learned that Leo Sharashkin would be giving this course in the UK in November. The course lived up to all my expectations and his explanations of techniques for sustainable beekeeping were clear and thought provoking. In particular his treatment free approach will be my mission for 2018 with my colonies.

If this course is repeated in the future it would be beneficial to hold it in the active beekeeping season so practical session(s) in the Apiary could be used to reinforce the subject matter. I would recommend this course whole-heartedly to any beekeeper with an open mind.

John Fowler - 2 months ago

Excellent presentation by Leo Sharashkin. He gave time for people to ask questions and take notes which was needed due to the amount of information provided. I will certainly be applying as many of the sustainable methods he suggested as I can.

Chris White - 2 months ago 

Dr Sharashkin was excellent. It was one of the best courses I have attended on honey bees. The content was comprehensive and covered all the key aspects of the subject. His presentational style was superb, making complex aspects of the subject areas comprehensible. He is clearly committed to taking beekeeping a sustainable path and he was certainly inspiring in what he had to say. It will certainly change my approach to bee-keeping. It was fantastic to be able to hear such a well regarded US-based advocate of sustainable beekeeping here in the UK.

There was also plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion both during the formal sessions and also during the breaks. The course was well structured. I would recommend that anyone interested in treatment free beekeeping and keeping bees in horizontal hives should attend this course if it is repeated in the UK.

Selwyn Runnett - 2 months ago 

 

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