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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Natural and treatment-free beekeeping with Leo Sharashkin October 2019

United Kingdom

5 - 6 October 2019 Shire Hall, Monmouth, NP25 3DY

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 5 and Sunday 6 October.  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 October 5     9.30am-4.30pm

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 October 6        9.30am-4.30pm

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 3DY, across the road from Bees for Development.

Course fees

The price includes tuition fee, materials and tea/coffee.  VAT included

 

 

 

 

ex VAT

Incl VAT

Sat & Sun

5 & 6 October

one place

£120

£144

Sat & Sun

5 and 6 October

two places

£230

£276

Saturday

5 October

one place

£65

£78

Saturday

5 October

two places

£120

£144

Sunday

6 October

one place

£65

£78

Sunday

6 October

two places

£120

£144

 

Tickets for the course can be booked here 

 

Please note there will be no live bees available to view.  Bees for Development do run additional courses which give you an opportunity to see real bees including Sustainable Beekeeping and Skep Beekeeping and more details are available here

 

This event follows on from Leo’s much acclaimed course in June 2018:  you can see reviews below.

  • This is the second course I have attended where Dr Sharashkin was the Speaker and Trainer. Again, it was excellent. I started keeping some of my honey bees in horizontal hives last year. So this course enabled me to learn some of the more detailed points of the techniques involved, whilst also providing a refresher on the overall principles. Dr Sharashkin's detailed practical and scientific knowledge is superb. I came away with a comprehensive list of improvements that I will be making to how I manage my bees both in horizontal hives and in conventional vertical hives. The techniques taught on the Course are the foundation stones for ethical and sustainable beekeeping for the future. I would recommend this Course to anyone who questions conventional beekeeping techniques and wants to learn about alternative bee-centred alternatives. (Selwyn Runnett - 9 months ago) 
  • A comprehensive course expertly presented by a charismatic speaker. It gave me confidence to alter my beekeeping practice, and explain why, to those who prefer the industrial methods of beekeeping. (Gill Horrocks - 9 months ago)
  • The weekend course with Dr Leo was a superb lesson in how to live with bees in a sustainable and mutually beneficial way. I had read 'Keeping bees with a smile' and was very interested in the deep frames in the Lazutin hives, and this workshop showed how deep frames are the most logical and bee friendly way to keep bees and give them the best chance for overwintering in our climate. 
    It was good to spend time with others who want to move away from the industrialised methods of bee keeping with the high number of interventions required, and move towards the bee-centric way. 
    I would recommend this course to anyone interested in bees as well as beekeeping, and thank Bees for Development for putting on this weekend. And as a bonus, Dr Leo's honey is absolutely delicious! (Susan King - 9 months ago )

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