About the Course
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 a 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 5 October 2019 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 6 October 2019 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.
The course will take place in Monmouth’s historic Shire Hall, NP25 3DY, across the road from Bees for Development. 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.
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What's included in the price?
Course fees : The price includes tuition fee, materials and tea/coffee. VAT included
Sat and Sun 5 and 6 October One place £120 ex VAT £144 inc VAT
Sat and Sun 5 and 6 October Two places £230 ex VAT £276 inc VAT
Saturday 5 October One place £65 ex VAT £78 inc VAT
Saturday 5 October Two places £120 ex VAT £144 inc VAT
Sunday 6 October One place £65 ex VAT £78 inc VAT
Sunday 6 October Two places £120 ex VAT £144 inc VAT
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 - - #15665
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 reccommend this course to anyone interested in bees as well as beekeeping, and thank Bees for Development for putting on this weekend, and providing a tasty and satisfying lunch each day.
And as a bonus, Dr Leo's honey is absolutely delicious!
Susan King - - #15605
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 - - #15589
It was an excellent course. My main interest is keeping bees without treatment and here my main questions to Leo Sharashkin have been answered. Leo Sharashkin gave an entertaining and high coherent presentation which was easy to follow even if your mothertongue is not English.
The presentation will change my building of beehives and methods of beekeeping. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in alternative and sustainable beekeeping.
Heinz Hellerer - - #15572
Dr Sharashkin is inspiring. He demonstrates very clearly how bees can be hived with their interests at the forefront yet still being able to share with them their honey. The deep frame hive is so logical when understanding the overwintering behaviour of the bee that it begs the question why is it not more common practice. I will be promoting this style of beekeeping from now. Excellent!
And thanks to Nicola and her team Bees for Development.
peter lead - - #15571
Incredibly thought-provoking course, Dr Sharashkin made us realise that sustainable beekeeping is very ‘do-able’, we don’t have to keep fiddling with our bees to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome. I would recommend him and this course to anyone seeking a natural approach to keeping and helping bees. I would also commend Bees for Development for not only arranging this course, but also for their work in developing countries assisting people to enhance their lives through sustainable beekeeping
Sheila Fellows-Turnbull - - #15568
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 - - #11633
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 - - #11632
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.
My only reservations concern the venue for the course. Parking was difficult. The external area immediately around the training room was muddy. This together with a 'no shoes' rule within the training room and also in the separate building where the toilets were located, resulted in constant changes of footwear - a nuisance in the middle of November. However, in all other respects the venue was good.
Selwyn Runnett - - #11615
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