Would you like to know how to keep bees sustainably, on a small scale? Have you always wondered what goes on inside a hive? Perhaps you're worried about how our bees are declining and want to know how to help them. Many people would like a colony of honeybees in their garden, and on this course I will show you how a hive works, and how to keep your bees happy and healthy with minimal intervention. This course is suitable for complete novices with no previous experience, or those who have decided to pursue a less invasive way of beekeeping compared to more traditional methods.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
2 hour live Zoom session on the specified date. Notes emailed beforehand, including a recipe for a cake for you to bake for the break if you'd like to.
Pen and paper; good internet connection; Zoom on your device.
This course is taught online
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2 hours (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
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Jenny offers a friendly, wholesome, and passionate introduction to beekeeping. It is not only an excellent introduction for those who are interested in keeping bees, but also for those who just want to learn more about the humble honeybee, as she provides a wonderful insight into the life of the hive and the bees who run it. Promoting sustainable beekeeping, she shows she is both environmentally and ecologically aware of her approaches. Jenny's approach to beekeeping prioritizes the welfare of the hive and the bees' interactions with the environment instead of the commercialization of the hive and honey produced, which I found very refreshing.
Ahead of time Jenny also sent a document containing information that would be covered in the zoom course which I found extremely helpful. Not only was I able to read the content beforehand but I am also now able to revisit it should I need to refresh my memory on any of the topics covered.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in beekeeping or honeybees in general and wishes to protect them for the future.
Response from Wayward Bee:Thank you so much for joining the Zoom Kayla, I'm really pleased you enjoyed the course. Great to meet you, and thank you for your review!
I am a complete novice to beekeeping but wanted to take it up as a hobby. This course was fantastic in simplifying beekeeping to a natural science and Jennifer is an excellent teacher. It was unfortunate that we couldn't meet in person but Jennifer really made it work on Zoom. It's just a shame you can't Zoom cake! If you are interested in taking up beekeeping then I would whole heartedly recommend this course to explain all the fundamentals and give you the confidence to go for it.
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks so much for your review, Rex - it was great to meet you [virtually] too! Really pleased you enjoyed the course, and I'll work on teleporting the cake....
This Zoom course was beyond my expectations! Jennifer had all of our attention with clear and interesting explanations of hive structure and bees. I loved how it felt as if I was in a real class, so very grateful.
Response from Wayward Bee:So pleased you enjoyed it, Gayana - it was great to meet you 😊
I’ve attended both face to face and zoom courses with Jen. Her knowledge is incredible, she has a scientific and experiential understanding of honeybees. Her teaching is relaxed and conversational which makes the experience perfect for everyone. Her courses are great for people who just want to know more about honeybees and also so informative for those wanting to start or maintain a hive. More so her approach is so in tune with nature and supportive of the bees natural world. I left my first 2hr course with Jen knowing that I had contacts and mentors to talk to. I’ve since collected my own swarm and supported a hive, on my 2nd in my second year now and so chuffed. Enormous thanks Jen
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks so much for your feedback, Lee - and great that the Zoom works ok (though sincere apologies I can't supply virtual cake...)
A wonderful way to spend two hours - fascinating informative and really enjoyable. Jenny was both knowledgeable and accessible - making the prospect of beekeeping in a natural way both appealing and approachable. Great cookies too
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks Amanda! Lovely to meet you :)
An inspiring afternoon - Jen is a natural and knowledgeable teacher who encourages her students to observe and think. I’d recommend this course to anyone who keeps bees and has an interest in understanding them and reimagining the role of the beekeeper.
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks so much for coming along, Venetia!