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!
Great course! Well prepared, and a well thought out and structured approach to sharing a vision. Doesn't tell you what to do in a garden, but inspires you to change the way you think about wildlife in a garden. Besides: this course shows you how the beauty of a garden goes much further than "just plants and flowers": you learn to appreciate it as a living organism fitting within it's surroundings and enables one to further encourage beauty to develop. Left me with a feeling of connection and increased appreciation, thanks Jennifer!
Response from Wayward Bee:Oh fantastic Eric, that's exactly my intention with this course so thank you for leaving a review. Here's wishing you a happy growing season!
This is the first of Jennifer's Courses I have attended and I was not disappointed! It was excellent. She held my attention for the duration of the Course, which was interesting, informative and relevant. She is very knowledgeable, but affirms rather than patronises. She offers ideas which are practical and possible for anyone to do to gain maximum benefit for bees and wildlife with minimal effort or expense. Her explanations regarding the reasons for doing things were easy to understand and helpful. Jennifer is engaging, enthusiastic and friendly. The Course left me feeling uplifted, and eager to put her suggestions and ideas into practice. Hugely enjoyable.
Response from Wayward Bee:Thank you so much for your review - really pleased you enjoyed it and found it useful 😊
Great online course. This course was excellent, I really enjoyed hearing about the principles of encouraging bees and other wildlife into the garden. Rather than strict instructions on what you should and shouldn’t do Jen supports thinking of the whole area and what we can do to support wildlife, whilst enjoying our gardens for ourselves, whatever the size. Plenty of opportunity for questions too, really enjoyed it, thank you.
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks so much for your review, Lee - and great that you enjoyed it. I know you already do so much for wildlife and your bees in your garden so it's nice to know you found it a useful course.
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!
Loved the course. Very practical and helpful.
Response from Wayward Bee:Marvellous to hear, Karen. Thank you very much.
Inspiring. Got home, bought a hive.
Response from Wayward Bee:That's great news! Thank you for your review.
Really enjoyable, well presented - I like Jennifer’s approach to bee-keeping. Left me motivated and keen to start. I really should mention the excellent cake too!!
Response from Wayward Bee:Ah, thank you Lizzie! So pleased you enjoyed the course - and the cake!
Very informative, I left having made a number of new decisions about the garden. From the importance of where you buy seeds, to encouraging lizards!
Response from Wayward Bee:Wonderful to hear, Paul! Let me know how you get on with your plans :) Thanks very much for coming along.
Brilliant course! Jennifer was very knowledgeable and passionate about protecting wildlife.
I learned a lot and I’m looking forward to transforming my garden into a bee and wildlife friendly space.
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks so much Julie, I'm really pleased you enjoyed the course and found it useful. I hope you find the things we discussed bring more wildlife to your garden :)
Response from Wayward Bee:Thank you! :)
A wonderful and informative afternoon. Jennifer's passion shines through. If I wasn't already sold on the idea of getting a hive, I certainly am now.
Response from Wayward Bee:Ah, thank you so much Mark! Great to meet you :)
A fabulous afternoon. Jennifer is incredibly knowledgable and engaging. We loved her way of teaching and her beliefs. I would highly recommend Jennifer and thank her so much for a really lovely afternoon including a lovely piece of homemade cake and great coffee ☕️
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks Sarah! It was great to meet you both :)
I would definitely recommend this course. It is relaxed and informal; Jennifer explains everything you need to know with the emphasis on what is good for the bees rather than the beekeeper. Jennifer has a lot of experience and a wealth of knowledge - and makes a lovely cake!
Response from Wayward Bee:Thank you Annette, I'm pleased you enjoyed the course - and the cake ;)
Jennifer is so knowledgeable, and conveys that knowledge in an engaging way. Would thoroughly recommend. Great cake too!
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks Carrie! That's great to hear :)
My husband and myself came on this course with no knowledge at all about bees & beekeeping, but thought the beginners course would be a great start- we both thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon & learnt so much from Jennifer. The time just flew, but we gained so much from the course. Jennifer is passionate about beekeeping & that came across in her knowledge, enthusiasm and the course notes. We are definitely looking into starting up beekeeping in the future! I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in beekeeping. We will definitely be interested in coming on the intermediate course!!
Response from Wayward Bee:Thank you for coming along Teresa! :)