Beginner’s Organic Beekeeping

Saturday and Sunday, May 16 – 17, 2020

9:00am – 5:00pm

Organic BeekeepingLearn about the current state of the honeybee and the beekeeping industry, as well as alternatives to the failing status quo. Designed for the rank beginner, we cover the basics of honey bee biology, resources for sourcing bees, choosing an apiary site, and the tools and equipment you will need.

Safe, nontoxic, and effective methods for controlling hive pests and diseases such as mites and foulbrood are covered, as well as tips on successfully overwintering hives. Whether you are looking to use fewer chemicals, or are committed to keeping bees organically, this course is for you. The class will be punctuated with visits to the bee yard, weather permitting.

This workshop provides an introduction for folks interested in small scale and part-time (backyard) beekeeping. The workshop will present a balanced view of natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices, including:

  • location and equipment requirements
  • basic honey bee biology
  • swarming as an expression of the bees’ vitality
  • overwintering
  • presence and mindfulness in the bee yard
  • non-toxic pest and disease control
  • an appreciation for the role that pollinators and beekeepers play within Earth’s ecosystem

The program will include an open hive demonstration with the opportunity for hands-on experience by inexperienced students, weather permitting.

To Register: 

Call 802-349-4729 or email: [email protected]

Program Details

Fee: $125 per person
(covers the class for both days and includes a copy of the course text, Natural Beekeeping, 2nd Edition)

To register, call Ross at 802-349-4279 or email [email protected]

For meals & accommodations, and payment, contact [email protected].

Vermont Yoga RetreatMetta Earth is nestled in the quietude of the mountains, the stunning headwaters of the New Haven river with abundant waterfalls and pools for swimming, wilderness trails to walk or bike, and 158 acres of Metta Earth land to explore.

Meals are vegetarian and lovingly prepared with seasonal, local and organic foods; much of our food comes from our own 3⁄4-acre organic garden and farmstead. Participants assist and have the opportunity to learn about harvesting, cooking, putting food by, and other aspects of organic, local food.

Options for sleeping accommodations include shared peaceful rooms in the main Metta Earth house, shared space in one of the yurts, or space to set up your own tent.

The Metta Earth main house provides bathrooms, laundry, phones, wireless internet, library, kitchen and dining facilities, and teaching, study, and practice space.

“All of us want to let you know that we had a wonderful experience at your workshop. We found your experiences, knowledge and presentation to be over the top!! We all were pleased with the material covered, hive building class and working with the hives. The people in the class were a super bunch! Metta Earth facilities, food and people were excellent. We greatly enjoyed talking with Gillian and the Metta Earth team about numerous topics, relating to gardening, farm animals and nature. After meeting you I find reading your book much more interesting and enjoyable. We all look forward to handling our bees with your ease, knowledge and understanding. I proclaim Ross Conrad ‘The Beekeepers Beekeeper.'”

– Allen M. and family

“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others”

– Saint John Chrysostom