Eco-Spiritual Educational Sanctuary
(est. 1983)

Natural, Sustainable Beekeeping, season 2022

Our motto:  “Observe and learn”

Natural Instincts Beekeeping offers at The Living Centre natural, sustainable beekeeping courses with a permaculture approach.
Our main focus is on sharing knowledge about sustainable beekeeping and the propagation of survivor bees.  Our beehives are free of chemicals, antibiotics, and contaminated wax.  We also collect swarms and by doing that, we help bees find a safe home and also improve the survivability of local colonies.

Introductory field trip class

Choose your date:

June 11th 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 18th 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 26th 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

“Listen to the bees and let them guide you.”
— Brother Adam

This exciting field trip includes an open beehive demonstration and hands-on experience of working with bees.  Also we will talk briefly about bee biology, backyard beekeeping, and common mistakes of first-time beekeepers. You do not need any beekeeping experience to participate.

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Group field trip

Private group field trip

“Bees are more than a hobby; they are a life study, in many respects a mirror of our own society.”
—William Longgood

Let us know, if you would like to have a field trip organized just for your group.  The average size of the group is 5-10 participants.

Splits, nucs, and swarm boxes

May 14th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

For Advanced Beekeepers only - please contact us if you have questions. You MUST have a minimum of one year of hands-on beekeeping experience to take this class.

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left.  No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
—Albert Einstein

This workshop is a  combination of an open beehive demonstrations of doing splits.  Also we will discuss various methods of splitting a beehive and benefits of making nucs and using swarm boxes.
A good knowledge of beekeeping and terminology is expected from participants. You need to have at least one season of beekeeping experience prior to attending.

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Making nucs – Hands-on, one-on-one

May 15th 1:00 – 4:00 pm

For Advanced Beekeepers only - please contact us if you have questions. You MUST have a minimum of two years of active beekeeping experience to take this course.

“If some of the full frames are moved, and empty ones placed between them, as soon as the bees begin to build powerfully, there need be no guide combs on the empty frames, and still the work will be executed with the most beautiful regularity.” –The Hive and the Honeybee by Rev. L.L. Langstroth 1853, pg. 227

You are going to make a nucleus colony (nuc), together with a teacher. You will have a hands-on, in-person experience using colonies from our hives. Learning a proper age of larva which can become a queen. Selecting brood frames and resources for a new nucleus colony and moving them to the new hive. Pros and cons of a 5-6 frame box and the regular Langstroth hive box as a home for the nucleus colony.

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