Backyard Beekeeping full day workshop - Darebin Parklands

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In this introduction to beekeeping workshop you can expect to learn everything from the inner workings of a bee hive to the amazing properties of raw honey; how to maintain a healthy hive; to the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check.

Weather permitting we'll also open a hive and have a hands-on demonstration working with hives in the Darebin Parklands apiary,

The class is limited to 15 people, and we will start the day with a small amount of practical discussion in the classroom and then followed by a hands on day opening and inspecting the hives. If you have a Flow hive we can certainly help with all your questions!

The Class is suitable for adults and teenagers who are interested to get started or learn about bees.

What should I wear/bring ? Most of our classes take place outdoors so you’ll need clothing suitable for the weather on the day.  Even if it is very hot you will need long pants, long sleeves and closed shoes for the practical part of the day.  We supply all beekeeping suits.  You’ll also need gardening gloves or similar, sunscreen and a bottle of water.

Is there parking available? Yes there is plenty of parking available at Darebin Parklands. full class details will be emailed a week before the date

Do I need to bring lunch? Yes we do provide coffee and tea but please bring a packed lunch or you may be able to buy some from the nearby cafe

How old do you need to be to do the course? We usually suggest an age of 13 and above for the adult courses but feel free to contact me if you have a special request

About Us: A well-known registered Beekeeper, Benedict is "The Practical Beekeeper". Benedict collects swarms, manages beehives and delivers educational courses. Benedict is a full time beekeeper specializing in Urban beekeeping and he manages a number of hives in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

Benedict has a background and passion for permaculture, sustainability, horticulture and landscape architecture and is passionate about sharing ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

He also enjoys running school education programs which focus on promoting backyard beekeeping. In 2014 Benedict successfully ran the crowd funding campaign Bringing back the bees, which raised funds for Beekeeping at CERES and Taranaki Farm http://pozi.be/beekeeper.

Benedict also manages a number of hives in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and produces small batch, seasonal Raw Local honey. The Practical Beekeeper honey is single source, small batch minimally filtered, cold extracted and packed here in Melbourne. Benedict is a passionate believer in sustainability and so he focuses on beekeeping where the welfare of the bees is paramount.

To find out more about The Practical Beekeeper you can follow him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PracticalBeekeeper and you can also subscribe to his YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/HealthyOrganics


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What you will learn
  • Getting started with backyard beekeeping
  • How to maintain a healthy hive, the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check
  • The wonders of pure raw honey and an understanding of honey extraction
What you will get
  • Detailed course notes and online references
  • An understanding of how to get started keeping bees in your backyard

What to bring
  • Just need lunch, Sunscreen and a water bottle, all bee suits provided
What to wear

As we will be working outdoors it is important to wear sturdy footwear with no open toes. Also please remember long trousers and a long sleeve shirt with collar if possible. All bee suits and gloves are provided.

Appropriate for

Beginner beekeepers wanting to learn how to best manage their beehives.

Refund Policy

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place. Bookings are strictly not transferable to other dates. Please double check the date of the workshop before booking, cancellations will result in forfeit of payment.

Terms & Conditions

Participation in Beekeeping classes and workshops are at your own risk. Whilst we take every precaution to take reasonable care of our customers, we acknowledge that bees and the natural environment can pose risk, and your attendance at our classes waives our liability for any injuries that occur. Payment of class or event is confirmation of your place(s) in the class. Minimum numbers apply for each class, if we require the class(es) to be postponed or cancelled, a refund or re-allocation to the same class or a different class of the same value will be offered.

Photography Consent

We often take photographs during our workshops to share through our instagram @practical_beekeeper or with our community. If you do not consent to have your (or your child's) photograph taken and shared on our social media platforms and/or website please let us know before the workshop begins. You can send us an email prior to class or just give us a heads up at the start of class.

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Terms & Conditions

Due to the uncertainty of COVID 19, we may need to postpone our classes. In the case of postponement your booking will be transferred to another date. 

Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place. If you are unable to attend on the day, last minute cancellations will result in forfeit of payment.

Disclaimer:  Beekeeping material & information published and/or presented in any of our training courses or workshops, leaflets or on The Practical Beekeeper website is produced in good faith & for general information and The Practical Beekeeper or its proprietors will not be liable for any loss suffered by any person for action taken on the basis of such information.

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10 November 2017 • Backyard Beekeeping full day workshop - Darebin...

Attended the one day course at the Darebin Parklands. Benedict presented a well organised and easily understood course covering the basics of beekeeping. He provided heaps of valuable information for people new to bee keeping. It was a relaxed session with plenty of question and answer time. I came away with a wealth of new knowledge which l am sure will hold me in good stead for my future beekeeping hobby.


07 November 2017 • Backyard Beekeeping full day workshop - Darebin...

Very informative course. Covered a lot of ground in a day session. Very good for someone like me who had very limited knowledge of bee-keeping prior to the course


07 November 2017 • Backyard Beekeeping full day workshop - Darebin...

Great workshop! Very practical!

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