Practical Training: Natural (City-) Beekeeping

The dates have been set for the 2020 English practical, natural (city-) beekeeping training for beginners.

The practical natural beekeeping training is based on the principles of Biodynamic Beekeeping  and applied in a way so you can learn to keep (city)bees as natural as possible. It is aimed at the well-being of the bees in stead of the honey profits. We try to facilitate and give room to the natural urges of a bee colony -like swarming- rather then to manipulate or suppress them.

The training runs from April to October and looks at the colony’s yearly cycle to find out how we can support them the best at what times. This is done with 2 different types of natural hives: the top-bar-hive and the golden hive (also called Einraumbeute). We don’t only look at the bees, but incorporate the hive, how the colony as a whole should be treated, and the direct environment the bees are confronted with.

In total there will be 13 meetings of two hours spread over the year in which natural city beekeeper Geert Van Kerckhove will show you how he keeps and accompanies his bees. From him you will learn how to approach a bee colony and how you can become a natural beekeeper yourself at your own home, city garden, location outside the city, …  the year after. Of those 13 meetings, 1 meeting is theoretical and the 12 other meetings are practical orientated. 2 of those 12 practical meetings will be dedicated to swarming, the natural birth of a bee colony. In the first of those two meetings you will learn how to catch a bee swarm hanging from a tree or other object it has landed on. In the second meeting you will hive that swarm in a beehive that has been prepared and placed for those bees. The exact moment and place of these swarming meetings are not yet clear because the bees will be caught when we are made aware of a swarm presenting itself. At that time you will receive an sms to tell you where to go to catch the swarm with him. For additional in dept knowledge and expertise, 1 of the practical beekeeping training’s will be given by Albert Muller, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable natural beekeepers in Europe.

The meetings will take place on Thursdays from 18.30h to 20.30h.
The first theoretical and mandatory meeting will be held the 9h of April 2020
The following practical 2020 meetings are held:  April 16th, May 7th, May 28th, June 11th, June 18th, July 2nd, August 20th, September 10th, October 1st, October 29th + 2 swarm gatherings in spring/summer.

The total costs for this 26-hour training spread over 2020 is; 390€ incl. VAT

There is a maximum of people for the practical course, not to overcrowd the bees and so that all the participants can gain enough practical experience. To make sure you can participate you send an email to mentioning “Practical course 2019″ and we will let you know if we have places available and all the further details on how to subscribe.

The practical meetings will be held at Lab111 – Arie Biemondstraat 111, Amsterdam
You can see the set-up of our 4 hives at Lab111 here:LinkedINsmall
We’re looking forward to introduce you to the world of bees and are confident it will be an enriching experience as it has inspired us and given us so much joy throughout the years.

We will pay special attention to the natural behavior and needs of the bee colony, and how we can facilitate this wonderful super-organism. This we we can all together, contribute to the vitality and well-being of the bees, and as we say; the bee’s well-being is our WellBeeing.

Kind regards
The team

You can subscribe for this training by mailing Note that we require you to have taken a theoretical Introduction course or have some experience as a conventional beekeeper to participate, as 12 out of 13 gatherings are practical and we need participants to have basic theoretical knowledge.