Practical Natural Beekeeping-training

The 2022 English practical beekeeping training for beginners consists of 13 gatherings of 2 hours held on:

April 7th
(mandatory – theoretical recap)
April 14th (practical from this date on)
May 5th & 19th
June 2nd & 16th
July 7th
August 4th
September 1st & 22nd
October 13 th

On top of that 2 gatherings that can’t be planned (one catching a swarm and one introducing a swarm in a beehive two days later) will be held making the training 26 hours in total.

Our practical and natural beekeeping training is based on the principles of Biodynamic Beekeeping. 

In this course you will learn how to keep city bees in a way that is as natural as possible. We will focus entirely on the well-being of the bees instead of the honey profits. We will try to facilitate and give room to the natural tendencies of a bee colony like swarming, rather than to manipulate or suppress them.

The training runs from April to October and focuses on the colony’s yearly cycle to discover 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 will not only look at the bees, but the whole hive – how the colony as a whole should be treated, and the direct environment the bees are confronted with.

Training contents

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.

Geert will review just about all you need to know including:

  • Approaching a bee colony
  • Setting up your home, city garden, or other location for your hive
  • Swarming, the natural birth and cycles of a bee colony
  • Catching a bee swarm hanging from a tree or other object, and hiving that swarm in a beehive that has been prepared and placed for those bees [Note: this timing is nature-dependent so you will be called upon by text message to go catch a swarm with Geert]  
  • Learning more practical beekeeping from guest teacher Albert Muller, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable natural beekeepers in Europe
  • Daily caring for bees, how to pay special attention to the natural behavior and needs of the bee colony, and how we can facilitate this wonderful super-organism

The meetings will take place on Thursdays from 18.30h to 20.30h.

The total costs for this 26-hour training spread over 2022 is; 490€ incl. VAT

Subscribe for this training by filling in the form below.

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. So make sure you register in time because when all the places have been taken we’ll have to refund you and ask you to participate in 2023.

The practical meetings will be held at Lab111Arie Biemondstraat 111, Amsterdam

We’re looking forward to seeing you in class and introducing you to the world of bees. We are confident it will be an enriching experience as it has inspired us and given us so much joy throughout the years.

Note: we require you to have taken the Buzzing Bees: Introduction Course or have some experience as a conventional beekeeper to participate, as 12 out of the 13 gatherings are practical and we need participants to have basic theoretical knowledge.

The Queen Bee: Practical and natural beekeeping training

To participate in the practical training for natural beekeeping certain theoretical knowledge is required. You might have it from participating in our Introduction course or as part of your previous beekeeping training. If you haven't followed our Introduction course or have been practising beekeeping yourself yet, then you must subscribe to the introduction course that starts before the raining starts as well.