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Learn Natural Beekeeping – Melbourne – November 2016

November 12, 2016 @ 10:00 am - November 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm


Course Details

November 12, 2016 @ 10:00 am
November 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
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Course Organiser

Beekeeping Naturally
Organiser Phone:
0409 971 128
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Course Facilitators

Facilitated by:


The Michael Centre Biodynamic Community Garden
37a Wellington Park Drive
Warranwood, Victoria 3134 Australia
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Please leave your details on the form below if you’d like to be contacted when we have dates for the next Melbourne course.

A unique beekeeping course, teaching a completely different style and approach to standard conventional Beekeeping.

Are you ready to plunge into Natural Beekeeping?

Come and join Adrian Iodice and Tobias Mager for a fascinating and informative weekend learning natural, organic, biodynamic, bee-centric Bee-care using Kenyan Top Bar Hives.

You will leave with the confidence to start caring for a Bee colony of your own.

What you will Learn

You will learn about the intimate life of a Honey Bee colony, how to catch and relocate a swarm and the fundamentals to start up and manage a colony of your own.

We will look at a number of different hives and discuss the pros and cons of them all.

The course covers the types of equipment you will need  to catch swarms and to manage your hives.

You will learn about Bee developmental stages and Queen development. As well as the importance of natural honeycomb, where to position a beehive, harvesting natural raw honey and tools needed for harvesting, beekeeping and swarm management.

These subjects are by no means exhaustive!!

Due to COVID restrictions, this event has been postponed

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What’s Included

  • Comprehensive course notes
  • Plans to build your own Kenyan Top Bar Hive (Les Crowder version)
  • A full list of great books, web sites and films to learn more in your own time
  • Continued support and access to Adrian for any questions on your journey into Honey Bee guardianship
  • Meet, hang out and hopefully stay in touch with other great people who are on the same path.
  • Morning & Afternoon tea on Saturday and Sunday with Bread, organic butter and lots of raw home grown organic Honey

Please note that lunch is not included as part of the course.

What to Bring

Its going to be a full 2 days of information so bring:

  • Lunch for both days
  • A pad and pen to take notes
  • A light coloured, thick, long sleeve shirt or pullover
  • Long loose fitting pants
  • A veil
  • Fully enclosed shoes
  • A Bee suit if you have one
  • You can also bring a recording device if you like or a video camera.

We will look into an active hive only if weather permits!

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Payment & Refunds

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or contact Adrian to arrange payment by credit card over the phone, or direct deposit.

Please ensure you read our Course & Workshop Refunds Policy prior to booking your course.

Hi Adrian and Tobias,

Thank you so much for a wonderful 2 days last weekend. I was booked in to your course at the last minute by Indi as i mentioned to her that I was thinking of getting bees. So I wasn't sure what I was getting into for the weekend. I also hadn't seen the River Cottage episode either that prompted Indi to register for your course. So I guess i was totally in the dark as to what to expect. It was amazing and I loved every minute of it. You both are so passionate about what you are delivering. So now I have lots of homework so I can hopefully get a hive at the school I work at. We are a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation School so a beehive naturally would fit into our school perfectly. If we are allowed to have a hive.

Anyway I just wanted to say thank you. I will keep in contact and let you know if I manage to get a hive at school and when one is set up at our house. Which will happen at home as Indi visits regularly and will make sure it happens!!!!

Jenny Steven.

Course Cost

Early Bird Price: $340

(available until 1 September 2016)

Full Price: $380

(after 1 September 2016)


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