Beekeeping For Beginners Courses for next season will be available from October onwards. The hives are now closing down for winter. I will be publishing dates from about Aug / Sept onwards. This will depend on how the Spring develops and how the hives respond to it. In the meantime if I can be of any general beekeeping assistance please drop me an email via the “contact us’ facility on this website.
Be sure to check availability. The available weekends are in green. The fully booked are in red. If you cannot proceed with payment, then the course has no vacant places. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A TWO DAY COURSE OVER THE WEEKEND.
There is quite a bit to know about managing bees and making sure they are well maintained in order that they do not suffer diseases or malnutrition. I would strongly urge that you attend a short course to arm yourself with enough knowledge to do the right thing. The course will take place just outside Nairne at my home (155 Petwood Road, Petwood, SA, 5254). The course starts at 09:00 and will run through to about 16:30 (on both days) with stops for tea and lunch as required. Students bring their own lunches.
The cost is $175 per person for the course (+ gst). On the second day I will provide smocks and gloves for the hive inspection. If you have your own bee suit then please bring it along if you wish.
I have also built in to my course a discussion about Manuka honey and the Flow hive as they are currently quite hot topics. The course is quite good fun and I am still in touch with quite a few former “students”.
To get started, I would recommend a book produced by the CSIRO and the University of NSW called Bee Agskills. It is excellent. You can buy a hard copy on line for about $25 or download it free if you have iBooks.
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A great time was had by all on this very entertaining and informative course. Cripsin was well informed, articulate and amusing as we were introduced to the world of bee keeping including the invaluable experience of being fully involved in a hive inspection. A good experience that I highly recommend.
I'm so glad you enjoyed it Daryl. It was great to have you along.
I cannot speak highly enough of this course. It is informative, relaxed and Crispin is incredibly generous with both his time and knowledge. The teaching area is comfortable and being able to be hands on with the bees and his hives makes for an excellent learning environment. I also liked that the class was small. And his honey is the best I've ever tasted. Great to meet you Crispin! 🙂
Thank you for taking the time to write a review Mark. These posts are very important to me and I do appreciate that you have taken time to do so. It was a pleasure having you along.
Crispin’s weekend workshop on beekeeping is outstanding and I would recommend it to anyone interested in keeping bees. Crispin’s engaging style kept everyone truly captivated over two intensive days. Armed with the course content and the experience of donning a beekeepers’s suit and inspecting a hive has given me the confidence to get a hive.
I was quite fearful of bees before attending this workshop, however I now have a healthy respect for bees and look forward to getting to know my bees when I collect my hive.
Thanks for those kind words and for your participation on the course. Keep in touch and if I can anything to help just drop me a line.
it is a fantastic course that i enjoyed over the two days with a amazing knowledgeable bee keeper with a lot of experience that now i fell confident enough to put the paper work in today the day after i finished my course for my registration thank you for all your help
Louise, how lovely to hear from you. Thank you very much for the feedback. Kind words indeed. Good luck with beekeeping. If you get stuck, drop me a line.
Thankyou for a great weekend of Beginner bee keeping, it was a very informative two days reinforced by the hands on experience and we opened your bee hives to gain experience and reinforce your class room teaching.I left very excited and wanting to start my new bee keeping adventure, thankyou
Hi Dwayne. It was lovely to have you along on the course. Thank you very much for the kind words. If you need any advise, you have my details, just drop me a line.
Top marks for Crispin's Beekeeping for Beginner's weekend course. Crispin is such an engaging teacher - he made us very welcome, he kept us entertained and he certainly knows his stuff. Heaps of anecdotes, tips and tricks, and great hands on experience. I began with little knowledge of beekeeping and certainly zero experience, and after 2 very enjoyable days of the course I now have the enthusiasm and confidence to get started. Thank you Crispin, you certainly have lit a spark!
Hi Julian. Thank you for taking time to put a few words together. It is very much appreciated. I hope you and Sarah go from strength to strength with your new hobby. Yours, Crispin
Great teacher, very thorough with a good sense of humour. Was a mixed class with experienced bee keepers and complete beginners (me). Interactive class allowed for many questions to be asked. Many tips and tricks shared. Comfortable setting. Would recommend.
Thanks Brittany. Good luck with your beekeeping.
Excellent, excellent, excellent! This is a must-do course for the amateur bee-keeper. I have kept bees for several years and found I still had much to learn from Crispin. This course is fun, entertaining, interactive and run with good spirit and inclusiveness. Crispin is a great bloke and a gracious host. I'd do it again!!
Hi Christopher. Thank you so much for the positive feedback. It was a real pleasure to have you along. I’m really glad you enjoyed it.
Just finished the two day beginners course and it was fantastic. Presented in an engaging and logical manner, if all of your questions aren't answered by the course content then just ask Crispin. We had a great amount of hands-on time built in and I've left feeling confident to get started when I can. Don't let the drive out to Petwood put you off, it's worth every minute and far superior to a city based classroom experience.
Hi Page. Sorry it took me a while to get to your post. It was really lovely of you to give such positive feedback. I am always grateful to those that do. I rely on such things and chuffed that you were able to find time to do this. So greatful.
Thank you for a great informative course you presented to me and my class mates this weekend (3/4 Nov 2018) your enthusiasm and knowledge interspersed with anecdotes made it a very enjoyable weekend .
Thanks for the review Gary All the best.