Sustainable Beekeeping Training

Sustainable Beekeeping Training

Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May 2022

We are really excited to be hosting the 3 day Sustainable Beekeeping training run by experienced natural beekeeper, Sean Hearn, for the second time (see feedback from the last course).

People are becoming increasingly aware of the issues around honeybees and their ecological importance. We all know they pollinate our fruits and vegetables but do we know the impact our beekeeping practices are having on the health of the honeybee?

With experienced ecological beekeeper, Sean Hearn, we will look at beekeeping practice from a holistic perspective and seek to explore what a practice would look like if bee health and bee-centred design were at its core, rather than honey production.

The course starts by seeking to understand the honeybee as deeply as possible. This includes basic biology, swarming behaviour and honeybees in the wild. We view this knowledge as an essential starting point on the journey to more sustainable ways of working with bees.

We will also seek to place honeybees in the context of the wider ecology and spend time understanding other types of bee including bumblebees and solitary bees

Then grounded in our understanding of bees we will then look into the craft of sustainably working with bees. This will include sustainable hive design, Warre management throughout the season, swarming, honeybee health and the sustainable harvest of honey, wax and propolis.

We will also spend time observing the beehives at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust during the course.


This course is for anyone from beginners to experienced beekeepers who are interested in learning about more sustainable methods of beekeeping. There are 12 places available.

We are asking for £225 for the 3 day course and £180 concession rate and we are more than happy to talk about payment plans to make accessing this course as fair as possible.

We will be providing teas and coffees but ask that you bring along your own food for the day and a bee suit if you have one!

Beautiful accommodation is available at nearby Larkhill Tipis and Yurts for the course if required. Please contact larkhillcamping@gmail.com.

Camping is also possible at the Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust whilst you are on the course. Please contact Michelle on 07813464990 or michelle_laine@yahoo.co.uk for more info.

To book a place on the course and with any questions please contact naomi.glass@gmail.com.


Feedback from 2021 Course

“Loved it! I’m inspired to support bees.”

” I particularly liked the mix of philosophical, theoretical and practical and the adaptation to students’ interests/ questions. There were knowledgeable, but not prescriptive answers. The course was a jump-off point for so much more; the start of a network/ working group of like-minded people working with/ for bees. Even if we don’t get bees to look after, it is is the start of new, informed action.”

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“I particularly liked Sean’s patience in being interrupted and answering questions all the way through, which made it very interactive. Sean was very responsive to people’s personal angles of interest.”

“Thank you – this felt like a form of initiation! You are a very generous teacher.”

” I particularly liked the orientation to observation, to giving the bee agency – to teach us how to be with them…also the warre methodology feels like a practice I can orient to.”

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