Courses and experiences

We now offer courses and experiences in both Ballarat and Geelong!

The Ballarat events are run from Ballarat Beekeeping Supplies, Ballarat Central and Geelong events run from Eastern Hub Geelong, East Geelong.

All bookings through Humantix.

 

Secret Life of Bees: Open Hive Experience Workshop (90mins)

An immersive beekeeping experience held in our backyard with our urban beehives. Ideal for anyone who has had a lifelong curiosity about the machinations inside a beehive or thinking of starting their beekeeping journey. Complete with a delicious and honey tasting. Take home a 350g jar of your favourite single origin Ballaarat Wild Bush Honey.

 

No beekeeping experience necessary. Full protective equipment supplied.
$75.00 per person (plus booking fee)

 


Introduction to Beekeeping Course (4hrs)

The four hour course focuses on building hands on foundational skills and knowledge to equip you to get your beekeeping journey underway. Includes a copy of Bee Agskills, loan of all protective equipment and smokers and a light afternoon tea.

The course includes practical skills, how to

  • light a smokers (and keep it lit)
  • open and reassemble a hive correctly
  • identify all stage of a bees life cycle
  • perform and record biosecurity inspections

No beekeeping experience required.

Ballarat:
$165.00 per person (plus booking fee)

Geelong:
$185.00 per person (plus booking fee)


Beyond Beginner: Advancing your beekeeping skills (6hrs)

Held at Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat’s urban apiary site, beekeepers will learn theory and skills to progress their practice. This day lone course provides an opportunity accelerate your beekeeping learning by working on a number of beehives undertaken various beekeeping tasks.

 

$225.00 per person* (plus booking fee)

*$25 from each ticket is donated to HiveMind Community Apiary, a social enterprise providing beekeeper education to people living with or at risk of mental illness.


Raising Queen Bees (6hrs)

Delivered by specialist queen bee breeder and former head of training at NSW Department of Primary Industries Kevin Tracy. Learn how to raise your own queens from Kevin who currently teaches nationally accredited beekeeping courses and is the owner and manager of BeeZone Apiaries Queen Bees.

The day includes

  • instruction on all aspects of raising your own queen bees
  • lunch and afternoon tea

$225.00 per person* (plus booking fee)

*$25 from each ticket is donated to HiveMind Community Apiary, a social enterprise providing beekeeper education to people living with or at risk of mental illness.


Wax and Wine Workshop (90mins)

Held during Winter, learn how honey bees make wax, how its collected rendered and filtered to produce clean 100% natural beeswax. Create four beautiful handcrafted candles to take home and indulge in a glass or local wine and gourmet nibbles during the Workshop.

Join local beekeeper Amanda Collins for a curated glimpse into the art of beeswax candle making.    
$85.00 per person (plus booking fee)


Honey Tasting and Appreciation (60mins)

Join local beekeeper and honey lover Amanda for an hour of honey tasting, learning and discussion on the finer points of being a honey sommelier. Using the Honey Tasting and Wheel explore honey aromas and flavours and learn the language of honey tasting. Taste a unique range of local and international honey varieties. Includes a 350g jar of seasonal Ballaarat Wild Bush Honey of your choice.

 

$60.00 per person (plus booking fee)