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Beekeeping Classes

Beekeeping Classes… and other ways to become a Bee-Centred Beekeeper 

We currently run Introduction To Bee-Centred Beekeeping classes at Castlemaine Community House (Castlemaine Continuing Education Building) where we show you everything you need to begin your journey with these fascinating creatures and become a registered beekeeper yourself.

Next available classes:

New dates in November and December to be released soon. Please get in touch if you’d like to go on the waiting list as these classes are also expected to sell out.

What is Bee-Centred Beekeeping and how is it different from conventional/commercial beekeeping? Click here to find out.

What will be covered in this course?                                                     ################

Using a combination of different delivery methods you will learn everything you need to begin your journey with these fascinating creatures and become a registered beekeeper yourself. We will discuss exactly what Bee-Centred Beekeping is and how it differs from the conventional/commercial style. We will show you how to catch and hive a swarm of bees (free bees!) and how to look after them throughout the year. We will talk about the importance of natural comb and how to harvest pure natural raw honey from your own garden without the need for expensive equipment. You will have an opportunity to look, in real life, at the different styles of hives used in bee-centred beekeeping (Natural-Cell Langstroth, Warre, Kenyan and Long Langstroth) so you can easily decide which suits you best and there will be opportunities outside of the classroom to look inside a working hive and handle the bees. We usually process honey (if available) from the comb and you get to take a jar home with you, as well as sampling a wide selection of other hyper-local honeys from our hives. We may even have a taste of some home-made meads (honey wine).

We always have at least one guest speaker talk to us about their experience with bees and beekeeping using video conference technology. Click here and to read about our guest speaker for our next class.

After the course, ongoing support will also be available directly from Daniel BeeShepherd and you will be invited to join an online community of like-minded beekeepers who are extremely supportive and helpful.

The following is a typical schedule for a 10 hour class held over two days:

Day 1, Session 1, 10.00 – 11.15

Introduction – What Is Your Goal?

What is Bee-Centred Beekeeping ?

Introduction to the Honeybee

Morning Tea, 11.15 – 11.30

Session 2, 11.30 – 12.30

Commercial/Conventional -vs- Bee-Centred Beekeeping (pros & cons)

Legalities Involved In Setting Up An Apiary 

Lunch, 12.30 – 1.00

Session 3, 1.00 – 2.15

Different Kinds of Hives (and how to choose between them)

Hive Components & Equipment 

Afternoon Tea, 2.15 – 2.30

Session 4, 2.30 – 4.00

Best Place to Set Up a Hive

How To Get Bees & Establish A Colony 


Session 1, 10.00 – 11.15

Busting The Beekeeping Myths 

Morning Tea, 11.15 – 11.30

Session 2, 11.30 – 12.45

Looking After Bees Through Different Seasons

Hive Inspection – Handling Bees & Beekeeping Safety 

Lunch, 12.45 – 1.15

Session 3, 1.15 – 2.30

Harvesting Honey & Other Products 

Afternoon Tea, 2.30 – 2.45

Session 4, 2.45 – 4.00


The cost for this 10 hour class is $300/$200 concession.

For questions about this course and booking please call 03 5470 6216, email or click here to fill out the contact form. 

There are also other ways to become a bee-friendly beekeeper. Click here for more information.


“I have loved and appreciated bees for a very long time now and completing Daniels Beekeeping course helped to broaden my understanding for bees and how we as beekeepers can best facilitate and protect their hives. This course has deepened my appreciation and knowledge for bees and the beekeeping industry. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in furthering their knowledge and beekeeping practice.”
– Flow, Campbells Creek, Victoria

“I’ve been a beekeeper for a few years now but when I did Daniel’s beekeeping course it opened up a completely new world to me. Daniel’s unconventional approach has been a blessing. I learnt so much about caring for bees. Daniel’s follow-up mentoring has taken away the stress I used to feel when having to do a hive inspection. His knowledge and complete calmness has had a flow on effect. I couldn’t recommend his involvement highly enough”.
– Anthea, Central Victoria

“Daniel’s knowledge of beekeeping made me realise that there’s more than just the basic knowledge on beekeeping, but sustainable beekeeping. He opened my eyes to more than just the basic idea of using bees to produce honey. He is very open about sharing his knowledge and thoughts for the present and the future of the bees and he is very passionate about creating a safe haven for bees to thrive. I highly recommend Daniel’s beekeeping course, as he is a very down to earth, genuine, direct beekeeper who knows his stuff. ”
– Randall, Daylesford, Victoria