2019 Apprenticeship Application
Two events for Bee Guardians Training in 2020 will be held in March, April, May.
I’ve created two options this year! One option is meeting one weekend a month in March, April and May in San Clemente. The second option is a 4 day women only intensive/campout at our high desert location, Desert Bloom Farm in Anza, CA.
First option, we will meet for 6 sessions (see list of dates below!) Each session will include classroom learning, and time spent suited up inspecting hives. Each month you will be assigned readings to do on your own time to prepare for the next session. Classroom sessions will be held on an urban homestead in San Clemente and all apiary sites are located within 20 miles of classroom location. By attending these sessions over 3 months, you will see the vast seasonality involved in beekeeping, and receive hands-on instruction to learn what we can expect each season, what interventions may be required, and how to respond. This apprenticeship fills out every year! Sign up today!
Guest lectures confirmed: Mead Making Demo with Golden Coast Mead, Hillary Kearney with Girl Next Door Honey.
Meeting dates: Sat, Mar 21, 2020, Sun, Mar 22, 2020, Sat, Apr 18, 2020, Sun, Apr 19, 2020, Sat, May 16, 2020, Sun, May 17, 2020. *Hive inspections are weather permitting*
Second option, “Melí” I’ve been dreaming of this gathering for awhile, a sacred coming together of women focused on the magic of honeybees. Ladies come camp out under the stars at our high desert location, Desert Bloom! Our 40 acres are surrounded by beautiful desert flora and fauna with our apiary of honeybees of course! Bring your tent and enjoy outdoor showers and composting toilet amenities. Each day will include plant meditations, yoga, plant ID walks, time for personal reflection, lectures in bee guardianship, and totally embodying the priestesses of bees. Breakfast and dinner will be included, please pack your own lunches. Lecture hours as well as hands on hive inspections will be conducted.
Meeting dates: May 22 - 25, 2020 *Hive inspections are weather permitting*
Your curriculum for either option will include, but is not limited to:
Basics: Bee history, biology, terminology, swarm captures/lures, equipment and tools, different hive designs
Starting a Hive: Selecting and preparing your apiary site, installing a new hive, honeybee roles, duties, internal hive life cycle
Hive Maintenance: Performing inspections with care, healthy hive indicators, record keeping, seasonal tasks and duties
Honey: When to responsibly harvest honey, how to harvest/package, plants that feed bees, rendering wax, creating value added products
Rescues and Removals: Opportunities to shadow the instructor during rescues and removals, capturing swarms, and removal techniques
Activism: Researching local city restrictions, beekeepers clubs, guerrilla pollinator planting, habitat restoration, native bee hotels, tree hives
Advanced techniques: Splitting hives, identifying disease, to feed or not?, varroa treatment options
Students are kindly requested to not miss more than 1 in person session and purchase their own suit for hive inspections. (Instructor has a handful of suits that can be borrowed/used initially)The apprenticeship will be limited to 10 participants.
In addition to instruction, teas and snacks will be provided for breaks. Please bring a pack lunch.
Please complete the application below for the apprenticeship. Space is limited to 10 participants and all levels of experience are welcome!
Option one (San Clemente): The program fee is $850. Early bird registration through the end of September, $650 if paid in full. Or, please submit $100 as a deposit to hold your space with your application. You may submit this via venmo or paypal, an email will include these directions after application submission.
Option two (women only at Desert Bloom): The program fee is $1,300. Early bird registration through the end of September, $1,100 if paid in full. Or, please submit $100 as a deposit to hold your space with your application. You may submit this via venmo or paypal, an email will include these directions after application submission. *As mentioned, guided activities, camp amenities, vegetarian breakfast/dinner will be included.*
Once accepted, you are kindly requested to pay the full amount before our first class. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the end of February for the San Clemente course and end of April for the intensive at Desert Bloom.
*Please inquire for payment plans or work trade to firstname.lastname@example.org*
Other perks included: class materials, opportunities to shadow/assist during removals and relocations, 2 personal calls with instructor for consulting, enrollment into The Honeybee Hub Co-op, drinks/snacks for class.
If you have any further questions please email Anna Maria at email@example.com