Balanced Beekeeping Course with Phil Chandler

Join  us for a 2 day course on Balanced beekeeping  with Phil Chandler here at Farndon Grange, Market Harborough, Tuesday evening 26th September, until Thursday tea time 28th September.

You can choose to visit daily if you live nearby, or reside here on a fully inclusive basis. Food and refreshments will be available throughout the duration of the course.

We have an assortment of rooms, 3 large ensuites with two single beds in each and three king en suites for couples, or single use at an extra supplement, so we can sleep between 9 – 12 people very comfortably here.

There’s even a swimming pool!  Please email   [email protected]  for further details.

Balanced beekeeping is a continuous quest for the improvement of our relationship with bees. It recognises that keeping bees is not natural, because in nature, only bees keep bees. It acknowledges that our desire for honey may not be matched by the bees’ willingness to give it up. It recognises that the bees have their own lives and they would probably prefer that we left them alone, however much we are kindly disposed towards them. It is a search for the best ways to be with bees.

Balanced Beekeeping courses comprise a mixture of illustrated talks, practical demonstrations and discussion. Questions are encouraged throughout. Teaching materials and methods are adapted to meet the needs of students as much as possible.

This event is intended for people who are ready to start bee keeping, as well as those who already have some experience, who would like to learn more about top bar hives and other more “natural’ ways to look after bees.

Where possible and weather permitting, we will spend some time with resident bees, so please bring suitable clothing: at least a hat and veil, or a full suit if you prefer.

Your tutor, Phil Chandler, has been keeping bees for 17 years in many types of hive and has experimented with various management methods, including a year spent working in commercial honey production at Buckfast Abbey. He wrote The Barefoot Beekeeper in 2007 and he has since written three more book and has been teaching throughout Britain and in other countries. You can discover more about his approach and read many free articles on his web site, www.biobees.com. You will also find a number of his videos on YouTube.

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