Info                      Instagram


To join the waiting list for the next class at Ripponlea, scheduled for October / November 2020, please email

Education in Isolation.

If you are interested in beekeeping, now may be a good time to learn new skills!

These courses are designed to be delivered in a flexible, safe and responsive manner: the online theory module now and, as spring unfolds and beekeeping starts up in late August (and social distancing and isolation measures are hopefully relaxed) we can start hands-in-hives, practical classes. If the lockdown continues, we will get creative and take a camera to beehives. And maybe even ship beehive materials to you to build at home–but we can cross that bridge later!

For now, we are offering the theory component, online, via zoom, with a shared Google folder for class materials. We want to keep classes at a human-scale, so are limiting numbers to 20 per class. This gives us a chance to get to know other people in the class and keeps an online experience a little more personal.

Theory Modules

2 x 2 hour theory sessions via zoom.
Max. class size 20.


$175 for theory classes, plus $4.88 booking fee.


• The adaptations of the Langstroth hive to ‘natural’ beekeeping
• Comprehensive bee-friendly instruction + theory.
• A brief history of honey hunting and beekeeping.
• Honeybee superorganism basics.
• What is 'low intervention' / natural beekeeping?
• The beehive explained.
• Foundationless beekeeping tricks.
• Selecting the best site for your hive.
• Swarm management + catching techniques.
• Disease identification + treatments.
• Beekeeping obligations under the Apiary Code of Practice.
• Honey Fingers "Bee-Friendly Urban Beekeeping" booklet, the ISO edition, 2.X (written and designed by me. To be posted to participants before the course commences).
• Q+As throughout each session.

If you live outside Melbourne, please book as early as possible to allow enough time for the booklet to be delivered to you.

Cancellation fees:

Within 24 hours of the course commencing: $50.
Greater than 24 hours: $25 (to cover booklet and shipping).

Courses are only transferable by arrangement.
Cancellation fees may still apply.

If you need to contact me, please email:

Practical Modules:

In October, if the restrictions have lifted, we can commence the practical classes. This works out well as beekeeping starts in late August–on the first sunny day, with blue skies, when the temperature is above 18C.

You don't have to do the theory course to do these modules.

The theory module participants get priority when enrolling in the practical modules.

Prices may vary depending on lockdown status–ideally all events will include some catering/picnic. The Honey Extraction Party will, if possible, include honey tasting and pairing with local cheeses, breads and fruits, including non-dairy and GF options.

To keep things simple here, prices shown exclude catering and are subject to change.

It is not possible to book these classes yet–we will announce the practical modules as we get a clearer idea of what will be possible under the isolation measures.

The practical modules we plan to offer include:

• Hive inspections / beehive tours ($95).
• Let’s catch a swarm for you– you keep the swarm! ($200).
• How to build your own hive workshop (price tbc, you keep the wooden hive).
• Foundationless frame building and beekeeping tips workshop ($95).
• Honey extraction parties ($95).
• Mentoring ($100 for 2 hours, includes anything you want or need: hive inspections, hive moves, q+a, troubleshooting, advice etc.).