Keeping bees can be simple, healthful, and rewarding. Dr. Leo shares time-honored methods that take the sting out of beekeeping and make it fun and accessible to all. The visually-rich presentations include step-by-step instructions, hive demonstrations, and free hive plans.
Beginner beekeepers — or those just contemplating having bees — will receive a robust working understanding of all aspects and options of the natural approach. Experienced beekeepers — from backyard hobbyists to commercial — who seek ways to keep their bees treatment-free with minimal intervention and expense will glean a swath of ideas that can be applied to their existing operations.
“Dr Leo taught a class that was totally dynamite! Amazingly awesome trouble free way to keep bees that manages them so in tune with nature.”
— unsolicited comment on Facebook. More reviews >
Dr. Leo Sharashkin is editor of Keeping Bees With a Smile: A Vision and Practice of Natural Apiculture, a comprehensive resource on keeping bees naturally in horizontal hives. He is contributor to American Bee Journal, The Beekeepers Quarterly (UK), and Acres USA, and speaks internationally on sustainable beekeeping, organic growing, and Earth-friendly living. He holds a PhD in Forestry from the University of Missouri and a Masterís in Natural Resources from Indiana University. Author of world-renowned research in sustainable agriculture, he lives with his wife and four children on a forest homestead in the Ozarks in southern Missouri where they catch swarms and raise bees in a variety of low-maintenance, easy-to-build horizontal hives. You’ll get to see it all during the seminar!
The program will cover all aspects of the natural beekeeping approach, including:
Registration opens: 8 am Saturday, March 18, 2017
Workshop begins: 9 am Saturday, March 18, 2017
Workshop ends: 6 pm Sunday, March 19, 2017
We suggest that you plan to arrive at Rockbridge by Friday evening so you can rest from your travel before the workshop begins Saturday morning. Rockbridge and surrounding area have much to offer by way of outdoors (spectacular hiking, horse-riding, or star-gazing), so you may also consider extending your stay.
The workshop is limited to 40 attendees and is filling up quickly. Please register now to guarantee a seat!
MARCH 18-19, 2017 WORKSHOP IS FULL. Please Join our Email List to receive exclusive early-bird discounts when the registration opens for October 2017 seminar.
Cancel by February 28, 2017 — get 100% refund!
Starting March 1, 2017 — registration fees are non-refundable.
Venue: Rockbridge Trout Ranch, 1 County Road 142, Rockbridge, MO 65741
Phone / Accommodations: (417) 679-3619 – reference “Dr Leo’s Beekeeping Seminar”
Workshop venue is the beautiful Rockbridge Trout Ranch (rockbridgemo.com) – a scenic resort nested in nature, surrounded by thousands or acres of Ozark’s forest hills. The bluff-edged spring-fed river with crystal-clear waters, a historic mill, and a waterfall are within sight of the conference room, restaurant, and the rooms! The location offers – in addition to all modern amenities, accommodation, and dining – hiking trails, horse riding, trout fishing, hunting, float trips, and more. We love this place and we are sure you will love it as well!
Rockbridge is a very popular destination and they sell out months in advance! Please call Rockbridge (417) 679-3619 and reference “Dr. Leo’s Beekeeping Seminar” to reserve your room. Standard rooms are $95 / night; they also offer suites in the $150 range, and fancy log houses (expensive).
Budget accommodation alternatives near Rockbridge include:
Rockbridge is located on Highway N in Ozark County, South-Central Missouri.
The nearest airport is Springfield, Missouri (SGF) – 90 miles. Other airports include:
Dr. Leo has never canceled a workshop he committed to. But in the unlikely event that we have to cancel the seminar, we shall reimburse you your registration fee in full. In case of such cancellation by us, we will not reimburse you for any other expenses (such as travel and lodging) or losses.
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (replace b**s with the name of the insects that live in hives) or call (815) 301-1845. We look forward to meeting you at this remarkable event!
“Fantastic crash course in keeping bees naturally. Fast-paced, action-packed, and to-the-point. You’ll understand beekeeping -- and how it should be done.”
— Garl, Bozeman, Montana
“It was totally awesome!! Very comprehensive, clear and beautifully presented. I felt my soul expand with the deep knowledge and wisdom that Dr. Leo shared and imparted to me in the same way that he might expand the hive in the spring. I am deeply grateful for his work with the bees. Dr Leo’s passion and love for the bees comes through so strongly. I now have confidence to go home and catch a swarm and keep bees naturally with a smile. :) Love, love, love the handouts. I was able to listen more instead of taking notes.”
— Joanne, Hamilton, Montana
“I wholeheartedly recommend Dr Leo’s natural beekeeping workshop. He is a wealth of practical information in regards to bees, beekeeping and the importance of biodiversity. You will walk away impassioned and well prepared to keep bees in harmony with nature.”
— Chris, Bozeman, Montana
“Dr. Leo said so much that made sense to me that I finally gave up counting the ‘light bulb’ moments. I am still just in awe of the information provided to us. Simple, honest, pure and sharing. I sat in amazement that we had this caliber of teacher/teachings right here in Bozeman at our own back doors! I cannot recommend this enough for anyone with an interest or desire in bees, especially if you’re just considering them. I wish I had this knowledge 3 years ago when I decided to get bees. It would have saved me and the bees a lot of heartache. Dr. Leo is a warm and generous soul, sharing his wisdom and spreading the JOY of beekeeping with anyone who wants to learn.”
“Empowering & Practical & Inspiring! I feel honored to have been able to be here. Exactly what I needed.”
“I am so excited, energized, and wish the course was actually a class which would go on and on for a period of time like a course in college. Dr Leo was very available to questions, and even though the amount of information was overwhelming at times — everything was understandable. Than you, thank you! I enjoyed your smile and enthusiasm and your peace!”
— Susan, Bozeman, Montana
“Enlightening, Enriching, Exciting. Thank you for bee-ing here! Thank you for sharing your passion, knowledge, and experiences with us! We need you, your passion, and your work — the planet needs you! So completely satisfied and so grateful for the workshop.”
— Dannette, Bozeman, Montana
“I wish everyone interested in bees could experience Dr Leo’s workshop, whether they already have bees or not. It all made so much sense.”
“This was a great workshop. It answered all my questions and the combination of good pictures and explanation made things very clear to this beginner. Thank you.”
“Excellent weekend! I enjoyed every minute.”
— Jeff, Townsend, Montana
“Such an amazing practice you share with us. The principles are so simple and realistic, it makes sense. This ancient wisdom is wonderful to have. Working with a horizontal hive is the only way to go. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.”
“Thank you Leo! :) I loved how clear and fast paced your information is presented.”
“FANTASTIC! I would recommend it to anyone who has bees or is interested.”
“The course was very well organized. Dr Leo covered a lot of material during the weekend but I never felt overwhelmed. His presentation was informative, easy to follow, and inspiring.”
“Ah! This was a wonderful workshop. A tremendous amount of information and contagious enthusiasm. I believe everything was covered that I had concern over. Thank you so much!”
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