Workshop Details

Location: Cheyenne, WY
Date: Friday, March 22

Wyoming Bee College Pre-Conference Workshops offering four all day workshops.   Registration can be separate from the Bee College or you can sign up for a package deal.  Cost of the workshop by itself is $125/person.

Four choices to take your beekeeping skills to the next level. You can expand on your current beekeeping skills, consider raising queens, the hive as a medicine chest or use the hives other products and create crafts to gift, keep or sell.

Workshop Descriptions

Choice 1:  Apitherapy
Instructor: Frederique Keller MS. L. Ac., President of the American Apitherapy Society.

Frederique will cover how to use raw honey, beebread, pollen, royal jelly, and propolis. In the afternoon, a bee venom discussion accompanied by practical workshops on treating various health conditions. Participants gain a tremendous amount of knowledge & confidence in utilizing the bee products to treat their friends & family safely along with legal issues.  You do not need be a beekeeper to take this workshop.

Choice 2:  Advancing Your Beekeeping Skills.
Instructors: University of Minnesota Bee Squad – Dr. Anne Masterman and Ana Heck MMP

The craft of beekeeping needs to be treated as animal husbandry and beekeepers need to take their skills to the next level to be successful.

The Bee Squad will cover diagnosing colony health issues and common causes of colony loss, queen issues, honey bee pheromones, feeding and nutrition, wintering strategies, and tips for planning your beekeeping year.  Masterman and Heck will share tips and tricks, recent research findings, and suggestions for managing healthy honey bees.

Requirements: Must be a current beekeeper with basic beekeeping skills, have two or more hives and minimum of two years’ experience.  This is not a beginner program.

Choice 3: Bees Wax Alchemy
Instructor: Petra Ahnert, author and crafts woman

Not a beekeeper? Not a Problem! This class is open to anyone who wants to create beautiful beeswax crafts to gift or sell.

Bees wax is a wonderful, malleable and beneficial product that has a wide array of possible holistic and decorative uses. Projects vary from beeswax balms and creams, to household items like the classic candle. This class will teach you how to make beautiful, wellness boosting gifts for friends, family, and even yourself.

About the Instructor; Petra Ahnert is the creative force behind Beehive Alchemy an artisan soap, body care, and home goods business. After a serendipitous meeting with a beekeeper in 2002, Petra soon had a couple hives and extra honey to sell. With the honey, comes beeswax, too, so she sought out ways to make good use of the wax she had on hand. Since that time. Looking to her own life and the products she uses to replace them with items she could make herself with her extra honey and bees wax. Eventually, those products made their way into the product line-up for Beehive Alchemy.  “From candles to body care product to art related projects. I cover it all” Petra.

Choice 4: Queen Bees
Instructor: Dr. Tom Repas

So you and your queen aren’t getting along!  You don’t like the current hive temperament or production is weak.   Learn how to raise your own gentle, productive, winter-hardy queen bees.

Learn to control the hive genetics and quality.

A one day workshop will present and address questions about raising your own queens.  What it takes to rear high quality queens. Basic biology and various methods of queen rearing will be presented. The workshops emphasize hands on instruction in queen rearing methods, with lecture and demonstrations. Students will be involved in various steps including, setting up cell builders, grafting, and establishing mating nuclei.

About the Instructor:
Dr. Tom Repas MD owner and operator of Canyon Rim Honey Bees, in the Black Hills area of South Dakota. Tom started keeping bees as a “kid” is the fourth generation family beekeeper now 35 years later Tom aspires to produce small numbers of high-quality queen bees which are locally adapted to the conditions of western South Dakota and surrounding regions.  “We don’t ship our bees south for the winter or west for pollination. The queens we produce are those which have exactly the same characteristics that we ourselves desire in our bees:  we want our bees to be gentle, productive, mite tolerant and winter hardy.”