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.

Three 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: The hive as your medicine cabinet
Instructor: Reyah Carlson

Apitherapy is an ancient healing modality used to treat many illnesses, sometime to alleviate pain from injuries both chronic and acute. Some conditions treated by Apitherapy; arthritis, m.s., wounds, sprains and even tumors.

Apitherapy encompasses the use of bee hive products including honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom.

This program will cover how to use raw honey, bee bread, pollen, royal jelly and propolis. In the afternoon get into bee venom accompanied by practical workshops 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 to be a beekeeper to take this workshop.

About the Instructor:
Reyah Carlson internationally recognized apitherapist has been keeping bees since age 12, and became interested in apitherapy in the late 1980s.

She has conducted workshops for many beekeeping organizations throughout the US and Canada, which includes The American Beekeeping federation, American Honey Producers, Alberta/Canadian Honey Producers, and several state conferences along with many interviews for local television, newspapers, and radio stations throughout the country She has taught courses to Doctors, patients and caregivers in the US, Belgium, Holland and India.

Her talents have been featured on National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, and most recently her own battle with Chronic Lyme disease and utilizing bee venom to over-come the disease on the television program called “”THE INCURABLES””

In her workshops she will talk about medicinal properties to all honeybee produced substances. Raw honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis, beeswax, and the venom from the sting. She will also demonstrate sting application and technique.

She currently sees apitherapy clients 3 times a week in Bradford Vermont. Reyah Carlson, practitioner of Apitherapy utilizing all honeybee produced substances, products that include honeybee made substances for good health and well-being.


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

Beekeeping is challenging and many things can go wrong during the seasons keeping bees. This craft needs to be treated as animal husbandry and beekeepers need to take their skills to the next level to be successful.

They 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.

List of topics:

  • Colony autopsy
  • Drama queens
  • Pheromones
  • Feeding and nutrition
  • Wintering
  • Planning your beekeeping year
  • And more.

Requirements: Must be a current beekeeper with basic beekeeping skills, have one or more hives and minimum of one year of experience.  This is not a basic beginner program.  https://www.beelab.umn.edu/bee-squad

About the Instructors:
Rebecca Masterman PhD
first worked for the UMN Bee Lab as an undergraduate in 1992, and returned in 2012 as the Bee Squad’s Associate Program Director and Coordinator. Becky graduated from UMN Twin Cities with a BA (major in history, minor in biology) and then obtained a Ph.D. in Entomology studying the neuroethology of honey bee hygienic behavior under the direction of Dr. Marla Spivak.

Ana Heck MMP learned how to keep bees in Nicaragua while apprenticing on an organic farm and working with a women’s beekeeping cooperative. She joined the University of Minnesota Bee Squad in 2014, where she enjoys working with bees, beekeepers, and the public. Heck manages apiaries, and provides hands-on and classroom training to beekeepers, and is involved in managing Bee Squad outreach and Extension programs. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish from Creighton University.


Choice 3: Queen Bee
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.” https://canyonrimhoneybees.com/


Choice 4: Bees Wax Alchemy – All Things Wax
Instructor: Peta Ahnert

Bees wax is a wonderful, malleable and beneficial product that has a wide array of possible holistic and decorative uses. Projects can vary from beeswax balms and beeswax creams, to household items like the classic beeswax candle. Bees wax Alchemy is your first step towards using bees wax to make beautiful, wellness boosting gifts for friends, family, and even yourself.

Not a beekeeper? Not a Problem! This class is open to anyone who wants to create beautiful beeswax crafts to gift or sell. https://www.beehivealchemy.com/blog-from-the-beehive/beeswax-alchemy

About the Instructor
Petra Ahnert is the creative force behind Beehive Alchemy in artisan soap, body care, and home goods business. After a serendipitous meeting with a beekeeper at the library in 2002, Petra soon had a couple hives of her own and extra honey to sell. Of course, 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, Petra has first looked 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