Native Bee Keeping Workshop 101

Learn all about bee keeping in Brisbane



2.5 hours Class size 1 to 40     label $60


Did you know Australia has over 1650 native bee species, all playing their critical part in our environment and ecosystems? With the ongoing loss of habitat and other threats to our wildlife, we all have a role to play in protecting our precious bees.

Learn about some of our most popular and beautiful native bees, and how to attract them into your garden with plants and insect hotels in this informative workshop. You will also see inside a native stingless beehive and get to taste their amazing honey.

This workshop will cover both our native solitary bees and our stingless bees, and options for keeping them in gardens or even on decks and verandas.

Please note: This class requires at least five students to run. In the unlikely event that we don't get this number of students, we'll cancel the class and fully refund you and inform you via email, so please watch your email a few days prior to the class.



Aside from this class, Work-Shop also has the following coming up:



What you'll get
  • Heaps of cool information on our amazing Australian Native Bees
  •  How to build a native solitary bee hotel, or what to look for if buying one
  •  A small bee hotel to get you going
  •  What plants attract native bees
  •  Information on native stingless bees and a look inside a hive.
  •  Taste the amazing native stingless bee honey
  •  Links to further learning resources

What to bring

Just your love of bees!

Location

WOODSTERS (Work-Shop Brisbane) - 16 Austin St, Newstead QLD

Your teacher
A Green Soul

A Green Soul

4.9 (47)
30k

Ian Driver is a Brisbane based Australian Native Bee Keeper and runs A Green Soul Native Bees.

Ian started his bee journey a number of years ago whilst turning his family life green, keen to make less of an impact on the planet and eat more homegrown fresh food. But to grow food you need bees to pollinate! And so a native bee hive was bought for the garden and the obsession started!

Ian is on the committee of the Brisbane Branch of the Australian Native Bee Association and provides native bee products and services to customers through out South East Queensland. He also manages a number of hives in kindergartens where he runs education sessions for the students.




Your host
Work-Shop
Work-Shop

4.8 (2061)
30k

Work-Shop is a creative concept that will broaden your horizons and help you unleash your inner awesome. We provide affordable short courses in life skills and alternative art. We’ve teamed up with Australia’s brightest creative minds to share their knowledge and help teach you a new skill. From 3D printing and stencil art through to music and gardening – life skills and personal development through to cooking doughnuts and mushroom foraging, we offer a broad range of fun and creative short courses to suit our time poor lives. We will inspire you to pick up that pen, paintbrush, hammer or sewing machine and flick the switch that will kickstart a whole new way of life.

Community values lie at the heart of our project. We collaborate with local artists and industry experts to teach classes and utilise local suppliers for any materials needed. We also provide a creative environment for emerging artists to produce and sell work, and meet like minded individuals. Work-Shop will be a space for everyone, with a rotating schedule of art shows, information nights on local issues and a whole range of events and community initiatives.


health_and_safety
Work-Shop is COVID-19 aware This means that this teacher won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant government restrictions (e.g. maximum number of guests).
47 verified reviews

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Carissa Paulger Jun 2021


Amazing workshop. Learnt so much and had so much confidence in the information given and resources, that we bought a native hive from Ian after the class. Absolutely would recommend!

Melanie Schultz Jun 2021


Class was well worth it, Ian is super knowledgeable on bees, passionate and very generous with his information and time
We were provided with bee hotels and plenty of resources and info as well as getting to taste the honey in a couple of different ways
He split a hive in front of us, was amazing
Venue and organisation was really great

Native Bee Keeping Workshop 101 review by Melanie Schultz

Ian Crouch Jun 2021


Teacher was really knowledgeable and presented well
Very informative - good level of information
Great value for money
Love the takeaway kit, and can't wait to build our bee hotel and see some of our guests

Kathryn Wright Jun 2021


Really great class - learnt so much about native bees and their value in our environment. Very knowledgeable instructor, explained things well - easy to understand. Showed us that even small changes in our own backyard can help the native bee population in our area.
Being able to see a hive being split was the best part! Tasting native honey and bee pollen capped off a great learning experience.

Gardening workshop review by Kathryn Wright

Jotham Joubert Jun 2021


The class was very interesting and the presenter did an awesome job! Can't wait to start keeping bees also I think it was great value for money.

Native Bee Keeping Workshop 101 review by Jotham Joubert

Daniel Barrett May 2021


teacher was great whole thing was awesome thoroughly enjoyed definitely gonna keep bees go team

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Amanda Russell May 2021


A really informative and well put together class. Being able to see the native bee hive splitting in person was really interesting. Would definitely recommend this class for anyone interested in encouraging native bees to your garden.

David Evans May 2021


I received this native bee-keeping course as a birthday gift and it was fantastic! Ian was an enthusiastic presenter who educated us about native beekeeping and provided a hands on demonstration for splitting hives. His passion was evident! While he informed us of services available via his business, he was not pushy. But rather, he was more interested in conservation and how we could contribute to increasing the native bee population. We even received a goody bag for a home-made beehive. I would 100% recommend this class.

Marina Williams May 2021


Very knowledgeable presenter and great tips provided on getting started with Native Bees. Received a great little gift bag at the end so we can make our own bee hotel!

Kerrie Hodgson May 2021


This workshop was awesome and I learnt so much about native bees. Peter was an amazing teacher and knows his subject.

Venue was great
Thank you for squeezing me in at the last hour much appreciated

No complaints from me very happy customer
Cheers kerrie

Native Bee Keeping Workshop 101 review by Kerrie Hodgson

Peter Ruhle May 2021


Fantastic workshop with great infornation and teaching. Very informative for.anyone.intetested in native bees

Kirsty-Lee Venter Apr 2021


Super informative class! We especially loved the splitting of the hive. Absolutely invaluable information for our future native stingless bee hive, and for keeping our local solitary bees happy too.

Gardening workshop review by Kirsty-Lee Venter

Elizabeth Inglis Apr 2021


I thought all bees made honey, how wrong was I. My love of bees has expanded! Great introduction to bees and I am so looking forward to creating little homes for the solitary bees, so simple to help these little guys. And looking forward to installing some OATH boxes. Thankyou

Christine Perovic Apr 2021


Native Bee-keeping 101 was such an enjoyable and informative class and fantastic value for money. The venue is lovely and class numbers are kept reasonable. You receive alot of information that is easy to follow as your instructor is engaging, knowledgeable and personable. The demonstration at the end is the icing on the cake.
If you have any interest at all in native bee-keeping do yourself a favour and attend this workshop.

Gardening workshop review by Christine Perovic

Lee Tapsall Apr 2021


Great info excellently delivered. Great to taste the honey and the demonstration of splitting the hive was the best part. Venue good, easy to access and plenty of parking. Well worth the money.

Cathy Holyoak Apr 2021


Ian was very knowkedgable and clearly passionate about native bees. He presented the information in a clear, friendly way and patiently answered all questions. You come away with both information and admiration for our indigenous bees.

Toni Edwards Apr 2021


Was a very informative class. Thoroughly enjoyed it and Ian was great. Happy to answer questions and share his knowledge.

Michelle Samson Mar 2021


Extremely interesting and educational about our native bee population and how to care for them. Easy to follow the information provided as a beginner from a passionate instructor Ian. Thanks for the goats cheese , honey and crackers Issy

Andrew Jan 2021


Ian was extremely passionate about bee keeping, so much so that it rubbed off on me and as a result will be purchasing a complete hive from him. An excellent introductory course to bee keeping.

Claire Walker Jan 2021


My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the Native Beekeeping workshop run by Ian Driver that we attended on Sunday January 17. Ian was fascinating to listen to and his extensive knowledge and passion for native bees was thoroughly evident. He has inspired us to delve in to Beekeeping ourselves and we will be purchasing our first hive from him very soon. The venue for the class was perfectly fine although the chairs got a little uncomfortable after sitting for a couple of hours solid.

Native Bee Keeping Workshop 101 review by Claire Walker Sydney

Ching Leung Jan 2021


The Beekeeping 101 class was fantastic and my partner and I enjoyed it greatly. The teacher was friendly and it was evident he had a great passion for bees. We watched a splitting and even got to taste honey straight from the hive. We are looking forward to starting our bee journey. Thank you!

Katie Cullen Jan 2021


Great class, very educational! The teacher was extremely knowledgeable and made the topic easy to grasp and understand. Definitely recommend this class!

Kathryn Ross Jan 2021


Excellent Very informative and interactive. I look forward to our first native bee hive. Thanks

Gardening workshop review by Kathryn Ross Sydney

Renee Jarvis Jan 2021


Loved the session very interactive so much knowledge, very upfront and honest. This was awesome

Gardening workshop review by Renee Jarvis

Leah Henderson Dec 2020


Our teacher was very thorough and engaging. I have already recommended this workshop to others and enjoyed myself so much. Splitting of the native bee hives was amazing and the tasting of the honey was delicious. With my take home goodie bag in hand I went home smiling and rethinking the precious existence of the bugs around me!’

Miranda Hofman Nov 2020

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Absolutely outstanding class held by Ian on 22/11/20. Engaging to listen to, happy to answer questions and the hive split was very interesting to watch. A special thanks to the bees for the honey we got to taste. Absolutely sensational. Have recommended to multiple people already and we will be back down the track, as more is uncovered about our native bees.

Tegan Jeffreys Nov 2020


Really enjoyed this workshop. The teacher was revert knowledgeable and engaging. I’ve really enjoyed telling anyone who will listen, what I have learnt about bees :)

Margi Macdonald Nov 2020


Very informative and entertaining, with the added delight of tasting local honey scooped fresh from the hive.
Sample bag to-go was another bonus.
I'm inspired and confident to replant my garden to attract more native bees.

Ruth Kennedy Nov 2020


Great class. A very knowledgeable teacher who has a passion for Nantucket bee keeping. Thanks

Yasmin Turner Nov 2020


The teacher was interesting and informative, great matwrial and live display of a hive split. Venue was clean amd well equipped, easy to access. Highly recommend

Dominika Foster Oct 2020


Intro to beekeeping was one of the most fun work shops that I have been to. Ian is an amazing educator, and his passion for bees is infectious! I am excited to make my backyard more bee friendly, and am obsessed with my new hive

Gardening workshop review by Dominika Foster

Mark Dick Oct 2020


Fantastic couple of hours spent with Ian. Learnt so much about these amazing little bees. Even if you are not thinking of keeping bees just going for the information is well worth it. Great value for money. Was really surprised at the taste of the honey nothing like what I expected. Ians enthusiasm for these little bees definitely shows when he is giving his talk. Fantastic venue only one small negative is the chairs are a little uncomfortable besides that fantastic evening.

Anna Bruce Oct 2020


Native Bee Keeping 101 was very informative and well explained. I'm looking forward to trying to entice these interesting little creatures into my bee hotel (the makings of which were supplied with the course.)

Molly Brumm Oct 2020


He was really interesting and passionate about his subject and THATS inspiring I want bees

Gardening workshop review by Molly Brumm Sydney

Ryan Sep 2020


so much infectious passion and love of native bees
Ian is a fantastic presenter with lots knowledge and he is able to educate the class effectively. much much better then what I was expecting.

Rose Sullivan Sep 2020


We loved it! Ian has so much knowledge & passion for bees which has rubbed off on us- we’re now obsessed with bees too! We have learned so, so much. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in bees

William Mills Sep 2020


The presenter was excellent, very informative & approachable. Very interesting session that provided a great introduction to native bees. Take your own water bottle!

Debra Pickering Sep 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


The workshop was absolutely fabulous Very interesting and informative. The teacher Ian was a real character, very down to earth and no bull. They gave us a lot of free stuff and we got to taste the honey which really was divine. I would recommend it to everyone. Everybody should buy some native bees to pollinate all our flowers and veggies.

Gardening workshop review by Debra Pickering

Carla Abu-Dabat Sep 2020


Very informative. Relaxed atmosphere and the teacher was really into what he Wes teaching. I’m excited about having my own native bees

Native Bee Keeping Workshop 101 review by Carla Abu-Dabat

Sarah Percy Aug 2020


Very informative and practical for beginners. Ian’s expertise and supportive nature encouraged me to get involved with native bee keeping.

Alita Haeusler Aug 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Thank you, I really enjoyed the class, learnt a lot. Thanks for fitting me in

Rochelle Stanton Aug 2020


Great presentation. perfect location. Engaging and fun as well as very informative. Would recommend to others

Carmel Jul 2020


My daughter and I did native bee workshop. The teacher was fabulous. He was so funny, engaging and knowledgeable. The venue was ok. No consideration for social distancing during make and take. This spoiled the experience somewhat which was disappointing. The teacher was fantastic the content was engaging the activity was fabulous and we learned so much about our native bees. I have to say however that I will think twice about doing another workshop with Bento if they do not take social distancing seriously.

Native Bee Keeping Workshop 101 review by Carmel

Emily Walker Jul 2020


Ian was a fantastic teacher, passionate and informed! He ran the class in 2 hours but it was obvious that he could have run a full day course and have not run out of information or let his attendees get bored. Great experience making our own bee hotels, and a good venue too. I would 10/10 recommend!

Native Bee Keeping Workshop 101 review by Emily Walker Sydney

Eloise Clare Jul 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Loved the instructor - thought he was fascinating and we learnt so much! It was a really interesting course

Gardening workshop review by Eloise Clare

Saud Alyahya Jul 2020


Excellent from the beginning till the end. The workshop was informative and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Great job guys.

Shannon Trevisiol Jul 2020


Fantastic insight into the world of our native bees. Ian is full of knowledge. Highly recommend!
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