API 102 - Summer Hive School


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*** Fluency in French is necessary. The program is held in French. ***

For the second year in a row, Miel Montreal is offering a summer-long urban apiculture training combining a theoretical and practical approach. In the style of an Apiary School, this training aims to empower participants in the practice of organic beekeeping in the urban context, as well as to stimulate critical thinking on the various issues related to beekeeping.

The course is divided into three blocks :

  1. Visits to the apiary
  2. Conferences & seminars
  3. Practical workshop sessions

The first block is mandatory and necessary for the empowerment of beekeepers. Regarding the second and third blocks, it is offered as a supplement, for those who wish to perfect some knowledge and techniques.

1. We suggest participants have a background of theoretical knowledge about beekeeping, including the course Api 101 offered by Miel Montreal. It is still possible to register even without prior training.
2. All activities will be held in French. Fluency is required.

Dates and Overview

Training schedule: from May 14th to November 1st 2018
Deadline to register: May 13th, 2018
Price : $650 + tx
What you'll get:

  • 50 hours of practical training
  • 30 hours of conferences
  • 35 hours of practical workshops
  • Recommended readings
  • Practice guide
  • Hive products (honey and other products, etc.)

Emile, referent beekeeper

Sweet, patient but also demanding and vigilant, Emile makes sure to lead students and hives towards success, ie towards a healthy development, respectful of the well-being of each one.

He passes on his passion for beekeeping, both urban and rural, through the "Summer Hive School" and accompanies throughout the year the other beekeepers involved with Miel Montreal and our customers.

Emile had the chance to take care of apiaries in the Magdalen Islands! He began collaborating with Miel Montreal in 2015. In parallel with beekeeping, Emile studies sociology.

Operations of the program

  • Each group will be associated with an apiary and will meet there.
  • Conferences and workshops will be held at the Campus MIL (400 Atlantic Avenue, Outremont, QC H2V 1A5), with some exceptions.
  • Participants will have to organize for transportation.
  • Schedule flexibility is required, as some activities depend on the weather.
  • A regular presence is required to allow a good understanding of the concepts taught. We require a minimum attendance of 75% of the hive visits. It is possible to take a vacation.
  • The Summer Hive School will be off for two weeks, from August 6 to 19.
  • Miel Montreal will provide minimal equipment (smoker, frame lifter, gloves, veil). However, we encourage participants to bring their own material.
  • The cooperative can not be held responsible for potential allergic reactions.

To register

1. Choose the group (1. Mondays or 3. Tuesdays) according to the schedule and site that suit you best

2. Confirm your registration by making the payment:

  • By cheque made payable to Miel Montreal and sent to 6750 avenue de l’Esplanade, bureau 102, Montréal, Qc, H2V 4M1.
  • Cash at our office at 6750 avenue de l’Esplanade, bureau 102, Montréal, Qc, H2V 4M1. Please kindly contact us before coming. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.
  • Via Paypal using the button at the bottom of this page (an extra $15 is applied for processing fee).

3. For all questions related to payment, contact us.

* If you are unable to pay for all or part of the training, we offer the possibility of an exchange of services. However, we can only accept one person per group. For this, contact us as soon as possible to education@mielmontreal.com

1 Training, 3 Blocks 

BLOCk 1 – Apiary technique

weekly visits to apiaries
A minimum of 50 hours of practice, for 17 visits. All manipulations are done by the participants under the supervision of the beekeeper.


  • Group 1 - Mondays @10am at Campus MIL (400 Avenue Atlantic, Outremont, QC H2V 1A5 - carte)
  • CANCELED Group 2 CANCELED - Wednesdays @2pm at Université de Montréal (2500 chemin de Polytechnique, Montreal, QC H3T 1J4 - carte)
  • Group 3 - Tuesdays @ 4:30 pm at the Botanical Garden, in the Youth Gardens area. (Boulevard Pie IX and Laurier  - carte)

targeted Skills
... observation, diagnosis and record keeping
... swarm management
... sanitary measures, treatments and pathogens
... hives division
... harvest, extraction, potting of honey
... wintering (feeding, treatment, isolation)

Typical course of a Visit
1) Feedback on readings whenever necessary and clarification of concepts
2) Monitoring of the apiary register and decision on the actions to take
3) Intervention in hives, supported by the beekeeper in charge
4) Feedback in the register, discussion on the next interventions for the following visit

Weekly reading
Participants will have access to theoretical or critical readings throughout the season to refine their knowledge. Feedback will be given during weekly meetings.

Honey Extraction weekends (mid-July, mid-September)
Each participant will have to take part in a half day of extraction and potting during each of the 2 'Honey Extraction weekends'. Exact schedules will be provided as season moves on.

Group Schedules

BLOCk 2 - Bi-weekly specialized conferences

Conferences / discussions
Various lectures, in the form of presentations and discussions, will be offered by guest beekeepers, craftsmen and biodiversity specialists. These conferences are offered with the aim of perfecting different theoretical and practical notions. They will be held in French.

They will take place on Mondays @ 14h at Campus MIL. Click on the image on the right or here for the detailed program.

BLOCK 3 - Practical workshops

*This section is offered as additional training. It appeals to your autonomy and your desires to deepen your knowledge.

Bi-weekly workshops
The training includes a technical component in the form of practical workshops. These workshops allow to widen the fields of competences:
... building a solar system to obtain wax
... disinfection of beekeeping equipment
... construction of a dryer
... garden harvesting and transformation
... construction of hives
... etc.

Workshop set-up
We encourage the organization of a workshop with the aim of ensuring the integration of knowledge and passing it on. We are open to support any form of alternative workshop: zine, scientific publication, literature review, poetry, critical commentary and video. The workshop can be supported and publicized by the members of the coop, if desired.

Development and maintenance of a melliferous gardens: campus MIL
A garden component will also be put forward in the training through lots distributed to the various groups for the entire season. Participants will have tools with the support of a horticulturist present on occasion to form a honey garden.

Extra-apiary manipulations (optional)

It will be possible to accompany a beekeeper of Miel Montreal for manipulations outside the Summer Hive School depending on how the season goes.
It will require to follow an experienced beekeeper during his working hours. For this purpose, it may require a certain level of confidence and reactivity on the student part in order to be able to keep pace.

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  • IMPORTANT - Many of you have demonstrated interest in this training. Your registration will only be confirmed upon reception of the full payment of the training.
  • Payment - Payments can be made by Paypal, Credit Card or Visa Debit. If you are experiencing difficulties or if for you online payment is not an option, please contact us at info@mielmontreal.com and we will find a solution as soon as possible.
  • Cancellation / Change in session - Within 7 days prior to the start of the course: full refund and / or change in session, depending on availability. Please e-mail us at info@mielmontreal.com.
    If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the training. In this case, you will receive a notice by e-mail. You can then choose another session or ask for a full refund of your registration.


Looking forward to meeting you!

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