The Art of Distillation: An alchemical experience Day One only- May 13th- 10 am to 5.30


In this full day workshop you will learn:

~ Distill in copper and stainless steel
~ Good manufacturing process & sterilization
~ Separate essential oils
~ Maximise EO yield and quality
~ Preserve hydrosols 
~ Use Biodynamic principles in caring for aromatics & plants
~ Use sustainable harvesting techniques

~What parts of the plant to distill

~Essential oil and hydrosol properties for healing, cosmetics and emotional health
~Essential oil safety and guidelines
~ Make & blend custom hydrosol-based toners for cleansing and toning the skin
~ Custom make aromatherapy pulse points for optimising health and immunity
~ Learn about the power of aromatherapy for emotional and spiritual balance

Have you always dreamt of making your own hydrosols and essential oils? 

Have you ever wanted to understand how to use the natural gifts of your garden and your environment to create unique, potent and high-quality cosmetic and healing ingredients?  

During day one you will discover the very special and unique experience of distillation in a professional, traditional copper still, as well as create an affordable stove top cooking device. Alice will share her passion and knowledge about the science and alchemy of the distillation process.

Students will learn the difference between hydro-distillation and steam distillation as well as the ways to improve yields of essential oil extractions with simple kitchen apparatus and lab gear. Students will be taught the difference between essential oil extraction and hydrosol extraction; and although they may be part of the same process, they present distinct techniques for enhanced results!

Alice will introduce the class to the basic principles of alchemy. She will also put light on biodynamic principles of plant harvesting: optimising the health of our plants and the quality of what you produce as well as the relationship of the distiller to its natural environment. Standard manufacturing processes and good manufacturing processes will be covered in order to optimize shelf life and preserve the quality of your precious waters and oils.

During the second part of day one, students will dive deep into the incredible power of hydrosols for cosmetic, culinary and health purposes. Over 30 different distillates will be passed around with an emphasis on Alice's top 10. You will realise what incredible tools they are for the massage therapist, natural healer, esthetician and formulator.

A hands-on workshop will be offered in the afternoon on how to create a hydrosol based toner, introducing blending ideas and suggestions, as well as how to add cosmeceuticals, natural ingredients and preservatives for optimal skin care routines.

Students will take back home a thorough hand out, a 8 oz bottle of freshly made hydrosls and a 3.4 oz custom made Spa grade toner.

materials fee of $35 will be requested for participation, please bring in cash the day of class. 

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