The Art of Flower Extractions Day 2, June 28 th, 2020 - 9.30 am to 5 pm-
In this unique and one of a kind workshop, students will get to taste, see, play, smell and experience the wonder and journeys of the world of flowers.
Alice's background as a perfumer and aromatherapist led her to a deep fascination for these incredible gems of color and scent. She ongoingly extracted these magical expressions of nature’s gift during 12 years of hands-on experience for taste, aromas, and medicine. Further down the road, she discovered their capacity to heal the emotional patterns and blockages in humans and animals with the use of flower essences.
In these two days of intensive workshop, Alice will share her knowledge of the various traditional and modern processes for optimal flower extractions. This workshop is also designed to create a space for people to be introduced to techniques that are slowly disappearing with time.
Day one description:
Alchemy of flowers gems of the plant kingdom
Flowers are the most ethereal expression of Nature, they are the beauty and the promises of a new seed, a new future. In the alchemical world, they are related to the sun, the ether, and the Gemstones of the natural world. They are the expression of the lighter realm, the hidden world, and the vulnerability. We will explore their place in the natural kingdom and eco-system, the spiritual world and the emotional impact on humans and animals.
Harvest and Biodynamic calendar
The were offs of harvesting and planting flowers and aromatics, the understanding of the biodynamic calendar and the cosmic forces. Based on Rudolf Steiner’s incredible knowledge of the cosmic influences on agriculture and the natural cycles. Students will be introduced to a deeper understanding of the biodynamic calendar.
Propagation, collecting and drying of plants
Drying and preserving herbs is an art. Students will be given techniques for collecting and drying as well as how to best preserve the environment.
Hydrosols and essential oil extractions
Students will witness seasonal floral distillation. Distillation is a very old alchemical art invented thousands of years ago. Distillation will take place in a traditional copper still with a very gentle technique to preserve the flower’s properties and aromas.
The enfleurage techniques
Alice Duvernell will share methods to revive this old perfumery extraction technique, invented in France, her country of origin. Students will be able to see how to create aromatic pomades with cold and hot enfleurage techniques. Students will have a hands-on experiment the art with seasonal flowers.
Floral tinctures and repeated exactions for perfumery
Often people see tinctures as strictly medicinal extracts used in herbal therapy, nevertheless, tinctures can be amazing bases for perfumery blends. Repeated extraction processes, solvent choices as well delicate and gentle methods will bridge the realm of flower and botanical extraction with the art of aromatherapy. Students will create a custom aromatherapy blend to match the artisan crafted alcohol extract presented that day.
Students will on day one will bring home a hand out as well as a 2 oz bottle of floral distillate, a half-ounce of perfume grade floral extract, and a ¼ of an ounce of floral enfleurage pomade.