Visit the course listing on the Esalen website! Come participate in the transformation of fresh, organic botanicals into pure distillates, smooth and silky moisturizing face creams, and flower-rich massage oils. In this hands-on workshop, we explore Esalen's abundant gardens and learn to identify and sustainably collect plants for our intended purpose. Together we transform vital roots, stems, leaves, and blossoms into high-quality, stable skincare products for your own use.
This weekend offers a unique, fun, and lively opportunity to participate in the entire distillation process, from assembling and sealing the distiller, building and tending the wood fire, listening to “the song of the still,” to receiving the distillate — the fresh and potent liquid at the core of our exquisite creations. The outstanding, therapeutic properties of the distillate will enrich our products with a profoundly healing and meaningful dimension. Each participant takes home their own custom, handcrafted cream, massage oil, and distillate, and the knowledge to replicate them with ease and confidence via an electronic booklet with detailed instructions for future use.
($20 materials fee paid directly to the leader)