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03 - Aug
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Where:9094 Old Redwood Hwy, 9094 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, California, United States
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 real
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