Holiday Workshops

Past Holiday Workshops classes

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP: Plant-Dyed Linen Napkins

Thursday November 30, 2017

We're always looking for ways to add a handmade touch to our holiday tables- enter…


HOLIDAY WORKSHOP: Plant-Dyed Linen Napkins

Date: Thursday November 30, 2017

We're always looking for ways to add a handmade touch to our holiday tables- enter one of our favorite arts- naturally dyed textiles! This workshop offers an intro to working with natural dyes, with a generous take-away of 8 Irish linen napkins, dyed in your choice of 3 different plant-based colors. We've chosen a high-quality fabric to make your holiday (or everyday) table even a little more special. Students will leave with 8 large squares of raw-edged, naturally dyed linen, with the option of hemming at home.  

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP: The Art of Bitters

Wednesday November 29, 2017

 
Make all your winter beverages a little more FESTIVE with handmade…

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP: The Art of Bitters

Date: Wednesday November 29, 2017

 
Make all your winter beverages a little more FESTIVE with handmade herbal bitters, syrups and cordials! Cindy, owner of Portland Bitters Project will be guiding us through an evening of herbal pairings, with recipes for making healthful & delicious concoctions. Curious about those fancy bitters your favorite bartenders adds to cocktails? Interested in the history of medicinal cordials? We'll be rolling up our sleeves, and waking up all our senses in this evening exploration of flavor, aroma, health benefits and uses of rare and everyday herbs and spices. Each student will have the opportunity to customize recipes to his/her own tastes and learn simple techniques to package & preserve your bitters, syrups and cordials, leaving with samples and recipes and skills to continue to experiment at home! The perfect class for avid bartenders, home cooks, and budding herbalists! 

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP: The Foraged Wreath

Tuesday November 28, 2017

Cedar, fir, pine, spruce, eucalyptus, rose hips, red twig dogwood: these are just…


HOLIDAY WORKSHOP: The Foraged Wreath

Date: Tuesday November 28, 2017

Cedar, fir, pine, spruce, eucalyptus, rose hips, red twig dogwood: these are just a few elements of a locally-foraged wreath!  Spend an evening with friends pairing plants and building a big, festive wreath for your home or give as a gift! All the basics of greenery arranging and wreath contruction will be covered. Bring a friend and get in the holiday spirit! 

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP: Winter Scent Intro to Perfumery

Monday November 27, 2017

Join aromatic perfumer and essential oil distiller Jessica Ring as she opens…


HOLIDAY WORKSHOP: Winter Scent Intro to Perfumery

Date: Monday November 27, 2017

Join aromatic perfumer and essential oil distiller Jessica Ring as she opens a door into the secret garden of botanical perfume.  This is an ancient art form in which the aromatics explored are placed within the sacred context of herbal medicine.  Essential oils are approached as entities of the ecosystem, with a spirit and story, as opposed to static creations made from synthetic materials.  In this class students will explore a wide range of locally extracted aromatics while Jessica blends a botanical perfume.  The creation process will be explored first-hand as students test and smell the perfume as it develops.  Individual ingredients and their attributes will slowly fuse into a whole fragrance which will be described in terms of radiance, tenacity, sillage, dry-down, aromatic evolution, and medicinal effects/applications.  Harvest stories and extraction details will accompany some of the ingredients, particularly those that have been extracted by the perfumer.  The style of perfume that is blended will depend on the group of students that attend; whatever we make will be medicine for our collective happiness, and will hold components of our forests, fields, deserts, and farms.