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Aromatic Distillation: Exploring Self through Aroma, Plants, & Landscape

May 24-26, 2019

Join clinical herbalist, Erika Galentin of Sovereignty Herbs, for a 2-day intensive workshop on the ancient alchemical art of aromatic distillation as a tool for exploring your inner Self and developing deeper relationships plants and their landscapes.


The first day of class will consist of hiking* through and exploring very special wild landscapes within the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains in search of an aromatic plant species to study, harvest, and distill. The structured plant study incorporates techniques designed to prime our primary senses, imagination, and artistic expression with a goal of developing deeper relationships between the plant, the landscape, and our inner selves. During this first day we will also be learning about ethical wild-harvesting and foraging while collecting enough plant material to distill into an aromatic hydrosol. **


Day 2 of this workshop includes the distillation itself! Using a copper alembic still for our distillation, participants will also learn the anatomy and physiology of aromatic distillation. As the distillation progresses, elements of our plant study, storytelling, and tarot will be woven together and shared to provide a reflective surface for self-discovery.


*Hiking conditions for Saturday’s class, although not extreme, will require that participants are comfortable navigating uneven surfaces and are able to walk and stand for several hours.

** Participants will need to bring their own water and food for lunch on Saturday.

Tentative Schedule

Friday Evening: 

-Group Welcome and Meet & Greet (6:00 – 8:00pm) Rooted Apothecary -Gunnison, CO (126 N Main Street Gunnison, CO 81230)


-Group caravan to plant study and harvesting location/s (10:00 – 5:00pm) Rooted Apothecary -Crested Butte, CO (510 Elk Avenue Crested Butte, CO 81224)

-To include plant study, harvesting, collecting water, and processing plant material into the still.

-Evening dinner and social (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm) Gunnison, CO


-Aromatic Distillation (9:00am – 2:00pm) Gunnison, CO

 -To include explanation of the still, mechanics behind the process.

 -Bringing together of elements from the previous day’s plant study, Tarot, and discussion.

*Cancellation with full refunds available 7 days in advance of class starting

 **Email for any questions regarding travel or places to stay.

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May 31 thru June 2, 2019
[Friday, Saturday, & Sunday]


ABOUT | A weekend of foraging, crafting, and connecting with your wildness! Join author Briana Wiles and Kat Mackinnon, director of CSCH’s Rocky Mountain Field Botany course and ancestral skills teacher for this spring-time workshop. Along with the recipes and methods for turning wild plants into the delicious fare, we’ll be going into the botany, stories, sustainable harvesting techniques, and ecology of the more common feral foods of the Western Slope. We’ll be making wild spice blends and meat rubs, ash cakes, savory salads, as well as creating containers for bringing home your springtime bounty!Our workshop begins Friday night with an opening circle, talk, and potluck that is free and open to the public! Come learn about the importance of connecting with our wild and naturalized foods. Bring your favorite dish to share (please label ingredients). We’ll also have a few wild foods available to taste!

On Saturday we’ll begin with exercises designed to drop you into the landscape and begin connecting with the plants. Throughout the day we’ll be foraging and preparing for the Saturday night wild foods feast, gathering together all the springtime wild treats (come prepared to get dirty-foraging). The feast itself will be hands-on, with participants learning how to cook ash cakes and cattail, how to make a foraged soup using the rock boil method, and of course, make fantastic wild salads! Music, stories, and tea around the fire for dessert.

Sunday morning we’ll explore preserving your wild harvest, including techniques for making storage and gathering containers.

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Summer Series May - August 2019

Join us in Gunnison this summer!

Past Classes & Conferences 2018

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