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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 landscape/s 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 learning 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.

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

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