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Saturday 15-22 Julywith Amanda Saurin and Selvedge Magazine

About the Workshop

Our creative studio will be bathed in the intoxicating scents of essential oils, beeswax, balms and freshly-gathered blossoms and plants during our apothecary workshop with Amanda Saurin of A.S. Apothecary in association with Selvedge magazine.

The work of an Apothecary is a slow, meditative process, a precise art that has been passed from hand-to-hand drawing on the alchemy of intuition and the wisdom of generations of healers and makers.  Traditional apothecary Amanda Saurin has worked with herbs and homeopathy for years developing effective, gentle, bespoke preparations and on this workshop you’ll learn to make scented soaps, soothing balms and natural perfumes.

So many of us are separated from nature in our daily lives and so Amanda begins by leading us on an outdoor trail foraging for leaves, bark, roots, wild flowers and herbs that can be used in our preparations.

The difference between factory produced soap and beautiful quality artisanal soap is like night and day and bespoke soap making is the first project. Using the simplest cold process method you’ll make beautiful quality olive oil soap and scent it with pure essential oils and flowers. After cutting, you can wrap your homemade soaps in French linen tied with vintage ribbon.

Balms are effective preparations for use on the skin either as a treatment or as a natural perfume. Combining oils and beeswax or olive wax creates a luxurious, nourishing humectant for the skin and you’ll learn how to combine herbs and essential oils to create balms that have both therapeutic value and smell divine at the same time. We’ll provide little glass handbag sized pots in which to store your balms.

The opportunity to make your own natural perfume is very rare, but on this week Amanda will show you how to combine essential oils and resins to make your own bespoke signature perfume.  Natural perfumery is an adventure in scent and we’ll look at lighter scents to brighten your mood throughout the warmer months. Working with a wide selection of oils you'll experiment with top, middle and base notes eventually arrving at a scent you have created for yourself. 

Amanda is addicted to distilling, the gentle way of extracting essential oils and aromatic waters from plants. She will set up a small Alembic still for you to witness the process as aromatic water emerges while the essential oil floats to the top.  For those hoping to do some simple distilling, she’ll talk to you about home-based options for flower water production.

This wonderful week also includes a day of dyeing with woad, a locally grown plant known for its dyeing properties as well as its medicinal and therapeutic properties.     The week is topped off with a visit to the atmospheric medieval market of St Antonin-Noble-Val and a local fleamarket. 

Amanda Saurin

Amanda Saurin is the founder, plant grower and gatherer, distiller and maker at A.S APOTHECARY. She is a traditional Apothecary. Amanda has worked with herbs and homeopathy for many years developing effective, gentle, bespoke preparations.

Whilst living in the Levant, she learnt and gradually perfected the art of distillation to create exquisite aromatics and essential oils from plants that she collected in the gardens of Sufis, the mountains of Kyrenia and the citrus groves bordering the Mediterranean. An appreciation of the transformative nature of scent, of the rhythm of the plants, of their terroir, of landscape and the inter-connectedness of us all, are pivotal to the philosophy that underpins and informs Amanda’s work.

Through A.S APOTHECARY she brings together her love of plants, growing, making, healing and collaboration to produce beautiful products that capture the essence and vitality of plants.

www.asapoth.com

Denise Lambert

Dyeing with woad is a regular activity at Chateau Dumas and Denise Lambert has been dyeing with woad (Isatis Tinctoria) since 1994 and has made the study its remarkable dyeing properties her life's work. Working with a farming cooperative who manages the crops, her company produces woad pigment, makes paints, decorative accessories, artworks and dyes clothes for the fashion industry.

You have all been amazing. You excelled in everything you do from your workshops to your hospitality. Koulla K, Australia

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Included:

  • 7 nights Chateau accommodation
  • Delicious homemade meals including wine with dinner (one dinner out at guest's own cost)
  • 5 days full-time tuition
  • Trips to a farmer's market and other local excursions
  • All materials are included

Not Included:

  • Flights to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau
  • One dinner out in a restaurant at guests' own cost

Additional Information:

  • We have bedrooms available at the following prices: Single occupancy bedroom with ensuite bathroom : 2435E : Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom adjacent : 2285E : Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom (shared with one other): 2085E : Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom : 1935E per person
  • The non-participating partner cost of 975E includes accommodation, meals and trips out and excludes the workshop tuition
  • A non-returnable deposit of 500E is required to secure your place with the balance due 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • You can pay by Visa/Mastercard on our website or by bank transfer
  • The initial deposit is non-refundable and there are no refunds after the balance has been paid
  • Chateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city centre and Toulouse Blagnac international airport.  A transfer from the airport to Chateau Dumas is available at or around 3pm on arrival Saturday at a cost of 40E per person. An afternoon transfer from Montauban station is available at or around 4pm at 25E per person. There are two transfers from the Chateau to the airport on the morning of the departure Saturday The first of these is at or around 7am and the second at or around 10am. The cost of the transfer from the Chateau to the airport is 40E and to Montauban station it is 25E.  Transfers to and from our local station Caussade T&G are free of charge. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take out travel and health insurance before travelling to France
  • The workshop will run with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 participants

Workshop:
Apothecary: Soaps, Balms and Natural Perfumes with Amanda Saurin and Selvedge magazine

Starts on:
15 July 2017

Length:
7 Days

Prices From: 1935 Euro

Non-Participating Partner Price: 975 Euro


Included:

  • 7 nights Chateau accommodation
  • Delicious homemade meals including wine with dinner (one dinner out at guest's own cost)
  • 5 days full-time tuition
  • Trips to a farmer's market and other local excursions
  • All materials are included

Not Included:

  • Flights to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau
  • One dinner out in a restaurant at guests' own cost

Additional Information:

  • We have bedrooms available at the following prices: Single occupancy bedroom with ensuite bathroom : 2435E : Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom adjacent : 2285E : Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom (shared with one other): 2085E : Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom : 1935E per person
  • The non-participating partner cost of 975E includes accommodation, meals and trips out and excludes the workshop tuition
  • A non-returnable deposit of 500E is required to secure your place with the balance due 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • You can pay by Visa/Mastercard on our website or by bank transfer
  • The initial deposit is non-refundable and there are no refunds after the balance has been paid
  • Chateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city centre and Toulouse Blagnac international airport.  A transfer from the airport to Chateau Dumas is available at or around 3pm on arrival Saturday at a cost of 40E per person. An afternoon transfer from Montauban station is available at or around 4pm at 25E per person. There are two transfers from the Chateau to the airport on the morning of the departure Saturday The first of these is at or around 7am and the second at or around 10am. The cost of the transfer from the Chateau to the airport is 40E and to Montauban station it is 25E.  Transfers to and from our local station Caussade T&G are free of charge. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take out travel and health insurance before travelling to France
  • The workshop will run with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 participants

Because of nature of our workshops, and the small number of places available, we will need to manage orders personally. If you are interested joining us on this workshop, please fill in the details below and we will get in touch shortly.