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Incense Workshops

I've been doing incense workshops since 1998 and I've had the privilege of teaching hundreds and hundreds of people how to make incense.  I've done workshops all around the country with people as young as 5 and as old as, well who really counts past 70?  Every workshop teaches me new things.  Whether introducing someone to rolling incense for the first time or allowing someone to experience a rare aromatic, teaching others has also taught me.  My deepest thanks to all of the people who have attended my workshops over the years.

Below are descriptions of the standard workshops that I offer.  I can also create a custom workshop just for your group.  We can focus on whatever aspect of incense stirs your passion or focus on ingredients that are particularly important to you.  Most everyone starts with Incense Making 101 and it's a lot of fun.  If you still have questions you can check out these Frequently Asked Questions or you can contact us!

All workshops are designed to last 1 1/2 to 2 hours, although the time can also be adjusted to fit your needs.  Shortened versions of workshops can be done for events with tight timetables.  I ask for a minimum of 5 people per workshop unless other arrangements are made at the time of booking.  Private lessons and incense experiences are also available.

You don't need a store to host a workshop.  Many workshops are held in someone's home for a group of their close friends or circle-mates.  Organizations, festivals, or just a fun party for friends, can all host an incense making workshop or party.

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Incense Making Workshops

Incense Making 101

This class teaches the basics of incense making from a hobbyist’s point of view.  If you’re simply curious about incense making and plan to burn sticks or cones around the house to improve the scent, then this is the class for you.  The cost is to cover the various incense making ingredients.  Participants will get to make at least two different incense blends.

Magick Incense Making 101

Much like above, this workshop teaches the basics for home incense makers.  However, detailed information is offered on making incense for use in ritual and on altars.  In addition to making sticks and cones, this workshop also introduces people to “moist” or “kneaded” incense that is burned on charcoal.  Topics also include incorporating incense into rituals and empowering incense as well as ethical concerns.  Participants will get to make at least two different incense blends, including one “moist”.

Advanced Incense Making

Also available in both a magickal and  non-magickal/hobby variations, this class moves on from the basics taught in the 101 workshop to more advanced concepts in incense including burning temperatures, fixatives, advanced drying techniques and more.  Participants will get to make at least two incense blends.

Other Incense Making Workshops

I teach a variety of specialized incense workshops and can easily design one to fit any need or occasion.  Below is a list of some of the workshops I can offer.  Most are variations on the Incense Making 101 workshops, so they incorporate all of the material for that workshop but with a specific theme. Most of the workshops below can be taught with either a magickal approach or a hobbyist approach, depending on the intended audience.

Yule Incense Making  

This workshop combines the basic instructions found in Incense Making 101 with Yule-themed incense recipes.  In the rare cases where time permits, we make 3 different incense blends in this workshop.  This workshop is typically held 2-6 weeks before Samhain to allow time for the incense to dry or cure.  It is a great opportunity to make the ultimate person Yule gift for your loved ones.

Samhain Incense Making  

This workshop combines the basic instructions found in Incense Making 101 with Samhain-themed incense recipes designed to honor and commune with those who have corssed the veil.  This workshop is typically held 2-6 weeks before Samhain to allow time for the incense to dry or cure.

Handfasting Incense Making  

Is someone in your circle planning a handfasting?  Magickal incense made specially for this purpose is simply an awesome addition.  Whether making incense as a gift for the couple or making it for use during the festivities, this workshop is typically held 2-6 weeks before the Handfasting to allow time for the incense to dry or cure.  However, there is a variation on this one where the group makes moist incense that can be used as soon as the following day.  This is a great way to say thank you to everyone who helped with your handfasting.  Relax and make some wonderful, loved-filled incense the day before the handfasting to reward everyone's hard work.

Spring Incense Making  

Spring is a special time that can be celebrated all year with special Spring incense.  This workshop makes a great activity to celebrate the start of Spring and the rebirth that it brings.  It's also a great activity in the dark days of Winter to bring in the energy of the Spring soon to some.  This workshop combines the basic instructions found in Incense Making 101 with Spring-themed incense recipes. 

Asian Incense Making  

This workshop teaches the basic information found in Incense Making 101 with traditional Asian ingredients and techniques.  This workshop includes one batch of cones or stick made using a wood binder plus a special moist incense blend.

Incense of the Pacific NW  

This workshop presents the basic instructions found in Incense Making 101 with a focus on plants and woods of the Pacific NorthWest.  Participants will make sticks and/or cones as well as special moist incense made completely from materials native to the region.

Making Incense with Wood Binders 

This workshop introduces participants to the ancient technique of using natural wood binders for incense making.  Several different traditional wood binders will be sampled and some non-traditional binders might make their way into the workshop too.  Two different batches of incense will be made using wood binders.

Dragon's Blood Incense

Dragon's Blood is one of the most beloved fragrant resins.  Its deep and dark scent holds many secrets and has enchanted people for millenia.  This variation on Incense Making 101 incorporates Dragon's Blood in both recipes.  Due to the high cost of quality Dragon's Blood, this workshop may require a slightly higher fee.  I can assure you that it's worth it.

Incense Made With Herbal Teas

This class uses the basics taught in the 101 workshop with the added element of herbal teas and infusions.  This fun workshop often leads to drinking as much of the tea as is used in the incense.  This is a light-hearted workshop that introduces participants to a rarely considered aspect of incense making that is as easy as opening your kitchen cabinet.  

 

Incense Use Workshops

Basic Incense Use

This workshop is an introduction to the wide variety of types and styles of incense found in the world, as well as a bit of history.  Topics discussed include selecting censer/incense burners, styles of incense (including, sticks, cones, coils and more), incense “seals”, discerning high-quality incense and alternative methods of burning (such as charcoal).  Each participant will receive a packet containing samples of some of the incense discussed.

Basic Magick Incense Use

Available in both a magickal and  non-magickal/hobby variations, this workshop offers an introduction to using incense in magick as well as for mundane uses.  In addition to the topics discussed in the workshop above, specific rituals will be discussed as well as special magickal considerations, “listening” to incense and special techniques for preparing incense burners for use on your altar.  Each participant will receive a packet containing samples of some of the incense discussed.

Advanced Incense Use

This workshop takes attendees beyond the basics to work with trail burning, hidden trails, incense clocks, and more.  Advanced techniques for incorporating incense into magick and rituals is discussed in depth.  This workshop can only be conducted in a space where incense can be burned.  Each participant will receive samples of some of the materials discussed and used in the workshop.

Listening To Incense

This workshop introduces Asian incense techniques onto Western techniques.  This workshop is available in several different versions including Listening to Herbs, Incense Games, and An Introduction to Kodo.

 

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