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Please note: the entrance for 80 8th Ave is actually on 14th St – just east of the Northeast corner.
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ArborVitae classes and courses span a broad range of topics. Our comprehensive workshops vary in level (introductory to advanced) and are taught by expert local, national and international teachers. To see bios of our noted teachers, please visit our faculty page.
Please check back as new courses are added regularly.

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Botanical Perfume Blending: Healing with Scent & Story with Irina Adam

Price: $40.00

Date: November 3, 2014

Monday 11/3 : 7 - 9:30pm  early bird discount until 10/25

Perhaps the most synesthetic of all senses, smell penetrates the brain unfiltered, bringing forth memory, image, feeling, and myriad sensations. We have evolved with plants and their volatile compounds. In addition to their healing aromatherapy gifts, plant essences connect us to nature, and can be blended to create unique aromatic adornments, and unfolding scented stories that nourish the spirit.

In this hands-on experiential class we will cover the basics of botanical perfume materials & blending, and create a simple perfume oil together. Get a peek into a perfumer’s process! We will do a lot of sniffing and take home small bottles of the perfume made in class.

This knowledge also applies to enjoying and combining essential oils for aromatherapy blends, massage oils and other body care products, and even tea blends.

We will:

  • - explore smell, the most ancient of our senses
  • - learn about botanical perfume materials such as essential oils, absolutes, concretes
  • - experience several plant essences and discuss their medicine, aromatherapy, energetics
  • - discern volatility, perfume notes (top, heart, base) and accords
  • - harness the volatility of the natural essences to create an unfolding scented story
  • - we will create a perfume in class and take home small bottles
  • - bring your nose, wild heart and imagination!

     Note: The workshop fee includes the cost of participants custom class-blended  take-home perfume. Handouts will also be offered  to participants.

Irina Adam is a nairina-adam-plumeria3tural perfumer, artist and herbalist. While apprenticing with New York City herbalists, Irina worked in ethnobotany research, and created artwork exploring human-plant interaction. She holds degree in Fine Arts and Botany. Irina founded Phoenix Botanicals in 2005. Her perfumes have been featured on blogs including Fragrantica, Cafleurebon, and Eaumg, and at Colette, Paris. She finds inspiration in cross-sensory experience, connection with land and plants, flower crushes, deep ecology and storytelling.


Available Spaces: 22

Making Herbal Meads with Tammi Sweet

Price: $35.00

Date: November 14, 2014

Friday, November 14th : 7 - 9:30 p.m.  early bird discount until 10/31Tammi Sweet

Come and do what we've done for thousands of years, inviting yeast to come in, dance with the herbs and feast on honey. Mead making is a time-honored tradition. We have always combined yeast, herbs and sweetener to brew beverages. We will use our time to discuss the making of these lovely, tasty and medicinal meads. No experience is necessary, you’ll be gaining experience and confidence to go home and do what your ancestors did, brew.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Please Note!

Pre-registration is recommended! The pre-registered (and early bird) fee is lower and registrants will be notified of any workshop info.   Class handouts and any special information will be sent  to pre-registered students by email ahead of the class. (Please do check emails ahead of class for this reason.)  Also, we determine whether a class will go forward based on the number of people who have signed up.
The Early Bird discount  (10%) is only available up till 11:59 pm of the date listed- roughly 2 weeks before a class starts. The discounted price will be seen when one checks out.

Refund Policy
For a refund or class credit, you need to contact us at least 7 days before the class starts, and we will issue a refund/ credit. We trust this policy seems fair, as we plan according to class size, buy class materials in advance and our teachers often travel distances to NYC to teach, and so it is difficult to deal with last minute cancellations. You can, however, transfer your registration to a friend who would like your spot if you you are unable to attend.

Cancellation Policy
If for whatever reason, ArborVitae needs to cancel a class, we will do our best to give you 24 hours notice and you will receive 100% refund of the cost of the class, or if you prefer a credit for the rescheduled class or future class.

Rain-date Policy
If an outside class has a rain-date and  you can not make the rain-date  (given that we use it because of weather), you will be offered a credit for the class of your choice.

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