Contemporary Plant Alchemy – Healing Potions and Elixirs

with Michael Isted, March 28-29, 2020

Course Information

In this weekend with Michael Isted, he will explore the following:

  • The philosopher stone and the history of Alchemy: an archaeological olfactory journey – recreation of traditional plant preparations, scents and perfumes a journey through past, present and future 
  • Modern and traditional extraction techniques to include C02 / Ultrasonic / Alembic distillations / vacuum / fermentation / alcohol / non-alcoholic extraction 
  • Reclaim perfume – working with traditional and modern extraction techniques to create attars, scents and incense blends
  • Rituals around ingesting plants, traditional herbal medicines and how they have influenced global beverage trends
  • Create our own non-alcoholic potions and tonics highlighting key plants and their benefits, creating plant potions for health and happiness
  • Cannabis – a year on a cannabis farm – creating authentic potions, tonics and lotions – understanding the plant and its true therapeutic potential
  • Topicals – how to formulate and create a range of botanical skin care rituals to include salves, creams, essences and oils. 

Course Instructor

Michael Isted is a trained phytotherapist (BSc Hons), aromatherapist and nutritionist who started up his company The Herball in 2013. Michael set up The Herball as a portal to promote and celebrate the many ways in which we can integrate plants and plant preparations to invigorate and enrich our lives. Michael distils in traditional copper and extracts plants with C02. He also works closely with a number of small independent organic growers and plant workers in the UK, Europe and India to source, produce and sell authentic, artisanal plant-based products, such as infusions, hydrosols, spices, extracts, and oils.

Michael frequently runs workshops across the globe teaching plant therapeutics while also consulting, creating and formulating botanical drinks for brands, cafes, bars, restaurants and spas. He is also currently in the process of launching new Herball concepts across Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Michael has also just written and published The Herball’s Guide to Botanical Drinks, a book which reflects a very modern take on an ancient practice, revealing the history and processes of making botanical drinks with herbs and plant extracts. Michael can be found online at

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, 2020, 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until January 15)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until January 15)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until January 15)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 WHS academic credit for this workshop.

Course Registration

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.

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