RETREAT

Botanical Skin Care Retreat

An experiential retreat devoted to the beauty of formulating with plant-derived ingredients.

September 14 - 20, 2022

Botanical Skin Care Retreat

Stuart, VA (Learn more about retreat center here!)

Whether you desire to make your own skin care products or launch a plant-based skin care product brand, the Botanical Body Care retreat will ignite your passion of all things aromatic and plant-based when it comes to caring for the skin and emotional wellness!

The value and interest in plant-based skincare continues to grow in popularity, perhaps because, in some small way, it reconnects us with nature.  This is our Botanical Skin Care Certification course.

botanical bodycare retreat

Botanical Skin Care Formulation Retreat

Join Jade Shutes at Yarrow Mountain Farm in Stuart, VA

Who is this retreat for?

Already familiar with or just learning about the many benefits of essential oils and other plant-based ingredients, but you’re ready to dive deeper? Seeking to study and learn from a trusted mentor?  Passionate about learning how to properly formulate safe and effective skin and body care products so you can create your own skin care products or launch your own brand of botanical body care products?

Our retreat is the perfect place for you!  For five days, you will be immersed in the classroom live, smelling, touching, learning about, and blending a wide range of aromatic and botanical ingredients alongside leading aromatic formulator and internationally-acclaimed aromatherapy pioneer, educator, and author, Jade Shutes. You will also have the opportunity to richly connect with fellow students on a similar path and who love plant-based skin care.

Learning Objectives

Throughout our time together, you will:

Learn how to formulate a range of oil-based products including: body, face, and scalp oils, body butters, lip balms, and salves.

Learn how to formulate a range of water-based formulations including: cleansers, toners, creams, lotions, and gels.

Receive empowering and inspiring training on how to create safe, stable and effective plant-based skincare products that positively impact the health and well-being of yourself and others.

Experience the personal transformation that comes from integrating the healing power of plant-based skin care into your daily life and routine.

Learn how to formulate with essential oils for skin care products that reduce the impact of stress, relieve anxiety and support emotional well-being for self and others, through the powerful lens of our sense of smell.

Experience Aromatic Distillation!

Course Topics

DAY 1
Aromatic Studies Formulation Methodology & Introduction to the Botanical Body Care Ingredient Palettes

On our first day together will take a deep dive into the Aromatic Studies formulation methodology and begin exploring ingredient palettes that are used to formulate botanical skin care products. Good manufacturing practices and laws governing cosmetics and essential oils will be covered. We'll even cover labeling for your product: what kind of labels to use and what needs to be on them.

Day 2
Aromatic Formulation: Oil-based products

The morning session will continue to cover ingredient palettes before moving on to focus on the formulation steps for creating oil-based products including face, body and scalp oils, body and lip balms, butters, salves, and deodorants. Students will also learn how to make their own herbal infused oil. The afternoon session will include experiential time for each student to formulate at least two of the products covered in the morning session.

Day 3
Aromatic Formulation: Water-based products – Creams/Lotions

The morning session will focus on exploring and learning the formulation steps for creating emulsions: creams and lotions. Students will learn how to test and adjust pH as well as to select an appropriate natural preservative system when formulating water-based products. The afternoon session will include experiential time for the class to co-create two unique cream bases which each student can then customize with their chosen essential oils.

Course Topics

Day 4
Aromatic Formulation: Water-based products – Cleansers and Gels

The morning session will focus on exploring and learning the formulation steps for creating cleansers and gels. The afternoon session will include experiential time for the class to formulate and create a simple cleanser and gel.   

Day 5
Aromatic Formulation: Masks, Exfoliants, and Scrubs

We will explore plant-based and other natural ingredients that can be used in formulating masks, exfoliants and scrubs.  There will be will experiential time to practice formulating and making products during this session.  After lunch, we will gather for final integration, question and answer time, thoughts and sharing, which will then lead into our closing circle.

BONUS!
Aromatic Distillation!

Weather and plants permitting, we will take time away from classroom to harvest and distill our own hydrosol!

September 14 - 20, 2022

Location of Botanical Skin Care Retreat

Stuart, VA

If you are flying in for the retreat, the two closest airports are Greensboro, NC and Roanoke, VA. Both of these airports are approximately a one-hour drive to farm.

We will do our best to support students in connecting with one another so that ride shares can be arranged when possible. 

Botanical Skin Care Products Retreat

Yarrow Mountain Farm
Stuart, VA

For further information on retreat center, please view brochure here!

September 14-20, 2022

Wednesday to Tuesday
Arrival on Wednesday by 4pm
(Opening Circle & Dinner 6pm)
5 days of Class: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Departure on Tuesday the 20th by Noon

Our Botanical Skin Care Products Retreat Includes:

5 full days of teaching plus gathering circle evening before class begins

6 nights lodging at the farm (shared cabins)

3 delicious healthy meals a day, plus dinner on first night and breakfast on departure day

Forest bathing time

A variety of products made in class plus an aromatic hydrosol!

Botanical Body Care Products Workbook

Time and space to build community with fellow students

Yarrow Mountain Farm 

To learn more about the farm and retreat center, please view our 2022 Brochure here!

Meet Your Teacher

Aromatic Distillation with Jade Shutes
Meet Jade:

I have been formulating and making botanical body care and plant-inspired skin products for over 20 years.

I am a clinical aromatherapist, aromatic plant grower, and herbal and aromatic medicine maker. I received my aromatherapy education in the U.K. at the Raworth Institute of Natural Medicine. I am a professional member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapist and the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

Thirty years ago, while living in London, England, I was blessed to have my first experience with aromatherapy. Suffering with debilitating back pain, a friend referred me to her friend Sophie, who offered aromatherapy. The British approach to aromatherapy was and is through the application of the essential oils via massage. My first aromatherapy session was life-transforming! At some point during the massage I fell fast asleep, and upon waking the very first thought I had was “THIS is what I want to do for the rest of my life!”. I wanted to give others this transformative experience.

I believe in the power of education and have seen how it empowers our students and graduates with the knowledge, they need to thrive in the 21 st century wellness movement.

Botanical Skin Care Products Retreat

Yarrow Mountain Farm
Stuart, VA

For further information on retreat center, please view brochure here!

September 14-20, 2022

Wednesday to Tuesday
Arrival on Wednesday by 4pm
(Opening Circle & Dinner 6pm)
5 days of Class: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Departure on Tuesday the 20th by Noon

Payment Details

September 14-20, 2022

One Payment

$2475.

Two Payments

$1237.50

September 14-20, 2022

Three payments

$825.

Four Payments

$618.75