The Magic of Sedona with the Power of Plants

A special distillation retreat with the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies
Sunday May 19 - Thursday May 23, 2019 | Sedona, AZ

Join Amy Galper, and Jade Shutes, Co-Founders of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, for a special distillation retreat in Sedona, Arizona.

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Let your mind, body, and spirit soar in the transfixing beauty of Sedona’s red rock formations, an area long known for natural healing and spiritual awakening.

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Adventure into the breathtaking landscape to forage and connect with native plants of the Southwest

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Learn how to create essential oils and hydrosols of the highest quality and standards using wild-crafted native and cultivated plants of the Southwest.

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Be inspired by the tradition of distillation with Artisan Distillers Clare and Max Licher of PhiBee Aromatics

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Lift your spirit in the purifying and rejuvenating practice of Hatha yoga, with the splendor of Sedona as your backdrop.

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Start and end your day in the beautiful accommodations of El Portal Sedona

RETREAT PACKAGE

Six days and five nights of distillation training and wellness activities in curated small-group setting.

  • A two-day workshop on native plants of the Southwest and their energetic and therapeutic properties with Clare and Max Licher, gifted artisan distillers.
  • Wildcrafting of plant materials with Clare and Max Licher, experts of native plants of the Southwest.
  • Two to three opportunities for native plant distillations.
  • Two morning yoga classes.
  • Two catered lunches and possibly one to two catered dinners.
  • Tour of Sedona area as well as time for shopping.
  • Optional rides to Sedona from the phoenix airport may be pre-arranged through the school - or book your own taxi/shuttle.

ACCOMMODATIONS AT EL PORTAL

El Portal Sedona Hotel was selected as an architectural masterpiece by “Keep Sedona Beautiful,” (an environmental organization dedicated to keeping Sedona’s natural beauty preserved) - and is Sedona’s only Arts & Crafts adobe hotel. El Portal Sedona Hotel is a luxury hotel dedicated to providing an extraordinary lodging experience.

El Portal is situated in Sedona’s art district, adjacent to the world famous Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. The boutique hotel is also within walking distance of uptown Sedona and have access to a full gym, two swimming pools, and spa privileges at Los Abrigados. Guests just have to show their room key!

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ITINERARY

Sunday, May 19th:
Afternoon: check in at El Portal.
5:30: Catered dinner at El Portal.
7:00: Walk to PhiBee Aromatics distillery for a welcome presentation.

Monday, May 20th: 
8:00: Depart PhiBee Aromatics distillery for a rugged and spectacular scenic drive up Damfino Canyon (Schnebly Hill Road), where at the top we will collect Pinyon Pine.
12:30 Lunch: Sandwiches from Indian Gardens Marketplace and Café (Gluten free available)
1:30 Return to distillery for a beginning presentation on aromas, therapeutic properties and uses of Southwestern essential oils, and to begin a fermentation of previously distilled Pinyon Pine needles.
6:00: Break for the evening, participants arrange own dinner plans.

Tuesday, May 21st:
8:30: Yoga with Linda Whittington at El Portal Hotel
10:00: Meet at distillery for further processing and steam distillation of Pinyon Pine, and further presentation of SW essential oils.
12:30: Lunch: Walk to Pumphouse Station.
1:30: Return to distillery for further presentation of SW essential oils.
5:00: Decant the Pinyon Pine essential oil from our distillation.
6:00: Group Dinner

Wednesday, May 22nd:
8:00: Depart from the distillery for the scenic Mogollon Rim, where we will collect Douglas Fir.
12:30: Lunch: Sandwiches from Indian Gardens.
1:30: Continue our collection, possibly of another species.
3:30: Return to Sedona
6:00: Group Dinner: Walk to Hideaway House.

Thursday, May 23rd:
8:30: Yoga with Linda Whittington at El Portal Hotel
10:00: Meet at distillery for a steam distillation of Douglas Fir, and simultaneous gentle distillation of our fermented Pinyon Pine needles.
12:30: Lunch: Walk to Secret Garden Café.
1:30: Return to distillery to create a plant spirit perfume.
2:00: Free time to shop and have (more) fun!
5:00: Decant our Douglas Fir essential oil.
6:00: Farewell dinner catered at El Portal.

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AMY GALPER

Amy Galper, B.A., M.A., Dipl. AT, the pioneering educator behind NYIOA, has been a Certified Aromatherapist since 2001, as well as a passionate advocate, entrepreneur, formulator and consultant in organic beauty and wellness. It’s a journey that began long before the pursuit of wellness was common, and led her to a vast knowledge of essential oils and their applications as a way to connect to the body through the senses. In 2001, after having trained with Jade Shutes (former president of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, or NAHA), Amy earned her Certificate in Holistic Dynamic Aromatherapy from what is now The School For Aromatic Studies. Today she is also the NYC Director for NAHA. Over the past several years, Amy has also built a vibrant consultancy practice, offering her expertise—in ingredient research and sourcing, product formulation, wellness event planning, USDA Certification and more—to a number of beauty and wellness brands. As the Education Director and Natural Beauty Expert for Credo Beauty, she supports the Credo Team as they pioneer the new paradigm for Clean Beauty.

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JADE SHUTES

Jade Shutes holds a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, and Reflexology from the Raworth College of Natural Medicine in Dorking, UK, and a Diploma in Aromatherapy from the International Therapist Examining board (ITEC). Today she is the visionary and director of education for the School for Aromatic Studies. An aromatherapy practitioner, researcher, and educator for over two decades, Jade opened her first aromatherapy school, The Institute for Dynamic Aromatherapy (IDA), in New England in 1991. She has also taught at Bastyr University, Duke University, Ashmead College, San Diego Hospice, and throughout North America. Recognized as one of the vanguard of professionals who helped introduce aromatherapy to the US, she has since played an active role in the setting of standards for aromatherapy education in North America.

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PHIBEE AROMATICS

Clare and Max Licher started PhiBee Aromatics out of a love and passion for the native plant world. Clare began studying medicinal herbs in 1987 and has completed a 235-hour AIA and NAHA approved Aromatherapy Certification course. Max is an avid botanist and plant photographer, and has catalogued over 1,200 native plants in the Sedona Oak Creek Canyon region. They began distilling essential oils in 2005, and have since distilled over 80 different species of native and locally cultivated plants, plus 4 macerations. They wildcraft in a sustainable fashion and attempt to benefit the plants in their trimming techniques. They are permitted by the US Forest Service, and have worked with the Nature Conservancy on many occasions.

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OUR YOGA TEACHER

Linda Whittington has been teaching yoga since 2011, and she has lived in beautiful Sedona since 2014. She offers a warm and welcoming environment in all of her yoga classes so that ALL yoga students feel supported and safe. Linda's main purpose is to bring her students into their hearts as they practice, to bring a deep sense of complete self love and acceptance. She offers classes of all levels, from rigorous vinyasa classes to gentle slow flow classes. Yoga brought Linda into her heart, changed her life completely and gave her such a sense of balance and self worth, so as she teaches her hope is to offer that same experience to her students.

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REGISTER

NOTE: Rates include total per person lodging at El Portal. Limited space available on a first come, first served basis. Airfare is not included. Please review our cancellation policy below.

One-time Payment

$3200

4 Payment Plan

$800

TESTIMONIALS

"The Sedona retreat was amazing and enjoyable. Clare and Max gave us a chance to wild harvest Douglas Fir and showed us the process of distilling them. I can still remember the scent that filled up the room during the process. We also got to know many of the native plants on the road and collected huge beautiful sage plants. I truly enjoyed their hospitality and sharing their knowledge with us."
- Chen, Founder of Freshfield Aromatic

"Not only was this an incredible opportunity to be immersed in one of the most breathtaking places in the country, it was also a highly transformative experience to witness the plants in their natural habitat and acquire such genuine hands-on experience. Clare and Max infused into the lessons their unique stories and perspectives and far exceeded my expectations. Overall, it was something I would highly recommend and definitely not miss."

- Jennifer Goldman, founder of Essential Rose Life

"Attending the distillation retreat in Sedona, Arizona was beautiful, magical and pure enlightenment. I walked away with a deeper knowledge and understanding of how essential oils are made, not to mention spent time in a very special part of this vast country. It is one thing hearing or reading about how essential oils are made, but it is a completely different level being in the woods harvesting Norfolk Pine with a group of like-minded souls, to make and distill essential oil step by step. I loved every minute of it, and I am looking forward to attending the next distillation retreat NYIOA hosts."

- Elisabeth "Libby" Vlasic, Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Essential Oil Educator

"For me, the best part of this retreat was traveling to beautiful Sedona and participating in the hands on distilling with my classmates in an intimate venue. I found it to be such a valuable asset to my experiential learning for my aromatic studies this past year. The accommodations, itinerary, and meals were perfect. Clare and Max have a beautiful studio filled with art + passion for the native southwest, and their unique personalities and wealth of knowledge shine through. Clare + Max have a way of weaving the culture and history into the stories of the medicinal values of over 66 native southwest botanicals, as well as an eye opening glimpse to the art of distillation, which was a highlight for me . I have gained a deeper appreciation and understanding for hydrosols and essential oils. I am so pleased that I have a deeper connection with the SW ecosystem and I now have a diverse collection of these blends for my treatments which I have incorporated with confidence to my skincare treatments for my clients, friends and family. I have since become a botanical distiller as well, and I am enjoying my continued research in perfumes, spirits, as well as eco-system botanical distilling. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone who has an interest in widening their curiosity on the distillation process as well as increasing their awareness of all these amazing oils in their natural setting in Sedona."

- Suzanne Barroso, Holistic Skincare Specialist, Aromatherapist, Distiller

Payment Plan Policy: The $750 deposit payment ($500 of which is non-refundable), automatically holds a space in the retreat. An invoice reflecting the remaining balance will be sent within 3 business days of the deposit payment. Payments can be made in increments of your choosing up until the deadline of March 1st. The total retreat and housing payments must be made by March 1st to retain your space in the program. Room selection is requested upon the receipt of the deposit invoice. NYIOA will reach out to secure and finalize accommodations.

Cancellation Policy: All payments, deposit and/or full, will include a $500 non-refundable place holder on the retreat. Cancellations made before March 1st will automatically receive a refund minus the $500 deposit. No refunds will be given after March 1st.