Introduction to Incense making


An Introduction to Incense making is a 10-hour course spread over two days for adult beginner gardeners over 19 years old.

The course covers beginner basics and tips to get you started in creating and using incense safely; good basic knowledge of key essential oils, herbs, resins and other botanicals, blending techniques and practical skills.  The workshop is structured to allow adequate time for group and individual work, questions and answers, as well as written notes to take away, with additional suggestions and recipes to tailor at home.

We shall explore the following topics so that you can learn how to create two incense recipes to take home to use for mood enhancing, space clearing, meditation etc:

Understand the history and use of incense, and the folklore and ritual that surround certain plants

Explore and work with a variety of botanical materials including; resins, woods, herbs, flowers, powders, spices and essential oils,

Understand sourcing and preparation of incense materials, tools and equipment

Sample, discuss and compare different types of incense and historical recipes

Learn how to blend and adapt ingredients to suit different uses, intentions and creative purposes

Guidance on Safety, ratios, storage, creating formulas and record keeping


Meet Tanya Moulding

Having donned many varied ‘job hats’ – some more glamorous and fitting than others, I trained with the Tisserand Institute and finally found my groove as an Aromatherapist, combining my love of plants, nature, healing, wellbeing and lifestyle with the unique combination of touch and smell. Since leaving the office behind, I have been working within the field of olfaction for over 15 years, combining my clinical practice as an Aromatherapist with education/training and developing creative, interactive events, exploring ‘smell’ and its many therapeutic and psychological effects.  

I truly love to sniff out unusual odours, create products, investigate the history and uses of plants and their extracts and offer innovative ways to reconnect with our senses and the world around us, using smell as the platform. 


What You Need To Know

No previous experience is required!

Introduction to Incense Making is a two day workshop starting Saturday 10:00 - 15:00 & Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

All equipment will be provided on the day.

The workshop is held at the Garden, you can find details on how to get here via our Your Visit page.

If you are a resident of the EEA (The European Economic Area) for 3 years or more and over 19 years old, you can attend one workshop a year free of charge. 
We ask that you pay a £10 deposit for your place which will be refunded electronically on the next working day after the workshop. 
We have a limited number of free places, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!


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