Hike to Harvest to Hydrosol & Essential Oil, A Journey in Spirituality and Alchemical Distillation Saturday September 15th - Sunday September 16th
Day 1 Saturday September 15th
Hike to Harvest (10:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.) Beginning at Granite Hotsprings Trailhead.
Dress for a ~3 mile round-trip hike given weather information. 2 Liters of water
Meditation pillow/yoga mat/yoga block- something to put under you during the meditation portion (we will ask our equine friends to carry these along with the harvested material). Bring a pair of pruners or something to cut small branches with.
- Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Granite Hotsprings Trailhead.
- Spend approximately ½ hour discussing walking with equines.
- Hike about an hour to Lodgepole Pine grove ~1.5 miles to location.
- Have prepared picnic lunch, here we will also showcase a way to use hydrosols (Lodgepole Pine water solution) fusing a previous batch. Talk about the Lodgepole Pine and the tree's many uses.
- One hour class on Sheng Zhen: Awakening the Soul (connecting with Universal Love through meditation)
- Spend some time wild harvesting (about 1/2 hour)
- Hike back to the trailhead and enjoy the healing waters of Granite Hot Spring.
Day Two - Sunday September 16th
Day 2: Harvest to Hydrosol (the distillation process) from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.. The Barn Healing Center is located at 6190 Heck of a Hill Road 1 mile south of Wilson. There is a sign at the top of the driveway that says American Wilderness Botanicals and the Barn Healing Center. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call Ben-Scott Clark at (307) 690-8155.
- Meet at the Healing Barn at 9:00 a.m. – 6190 Heck of a Hill Road 1 mile south of Wilson, Wyoming. Turn onto Fall Creek Road just south of the Stagecoach Bar in Wilson. Follow Fall Creek Road for approximately ½ mile until you see Heck of a Hill Road (first right turn). Follow Heck of a Hill Road up the hill through the timber until you see a sign (on the left) that says Barn Healing Center. That is the driveway. Follow the signs to the Barn. Please call or text (307) 690-8155 for any questions regarding the workshop.
- 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. - Discussion on the process of steam distillation using a copper alembic still. We will discuss what hydrosols are and their essential oil counterpart.
- 10:00 – 11:00 AM - We will load the copper alembic still with the Lodgepole Pine twigs and branches you have harvested and prepare the still and light the burner to begin the process of distillation.
- 11:00 – Noon - Discussion on the history of distillation and how you can use hydrosols in your daily living. Dr. Michael Moore’s book entitled Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West will be our main source of reference for medicinal plants.
- Noon – 1 p.m. Prepared Lunch. There will be healthy choices including fresh fruit, vegetables, hummus, nuts and other tasty delectables.
- 1 – 3 p.m. - We will follow the process of distillation as the hydrosol comes over filling the glass separator funnel and witnessing the essential oil floating to the top of the aromatic waters/hydrosol. You’ll see the magic of alchemy as this process unfolds. You’ll also learn about the basic science of this process.
- 3 - 4:30 p.m. – We will complete the process of distillation and through the end process you will all take home one 4 oz and one 2 oz atomizer bottle of Lodgepole Pine hydrosol and a small bottle of Lodgepole Pine essential oil we have obtained that day.
- 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Summary including Q&A.
About Paul and Liz:
My name is Paul Weinberg and I live in Kanab, UT. I am in Jackson, WY for the summer exploring the surrounding wilderness and the art of wild harvesting. After a month working in Yellowstone leading backcountry pack trips, I was presented with the opportunity to live in a cabin on the outskirts of Wilson and adventure into the wilderness with horses, as well as learn the art of distillation from Ben-Scott Clark.
Years ago, I quit my life entirely (which included owning real estate, silly things like flying in corporate planes, and dining with exclusive CEO's and the President). This decision was made so that I could fully dedicate my life to horses, healing, and the backcountry.
Since then, I've committed to the practice of Sheng Zhen Meditation (a moving and nonmoving form of meditation) and teach it regularly in Kanab, UT. Sheng Zhen, in short, is a form of meditation that moves energy through the body focusing on the heart space. I'm passionate about sharing my methods of transformation, and my own continuing story to those who are open to it.
I've spent the summer of 2018 in the backcountry of the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with my ragtag team of two horses, a mule, two dogs, and partner. My current focus is developing backcountry healing retreats that include wild harvesting, primitive skills, and energy work. When I'm not in the Jackson area I'm living the life I manifested, on a small ranch in Utah, working on a therapeutic level with teens.