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Just a device and internet connection, as our courses are totally online. You don’t need a still in order to learn with us, but chances are after taking these courses, you’ll want one!

Each course comes with printable course materials, which will have a list of equipment and supplies used in the distillation, so you can outfit yourself beforehand should you want to distil along with us. As a guide, our basic set-up will include:

  • A still
  • Heatsource (such as an electric hotplate or gas burner)
  • Submersible in-line pump and water reservoir (bucket, container or sink)
  • Accessories and tools (plastic tubing, scissors, electrical tape, beakers or jars)

You can choose your favourite aromatic plant, or have a read through what plants you
may like to begin your hydrosol journey with here.

Here’s a complete list of the equipment and materials used in our eau de vie distillation:

  • 10L copper alembic still
  • Electric hotplate
  • Submersible pump with two lengths of plastic hose and in-line tap
  • Water receptacle filled with cool water (80L plastic container)
  • Plant material
  • Water
  • Digital scales
  • Beaker
  • Stainless steel coffee filter
  • Stainless steel pegs
  • Clean muslin
  • Long wooden spoon or metal rod for
  • stirring the pot
  • 70% ABV alcohol for sanitising
  • Glass bottle
  • Funnel
  • Heat-proof gloves
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Fire-retardant electrical tape

Just a device and internet connection, as our courses are totally online. You don’t need a still in order to learn with us, but chances are after taking these courses, you’ll want one!

Each course comes with printable course materials, which will have a list of equipment and supplies used in the distillation, so you can outfit yourself beforehand should you want to distil along with us. As a guide, our basic set-up will include:

  • A still
  • Heatsource (such as an electric hotplate or gas burner)
  • Submersible in-line pump and water reservoir (bucket, container or sink)
  • Accessories and tools (plastic tubing, scissors, electrical tape, beakers or jars)

You can choose your favourite aromatic plant, or have a read through what plants you
may like to begin your hydrosol journey with here.

Here’s a complete list of the equipment and materials used in our eau de vie distillation:

  • 10L copper alembic still
  • Electric hotplate
  • Submersible pump with two lengths of plastic hose and in-line tap
  • Water receptacle filled with cool water (80L plastic container)
  • Plant material
  • Water
  • Digital scales
  • Beaker
  • Stainless steel coffee filter
  • Stainless steel pegs
  • Clean muslin
  • Long wooden spoon or metal rod for
  • stirring the pot
  • 70% ABV alcohol for sanitising
  • Glass bottle
  • Funnel
  • Heat-proof gloves
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Fire-retardant electrical tape

Course Overview

Welcome to our foundation course for distilling hydrosol. After this course, you will be able to turn your favourite plants into aromatic hydrosols in your own kitchen or studio. You will also have gained the necessary foundation to delve deeper into the techniques and explore the many uses of the products of hydro-distillation.You will also have the satisfaction of knowing where your products come from, and gain a new appreciation of your relationship with plants and the products they can yield. You will be amazed at what you can make at home, with your own still and the products of your own garden or small-holding. And when you’re ready, you can easily scale up for larger production.

What you’ll learn

  • The processes and techniques to make your own hydrosols
  • Set up, packing your still, collecting your distillate and when to stop
  • About safety, sanitisation and cleaning
  • About the plants used, their properties and uses.
  • How to use your hydrosols.

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‘Having grown up deeply immersed in nature and the wild, I am very passionate about plants, plant medicine, alcohol free drinks, flavours and scent and creating products that encapsulate those things. Jill – with her vast amount of knowledge and experience that she puts into her courses – has helped me to become confident with the distillation process of creating hydrosols and essential oils for my products and personal uses.’
– Amber Honan, Auckland NZ

Meet your Instructor

Jill Mulvaney

Jill Mulvaney is one of New Zealand’s leading distillation experts. She consults and teaches on all aspects of plant extraction for natural aroma and flavour. She teaches hydrosol workshops throughout NZ and internationally, enjoying teaching partnerships with internationally renowned phytochemists and aromatic distillers in Europe and America. Jill’s practice is informed by decades of experience with plants, and a deep respect for the natural world.

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Getting Started

To get you started we offer two free introductory courses. We’ll explain what you need, how to prepare your equipment and ingredients, as well as cleaning your still after use.

INTRODUCTION COURSES

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