Introduction to Botanical Distillation and Aromatics - 10am-4pm, September 22nd, 2023

Introduction to Botanical Distillation and Aromatics - 10am-4pm, September 22nd, 2023

Daylesford, VIC 3460

Join Jesse at Enki Apothecary for a day of distilling local botanicals
This workshop is designed to provide you with all the basic skills needed to reliably distill hydrosol and various essential oils at home using the purest and most efficient techniques.

Jesse will introduce you to a wide variety of methods and equipment, whilst presenting information on aromatic compounding and medicine theory. This workshop holds its knowledge in the roots of Esoteric Alchemy.

The distillation with be carried out with an astrologically appropriate herb from the Enki garden or the wild. The relevance and reasoning of the chosen herb will be presented during the workshop.

The class will take place around this experiential distillation for the greatest opportunity to be immersed in the magic of distillation. Participants will prepare the herbs and run the distillation together, finishing in a separation of the essential oils which will go home with everyone!

Ceremonial cacao, blue lotus and apothecary treats
6 hour practical class with live distillation, from start to finish. Participation in all distillation and separation of essentials.

Material Covered:

  • Steam distillation
  • Hydro distillation
  • Copper distillation
  • Glass distillation
  • Stainless steel distillation
  • Establishing consistent results
  • Hydrosol: extraction, preservation and uses
  • Essential oils: extraction, preservation and uses
  • Essential oil separation and equipment
  • Aromatic botanical knowledge
  • Basic Terpene profiles and aromatic/therapeutic compounding
  • Basic alchemical framework
  • How to build or buy your own distillation equipment
Botanical Alchemy and the Art of Spagyrics - 7 Weeks

Botanical Alchemy and the Art of Spagyrics - 7 Weeks

Regular price$1,371.00
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Every Saturday for 7 weeks.
September 9
th, 16th, 23rd, 30th & October 7th, 14th, 28th 10am - 4pm In person.

Daylesford, VIC 3460.

As the old axiom goes, first the alchemist must master the botanical kingdom.

For those of you who have either completed “introduction to distillation” or have a basic knowledge of distillation / herbal medicine and are interested in expanding into Alchemy, we invite you to discover more...

Through this 7 week course, you will learn clearly and concisely how the work of alchemy (within the botanical kingdom) is accomplished, as well as gaining some foundational theory and philosophy that relates to the mineral and animal kingdom and the great work.

Jesse has spent 7 years studying these processes and is now ready to share this very special science with Enki’s community.

During this course you will manufacture your own elixirs, and if you're lucky a vegetable stone (minor opus). These medicines have profound effects on the operator who made them and were traditionally used to initiate one into higher spiritual realities. We will not make claims here, but we invite you to participate and discover the journey to the reality of nature, a deeper understanding of reality and self, through clearly learning the laws of this world.

Jesse’s mineral kingdom course and any others teaching higher alchemy will be available to graduate students of this course only.

Each day includes:
Elixirs, cacao, herbal tea & treat offerings offerings from the Apothecary Lunch each day from Enki's ancient kitchen
Sit down classes in Enki’s Lab with Jesse
Practical Laboratory experience with Jesse

In this course you will cover: Spagyrics manufacturing

  • Advanced distillation - Vacuum, short path, traditional etc.
  • Calcination
  • Separation
  • Fermentation
  • Cohobation
  • Dissolution
  • Hermetic philosophy
  • The laws of Nature
  • Ancient masters
  • Biodynamics
  • Astrology
  • The minor opus
  • Alchemy of water
  • Concretes, absolutes, magistries and other extractions
  • The “Ens”
  • The stone of the vegetable kingdom
  • Menstruums and solvents
  • Equipment design
  • Magick and operative alchemy

If you have something in mind, or an idea for a tailored experience that you'd like us to hold, we'd love to hear from you! Please complete the below contact form, or email us at

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