This week I had the huge privilege of attending my first workshop at Babylonstoren. Babylonstoren is a happy place for me that feeds my soul with pure joy. The garden is inspirational with its beauty and the functionality and the shops and restaurants are so beautiful. I attended their soap making course on Wednesday and it exceeded all my expectations.
It started with a coffee and rusk from their new Lekker store, just what the doctor ordered – hot and tasty coffee. We then took a basket and followed the head gardener Lisel through the garden and into the farm to see their rosemary and lavender fields. It was magical walking through the functional farm, past the plums, the olive trees, the rice paddies and landed up the rosemary fields where we saw them harvesting the fields mechanically and we were able to pick bunches of rosemary to take back to the workshop in order to distil essential oil to make our soap. I had not visited the new location of their scent room and it is beautiful! These photos do not do the space justice. It is light and airy and obviously smells heavenly. At the back of the shop is the soap workshop where their soaps are made and their essential oils distilled. Eugene talking us through the distilling process. We then made soap! It was exciting, meditative and cathartic all at the same time. It was a true gift to learn from Bev who has years and years of knowledge. We made two types of soap and we got to take them home. They need to cure for 3 weeks before you can use them on your body. Lunchtime – beautiful food and wine in a gorgeous setting.
Do yourself a favour and treat yourself to a workshop at Babylonstoren. It is truly a magical and beautiful experience. Thank you Babylonstoren.