Ritual Botanica

Botanical Distillation Workshop // July 1


 This class will introduce you to the wonderful world of botanical distilling, the process from which we create hydrosols and essential oils.  Whether you’re wanting to understand this process and the medicine, looking for an accessible way to begin distilling or simply dive deeper into your herbal journey, this class will provide a great foundation. Together we will set up and run a traditional copper alembic. As the still works its magic revealing the plant’s essence and aroma we’ll touch on the history and uses, both physical and on the psyche, of this ancient craft. Distillation can be a bit confusing and intimidating on paper, so this class will be visual, tactile and fun! 

Besides experiencing the copper alembic still from set-up to finished product, we will also review stovetop distillation that can be easily replicated in any home, as well as a variety of other options for distilling. There will be an emphasis on distilling for hydrosols, a product that’s rapidly gaining popularity. We’ll discuss its gentle, versatile and sustainable medicine, how to craft and decipher a potent hydrosol and why it should have a place in every apothecary.

We will briefly cover how aromatic medicine works on the psyche, brings us in relationship with the plants and ecosystem, and how this craft support a sustainable home practice instead of a big business mono-crop nightmare.

We’ll also cover questions to consider when beginning your journey into botanical distilling. You'll with a leave new way to experience plants and your own 1oz hydrosol.


Saturday July 1, 11-6ish

Held at Ritual Botanica in Asheville. Directions mailed prior to event, and can be found on google maps. 

Please bring snacks/ lunch (we will have a short break, a notebook and whatever else you need to feel comfortable during our time together. 

Limited spots available so please reserve yours in advance!


For a deeper drive check out The Alchemist's Gold

About the instructor: 

Ash Sierra is driven by a desire to bridge gaps between the human and plant worlds. She is the heart and soul behind Ritual Botanica, a small-batch Appalachian apothecary specializing in botanical hydrosols and herbal medicine. Her background as a clinical herbalist, farmer, distiller, and astrologer are wrapped up in a practice focused on mental wellness and empowerment through an eclectic range of modalities including medical astrology, hermeticism, eco-psyschology and vitalism. She’s dedicated years of her herbal journey to the craft of distillation and loves sharing it with other like-minded plant allies, the type who enjoys a bit of magic and a bit of science. You can find her tending land in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. For medicine and magic visit: www.ritualbotanica.com

Refund policies is as follows

100% if canceled within 48 hours of payment 

70% if canceled one week before class

50% if canceled 48 hrs before class

0% if cancelled within 24 hrs of class

Hydrosols are versatile and safe medicine. Spray a few spritz on your face and body for toning and refreshing. Try it in your hair or on a pillow. It makes a great spray for your environment, rather it be a workplace or home space. Hydrosols can cleanse and change the energy in the area without the smoke of incense. Many of the products are safe to consume; try spritzing a cup of water or a fun cocktail. Anyway you use them hydrosols will bestow the spirit of the plant into the surroundings, helping you connect with it's essence and energy. 

Each bottle comes with suggested use.

The shelf life will be on your bottle - "1-2 years from [date bottled]" the gap in time here is pretty big, but that's because it depends on how it's taken care of. 

Care Tips: keep in a cool place, away from direct sunlight. Do not leave in your car or the freezer, however the fridge will greatly increase the shelf life while providing an extra refreshing spray! Avoid opening the cap often to keep oxygen and contaminates out. Keep somewhere you'll remember to use it!

We suggest using the medicine in 6 months-1yr. Why? We don't use chemical preservatives and plant medicine can degrade over time. Skin care should be treated like food, used fresh and whole. So use it up, #treatyoself!

Orders within the US are shipped priority or first class USPS mail. International orders vary in shipping method, typically first class USPS mail. Order's ship via your chosen method upon processing, which can take 1-3 days. If you have special request like extra insurance or signature confirmation please e-mail info@ritualbotanica.com.

Tracking is sent with each order, please make sure to collect your package immediately so products do not freeze or bake in the heat. 

We ship 1-2 times a week. Please be patient with us, some items are custom bottled as ordered. sometimes it make take up to two weeks before shipment.


Please be aware of any allergies or sensitivities you may have before using the products. All ingredients are transparent and chemical free for this reason. 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding be extra careful about using herbal medicine products. It is a good idea to contact your physician about using essential oils or herbs being that every doctor has their own recommendations and warning regarding the use of herbal medicine during pregnancy, breastfeeding and for infants and children. 

The information provided on this website and the products sold by Ritual Botanica are not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or medical condition, and does not substitute for medical advice of a physician. Statements on this site are not FDA evaluated. 


RB wants you to completely cherish your products!  If you are unhappy with your product please send info@ritualbotanica.com an e-mail within 48 hrs of arrival with detailed explanation of issue. We try to give as many details about the items as possibly; if you have any questions please ask before you purchase. A credit or refund can be arranged with return of the item, in which case the purchaser will be responsible for shipping cost. 


Class Refund Policy

In person classes are fully refundable 14 days prior to the class, 75% 14-7 days prior to class, 50% within the week of class. Refunds are not granted for cancelations within 2 days of class as it's hard to fill those seats and I already limit class space to keep the groups more intimate. There are some exceptions for dire circumstances and illness. 

Online classes are fully refundable if canceled before the start of class. 

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Me encantaría asistir

Que increíble se ve., Maravilloso trabajo... Soy de chile se me hace imposible asistir. Habrán talleres vía web?


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Kelly Greer
Amazing, magickal experience

I am so glad I made the trip to attend this workshop! Ash was very knowledgeable & created such a serene & relaxed atmosphere that made the experience absolutely beautiful. From the setting to the information shared I was thoroughly impressed, it was well worth the time & money spent & I am looking forward to attending Ash's other workshops.

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