Art of Distillation Series: Leaf, Flower, Root









with Hannah Mitchell

a 3-part series

Saturdays, 11 am – 5 pm

6/22, 8/17 & 10/12

Attend one, two or all three! Scroll down to register.

Join our in-house alchemist, Hannah Mitchell, for these experiential, day-long distillation workshops. You’ll have a chance to attend one, two or all three for the most intensive experience. The focus will be on crafting hydrosols–also known as flower waters–which are a product of the same process that yields essential oils, yet are far more sustainable to make and use.

Using the ancient alchemical method of distillation in a large copper alembic, you’ll learn the process from start to finish–choosing and harvesting aromatic plants, setting up the still, watching and assessing the process, filtering and bottling. In addition to capturing the hydrosol, you’ll learn how to separate the essential oils and see just how precious these popular substances are. Hannah will talk about safety, sustainability, history, plant selection and harvest, herbal actions and medicinal uses.

These intensives will be very interactive and packed with information. You’ll distill one plant on each date, a leaf, a flower and a root, respectively. The plants you work with will depend on what’s in peak perfection on the given date, but might include friends like mugwort, lemon balm, lavender, yarrow and/or angelica. Participants will get to take home a bottle of the hydrosol you make together. The remaining product will be sold in support of VCIH’s sliding-scale herbal clinics–a win-win for all!  


Cost for all three in the series (leaf, flower, root): 

$130 members / $150 non-members (includes three hydrosols)


Summer: Leaf

Saturday, June 22, 11 am – 5 pm

$60 members / $65 non-members



Late Summer: Flower

Saturday, August 17, 11 am – 5 pm

$60 members / $65 non-members


Fall: Root

Saturday, October 12, 11 am – 5 pm

$60 members / $65 non-members


Hannah Mitchell is an artist, broom-maker, herbalist and distiller. Hannah’s business, The Rowdy Sprout, is known for its hand tied brooms, medicinal land art, and herbal consultations. Most of her work with creating art in the land has come through the growing of medicinal herb and food gardens. Since 2014 she has also worked as jewelry assistant to Lochlin Smith of Lochlin Smith Designs, jeweler and sculptor from Montpelier, Vermont.