We are proud to announce that The Simple Heart of Life will be hosting hands-on herbal workshops beginning the second weekend of September this year (2015). Participants of our workshops will learn how to harness the power of herbs and how easy it is to create unique gifts and flavors with these special plants. In addition, participants will learn how to care for herb gardens (or pots) of their own and will discover that herbs really are one of Life’s Simple Pleasures. Below is our 2015 Fall and Winter workshop calendar. Please let us know if you are interested in attending one of our workshops by leaving feedback on our website. We would be happy to place you on our mailing list!
-Saturday, Sept. 12th, 2:00 pm, Why Grow Herbs? This workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of herbs. Seven basic herbs will be studied, sniffed and tasted. Participants will leave the workshop with a basic knowledge of growing herbs as well as with a sample of one of the seven herbs. $10.00
-Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2:00 pm, Discover the Power of Scent. We will discuss the fascinating power of Aromatherapy and fragrance oils. We will experiment with several types of essential and fragrance oils and will learn about the effects of each. Sample oils will be provided to take home. $15.00
-Saturday, October 3rd, 2:00 pm, Creating a Fall Potpourri Sachet. This workshop will introduce the time-honored craft of potpourri. We will discuss the helpful uses of several herbs and each participant will create a Fall sachet to take home. $10.00
-Saturday, October 10th, 2:00 pm, Creating a Fall Harvest Decoration. Participants of this workshop will have the opportunity to create their own Harvest wall and door decoration from herbs and dried botanicals. Perfect for hanging up during the Fall season! $15.00
-Saturday, October 24th, 2:00 pm, Creating an Herbal Window Box. Participants will plant their own window box with herbs and flowers to be enjoyed all year. The window box can be placed on the windowsill in the winter where it will be handy to snip the herbs for favorite dishes. $10.00
-Saturday, November 7th, 2:00 pm, Creating a Geo Mesh & Herb Wreath. This workshop will provide participants with a chance to use the popular Geo Mesh as a wreath base. Participants will also use holiday herbs and flowers to complete their own personal holiday wreath. $25.00
-Saturday, November 14th, 2:00 pm, Growing and Using Stevia. We are so excited about this workshop! This workshop will focus on one of the most versatile of herbs, Stevia, a natural sugar alternative. Participants will learn how to grow and use Stevia, and will be provided with a sample to take home. Perfect for your holiday dishes! $10.00
-Saturday, November 21st, 2:00 pm, Creating a Lavender Soap Basket. We will explain why lavender is a favorite addition for bath and body products and why pure Rose essential oil is highly prized in the industry. Participants of this workshop will create a Lavender soap gift basket. The basket will include a bar of hand-made Lavender soap, Lavender-scented bath salts and even a Lavender bath bag. $15.00
-Saturday, November 28th, 2:00 pm. Creating a Blooming Crystal Ornament. Just in time for Christmas decorating! Participants in this workshop will each create their own crystal & herb ornaments. Unique keepsakes for years to come! $15.00
* All supplies are included with the workshop fees.
* Workshops will be held at our herb shop located at 1486 Turkey Farm Road, Bluffs, Illinois, unless otherwise specified. Maps will be provided at time of registration.
* Each workshop will last for approximately 1 1/2- 2 hours.
* Space is limited so sign up as early as possible.
* Let us know if you have any ideas for future workshops.
Your check/payment reserves your seat for our workshops. If cancellation occurs a week before the class and we have a waiting list, we will gladly refund your payment. Otherwise, if we can’t fill the seat and you don’t send a substitute, we will give you a kit to make the item or, if it’s a demonstration, all of the handouts.
2015 Special Events
***Friday, September 4th and Saturday, September 5th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Join us for our Opening Day Weekend. We will feature a special herbal cake (to celebrate Penny’s upcoming birthday and Labor Day), free herbal refreshments and lots of herbal tips. Sign up for door prizes including a free herbal workshop. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate herbs!
** Saturday, December 5th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Our 1st Annual Christmas Open House. Stop by the shop for free holiday refreshments (herbal, of course) and discounts to help make this Christmas an herbal one!
** The Simple Heart of Life will be open each Friday and Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Stop in and see for yourself how special herbs are!