THE DISTILLATIONS

Aromatherapy || Distillation of NATURE to extract essential oil
Reflection + Conversation || Distillation of VALUE to find meaning
Local Food || Distillation of FLAVOR to enhance wellness
Yoga + Meditation || Distillation of MOVEMENT to focus on breath
Tea Ceremony || Distillation of TIME to savor ritual

“It really lit me up inside to be
present with women that execute with
such grand intention!”

We began our gathering with a distillation of aromatic waters led by clinical aromatherapist, Blaire Morriss. After explaining how the process of distillation works, Blaire asked each of us to sit with the vitex + rose she hand-picked at the farm and to infuse our intention into the plants before placing them in the still. Throughout the gathering, the still performed its magic, producing a special bottle of hydrosol for each of us to take home to use in our daily rituals.

Beginning with a reading of Pablo Neruda’s beautiful poem “Keeping Still”, Mangata founder Varina Willse led the group in a visualization exercise followed by journaling prompts to help us cut through the chaos of life and call forth the kind of life we truly want to live. Sharing and conversation ensued between women who were called together by being “Verse Twins.”

Sharing the bounty of her farm, Lauren Palmer and Kat Wolle passed out petite salads of fresh arugula and cherry tomatoes drizzled only with oil, pepper, and salt. The food, in its completely distilled form, was sublime. This is what is possible when we eat locally and prepare simply.

Leaving the pavilion for an encircled grove of trees, we came to the mat to let our bodies and souls unfurl. Under the gentle guidance of Molly Upchurch, yoga instructor and shamanic healer, we moved through a series of focused but fluid movements that opened channels of energy and light. Molly ushered us through a guided meditation to distill thought into breath and distraction into awareness.

To close the gathering, Sarah Scarbrough poured a magical Morrocan tea ceremony. We watched in silence as she heated the water, steeped the leaves, and passed forth one cup at a time as Molly gave each woman present a crystal and Blaire gave each woman present a bottle of the hyrdosol that we distilled together.

“As the sun set that evening, I found myself
incredibly moved by the magic of the entire experience.”

Our parting words, which we hope you too will carry as you go…
They come from a poem aptly called “A Distillation” by Frank Bana:

I laboured most of my life
fifty years and maybe more to learn
to sift so lightly the dirt and stones

and urge to surface from the mass
one translucent gem or two
that could defy for us the vice of time.

THE DISTILLATIONS

Aromatherapy
Distillation of NATURE to extract essential oil
Reflection + Conversation
Distillation of VALUES to find meaning
Local Food
Distillation of FLAVOR to enhance wellness
Yoga + Meditation
Distillation of MOVEMENT to focus on breath
Tea Ceremony
Distillation of TIME to savor ritual

“It really lit me up inside to be present with women that execute with such grand intention!”

We began our gathering with a distillation of aromatic waters led by clinical aromatherapist, Blaire Morriss. After explaining how the process of distillation works, Blaire asked each of us to sit with the vitex + rose she hand-picked at the farm and to infuse our intention into the plants before placing them in the still. Throughout the gathering, the still performed its magic, producing a special bottle of hydrosol for each of us to take home to use in our daily rituals.

Beginning with a reading of Pablo Neruda’s beautiful poem “Keeping Still”, Mangata founder Varina Willse led the group in a visualization exercise followed by journaling prompts to help us cut through the chaos of life and call forth the kind of life we truly want to live. Sharing and conversation ensued between women who were called together by being “Verse Twins.”

Sharing the bounty of her farm, Lauren Palmer and Kat Wolle passed out petite salads of fresh arugula and cherry tomatoes drizzled only with oil, pepper, and salt. The food, in its completely distilled form, was sublime. This is what is possible when we eat locally and prepare simply.

Leaving the pavilion for an encircled grove of trees, we came to the mat to let our bodies and souls unfurl. Under the gentle guidance of Molly Upchurch, yoga instructor and shamanic healer, we moved through a series of focused but fluid movements that opened channels of energy and light. Molly ushered us through a guided meditation to distill thought into breath and distraction into awareness.

To close the gathering, Sarah Scarbrough poured a magical Morrocan tea ceremony. We watched in silence as she heated the water, steeped the leaves, and passed forth one cup at a time as Molly gave each woman present a crystal and Blaire gave each woman present a bottle of the hyrdosol that we distilled together.

“As the sun set that evening, I found myself incredibly moved by the magic of the entire experience.”

Our parting words, which we hope you too will carry as you go…
They come from a poem aptly called “A Distillation” by Frank Bana:

I laboured most of my life
fifty years and maybe more to learn
to sift so lightly the dirt and stones

and urge to surface from the mass
one translucent gem or two
that could defy for us the vice of time.