Gift-Making Workshop Series: Traditional Soap-Making
This class is part of our Gift-Making Workshop Series. Students will make 4-6 holiday gifts; all materials are included! Traditional Soap-Making is led by Megan Bre Camp of Summer Sequoia. Summer Sequoia is an artisan line of organic tallow based products handcrafted in Oakland, California. Summer Sequoia is actively reviving the nourishing traditions of using local grass-fed and pasture raised animal fat to effectively moisturize and soothe skin irritations. In this Traditional Soap-Making class we will be using organic tallow, organic olive oil, dried herbs and essential oils to create cold-processed soaps made safely in the traditional technique with lye. These soaps will take 3-4 weeks to cure, making them perfect holiday gifts! *If you would prefer not to use tallow, please simply let us know in advance!
I began my journey over 10 years ago working in high-end food service with a special focus on local, sustainable and handmade food. I have classical training in serving wine, cheese and beer. Partway through my career, I began to desire a more intimate connection with the food and beverages I loved. I learned about sustainable farming through the work-travel organization World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). I began to grow my own food making the most out of my urban garden space. Preserving the harvest was inherently the next step as I endeavoured further into urban homesteading. Soon, I was creating my own alchemy of ferments and preserves, taking quickly to Sandor Katz's book, Wild Fermentation. I interned with Teutonic Wine Company in Oregon, learning how to make wine naturally with only ambient yeasts. I learned to make yogurt and fresh cheese at home; and aged, unpasteurized cheese with Garden Variety Cheese Company in Watsonville, CA. I preferred the flavors and health benefits of these wild ferments and continued to explore these lesser-known, ancient methods of preserving. Through my studies, I was introduced to herbal medicine as yet another form of preserving. I apprenticed with the SF Herbalist assisting with their product line of Herban Elixirs. I continue to be driven by the desire to learn, create, and share.
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