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An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Plant Alchemy and Distillation

This course was first brought to Hong Kong in early 2017 through APA and was full house within a week’s time.  A course invites you onto a fascinating journey of discovery of plant alchemy and distillation.

We are honor to bring back Jonathan again this year to present this course for aromatherapists as well as those with an interest in plants, gardening, herbalism, biodynamics, distillation, western esoteric traditions and anyone interested in world wisdom traditions.

Course Code

19 & 20 July, 2019 (Fri & Sat)

(Friday) 7:00pm to 10:00pm
(Saturday) 10:30am to 5:30pm

Room 2008, 20/F, Futura Plaza, 113 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong

Course Fee
 (Standard) HK$1,980
(APA Graduate & Student) HK$1,600


Course Content

Day One : Evening Session
– Introduction to the alchemical worldview and historical context for plant alchemy
– Explore the 3 philosophical principles (Sal, Sulf, Mercur)
– Essential oils as Sulf in the plant kingdom
– Polarities and the three principles in the plant kingdom and in the human being

– Healing plants from an alchemical perspective
– Considering the qualities of time in making and working with plant remedies
– Correspondences between plant and planet: on what basis are these proposed?
– Working with plant essences in the rhythm of the year
– Introduction to biodynamics

Day Two : Morning Session
– What is Phenomenology? Phenomenological approaches to understanding plants and their therapeutic contributions
– Introduction to Goethe and his scientific method, an experiential study of a medicinal plant using phenomenological methods

– Distillation in the context of plant alchemy
– Bringing theory into practice
> Introduction to copper distillation set-ups
> Preparing the plants for distillation
> Distillation

Day Two : Afternoon Session
– Recapitulation
– Bringing theory into practice
> Introduction to glass distillation set-ups
> Preparing the plants for distillation
> Distillation

– Phenomenological approach to understanding the qualities and therapeutic dynamics of a selection of essential oils
– Identifying the difference between scents derived from plants (and suitable for aromatherapy) and synthetics
– Review / Question and answer session


About Jonathan Code MEd.
Jonathan is a lecturer in the Faculty for Environment and Transdisciplinary Studies with Crossfields Institute International in the UK.  He is currently co-leading on a distance learning research degree ‘Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology’ being delivered by Crossfields Institute in conjunction with Alanus University (Germany).

Jonathan has studied holistic approaches to agroecology (organics, permaculture, biodynamics) and education for over twenty years.  His research includes a focus on the history and philosophy of science, western esotericism and plant-based medicines.  Jonathan is the author of Muck and Mind: Encountering Biodynamic Agriculture (Lindisfarne Press, 2014).