The Power of Herbalism: An Introduction to Spagyrics

Date 11 Feb 2019 09:00 AM - 14 Feb 2019 04:00 PM Location The Kul Kul Farm Book Now

Join us for a 4 day introduction into the fascinating world of Herbalism and Spagyrics. Learn the process of distillation for essential oils, making aromatic waters, infused oils and honeys. Experience first hand the power of plants with master alchemist Carlos Gallo, known to many, as Maestre Indio, from Escola de Espagiria in Brazil. Indio will guide us through the ancient practice of herbal medicine making, using the principles of Spagyrics.

Spagyrics is a holistic approach to making herbal extracts, which consider the physiological, energetic and spiritual properties of the plant. In Spagyrics the plant is separated into its three essential elements- essential oils (in Spagyrics these are believed to be the soul of the plant), alcohol (the spirit) and ash (the body of the plant). Once separated, each element is recombined into a holistic and pure herbal tincture. 

During this course we will focus on the first two steps of making these herbal tinctures. We will teach 1) the process of distillation to make pure essential oils and 2) the process of fermentation and putrefaction to make an alcohol to use for tinctures. We will also explore some ways to use herbal medicine for practical home remedies.

The philosophy and underpinnings of Spagyrics
The power of plants and ancient alchemy
Introduction to distillation
How to prepare plant material for distillation
How to assemble and operate a Still to make essential oils
Introduction and use of essentials oils
Fermentation to make alcohol for tinctures
Making oil and honey based infusions
Making aromatic waters
How to make some of your own remedies

“Indio embodies all that is beautiful on this planet. I still marvel about the time I spent in his company; with his inherent wisdom and ability to bring forth the magic and natural elements for our healing. Spagyrics are a fascinating, mystical, yet entirely practical branch of alchemy and I would welcome any opportunity to learn more about them.” Anna, Australia

This course is not just a practical home remedies course. Indio is a wealth of knowledge on working with plants and plant medicine. His work is somewhat of a revival of age-old traditions in alchemical medicine that is being sadly lost. The teachings contained within this course promote the expansion of our awareness and relationship with plants and the natural world. There is mystery, intuition and clinical research that makes for a well-rounded and profound course.

The 4 day course is US$ 530 / Rp 7,615,000 per person

Farm to Table lunches, herbal teas, coffee, cold infusions and snacks
All workshops and lectures
All materials needed
2 x Take- home spray bottles with aromatic water
Take- home healing salve
Take- home healing tea

Airfare and transportation
Accommodation, breakfast and dinner
Essential oils made during the course


We are located in the little village of Sibang Kaja in Bali, just a 2 minute skip away from the renowned Green School. Our farm is filled with food gardens, rainforest trees and animals (pigs, chickens, ducks, Jaga (our dog) and Malam (our cat). Your ticket does not includes accommodation on the farm. However you can chose an accommodation option for an extra US $150 (including breakfast and dinner) upon booking. We have 8 bamboo yurts amidst our sugar palm grove. The yurts are shared and include fans, mattresses, fresh linens, lockers, composting toilets and warm showers. Meals will be prepared fresh for you each day. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available at every meal.

We are welcoming a maximum of 20 participants for this course. Please place your booking as soon as possible to ensure a spot. We understand that sometimes things happen. If you need to cancel your ticket we will give you a refund, less a US$ 50 admin fee 2 weeks prior to the start date of the course. Within two weeks of the course no refund will be available, we will instead give you a credit note, less an admin fee of US$ 100,  that you can use to participate in a future 2019 course.

This workshop is being hosted in collaboration with The Bridge at Green School.  

The Bridge is a co-learning and co-working space located on the Green School campus. It is a holistic and integrated learning centre for the Green School community, it welcomes all ages, creating a path to approach work and life differently through learning opportunities, accelerated synchronicity and connection. Find out more here.