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Desert Sage Intensive & Field Hydrosol Distillation in Eastern WA

Desert Sage Intensive & Field Hydrosol Distillation in Eastern WA

  • WHEN:  September 10, 2024
  • TIME:  9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • FEE:  $175.00 USD
  • INSTRUCTOR:  Heather Bruno
  • SETTING:  In-Person
  • LOCATION:  Seattle, WA

(details & directions provided after enrollment)

Artemisia tridentata, commonly called Desert Sage or Sagebrush, is the a highly fragrant, deeply evocative plant that grows profusely across the dry, rocky steppes and windswept plains of the Mountain West.

Desert Sage is a powerful protector of the psyche, a dream herb, a banisher of negative energy, a spiritual touchstone on a journey of self revelation and acceptance… oh, and it is also highly medicinal in the physical sense, too! I can tell share so much with you about Desert Sage, but it is a plant you truly must experience for yourself.

This is a full day intensive workshop that combines learning about and experiencing Desert Sage, blissfully wildcrafting it to make remedies AND participating in a hydrosol distillation using a traditional copper alembic still!

Suzanne demonstrates how to tie a sage bundle with wildcrafted desert sage.

Hydrosol is the ancient art of bringing together fresh plants, living water, thoughtful intention and the elements to create a new liquid creation that is greater than the sum of its parts, that deepens our relationships with plants and expands our options for healing modalities.

Desert Sage is often used as a smudge or saining herb, but for those who are sensitive or adverse to smoke inhalation, then working with it as a hydrosol distillation (liquid) may be more appropriate. Hydrosols are also a more gentle and ecologically sustaining alternative to rampant essential oil usage. All participants will take home some of the hydrosol made during the workshop!

You will also make EITHER an infused honey or medicinal oil (your choice), and a wrapped sage bundle or simply take home some sage to dry. I will provide instructions for each and share ideas for how or why you might use any form.

In this jam-packed workshop you will discover the many ways of working with sage and with its hydrosol for health and wellness, take home beautiful remedies. You will learn so much and be blissed out for days!

Please note: Our harvest and processing places are east of the Ellensburg area. Times listed include drive time. We will be driving about 2 hours from our meeting place in Issaquah to reach our location. Carpooling from our meeting place to our workshop destination is highly encouraged. It is a great way to meet each other and experience an even more enriching day!

WE WILL BE IN RATTLESNAKE COUNTRY. It’s their home and we must respect them. They are more fearful of us than we are of them, but we must be vigilant to their presence and careful about where we put our hands and feet. A good practice is to move slowly but not silently! This way they will be alerted to our presence and will let us know of theirs.


We will meet in Issaquah at the PCC before carpooling to our destination in Eastern WA. Plan on about 2 hours of driving time each way. Additional details and directions will be sent out before the class.

What to bring? How to prepare?


  • lunch, snacks and PLENTY of water
  • long pants and closed toe shoes are an absolute must!
  • hat, sunscreen, sun umbrella, mosquito and tick repellent
  • $ to share in carpooling costs with your driver
  • if you are planning to drive, a full tank of gas


  • 1 4oz sterilized canning jar and lid (simmer the jar only for 10 minutes and allow to air dry-do not boil the lid!)
  • 1 4oz canning jar with lid
  • your choice of either: a 1/2 pint of honey OR organic oil (such as olive or avocado)
  • sharp clippers AND scissors
  • a paper or fabric bag or gathering basket
  • journal, art supplies, if desired
  • embroidery thread or thin jute string for making bundles
  • backpack to carry it all
WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY: Refunds will gladly be given minus a 20% processing fee up to 7 days before a community workshop. We have a no refunds policy for cancelling 7 days or less before a workshop and for no-shows. No exceptions can be made. Thank you for understanding. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have before registering.