This workshop has three parts:

  • the first is learning the basics of ayurveda (ancient India’s “science of life”)
  • the second is an introduction to aromatherapy (using the distilled essences of plants and flowers for physical and emotional well-being) and smelling a dozen or more essential oils
  • the third combines what we’ve learned about both ayurveda and aromatherapy to create a personalized, essential-oil blend with Karen’s help.


We will learn the basics of ayurveda with specific attention to the three doshas (constitutional and energetic types that govern how we react to the world around us). Studying the doshas helps explain mysteries, like why some people are always freezing and others are always hot and sweaty or why some drink coffee and fall asleep while others are jittery all day.

We will examine ourselves to see where we fall on various doshic spectrums and our various states of balance/imbalance before moving on to the basics of aromatherapy.


A whiff of a certain food or perfume or flower has the ability to transport us instantly into our deepest memories and associations. Essential oils work much the same way. They can help us to relax, concentrate when learning, and make our homes and bodies smell good. Guess what they also influence? The doshas!

Karen will share a range of essential oils from her extensive collection, including lavender, blood orange, ginger, peppermint, rosemary, bergamot, eucalyptus, and black pepper. She will also bring several rare and exotic oils. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, Karen will share highly prized rose and jasmine oils, associated with love and the heart.


We will discuss safe ways to use essential oils and the basics of blending. Everyone will have the opportunity to construct a simple blend that Karen will make into an aromatic mist for you to take home. Some of the rare oils (which cost as much as $1,000 an ounce) may be used in your personal blend at an additional charge of $5 to $20, payable in cash at the time of the workshop.


If you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies or are especially sensitive to scent, this workshop is not suitable for you. This workshop is not meant to diagnose or cure medical conditions.

Registration limited to 15 participants