Thoroughly enjoyed the “Scent of Summer” full day workshop on Saturday.
Abi provided the most heavenly blooms for us to work with and gave us expect tuition, allowing us to leave at the end of the day with arrangements to die for!
Abi is artistically talented and a natural teacher: She inspired us beyond our natural abilities. In addition, the afternoon candle making session with Mike was fun and I adore the unique scented candles that I hand poured! Will be back!
— Leonie, "Scent of Summer' alumni

The second in a Seasonal series of masterclasses, spend a day celebrating the abundance and gilded colours of Autumn & Fall with a Workshop exploring the inextricably linked relationship between Flowers & Fragrance... as the weather cools, and we turn our attention inwards, to our homes, learn how to celebrate the season and bring the outside, in!

In the morning, PETAL studio’s Abigail will demonstrate how to create a lush, bountiful, and richly textured Autumnal arrangement using eco-friendly Oasis free techniques. You will then have the opportunity to design your own arrangement to take home (similar to the one pictured), rich with the textures of Autumn- all under Abigail’s expert guidance and tuition.

Abigail always tries to source UK & Irish grown blooms and be in tune with what is growing natively season on season, and these, along with foraged leaves, branches, fruits, seed pods and even some gorgeousness from her own garden, will have you in floral heaven!

Following a delicious, antipasti lunch, the afternoon will focus your attention on scent building and candle making with one of Belfast’s celebrated “Bearded Candle Makers”.

Mike will skilfully guide you through designing an exquisite fragrance blend for Scented Candles that captures the spirit of Autumn, using the most luxurious essential oils, and eco-friendly soy wax, inspired by the blooms used in the earlier part of the day and the scent stories the Season of Autumn holds. Your very own, unique, bespoke fragrance, will then be used to scent three hand-poured, soy wax candles to take home… Mike will then turn his attention to teaching you how to make your very own beeswax tapered candles!

While the candles set, the day ends starts to wind down with tea, coffee and delicious cake, and we take the time to discuss what everyone has created that day. 

You can read the blog post & see more images from our last PETALXBCM masterclass right HERE!

The more of these wonderful workshops we run, the more we realise the meditative quality of being surrounded by, and creating with, beautiful seasonal blooms and essential oils. There are deeply healing and spiritual lessons to be learned from drawing your notice to a little wild-flower or weed growing in the crack of a pavement, of gathering grasses and seed pods, and learning how to forage, and bring those things in to your home, and your life through mindfulness. Soon, you will see that the yellowed leaves of fall perfectly match the centre of a flower growing in your garden, and know they were meant to be brought together... or that smokebush smells like lavender and black pepper, and burn those essential oils together in a blend to remind you of those leaves. Most importantly, this is a day to slow down, to connect to the seasons - which we have waiting for you - and to switch off to everything but looking, touching, and smelling... your creative energy will awaken, and you will make some magic during your day with us at the studio...

A delicious anti-pasti lunch with home baked wheaten bread, Lily Pink Bakery cupcakes, as well as tea, coffee, and mineral water throughout the day are included in the Masterclass. 

The class is held at PETAL studio, in the historic & beautiful Conway Mill in the heart of Belfast. We have full disabled access and on street parking.