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Incense Making Workshop in Chicago

  • Rebuilding Exchange 1740 W. Webster Ave Chicago, IL 60614 USA (map)

Looking for something fun and unique to do on a Sunday afternoon? Join artist Mike Paré for this BYOB hands-on, sensory introduction to the ancient art of Incense making and natural incense materials.

To sign up for this course, click this link to the eventbrite page.

More details on the Rebuilding Exchange Website.

The Workshop consists of 3 parts:

Part 1: Incense Burning
Participants will learn historical and cultural aspects of incense. They will get acquainted with incense materials by burning them with a charcoal and censer. Creative and interactive exercises will involve incense burning and smelling ingredients, while learning the philosophy and techniques around formulating an incense blend.

Part 2: Formulation

Participants choose from a selection of prepared incense materials, including Frankincense, myrrh, lavender, sage, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, and more. Then, formulate, assemble, and mix their blends.

Part 3: Hand Rolling Incense

Participants form their blend into a burnable form by hand rolling cones or joss sticks. Each participant will finish the workshop with 12-20 pieces of incense. Drying and storage of incense will be discussed.

NOTE: Rolled incense takes up to 48 hours to dry completely. Participants are encouraged to bring a small, airtight plastic container or tube to transport your finished incense.

All materials for making 12-20 incense pieces are included in the cost of the class. Additional incense materials will be available for purchase.

Please note this is a BYOB event. Bring the good stuff and share a bottle or two. You may leave with great art and a new friend. Participants enjoying alcoholic beverages must be 21.