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713 East Potter Avenue
Milwaukee, WI, 53207
United States

Incense Making Workshops

Learn the basics of making your own incense at own home. Our workshops introduce the Japanese-style of incense making using medicinal, aromatic and resinous herbs.

Incense Making Workshops


Learn the basics of making your own natural incense. Our workshops introduce a Japanese-style of incense making using traditional materials. The course draws from the history of incense and students will be introduced to a variety of aromatic herbs, spices, tree resins and powders. Participants will leave the class with their own incense to burn and share. 

Several classes are currently being scheduled with dates announced here. If you are interested in hosting an incense making workshop at your next event, please feel free to contact us

The Workshop consists of 3 parts:

Part 1: Incense Burning

Participants are introduced to historical and cultural aspects of incense. They will get acquainted with incense materials by burning them with charcoal and a censer. Creative and interactive exercises will involve incense burning and sampling ingredients such as frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh, patchouli, sage, and a dozen others.

Part 2: Formulation

We discuss philosophies of fragrance formulation and combination. Participants choose from the selection of prepared incense materials to create their own blend. Only organic or wildcrafted materials are used.

Part 3: Hand Rolling Incense

Participants mix and shape their blend into a burnable form by hand rolling cones or joss sticks. Each participant will finish the workshop with 12 to 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 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.

The workshop is lead by Mike Paré, founder of Zouz Incense- a natural incense company. Mike has a background in visual art, education and anthropology. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

To see all of our current upcoming workshops, please visit our Events page.