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Fri, Aug 16



Sacred Scents: A Hands-On Exploration of Techniques for Crafting Ritual Incense with Jeremy Bechelli

Part of the In-Person General Admission or Deluxe General Admission Pass.

Sacred Scents: A Hands-On Exploration of Techniques for Crafting Ritual Incense with Jeremy Bechelli
Sacred Scents: A Hands-On Exploration of Techniques for Crafting Ritual Incense with Jeremy Bechelli

Time & Location

Aug 16, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Salem, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970, USA

About the event

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Incense has played a pivotal role in spiritual practices, ceremony, and spellcraft. In this engaging, hands-on workshop, we will embark on a sensory journey to explore the captivating aromas, rich history, and practical techniques associated with this sacred art.

We will begin by experiencing a variety of incense firsthand, learning to identify and appreciate the unique scents and energetic qualities of different resins, herbs, and spices. From earthy resins to rare woods, we will discover how these fragrances enhance ritual, promote healing, and create sacred space. We will explore some historical incense recipes, such as ancient Egypt's famous "Kyphi" incense, and a few historical incense blends from the grimoire traditions. By examining these time-honored formulas, we will gain insight into the art and science of incense crafting and draw inspiration for our creations.

Participants will learn the techniques for crafting both incense cones and loose incense blends, using a variety of natural ingredients. We will discuss the importance of selecting appropriate herbs, resins, and woods based on their magical correspondences and aromatic properties. Each participant will create personalized incense blends to take home.

Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or new to ritual incense, this workshop offers a practical, hands-on exploration of the sacred scents that have enchanted humans for millennia. Join me to awaken your senses, connect with ancient traditions, and master the art of crafting ritual incense.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Jeremy Bechelli (he/him)is an accomplished scholar and occult practitioner who seamlessly bridges the realms of science and magic. With a Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Texas Medical Branch and an M.S. in microbiology from the University of Rochester, Dr. Bechelli currently studies tick-borne infectious diseases and endothelial pathobiology. Alongside his scientific pursuits, he is a dedicated student of European folk magic, particularly interested in the traditional witch-lore and practices of the British Isles. He works extensively within the Green Arte and studies occult herbalism, folk medicine, ethnobotany, and phytochemistry. As the owner of Phytognosis, a business specializing in plant-based spirituality, incense, resins, and botanical curios, Dr. Bechelli brings a unique perspective grounded in rigorous scientific inquiry and deep respect for ancient traditions. Through his work, he aims to illuminate the profound wisdom inherent in the natural world and foster a greater understanding of the sacred plants that have shaped human spirituality for generations.

Admission Details:

In-person ticket holders - the class recording link will be emailed to you within 3-5 business days of the conclusion of the event. Class doors are closed after the first 5-minutes of the start of the class.

By purchasing access to this event you agree to the following Non Disclosure:

This Agreement is between The Salem Witchcraft & Folklore Festival (also know as Salem Witch Fest)(“OWNER”); and the Purchaser (“RECIPIENT”). WHEREAS, OWNER has developed through substantial effort, research, time, and expense certain inventions, design concepts, methodologies, technical know-how, copyrightable material and trade secrets directed and related to this class.  (“INFORMATION”); WHEREAS, OWNER desires to disclose the INFORMATION on a confidential basis to RECIPIENT.  The OWNER wishes to maintain the confidentiality of the INFORMATION and the protection of OWNER'S intellectual property rights. NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the   mutual promises, covenants, and conditions contained herein, the sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows: I. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION A. OWNER agrees to disclose INFORMATION to RECIPIENT for the purposes of an online class. B. RECIPIENT agrees to receive such INFORMATION and to refrain from copying, disclosing, using, selling, or offering for sale any and all of said INFORMATION. RECIPIENT agrees to keep confidential and refrain from disclosing any and all of the INFORMATION, and to take all necessary and reasonable steps to prevent unauthorized disclosure or use of any and all of the INFORMATION.  Failure to uphold this NDA may result in legal action.

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