Fynbos Alchemy Workshop at Deia Onrus 18 – 20 October 2024

R2,800.00R6,250.00 incl VAT

18 – 20 October 2024

So many plant species around us have medicinal value. In this workshop, Liana Jansen of Fijn Botanicals will teach you to identify some indigenous Fynbos medicinal plants. We will then learn how to harness their medicinal properties, covering a variety of extraction methods, including a steam distillation demonstration by Petrus Jansen. The resultant extractions will be used in a selection of formulations, ranging from healing sprays to balms, creams and finally perfume.

This intimate workshop is hosted at Deia House in Onrus, a very exclusive venue only open to select events. The five bedrooms are tastefully appointed and the living areas are comfortable and elegant. The workshop will be conducted around the large dining room table and the cool patio table in the lush garden. Meals will be freshly prepared by Deia’s owner, Braelea Pope, using local ingredients.

This workshop can only accommodate 10 participants, either sharing a bedroom (3 Twin and 2 King bedrooms available) or booking a private room (single participant).

Book now and choose “Direct Transfer” to pay 50% deposit and pay the remainder at the Workshop.

18 – 20 October 2024

Fynbos (which means “fine-leaved plants”) is an extraordinary type of vegetation that occurs solely on the southern tip of Africa. The Cape Floristic Region is a biodiversity hotspot and one of the world’s six floral kingdoms. It is not only the smallest but also the only one located in a single country. The number of unique Fynbos species makes it by far the richest. With its high rate of endemism, around 70% of the Fynbos species grows nowhere else in the world but in one specific, geographic location. This means that when compared to some of the other floras across the globe, the Cape Floral Kingdom outshines even the Amazon rainforest in terms of sheer diversity. A very large number of fynbos plant species are used in traditional medicine, and while only a tiny proportion have as yet been subjected to formal testing, many have already been identified as having medicinal properties

Before Liana moved to the farm, she used to be a lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town. She strives to understand ecosystems, how plants reflect the environment they grow in and how people utilise the plants in their landscape. Teaching is another one of her passions, and she is excited to share the knowledge gained in developing the Fijn Botanical products – she believes every person should have access to good quality, affordable healing skincare.

Petrus’ passion is farming and cultivating with nature and this naturally progressed to working with natural materials to distill essential oils and pure ethanol for our formulations. He grows several heirloom seed varieties on the farm and also has an online shop for selling grow media and natural plant remedies for home growers (growfolk.co.za).


The workshop will start with a walk along the ocean and green belts of Onrus and Vermont, where Liana will explain the landscape and the plants, highlighting those species with exceptional healing properties. We will also harvest some species in the garden of Deia for steam distillation and tincture preparation. After tea, we will begin the preparation of healing tinctures and make a Fynbos healing spray to take home. We will spend the afternoon going through the details of steam distillation to produce essential oils and hydrosols

The next day’s first session will teach you the rules of formulating your products by making your own Body Butter with natural ingredients. We will then have a lovely introspective session to discover your scent and work on a formulation to craft an individual perfume for every participant.



14:00 to 17:00            Check-in

18:00 to 19:00            Wine Welcome on the Patio

19:00                          Dinner at Deia in the Dining Room


7:00 to 9:00                Mountain & Ocean Walk and Medicinal Fynbos Harvest

9:00 to 10.00              Light Breakfast

10.00 to 13.00            Session 1: Healing Tincture

13.00 to 14:30            Lunch on the Patio

14:30 to 17.00            Session 2: Steam Distillation for essential oils

19.00                           Free Evening


8.00 to 9:00                Breakfast

9:00 to 11:00              Session 3: Natural Body Butter

11.00 to 11.30            Tea Break

11:30 to 13:30            Session 4: Create your own Perfume

13:30                         Farewell



Per Person Sharing: R5350 for workshop participant

Single Participant: R6250 for the entire weekend

Local Participant R2800 for the entire weekend excluding accommodation


Two nights’ Accommodation

3 Meals and snacks as per the Timetable above

Five natural skincare preparation workshop sessions

All workshop materials to prepare Tinctures, Body butter, Perfumes and other products.


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