This new and unusual internship opportunity spans over the course of two weeks, and brings together the best of all worlds: Nature, art, travel, history, and studying the Art of Incense Making.
This apprenticeship is designed for students who want to immerse themselves in the experience of incense making and connect to the historical, cultural and natural sources of this art form. This week-long intensive Masterclass runs for 10 days in total, over the span of two weeks, and offers theoretical, spiritual, technical and practical guidance alongside hands-on incense-crafting exercises and experiments.
As part of this program, students will spend two days touring the Incense Route in the desert, and the rest of the program in Ayala Moriel's state-of-the-art studio in Clil, where they will learn how to sustainably harvest and forage incense materials from the wild, dry and prepare them for incense in several different techniques: beginning with the most ancient forms of non-combustible incense (Smudging Wands, Loose Incense), to more sophisticated styles that require several days or even months of aging (Kyphi, Incense Pastilles, Nerikoh) and progressing to combustible-incense (Incense Trails, Incense Cones and Joss Sticks).
For this amazing travel-and-learn experience, Ayala Moriel has teamed up with the exceptional local tour guide Yoav Avenyon who specializes in its culture and heritage, and will lead you through the most significant Nabatean cities along this route. Yoav is especially passionate about bringing back to life the times of the spice caravans that brought aromatic treasures from India, China through Arabia, Israel and eventually via sea to Europe and North Africa.
The Incense Route is an UNESCO World Heritage Site the runs through the Negev Desert. A place that every perfumery student should visit for insights and inspiration regarding the very origins of perfume and incense. Students participating in this unusual Opulent masterclass will also learn how to make incense based on an ancient formula, in a traditional method using natural botanical aromatics that were used for millennia, and then delve deep into incorporating this tangible, aromatic knowledge and experience into composing perfume, which will enable to dive deeper into the contemporary and traditional art of perfumery.
Day 1 & 2:
Trip to the Incense Route, lead by Yoav Avenyon. Yoav will pick you up from Tel Aviv and drive you through the desert landscapes of Southern Israel for an immersive experience in the ancient Nabatean cities. The cost for this trip is $525 per person, and is factored into the final price of the course. This price includes the guidance, travel in a special car to the desert and back to Tel Aviv, accommodation in a boutique hotel in gorgeous location - Mitzpeh Ramon (in a room that sleeps 2), as well as breakfast. All other meals are not included.
Incense Making Masterclass and Apprenticeship with Ayala Moriel (In her studio in Clil)
Foraging Philosophy & Guidelines
Incense Wands from local wild herbs
Meeting the Materials
Alchemy & Western Incense Traditions
Incense Pastilles (Greek Monastery Style)
Resins, Reasons & Raisins
Kyphi (Ancient Egyptian Incense)
Koh-Doh Incense Ceremony & Incense Burning Methods
Incense Trails - Practice and Principles
Combustible Incense, Part 1
Combustible Incense, Part 2
Combustible Incense, Part 3
The apprenticeship will give you the tools to study the raw materials of incense, incense burning styles, their role in healing and spiritual practice, and of course how to create successful incense recipes for different uses and requirements. We will make several styles of incense, both combustible and non-combustible.