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*There are no planned retreats for the 2006 season.

Visiting the Mabel White House is more than an experience.  It is a lifestyle that you will always truly remember.  Located on a peaceful natural preserve and estuary, it is full of life including frequent visits by Blue Herons, Pink Spoon Bills, and hundreds of Pelicans.  Dolphin sightings are also common. 

Learn how to make the best soaps, candles, lotion and other bathroom toiletries, as well as the art of fragrance blending in this 4 day retreat.

The Mabel White House is complete with a beach to relax and watch the sunset and Jacuzzi to unwind after classes.  Bring your swim suit as we have been known to play in the water during lunch break!  The Mabel White House is on a large bay front property with many lovely gardens.  Located near the John and Mable Ringling Museum, in Sarasota, FL, the location is easy to fly in and fly out.

General agenda's include a 4 day regimen, a morning breakfast at 8:00 AM and lunch at 12:00 PM which are included in the package. 

Classes are in between meals and adjourn at 4:00 when students are free to see Sarasota attractions.  A guest country singer may prompt an evening BBQ on the grill. Cappuccino, Sun Tea, Bottled Water, and Southern Lemonade are free and always on hand.  No matter what the agenda, you will see how we make our own granola, yogurt, and arrange flowers from our gardens, as well as how to set the perfect table.

Actual classes may vary, but will be specific, beneficial and students will return home revitalized, with solid skills, and a new out look on life.  See applicable syllabus for class content.   Class sizes are small with a 12 person maximum.  Supplies and books are always included and students will return home with product they have made.  Future classes will include knitting, pottery and other hand made arts.  Can't make our retreats?  See our new DVD Video's!  Click here.

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Sample Syllabus

Day One

9:00 AM-10:00 AM  Fragrance, Essential and Flavor Oils

Fragrance plays a key role in most projects and here we examine the different groups, various uses, benefits, amounts used, techniques, as well as mixing your own to save money.  Here you will also learn how to use essential and flavor oils to their potential.  After this class you will be aware of the difference in quality as well as obtain knowledge on how to mix your own from 30 basic scents.

10:00 AM-11:00 AM  Carrier Oils and Attributes

In this class you will understand the different qualities and characteristics of various carrier oils and how to store them as well as understand basic concepts of preservatives.

11:00 AM-12:00 AM  Making Balm Bases, Lotions and Crèmes

In this class you will learn how to infuse oils, as well as make the perfect balm, Lip Balm Stick, natural wax jelly, lotion, facial cleaning milks, as well as natural deodorants and lotion bars.

 Lunch Break

1:00 PM-2:00 PM Making Melt and Pour Soaps

In this class you will learn how to make many varieties of melt and pour soaps and become educated on what really makes up melt and pour soap base.  You will also learn to make specific soaps with purpose such as kitchen bars and gardeners hand soap.

2:00 PM-4:00 PM Making Bath Salts, Seltzer's, and Body Scrubs

In this class you will master the art of making and packaging bath salts, bath bombs--fizzes and seltzers, as well as soothing bath mixtures such as oatmeal and milk baths.

Day Two

9:00 AM-11:00 AM Review and Mastering of Day One

Review of any material covered in day one and readdressing any areas students feel they need to master.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM  Labeling and Packaging of Products

This class will teach you how to affordably and tastefully label and package your products with several different approaches and options.

Lunch Break

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  Making Candles

This class will teach you how to make hand rolled beeswax candles as well as classic soy candles, and pillar candles.

Day Three

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Spa Time

This time will be devoted to mixing up facial masks, actually using them as well as a total experience with previous products we have made.

Long Lunch

2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

We will tour the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.  This promises to be another unforgettable experience.  The tour is optional.

Day Four

9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sharing Sales Ideas and Experiences


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Focus Area

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Focus Area

Saying Good Bye



Fees:  The fee for the general basic four day series of classes is $975.  All materials, breakfast and lunch are included.  A non-refundable $475 deposit is required 30 days prior to attendance.  The deposit can be applied to a later class date.  However, all deposits will be refunded immediately if weather conditions do not permit specific retreat dates to be possible.  This means hurricanes are not included. Members prior to June 1st, 2005 are welcome at 1/2 the fee.    We prefer our students to stay on site during the retreat and no discount will be granted for anyone who plans to commute.  Every attempt possible will be made to match retreat participants to their skill level, focus and lifestyle so each class chemistry is high.  A $100 discount per person is offered if a student is bringing another student. This means their fees would be $875.  Remember, retreats are a 12 person maximum.


*There are no planned retreats for the 2006 season.

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Airports:  Sarasota International Airport is only a few minutes away.  Air Tran appears to have the best pricing to SRQ.  You may find your best fare is to Tampa International Airport (TPA) which is 45 minutes away.  Cab fare is $50 both ways.  See below to inquire about more information.  Transportation is not provided.

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*There are pets on the property so those allergic to cats and dogs need to be aware of this. 

**Some classes will be video taped, so do be sure to ask what dates those are if you prefer not to be a participant.

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