Read the review below from Yassamin first ..... I am the lucky friend who had this as a present.
This was one of the most chilled out afternoons I have had in a long time. The whole ambience was perfect you could not sit & learn a craft like this in better surroundings or a more relaxed tutor. We arrived to tea & biscuits, chatted, wondered at the garden ...then got down to the felting.
That was just perfect too... two different parts, first the felting where we covered the soaps then the second part was the needle felting where you had a go at bringing out the artistic side of your nature. The best part of that is that if like me it is very lacking then it is quite forgiving.
I warned Catherine I was so absorbed I was staying for a minimum of at least 7 hours, but alas that did not happen as we had to leave and get back to 'real life'...... at least we had our soaps to take with us!!
Fiona - - #23315
I have just spent a wonderful afternoon learning two different soap felting techniques at Cat’s idyllic studio. I bought this as a birthday present for my friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The studio is set in Cat’s garden surrounded by beautiful countryside and behind her impressive vegetable patch which is also full of orange and blue flowers. We were greeted with the scent of lavender, geranium, neroli and many other fragrances from the cold pressed soaps that Cat makes. It was a halcyon afternoon under Cat’s careful but relaxed supervision We drank tea and chatted and felted three soaps each which is a relatively easy process to learn but there is every opportunity to be creative with your designs too. I can’t recommend this workshop highly enough.
Yassamin - - #23185
Catherine was brilliant, she is so enthusiastic about what she does and explains everything in such a nice detailed way. She is also very hands on and ready to help or answer any questions if you have them.
She is ever so friendly and also the location is fantastic and shelves are full of soaps, so there is plenty to get inspiration from.
There were only 5 people in the workshop, which was ideal. My and my friend made two batches of soap and we're looking forward to using them. Hoping to make more soaps in the future as well. Thanks a million Catherine, really enjoyed getting to know you and thank you for your patience.
Cansu Kurt-Green - - #22852
Wow! What a wonderful day! Cat is an amazing teacher, who went above and beyond to make the class informative, interesting, friendly and fun!
Cat's demonstration was easy-to-follow and understand, and when we were making the soap, she was so patient, kind and supportive. (She has an absolute wealth of knowledge about soap making, herbs and natural skincare and was more than happy to help everyone out and answer any questions we had!)
The soap we made smells absolutely divine, and I love that it's made with natural, vegan ingredients!
Thank you so much for such a beautiful day. I couldn't recommend this class more highly, and we'd love to do another of your courses in the future! <3 xx
Chrissy Faery - - #22723
My husband and I had a fantastic time with Catherine, learning how to make soap. The information provided was in depth and thorough. We have left the workshop with two kilos of soap and a confidence to make more by ourselves in the future.
The hardest bit is now though, having to wait for our creations to cure before we can use them [impatient foot tapping sounds].
Yuliya Surnina - - #22617
Me and my friend went to the 8th June workshop and it was one of the best craft workshops I've been to. The location was fantastic and the workshop itself was very informative and full of fun. Catherine is really friendly and helpful. At the workshop, Catherine will demonstrate how to make a batch first and you will have opportunities to make two different batches of soap. I can't wait to cut my soaps this weekend!
Sunny Choi - - #22611
A rare day out for me which didn't disappoint. Catherine was so knowledgeable, whilst being calm and friendly. On the day she had both complete novices and medical herbalists to deal with, which she did with ease and professionalism. We came away armed with a huge amount of knowledge and 2 boxes of our own hand made soap. Pure joy! I will definitely book again 😊.
Gina Allen - - #22609
I had an absolutely fab day. Beautiful setting and Catherine was a great teacher. Clear and concise in her teaching, patient and very generous with her knowledge. I am definitely inspired to try more of the recipes at home. Highly recommended.
Linda Lemmon - - #22024
Response from Herbal Harmony:Thank you Linda! So glad you had a great day, enjoy your soaps and hope you have fun making more of them at home!
What a great day, I had a lovely time! Catherine’s knowledge and enthusiasm for soap making meant it was a very enjoyable experience. I appreciated the time spent on background information, followed by her talking through the complete process and introducing the ingredients. The demonstration helped to consolidate my understanding before trying it for myself. The small class size meant plenty of individual attention to check everyone was on task. The opportunity to repeat the process by making two batches of soap was great for helping gain a little confidence while also trying a different recipe. The detailed handouts and recipes will be invaluable for trying out at home. I can’t wait for the soap to be ready to slice and use. Thank you for such a great experience.
Jayne Maddock - - #22052
Response from Herbal Harmony:Hi Jayne,
What a great way to spend a day!
As a complete novice in the world of soap-making I was surprised and intrigued by the whole process.
Following Catherine's instructions (although I did go 'off piste' at one point and had to be rescued!!!), the class each produced two individual boxes of fragrant and beautifully coloured soap.
It's a fascinating subject and we all left with plenty of information, so that we could have a go at home. This, coupled with Catherine's enthusiastic support, meant that there are now another bunch of soap-makers released into the community.
So it's all bubbles from here on!!!
Fully recommended. Book now! You'll have a great time and meet some interesting people in the beautiful surroundings of The Liveability Centre.
Julia - - #22014
Response from Herbal Harmony:Thank you so much for your review Julia! I'm really glad you had an enjoyable day and have fun making more soaps!
I had a very enjoyable and relaxing day on Catherine's soap making course. Catherine was very friendly and knowledgeable on her subject. The day was really well structured and very clear handouts were given out to keep. Once we had learnt the fundamentals, we had different recipes to choose from, absolutely loads of ingredients to choose from, and we each made two beautiful batches of natural soap to take home. It was a very inspiring day and I can't wait for my soaps to cure so I can cut them to see how pretty they have turned out !
Jules - - #22005
Response from Herbal Harmony:Thank you for your review! Really glad you enjoyed the day and hope you feel inspired to make more soap!
Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Catherine's knowledge is amazing as is her patience when asked a multitude of questions. This course will give you a very firm foundation into soap making and will definitely inspire you to create beautiful things. If you are interested in learning how to make soap, do this course you will not regret it.
Clivina Wills - - #22004
Response from Herbal Harmony:Thank you for your lovely review Clivina! So glad you enjoyed the day and have fun making more soap!
We had simply the best time! Cat is super welcoming and comforts you with herbal teas, treats and a really great atmosphere. The lovely garden surroundings also just makes the whole experience that little bit more genuine and special. Thanks again Cat for bringing out my hidden soap felting skills!
Baz - - #21002
I Really enjoyed this course. It was well organised and Catherine is so knowledgeable about soap making, an inspiring lady! There was a good balance of demo's and practical and I now have 10 bars of soap curing nicely at home that I can't wait to use. The value for money is excellent and the location is idyllic.
Claire Wilcox - - #20498
I thoroughly enjoyed the soap making course with Catherine. The day was very well organised with informative handouts and easy to follow recipes included. Catherine is very knowledgeable and inspires confidence. I would happily recommend the course to everyone.
Judith - - #20206
Wonderful day and excellent value. I attended the course in Febuary and came away buzzing with ideas to try at home. Catherine is a welcoming experienced host & provides great atmosphere in her studio. I attended on my own, but we all sat round a big table learning the background to soap making, helpful tips and then made our 2 batches of soap together. The day flew past and Catherine expertise and support to all of us as a group and individuals increased our confidence in experimenting with different formulations. Would highly recommend this course.
Carol - - #20178
What a great day! I took my mum as a birthday treat experience.
We learnt a lot about the soap making process and came home with our very own hand made soaps.
Catherine is very knowledgeable on the subject, a very patient teacher and a welcoming host.
Highly recommend this.
Emma - - #20058
I have just come back from the (Beginners) Soap Making Course with Catherine Marshall and cannot recommend it highly enough. There were 5 of us on the course which was held in her beautifully equipped studio in her garden. Catherine started by explaining the theory and science of soap making including the method of calculating the lye - which was not at all as scary as it sounded! She then demonstrated making a batch before we all set work on our own creations. She was incredibly generous with both her knowledge and supplies. We all made two soaps to take home and were given a choice of 5 recipes to work from customising our creations from a plethora of natural and mineral colours as well as a huge variety of exfoliants and dried flower petals. The equipment provided was excellent, nobody had to share and we even had a hob each to heat our butters. I came home excited and inspired! If you are thinking of dipping your toe into soap making then you could not do better than book one of Catherine's workshops.
Celia Marsh - - #19999