The climate in Western CO provides optimal growing conditions for lavender. Our area varies slightly than other prominent growing regions. The seminars offered during the Colorado Lavender Festival is the perfect way to familiarize yourself with lavender production and farming techniques. Learn from the experts. Choose from one of four topics. A Ticket is required for each seminar you choose.
CHOOSE ONE OR ALL. EACH CLASS WILL REQUIRE ITS OWN TICKET
Essential Oils with Dr. Cindy Jones 9am - 10:15am: Are you new to aromatherapy? Or do you have a few essential oils but aren’t sure how to use them? Come and learn how essential oils work in the body, how to buy and store them, and how they are made. Explore methods of using essential oils, including safety. Dr.Jones owns Sagescript Institute and is a highly sought after product formulator / research and development consultant in the natural cosmetics industry. She brings a scientific perspective to the field of herbalism and natural skincare and has created a niche for herself in formulating natural cosmetics.
Lavender 101 with Dr. Curtis Swift 10:30am - 12:00pm If you plan to add lavender in your garden or plant a lavender field, have all your questions answered with Lavender 101. Take this first step with Dr. Swift to learn the basics of soil fertility, irrigation, trimming and the harvesting of lavender. Dr. Curtis is one of the founding members of the U.S. Lavender Growers Association and is the CEO and founder of Mesa Lavender Farms, growing lavender for aromatherapy and culinary use and produces a variety of CBD tinctures, salves and lotions for overall wellness.
Companion Plantings with Lavender with Paola Legarre 1pm - 2:15pm Companion planting is an easy and very effective way to make your garden the best it can be. It draws on a few different principles, like pairing plants that repel insects with those that suffer from them, and matching water and fertilizer needs. Lavender is very particular in its growing requirements. It needs full sun, little water, and little to no fertilizer. It’s usually happiest if left alone. This means that if you place it next to a plant that prefers more attention, one of them is going to suffer. Find out which plants make best companions! Paola and her family moved to Palisade and opened Sage Creations Organic Farm which they maintain using sustainable farming practices: nourishing soil life, not using herbicides or synthetic fertilizers and encouraging beneficial insects through diversified plant hedge rows, companion planting and insect releases. As her lavender fields grew, she extended her product line to include farm-distilled essential oils, bath and body products, and lavender plant starts.
Reflexology with Susan Smith 2:30pm - 4pm Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them creates real benefits for the person's health. Susan Smith is a longtime foot reflexologist and this year is excited to the teach reflexology and the proper use of essential lavender oil in salves, with CBD to soothe pain and promote better sleep.