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Multnomah Zen, a four waterfall scenic hiking experience
Multnomah Falls and other waterfalls and vistas of the Columbia Gorge are astonishing icons of geology, the sort that have inspired mythology and lore of warriors, gods and passions. We will drive out in our vans to meet the tallest waterfall in the state, and then drive to a few of the shorter but even more stunning ones, too; falls which could only be the daughters and sons of legend. In this half-day experience, we will explore wonders with some short hikes (totaling less than 2.5 miles/4 km) and visits to overlooks and vistas that will have you gasping in awe. While Multnomah Falls and its iconic Benson Bridge are together the most-visited tourist attraction in the Portland area, they are only a part of our experience. We will meet at our shop in inner SE Portland, where we'll ride in our comfortable Sprinter and Transit vans to the nearby gorge. Depending on weather conditions, we will visit a few small hidden waterfalls and spectacular plunge-style falls whose columnar basalt has us learning words for "amazing" in other languages. We'll also tell you stories, geology, botany and oft-repeated tales of pioneers and road-builders, but also the old stories we've learned, of gods and wild spirits and about the oldest North American civilization, forever altered by “manifest destiny." Please note we book directly as well as through AirBNB, and your group may be up to 10.
Fragrance Design Workshop
We’ll introduce you to the process and materials that comprise fragrance creation. We'll spend about half the workshop smelling our way through a selection of over 30 raw ingredients, while discussing fragrance and blending techniques. You'll spend the remainder of the workshop developing and blending your own fragrance, with tips and pointers along the way. After this, you'll turn your fragrance into an oil-based roll-on personal fragrance. You’ll take home your very own scent creation compounded and mixed into a 10mL roll-on bottle of perfume. Other things to note: Avoid wearing strong fragrances to this workshop as it may disrupt yours' and others' olfactory experience.
Snowshoe Mt. Hood and Sip a Frosty Ale
We'll get out of the city and explore one of Oregon's most famous landmarks. The morning starts with pickup and hot coffee, and a short drive up to Mt. Hood. We'll snowshoe just over a mile and a half through Mt. Hood National Forest alongside scenic Trillium Lake, with stunning views of Mt. Hood nearby, where we will enjoy a lakeside picnic lunch. Along the way, we'll learn all about the forest ecosystem, including forest and watershed management, leave-no-trace principles, the volcanic history of Mt. Hood, and how climate change will impact the region. After snowshoeing around the lake, we'll take a quick detour up to Timberline Lodge (a National Historic Landmark) to warm up with hot cocoa or coffee, and sample local craft beer and wine at one of the lodge's top-notch bars.
Portland Delicious Donut Adventure by Underground Donut Tour
On this tour, you'll join me as we explore the city and food culture through the medium of donuts. You'll learn history of Portland, each donut location, how they fit into the larger food scene, as well as try some amazing donuts. We start near the PSU campus where we begin at Sesame Donuts and try some of their amazing sesame donuts as well as many others. Depending on the day, our route can vary a bit between different partners based on the size of the group, the day of the week, and the weather, but we guarantee you'll love all the donuts we select and each of the shops themselves. We'll finish the tour at Voodoo Doughnuts, where you can even skip the line (sometimes a 30-60 minute ordeal). We hope you can join us! Other things to note Currently, many of these shops do not have gluten free or vegan options, so options are very limited.
Weird-Bar Crawl with Fanatical Local
HEY. Do you want to see Portland through the eyes of its BIGGEST FAN? Are you curious about communities that prioritize PEOPLE, CREATIVITY, and CRAFT BEERS? Are you ready to embark on an ALL YOU CAN PORTLAND BUFFET through a walking tour featuring LOCAL HOTSPOTS and COOL STORIES? Then I’ve got the adventure for you: THIS TOUR. This walking tour explores where the locals go for Portland's nightlife! I show you the soul of the city by immersing you in its neighborhood culture. This means checking out a neighborhood district, drinking taps from neighborhood breweries, and getting the neighborhood perspective by interacting with someone who lives here! By the end of the walking tour, we’ll have made a mildly-inebriated adventure from seeing why the people of Portland are the attraction of the city. People who find this tour meaningful: 1. People who prefer a Drink, Eat, Drink night rather than a Drink, Drink, Drink night. 2. People who prefer to explore with welcoming friends rather than alone. 3. People who enjoy open-minded discussions and appreciate collecting new perspectives. 4. People with no time to grow roots in the city, but want to know where they'd hang out if they lived here. "I could see myself moving to Portland." - Every Person, from Everywhere Don't see a time frame that works? Message me for dates, or check out my other experience! LET'S GET WEIRD.

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Pottery Wheel Lesson at Artist Studio
Each person gets 1 hour on the wheel! This experience is 2 hours for 2 people. If it's just you book for one person. If there are two, please book two slots. The first 5 minutes of class I will give you a brief tour of the studio. You will get access to a local Portland artists’ studio and a chance to see behind the scenes of the artists’ process as well as works in progress. What is unique about this space is all of the residents are practicing artists and business owners. It is a great space to get a peek into the Portland art scene. I will start the instruction by explaining the main principles of wheel throwing technique using visual aids. We will then move into the practical instruction. I will instruct you on centering the clay on the wheel, using the coning technique to prep the clay, and finally pulling the clay into its final form. You will have enough time to make between 1-2 pieces depending on what you choose to create. Some great first project ideas include: mug, bowl, etc. You might get muddy! Each students get 1 hour of instruction time. Come with a strong vision in mind or we can create something unique together! The goal of this class is for you to leave with a solid knowledge of beginner wheel throwing technique
Beginner's glass blowing lessons in Portland, Oregon
Ever been interested in trying your hand at blowing glass? Join me in my flameworking studio and learn how to make your first piece of glass art at Chadly Glass Studio! I’m a professional borosilicate glass blower with over 10 years of experience and offer hands-on, beginner's classes in inner SE Portland. All students will be taught basic glass blowing safety, skills, and will have the opportunity to create 2-3 pieces of glass art in a 2.5-3 hour beginner’s lesson. Choose from the following: Standard Group Class (up to 6 participants per class): In this introductory class we make 2-3 pieces of glass art: a marble, wine bottle stopper or pendant, and a small blown ornament. This class may be shared with other individuals. Private Class (for private groups of up to 5 participants per class): This class is for those wanting a private, closed session for yourself and/or friends and family. Students get to keep any glass they create, and gain knowledge and hands-on experience in a very unique field. *Glass made during lesson will require kilning for durability, which takes a minimum of 4 hours. Most students choose to pick up the glass they made the next day (or at their earliest convenience).
Private ceramic lessons on a peaceful farm
Come and spend a day at a farm and make art! We are a woman owned organic farm located near the Sandy River. We have converted a century old dairy barn into a ceramic studio. Let’s spend the day playing with clay and learning together. Here we have options based around your skill level and interests. I can lead you on the potters wheel or in hand building techniques. For an additional cost of $25 per person I will fire your projects in my kiln and you can choose a glaze color for your finished pieces. You can choose to pick up a couple weeks after your booking or pay to have your pieces shipped. Please have a look on my IG for more pictures of this experience @sandyriverstudio Please note: For a private experience of just you and your group, please book the group rate. When booking the individual rate there may be other guests in your class. For corporate, team building groups or party’s larger than 5 please contact me about pricing!!
Restorative Sound Bath
Enjoy a restorative sound bath in Northwest Portland. Please note, this experience is 75-minutes (not 60 minutes). Surrender to the healing vibrations of sound as Brooke leads you through a deeply restorative and transformational sound bath experience. You will be “bathed” in the rich, resonant tones of crystal singing bowls and other instruments designed to permeate the mind and body, bringing all systems back into balance. This experience will begin with a gentle guided meditation, followed by an immersive sound journey for deep rest and relaxation. You will walk away feeling completely refreshed and renewed! **PRIVATE SESSIONS: I offer private sessions for individuals , couples and groups so please reach out for more info! BENEFITS OF SOUND HEALING: -Invites deep relaxation -reduces stress and anxiety -improves sleep -boosts energy -reduces pain and tension -stimulates the immune system -improves mood and sense of happiness -increases focus and mental clarity -enhances creativity -regulates hormonal function
Learn to Bake Homemade Bread!
We'll start out at my house for espresso & homemade whole-grain toast that uses locally-grown and milled flour. Next we'll get to mixing and baking your own loaves. You will leave with a vigorous sourdough starter, plus a loaf of whole-grain, naturally-leavened bread. Not only that, but you'll have the knowledge to go home and start making your own bread regularly! While we wait for your bread to rise, we'll visit some of Portland's best bakeries. This is a lesson and tour in one. Check out @1000bitesofbread on Instagram. Other things to note Arrange transportation to and from my house, but I will provide complimentary transportation to the bakeries we will visit. We'll have breakfast together and there will be plenty of snacks.

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Things to do near Downtown Portland

Pottery Wheel Lesson at Artist Studio
Each person gets 1 hour on the wheel! This experience is 2 hours for 2 people. If it's just you book for one person. If there are two, please book two slots. The first 5 minutes of class I will give you a brief tour of the studio. You will get access to a local Portland artists’ studio and a chance to see behind the scenes of the artists’ process as well as works in progress. What is unique about this space is all of the residents are practicing artists and business owners. It is a great space to get a peek into the Portland art scene. I will start the instruction by explaining the main principles of wheel throwing technique using visual aids. We will then move into the practical instruction. I will instruct you on centering the clay on the wheel, using the coning technique to prep the clay, and finally pulling the clay into its final form. You will have enough time to make between 1-2 pieces depending on what you choose to create. Some great first project ideas include: mug, bowl, etc. You might get muddy! Each students get 1 hour of instruction time. Come with a strong vision in mind or we can create something unique together! The goal of this class is for you to leave with a solid knowledge of beginner wheel throwing technique
Multnomah Zen, a four waterfall scenic hiking experience
Multnomah Falls and other waterfalls and vistas of the Columbia Gorge are astonishing icons of geology, the sort that have inspired mythology and lore of warriors, gods and passions. We will drive out in our vans to meet the tallest waterfall in the state, and then drive to a few of the shorter but even more stunning ones, too; falls which could only be the daughters and sons of legend. In this half-day experience, we will explore wonders with some short hikes (totaling less than 2.5 miles/4 km) and visits to overlooks and vistas that will have you gasping in awe. While Multnomah Falls and its iconic Benson Bridge are together the most-visited tourist attraction in the Portland area, they are only a part of our experience. We will meet at our shop in inner SE Portland, where we'll ride in our comfortable Sprinter and Transit vans to the nearby gorge. Depending on weather conditions, we will visit a few small hidden waterfalls and spectacular plunge-style falls whose columnar basalt has us learning words for "amazing" in other languages. We'll also tell you stories, geology, botany and oft-repeated tales of pioneers and road-builders, but also the old stories we've learned, of gods and wild spirits and about the oldest North American civilization, forever altered by “manifest destiny." Please note we book directly as well as through AirBNB, and your group may be up to 10.
Fragrance Design Workshop
We’ll introduce you to the process and materials that comprise fragrance creation. We'll spend about half the workshop smelling our way through a selection of over 30 raw ingredients, while discussing fragrance and blending techniques. You'll spend the remainder of the workshop developing and blending your own fragrance, with tips and pointers along the way. After this, you'll turn your fragrance into an oil-based roll-on personal fragrance. You’ll take home your very own scent creation compounded and mixed into a 10mL roll-on bottle of perfume. Other things to note: Avoid wearing strong fragrances to this workshop as it may disrupt yours' and others' olfactory experience.
Beginner's glass blowing lessons in Portland, Oregon
Ever been interested in trying your hand at blowing glass? Join me in my flameworking studio and learn how to make your first piece of glass art at Chadly Glass Studio! I’m a professional borosilicate glass blower with over 10 years of experience and offer hands-on, beginner's classes in inner SE Portland. All students will be taught basic glass blowing safety, skills, and will have the opportunity to create 2-3 pieces of glass art in a 2.5-3 hour beginner’s lesson. Choose from the following: Standard Group Class (up to 6 participants per class): In this introductory class we make 2-3 pieces of glass art: a marble, wine bottle stopper or pendant, and a small blown ornament. This class may be shared with other individuals. Private Class (for private groups of up to 5 participants per class): This class is for those wanting a private, closed session for yourself and/or friends and family. Students get to keep any glass they create, and gain knowledge and hands-on experience in a very unique field. *Glass made during lesson will require kilning for durability, which takes a minimum of 4 hours. Most students choose to pick up the glass they made the next day (or at their earliest convenience).
Portland Photoshoot Walk
Ready for your Portland photoshoot? Let's do it. First we'll meet for coffee or tea (my treat!) at a local coffee shop. From there, we'll head out on foot to explore downtown Portland’s most photogenic locations in the Old Town/Chinatown districts Along the way, I'll snap some beautiful high quality portraits of you and share my favorite historical facts of Old Town, and the Portland landmarks we stop by. I'll be glad to help with any posing or photo ideas. I want these photos to show you in your best light and serve as a great souvenir from your time in Portland. Once we've finished our time together, I'll edit the best 25-30 photos, and send them over to you within 24 to 48 hours. Other things to note Want to capture a few looks? Let me know and I'll bring a changing tent. Don't see a date and time that fits your schedule? Send me a message and I can create an instance of the experience specifically for you.

Things to do near Portland International Airport

Learn to Bake Homemade Bread!
We'll start out at my house for espresso & homemade whole-grain toast that uses locally-grown and milled flour. Next we'll get to mixing and baking your own loaves. You will leave with a vigorous sourdough starter, plus a loaf of whole-grain, naturally-leavened bread. Not only that, but you'll have the knowledge to go home and start making your own bread regularly! While we wait for your bread to rise, we'll visit some of Portland's best bakeries. This is a lesson and tour in one. Check out @1000bitesofbread on Instagram. Other things to note Arrange transportation to and from my house, but I will provide complimentary transportation to the bakeries we will visit. We'll have breakfast together and there will be plenty of snacks.
Weird-Bar Crawl with Fanatical Local
HEY. Do you want to see Portland through the eyes of its BIGGEST FAN? Are you curious about communities that prioritize PEOPLE, CREATIVITY, and CRAFT BEERS? Are you ready to embark on an ALL YOU CAN PORTLAND BUFFET through a walking tour featuring LOCAL HOTSPOTS and COOL STORIES? Then I’ve got the adventure for you: THIS TOUR. This walking tour explores where the locals go for Portland's nightlife! I show you the soul of the city by immersing you in its neighborhood culture. This means checking out a neighborhood district, drinking taps from neighborhood breweries, and getting the neighborhood perspective by interacting with someone who lives here! By the end of the walking tour, we’ll have made a mildly-inebriated adventure from seeing why the people of Portland are the attraction of the city. People who find this tour meaningful: 1. People who prefer a Drink, Eat, Drink night rather than a Drink, Drink, Drink night. 2. People who prefer to explore with welcoming friends rather than alone. 3. People who enjoy open-minded discussions and appreciate collecting new perspectives. 4. People with no time to grow roots in the city, but want to know where they'd hang out if they lived here. "I could see myself moving to Portland." - Every Person, from Everywhere Don't see a time frame that works? Message me for dates, or check out my other experience! LET'S GET WEIRD.
Explore Local Oddities with Odd Local
POP QUIZ: Are you here to absorb authentic Portland culture? BONUS CREDIT: Are you trying to live like a local while you are? Because Portland is a MILLENNIAL PLAYGROUND best understood when explored like someone from here. How do we do that? Here are the locals' favorite pastimes: picking up cannabis from the neighborhood dispensary, grabbing drinks at a cozy cafe, eating plant-based food done right, and sipping crafts at an eclectic bar! So for starters, we'll sniff around a CANNABIS DISPENSARY to kick things off on a high note. Second, we'll sip tea inside a LIVING ROOM CAFE that's been converted from a Pixar-esque residence. Third, we'll grab meals from a VEGAN EATERY featuring meat and cheese alternatives that are as tasty as they are innovative. And lastly, we'll drink beers at a SEVEN STORY BAR that used to be a hidden back room of a live theater. To explore the city like a true Portlander, I’ll be your guide to show you where you’d go and how you’d do it. Along the way, I'll enlighten you to the community's culture and provide custom recommendations on how to live like the locals! "I would've never found these places on my own." - Every Person, from Everywhere Don't see a time frame that works? Message me for custom dates, or check out my other experience, Weird-Bar Crawl with Fanatical Local! LET'S GET WEIRD.
Downtown Portland Coffee & Donut Tour
Come walk around the bustling streets of Downtown Portland with your local guide and discover why Portland is the coffee and donut capital of the world! We'll visit several genuinely local craft coffee houses for an interactive look at different styles and flavors of coffee. Plus we’ll munch on a bunch of locally-made donuts and pastries from shops you can only find right here in Portland. We like to think this the perfect way to discover Downtown Portland, see where locals get their coffee and donut fix, and have fun! Some things you can expect: - At least three different types of coffee and plenty of donuts and pastries at a total of 4-5 different shops. (Reasonable drinking sizes that most coffee drinkers can handle and enjoy.) - Devour several different flavors of classic donuts from a tiny donut shop. - Learn all about coffee and its history, including how coffee's third wave movement started right here in Portland! - Walk around the bustling streets of downtown to discover Portland’s quirkiness and preserved remnants of an historic past. - Learn the technique of brewing the perfect cup of coffee from a barista extraordinaire. - Stand in Pioneer Courthouse Square and learn all about “Portland’s Living Room”. *We do not visit Voodoo or Blue Star during this tour as they are on the common tourist track.
Mount Hood Moonlight Snowshoe
Enter the winter wonderland of the Mt. Hood Wilderness. Our guides will take you among the frozen pines and firs blanketed in snow as you gaze up at the night sky. On some nights, the moon is bright enough to light the way without the aid of a headlamp! What's Included -A professional guide -Transportation -Snowshoes -Trekking Poles -Headlamp -Hot beverages -Trail snacks Itinerary Meet at our office at 4:00pm (5pm on Fridays), and expect to return to Troutdale at 9:30pm (10:30pm on Fridays). This adventure includes transportation to and from the trailhead (a little more than an hour each way). Please contact us if you are staying on the mountain and would like to meet us at the trailhead instead. Once ready to go at the trailhead, hike for an hour up to a spectacular view of Mt Hood (when cloud cover and weather allow), where we break for hot drinks and snacks. The hike will be 2-4 miles roundtrip, depending on group pace.

Things to do near Pearl District

Weird Portland Pub Tour - Bigfoot, UFOs, Hipsters and More
Experience the eccentricity of Portland, Oregon and visit one of its quirkiest neighborhoods on this walking pub tour. This tour is a must-do for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the fascinating history of the city, including stories of UFOs, Bigfoot sightings, exploding whales, wacky bike rides, strange locals, hijackings, hipsters, artists, and more. The tour takes place in the vibrant Hawthorne neighborhood a local favorite known for it’s artistic flare. You’ll experience the neighborhoods funky hangouts, cool eateries, and hip drinking spots. This hidden gem is not to be missed! Along the way, you’ll discover breathtaking murals by local artists, check out food cart pods, bicycle shops, and even dispensaries - things you'll only find in Portland. With three tried and true local favorite breweries as our stops, this tour is perfect for beer enthusiasts. We kick off at Rogue Eastside Pub + Brewery, one of Portland's oldest breweries, where you'll sample a flight of four beers per person. The flight is on us! Then head over to art filled Lucky Labrador Brewing. The final stop is McMenamins Brewing, a truly one-of-a-kind brewery filled with peculiar oddities that adorn every inch of the bar. Your guide, Otniel, is a professional tour guide with over five years of experience and a passion for Portland's local legends and culture.
Silversmith Three Stacked Rings
My studio is located in Tigard, just 15 minutes south of downtown Portland and 15 minutes from several local wineries. Come and learn the basics of silversmithing while making three stacked sterling silver rings with or without semi-precious stones. We will start by choosing your ring size. After sizing, we'll move on to forming, cutting, and filing the bands. Next we'll hard solder the bands closed. Now comes the fun part - you will choose from an assortment of colorful semi-precious stones. We'll hard solder the bezel to the band and then insert your stones. Finally, you will use a burnisher to set your stone and polish your finished rings to complete your project. This experience takes approximately two hours. Enjoy your experience with treats selected from our favorite local eateries. We can adjust the light refreshments served to any dietary preference. Other things to note Experiences available for scheduling Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2pm and 4pm or Saturday evenings between the hours of 6pm and 8pm.
Portland Ice Cream Tour
Indulge your senses in the sweet symphony of the Portland Ice Cream Tour, a delightful two-mile journey through the city's enchanting ice cream scene. Join our charming local tour guides as they curate a delectable selection of samples from renowned spots like The Salt & Straw, Fifty Licks, Eb & Bean, Staccato Gelato, and Elephants Delicatessens. Discover the heart of Portland's neighborhoods and hidden gems as our local tour guides, lifelong foodies, share their insights on restaurants and activities. Immerse yourself in a world of flavors, where every spoonful tells a story. Embrace the joy of gluten-free and vegan options thoughtfully crafted for those who savor life's sweeter moments. It's more than just a tour; it celebrates delicious diversity. Gather your fellow ice cream enthusiasts and join us for an unforgettable experience. Let the Portland Ice Cream Tour be your passport to a world of tasteful exploration!
Immersive Chinese tea experience in a private tea house
Immersive tea tasting in our small tea house, with different tabletop flower arrangements and aromatherapy every week! There are Chinese-style tea art demonstrations, and there are also Guzheng (Chinese musical instruments) performances on certain holidays! Choose black tea, oolong tea, yellow tea, green tea, dark tea, white tea and scented tea from China according to different tea tasting times
Empowering Archery with Mindfulness
Always wanted to be Katniss or Robin Hood? Here’s your chance! Great for groups! I start by taking the mystery out of mindfulness with a walk in the woods- making mindfulness playful & accessible which helps guests feel relaxed, excited, & ready to learn archery. You get insider access with a Portland native to this stunning hidden archery range nestled in the forest of Washington Park. I will show you a treasure that most locals don’t know about.  Next, hands-on archery instruction that will put a bow in your hands & have you shooting in minutes. No experience is necessary. Plenty of shooting takes you from beginner to novice in minutes. You will leave with the tools to buy equipment & shoot anywhere, make a new friend-me. Plus, fantastic photos & videos showing off your new skill. This is once in a lifetime experience that changes you/your team- you will feel Powerful! Guests say it best: “I found my inner Katniss”, "Angie, will take you on a journey that empowers & inspires.", "If I ever go back to Portland, I'll do it again!", & “I am Brienne of Tarth”. If you're going to spend $ don’t you want it to be with someone who makes it Life-changing?! Instagram@angiefadelsoulcare #mindfularchery • Rain or shine-wear clothes 4 changing weather • Easily reached by car/public transport • Don't see a date/time that works I will do my best to accommodate Perfect for Team Building

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Pottery Wheel Lesson at Artist Studio
Each person gets 1 hour on the wheel! This experience is 2 hours for 2 people. If it's just you book for one person. If there are two, please book two slots. The first 5 minutes of class I will give you a brief tour of the studio. You will get access to a local Portland artists’ studio and a chance to see behind the scenes of the artists’ process as well as works in progress. What is unique about this space is all of the residents are practicing artists and business owners. It is a great space to get a peek into the Portland art scene. I will start the instruction by explaining the main principles of wheel throwing technique using visual aids. We will then move into the practical instruction. I will instruct you on centering the clay on the wheel, using the coning technique to prep the clay, and finally pulling the clay into its final form. You will have enough time to make between 1-2 pieces depending on what you choose to create. Some great first project ideas include: mug, bowl, etc. You might get muddy! Each students get 1 hour of instruction time. Come with a strong vision in mind or we can create something unique together! The goal of this class is for you to leave with a solid knowledge of beginner wheel throwing technique
Multnomah Zen, a four waterfall scenic hiking experience
Multnomah Falls and other waterfalls and vistas of the Columbia Gorge are astonishing icons of geology, the sort that have inspired mythology and lore of warriors, gods and passions. We will drive out in our vans to meet the tallest waterfall in the state, and then drive to a few of the shorter but even more stunning ones, too; falls which could only be the daughters and sons of legend. In this half-day experience, we will explore wonders with some short hikes (totaling less than 2.5 miles/4 km) and visits to overlooks and vistas that will have you gasping in awe. While Multnomah Falls and its iconic Benson Bridge are together the most-visited tourist attraction in the Portland area, they are only a part of our experience. We will meet at our shop in inner SE Portland, where we'll ride in our comfortable Sprinter and Transit vans to the nearby gorge. Depending on weather conditions, we will visit a few small hidden waterfalls and spectacular plunge-style falls whose columnar basalt has us learning words for "amazing" in other languages. We'll also tell you stories, geology, botany and oft-repeated tales of pioneers and road-builders, but also the old stories we've learned, of gods and wild spirits and about the oldest North American civilization, forever altered by “manifest destiny." Please note we book directly as well as through AirBNB, and your group may be up to 10.
Fragrance Design Workshop
We’ll introduce you to the process and materials that comprise fragrance creation. We'll spend about half the workshop smelling our way through a selection of over 30 raw ingredients, while discussing fragrance and blending techniques. You'll spend the remainder of the workshop developing and blending your own fragrance, with tips and pointers along the way. After this, you'll turn your fragrance into an oil-based roll-on personal fragrance. You’ll take home your very own scent creation compounded and mixed into a 10mL roll-on bottle of perfume. Other things to note: Avoid wearing strong fragrances to this workshop as it may disrupt yours' and others' olfactory experience.
Beginner's glass blowing lessons in Portland, Oregon
Ever been interested in trying your hand at blowing glass? Join me in my flameworking studio and learn how to make your first piece of glass art at Chadly Glass Studio! I’m a professional borosilicate glass blower with over 10 years of experience and offer hands-on, beginner's classes in inner SE Portland. All students will be taught basic glass blowing safety, skills, and will have the opportunity to create 2-3 pieces of glass art in a 2.5-3 hour beginner’s lesson. Choose from the following: Standard Group Class (up to 6 participants per class): In this introductory class we make 2-3 pieces of glass art: a marble, wine bottle stopper or pendant, and a small blown ornament. This class may be shared with other individuals. Private Class (for private groups of up to 5 participants per class): This class is for those wanting a private, closed session for yourself and/or friends and family. Students get to keep any glass they create, and gain knowledge and hands-on experience in a very unique field. *Glass made during lesson will require kilning for durability, which takes a minimum of 4 hours. Most students choose to pick up the glass they made the next day (or at their earliest convenience).
Private ceramic lessons on a peaceful farm
Come and spend a day at a farm and make art! We are a woman owned organic farm located near the Sandy River. We have converted a century old dairy barn into a ceramic studio. Let’s spend the day playing with clay and learning together. Here we have options based around your skill level and interests. I can lead you on the potters wheel or in hand building techniques. For an additional cost of $25 per person I will fire your projects in my kiln and you can choose a glaze color for your finished pieces. You can choose to pick up a couple weeks after your booking or pay to have your pieces shipped. Please have a look on my IG for more pictures of this experience @sandyriverstudio Please note: For a private experience of just you and your group, please book the group rate. When booking the individual rate there may be other guests in your class. For corporate, team building groups or party’s larger than 5 please contact me about pricing!!
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