Workshops

Last updated: 25th April, 2022

Our winter-to-spring workshops are now wrapped up. We'd like to extend a HUGE thank you to Swansea Libraries and The Reading Agency for the opportunity to be a part of the Winter of Wellbeing programme of workshops. Over 900 people participated in a range of activities across the city, all focussed on promoting physical and mental wellbeing. We are proud to have played a role, and we hope to see the programme return.

We will be hosting more workshops later in the year. Please keep checking back for updates.

Last updated: 1st February, 2022

In collaboration with Swansea Libraries and The Reading Agency Winter of Wellbeing Campaign, we are delivering an exciting programme of free Make Your Own Skincare workshops across Swansea, throughout March into early April.

14 workshops, multiple locations, 140 participants
From soapmaking to body lotions to bathbombs, the sessions will provide a range of engaging, creative and hands-on experiences that introduce the theory and practice of botanical skincare using homegrown and foraged ingredients. Full details are below.

The workshops will explore the health and wellbeing aspects of growing and making your own skincare, and how botanical formulation can be an exciting and rewarding adventure with nature, from seed to skin.

The sessions will help people develop the skills and confidence they need to make natural skincare at home, for a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly way to care for their skin.

The workshops are free, but spaces are limited to 10 participants per session so advance booking is essential. Please book directly by phone with the appropriate library, as listed below. Unfortunately we are not able to take bookings through our website.

Maker Workshops with Swansea Libraries
Botanical Skincare Formulation for Beginners
Learn the art of formulation to create your own dreamy pot of soothing Lavender Calm Balm, with nutrient-rich botanicals and homemade oil infusions. The session will cover the basic principles of botanical formulation, creating natural emulsions, and how to safely preserve your creations. Suitable for ages 12 up.
Dates and locations
Thursday 3rd March 4pm - 6pm at Morriston Library (01792 516770)
Thursday 10th March 4pm - 6pm at Killay Library (01792 516820)
Bathbombs: Unlock the secrets to the perfect bath fizzer

Making bathbombs is a fun yet notoriously frustrating experience! In this session we explore how to correctly balance and combine ingredients to produce the 'perfect' fizzer. Participants will make a colourful bathbomb packed with skin-soothing, homegrown ingredients such as lavender flower and aloe vera gel, and add dreamy, relaxing scents for the ultimate bath time pampering. Suitable for ages 8 up.
Dates and locations
Friday 18th March 4pm - 5.30pm at Townhill Library (01792 512370)
Friday 25th March 4pm - 5.30pm at Penlan Library (01792 584674)
Thursday 31st March 4pm - 5.30pm at Morriston Library (01792 516770)
Saturday 2nd April 10am - 11.30am at Brynhyfryd Library (01792 650953)

Advanced Bathbomb Making

Similar to our beginner's bathbomb workshop but slightly more advanced. In this session we start with the basics of bathbomb chemistry and how to correctly balance and combine ingredients for the perfect bath fizzer. Participants will learn how to use plant-based ingredients that can be grown at home, how to apply colour layering techniques and botanical adornments, and how to create essential oil blends. Each participant will make their own bathbomb to take home on the day for an ultimate bath time treat. Suitable for ages 12 up. No prior experience necessary.

Date and location
Thursday 14th April 10am - 11.30am at Killay Library (01792 516820)

Little Rebels Soapmaking

A fun and engaging session to capture and inspire young minds. Create beautiful soap inspired by the sea, using locally foraged seaweed and sea salt, vibrant colours and fun sea creature embeds. Suitable for ages 5 up.
Dates and locations
Saturday 12th March 10am - 11.30am at Central Library (01792 636464)
Saturday 19th March 10am - 11.30am at St Thomas Library (01792 655570)
Saturday 19th March 2pm - 3.30pm at Central Library (01792 636464)
Saturday 26th March 10am - 11.30am at Pontardulais Library (01792 882822)
Thursday 24th March 4pm - 5.30pm at Townhill Library (01792 512370)
Friday 1st April 4pm - 5.30pm at Fforestfach Library (01792 586978)
Saturday 9th April - 10am - 11.30am Gowerton Library (01792 873572)
Saturday 9th April - 2pm - 3.30pm Gorseinon Library (01792 516780)