Candle Making Class at Rancho Cortesano

To tell you the truth, even though I really loved it, candle making class is a measly excuse of a title for everything we did in one afternoon at Rancho Cortesano.

Rancho Cortesano is a bee farm in Jerez, aka Sherry, Andalucia. They specialise in the production of honey, but they also make honey based products (apart from food related, simple cosmetics too), organic vegetables, they have a honey museum. They also carry out a huge amount of activities, all of which are really great for children. And for the not so children too. Oh, and there are also a bunch of animals around the place, which also makes the whole experience even more fun.

Rancho Cortesano Jerez

Donkey at Rancho Cortesano

Donkey at sunset

We spent a whole afternoon, which turned into evening and night at Rancho Cortesano. Our main activity was to visit the bee farm. Sorry, no photos there as I did not see anyway I could comfortably bring my camera while I was inside a big protective suit.

bee hives

tractor rancho cortesano

Rancho Cortesando veges

First we visited the bees and their hives, then the candle making class, then there was a forcefully vegetarian dinner, then a guy showed us a Tibetan bowl music and meditation, then lastly there was a star gazing event.

As previewed in my Instagram, I saw a bunch of chickens up a pomegranate tree. Before that, I didn’t even know chickens go up trees.

Chickens up pomegranate trees


Pomegranate tree

Candle Making Class

This candle making class was ultra natural, easy and fun. Now I want to know where I can get the materials in Barcelona so I can make more candles myself.

You need a sheet of natural beeswax and a candle wick. The wick we had seemed to be some sort of fibre wrapped in wax too. The sheets of beeswax are incredible. These are made by the bees. Don’t you think the perfect hexagonal shapes are so amazing and beautiful?

wax rancho cortesano

natural wax

Simply place the wick on one end of the wax. Carefully wrap the wax around it and press down hard so that it fuses into the wick. Continue wrapping the wax around the wick and pressing down to make it nice and compact.

candle making

candle making class

candle class at rancho cortesano

how to make candles

how to make natural candles

You can roll it along the table and then press down. It only takes about a minute or less. If you want the candle to be thicker you can wrap as many wax sheets around the candle as you like. There, done. It’s really easy. Would you give it a try?

how to make wax candles

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  1. Sunny 2015-08-21 at 13:20

    OOO this looks like fun! I never knew you could ROLL one like this. I know that chickens can get up on the trees, but I actually can’t remember seeing that in real life 🙂

    1. Sofia 2015-08-21 at 22:49

      Now I want to make more of my own candles 🙂 Haha seeing the chickens calmly look down at you is funny!

  2. Guillermina Stover 2015-08-21 at 18:52

    Amazing! So many natural events accomplished in one visit! And in Jerez, close to our old haunts…beautiful photography, Sofia, as usual…

    1. Sofia 2015-08-21 at 22:48

      Have you been to this Rancho? If you come back you must visit it!

  3. Dalo 2013 2015-08-21 at 21:47

    Hey, I have a couple beewax candles at my place here in Seattle…they were molded into different shapes and I’ve had them for a few years (yikes more than 10 years come to think of it). Have yet to light any one of them, I wonder what they will smell like (if they even have a smell). Great place and nice photos ~

    1. Sofia 2015-08-21 at 22:50

      Did you make your candles? Lets make a deal, the first one to light the beewax candles says what it smells like, ok?

      1. Dalo 2013 2015-08-22 at 04:31

        They were a gift so long ago from guests staying here…purchased from the farmer’s market. Really cool candles, but I think they need to be lit 🙂 Good idea, and I’ll let you know if it smells like honey…

        1. Sofia 2015-08-22 at 15:32

          I’ll let you know also. I’ll light them when I get back to Bcn.

          1. Dalo 2013 2015-08-25 at 18:26

            Lit my candle…and it was a great aroma of honey and then little bees starting flying around in the smoke before disappearing ~ or, that is at least how I remember it 🙂

            1. Sofia 2015-08-25 at 23:08

              Lovely! I’ll light mine next week and let you know how they smell and if there were little bees 😉

            2. Sofia 2015-08-31 at 21:25

              Little fairies in yellow costumes with black striped shoes came out of my candles! Ok, there was a light aroma of honey, then the fairies disappeared 🙂

              1. Dalo 2013 2015-09-01 at 02:12

                Ha, ha…so happy you too had the same experience. I bet they were the same ones that visited me?!? Will light my candle again tonight, rainy and windy weather in Seattle which is actually quite nice after all the heat. Cheers to a great day.

  4. Patty Nguyen 2015-08-23 at 02:01

    Looks like such a fun filled day! Those sheets of wax are so perfect! Nature is amazing. I enjoyed all of your photos in this post, especially those of the pomegranates.

    1. Sofia 2015-08-23 at 14:07

      Yes, nature is so amazing right? Thanks Patty, pomegranates playing with aperture 😉

  5. pianolearner 2015-08-24 at 21:14

    How did the chickens get up the tree? We recently bought some beeswax candles that looked similar to yous. It’s so nice to burn natural products.

    1. Sofia 2015-08-25 at 23:07

      I don’t know how they got up there. I just looked up and there were all these chickens looking down at me, lol. Have you burnt them then?

      1. pianolearner 2015-08-25 at 23:40

        I suppose if elephants can fly then chickens can. We burnt them briefly for a photo shoot. We are now saving them for the winter.


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