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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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