THE WORKSHOP / off road experience
Why. Aside from visiting our facilities, where our captures are distilled and our products are made, you’ll participate in the creative process that makes us absolutely unique: olfactory captures. We’ll show you all the inner workings of our project, and we’ll share with you our motivations and the motor that drives everything we do. We’ll tell you all about our personal vision of the olfactory universe, its history as it relates to humanity, and the artisanal processes used in making fragrances and perfumes. You’ll learn about distillation, tinctures, maceration, formulation and olfactory notes. You’ll also hear about the particularities of a Mediterranean transitional forest and the plants that give it its aromatic character. All in a relaxed and pleasant environment that won’t make you feel like you’re “in class”.
Who for. For anyone who wants to find out first-hand about our production processes and appreciate the sources of our inspiration. To amplify and expand your knowledge of the formulation and creation of perfumes with a fresh, innovative and disruptive vision. For anyone who isn’t content to settle for books and theories and wants to experience what it means to capture the landscape with their own hands and bodies. For people who are inquisitive and have a hunger for knowledge and exclusive experiences.
Includes. Breakfast made with local products. A short series of warm-up exercises to get us ready and open up our bodies and minds to the experience of being the landscape, designed by MuMo (Music in Movement for Transformation) specifically for BRAVANARIZ. A leisurely 45-minute capture walk through the heart of the Can Faras forest (just in front of our facilities). While the harvest is being distilled in the stills (approximately 1.5 h), preparation of tinctures and other methods used in the extraction and preservation of the properties of plants (according to the season). An engaging talk about our vision of the history of scents, smells and our relationship to fragrances. The basic concepts of formulation. Appetizers made with high-quality local products (natural wines, craft beers, cheeses, sausages, homemade lemonades). Preparation of our olfactory capture. In addition to the experience and knowledge, you’ll go home with: a dossier including practical and technical information on the preparation of an olfactory capture and our sustainable collection methods, a bottle of BOIRA (100 ml) and a “shot” (5 ml) of CAMÍ (eau de parfum with a high concentration of tincture as an alcoholic base) resulting from your distillation and a practical organic cotton tote bag, stamped by us, to carry it all and to use for future harvests.
Where. The BRAVANARIZ headquarters in Pontós (Alt Empordà-Girona). Barri de la Pobla no. 1
When we start. At 10 a.m. for the presentations, hand-out of the equipment and warm-up exercises. 10:30 a.m. to head into the forest and start the harvest walk. Punctuality is important to ensure we can make the most of the morning. In summer, the workshops are held in the afternoon (starting at 6 p.m.).
What you need. Curiosity and a good attitude, along with a sun hat, sunscreen and comfortable footwear. The rest is on us: a basket and pruning shears, gloves, fresh water, wine and other delights. Oh, and an important recommendation: don’t come wearing perfume. This may seem obvious, but it is worth reminding you. Keep in mind that some shampoos, conditioners and deodorants that have been synthetically scented are so ‘effective’ that the cloud of falsely-derived pleasant scent surrounding you will not let you and the others truly enjoy the experience.
Group size. From 6 to 12 people.
Once the group has been closed and the date set, 20% of the total cost is covered as a down payment by bank transfer to the account indicated below. From then on, your reservation has been confirmed.
Weather factors should always be taken into consideration. 48 hours before your visit is to begin, and if conditions are favourable (that is, if they are not clearly unfavourable, such as with hard rain or high winds) we will confirm that the route will take place.
Before beginning the activity, we request that the balance be paid in full by bank transfer.
In case of cancellation
If weather conditions forecast mean we will not be able to enjoy the route in adequate conditions to be able to enjoy the landscape, the group will agree together to an alternative date for the activity to take place.
If it has to be cancelled definitively, BRAVANARIZ will immediately return the quantity corresponding to the down payment.
If you cancel for causes unrelated to BRAVANARIZ
If your party cannot do the route once participation has been confirmed 48 hours previous to the starting time, BRAVANARIZ will not be able to refund the down payment. The reason for this is that we will have already purchased all products necessary for your unforgettable experience.
A small group
Protecting and respecting our natural environment is of vital importance for us. Crossing the landscape already means transforming it. The last thing we wish to do is fill these spaces with large groups of walkers. For you as well, the experience is much more intense if you don’t have the feeling of being in a herd. For this reason, we will go in a small group (maximum 12 people) and our calendar of activities will be spread out and limited. This means that if you are interested in any of the routes we offer, write soon and make a reservation, as we fill up quickly.
Don’t wear perfume or cologne
This is important if you wish to submerge yourself in olfactory terms into the landscape and have an authentically wild experience. This may seem obvious, but it is worth reminding you. Keep in mind that some shampoos, conditioners and deodorants have been synthetically scented, with their ‘effectivity’ based on a cloud of falsely-derived pleasant scent. This will not only leave you without the chance of experiencing the route authentically, but will also disturb the olfactory experience of the others in the group. Nature has a subtlety and an elegance that is not very compatible with strident expressions. If you wish to fully appreciate this simplicity, do not mask your own aroma while doing so. Nature has its own smell, and we do too.
Be careful with the sun
-Remember to bring a hat, cap or scarf to protect you from the sun. It hits hard in these areas and can be especially deceptive when there is wind and you think you will be fine. We also recommend biological sunscreen with no scent.
Wear proper footwear. We are not going to climb Annapurna, but it is important that you are comfortable enough to walk all day (even though it ends up being a few hours). Boots are recommended, but older running shoes or well-worn shoes could also work. Elegance, like luxury, is an attitude.
Unless you like to show off your ‘scars’ from an outdoor long trek, it is preferable to wear long trousers and socks. Especially in summer, certain chards and dry plants can mark your legs with scratches and insects will find your ankles an easy prey. For anything worse, we will always have a first-aid kit on hand to help.