Teaching a Workshop

When I was asked to teach a workshop at Soulodge Medicine Gathering, my first reaction was to say "no" - which is why I said yes on the spot. I was asked so far in advance of the retreat, I figured I had plenty of time to put together a 3 hour workshop on blending perfume oils. #noprobs!

I literally spent months thinking to myself "Ok, how am I going to do this?"

Months. That was totally a lesson in how to drive myself crazy.

{Really, women. Why do we do this to ourselves?}

The truth is I have been blending oils for FUN and the pure joy of it for the last couple of years. I decided to embrace this opportunity and treat the women as if they were coming to my house to make oils.

Which is not to say that I wasn't nervous. OMG, the first 15 minutes of me talking? I felt weird & awkward and I'm sure that came across until I kinda melted into a place of feeling confident in doing what I do. Then it was awesome and comfortable and a LOT of fun.

The ladies were amazing. They knew it was my first time and they were so kind about that. I encouraged them to sample, test, and play until they found a combination of oils that was a YES. This is the part of the workshop that cannot be taught. Scent is intimate, personal. I was blown away by some of the blends they created.

Everyone walked away with 2 anointing oils and 1 room cleaning mist all enhanced with energy boosting crystals. It was a memorable experience, one I will treasure always. I'm glad I said yes. I'm humbled to have had the opportunity. It was everything.

As a photographer, Bella Cirovic is curator and keeper of life's most sacred moments. Her clients have said she has a way of capturing them in instances of magic and whimsy and that her steadying presence helps them feel at home in their skin.


She witnesses stories while living her own healing adventure. Bella's photography and video work have been featured in magazines, print, books, and documentary films, including 2017 Manhattan Film Festival pick, Bright Lights by Jen Lee.

An impassioned lover of nature, Bella works with earth and plant medicine for  purposes of deep soul examination, sacred ritual, and ceremony. From this passion her enchantment​ with perfume blending was born. She now offers her handmade talismans and treasures in the form of anointing oils, elixirs, space cleansing mists, and oil concentrates in her soulful online boutique. She considers herself a light bringer, a companion for the journey who adds a playful and trusting energy to the circles she is invited to or a part of.

Bella C.


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