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Full Day Intensive - Virtually or In-Person

Full Day Intensive - Virtually or In-Person
Handmade soapmaking workshop-natural handmade soapmaking

Full Day Intensive - or Half Day

This class is offered privately, with the content customized to your individual needs, as our Very Important Person. Come visit The Soap Shed and spend the day in person with us, or we can connect with you virtually on Skype or Zoom. You tell us what you want to focus on and we will propose a day's 'curriculum' to address what you want and need to learn. Multiple days are an option if desired. Let us help you accelerate your progress!

You are welcome to bring your spouse or business partner to your VIP Day as part of the workshop fee, with the understanding that our focus is on one soapmaking operation and one business - not multiple or different ventures.

Workshop Outline

We will determine the outline with you ahead of time so we can make the most of our time together. What we cover, and how much time we spend on any given topic, depends on what you most need and want to learn. Please take a look at the outlines for our workshops 'The Next Level: Increasing Your Batch Size, Mold and Market' as well as 'Large Batch Soapmaking' to assist you in thinking through what you might want to focus on. If you'd like to send your ideas to us via email (info at soapshed.com) or speak to us via phone prior to your registering online, feel free to do so.

Supplies and Materials

Upon your registration and date selection, we will send you a questionnaire to complete so you can tell us about you, your soapmaking experiences and business ventures so far, and help us understand how we can help you achieve your goals.

You will receive a notebook with written material on each topic we cover, along with supplier information and recipes to get you started. We will email a pdf of this notebook to you prior to our time together so you can prepare ahead of time.

We will provide an additional 30 minute consultation within 30 days after your VIP day, as a follow up after our day together, for you to discuss anything you'd like or any questions that have come up for you.

If you choose any portion of the "Large Batch Soap Making' content, then you'll want to dress in soap clothes! If our day will focus mainly on business issues or formulation, then you may dress as you choose - casual and comfortable is always best! Consider the season and check the weather forecast before you travel here for class: The Blue Ridge Mountains can get very hot & humid during the Summer, and extremely cold during the Winter months.

Workshop Timeframes

All Day on our agreed upon date: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at The Soap Shed, Spruce Pine, North Carolina or offered virtually via Skype or Zoom, your option.

About The Facilitators

Tim Tyndall, Ed.D. is a science professor by education and training, having been a science teacher and college administrator for 30 years in chemistry, biology, botany and health sciences. 'Dr.T' has been teaching handmade soapmaking weekend classes and week long classes at the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC for fifteen years.

Karen Wylie, Ed.D. was a business consultant for twenty years before creating The Soap Shed in 1998. Karen manages the sale of Soap Shed soap wholesale, via consignment, at craft shows, in their own retail shops in various locations across North Carolina, and from the soapshed.com website. She also coordinates production, inventory, quality control and packaging.

In response to requests for soapmaking demonstrations, The Soap Shed opened its doors to the public in 2000. Located just off Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 331, during the Blue Ridge mountain tourist season (May-October) visitors can see soap made and select from 150 varieties in the Soap Shed's retail shop.

The Soap Shed's current level of production is 60,000 bars annually, or twelve tons of soap. We've grown through many various batch and mold sizes through the years, not to mention websites, suppliers and marketing strategies, and can help you navigate your options at the different stages of growth you find yourself considering.

Prior to creating The Soap Shed, Tim & Karen were business educators and consultants to clients in the furniture & textile industries. When these industries literally left the USA in the mid 1990s, Tim and Karen reinvented their lives and livelihood by creating The Soap Shed at midlife, at ages 52 & 40, respectively.

Their unusual backgrounds - combined with their first hand experience in creating and running a handmade soap business for 18 years - provide Tim and Karen with unique perspectives on making and selling handmade soap, and small business start up and growth.

How To Register

You can register for this Workshop by putting it in your shopping cart and checking out here on soapshed.com. You may also pay by check or money order in the amount of $595.00 and mailing it to The Soap Shed, 179 Meadow View Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Please feel free to contact us at 877-404-SOAP or complete our 'Contact Us' form (located on the top right of each page) with any questions you have. And please read our cancellation policy below before signing up.

Where To Stay

A list of private and chain hotels and motels within 20 miles of The Soap Shed will be provided when you register. Asheville and Boone are great towns to stay in, but they are an hour's drive from Spruce Pine.

How to Get to Spruce Pine, North Carolina

We are located in Northwestern North Carolina, tucked up close to the Tennessee state line. We are one hour east of Asheville, one hour south of Boone, 2 hours north of Greenville-Spartanburg SC, and 2 hours northwest of Charlotte.

For anyone flying in, Charlotte-Douglas Airport and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport are larger airports than Asheville, but the Asheville Airport is about an hour and 15 minutes drive from here. Because of the distance, we regret we are unable to offer airport transportation assistance. Car rental from Asheville is usually far less expensive than limousine.


Description Price Buy
Select: Full VIP Day (6 hours)
$595.00
Select: Half Day VIP (3 hours)
$295.00


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