Candles are the third best means of lighting a room during an outage, right behind waiting for dawn and hosting the opening ceremonies for an international athletic event. Carry the torch for illumination with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a 2.5-hour beeswax-candle-making class at Thank Nature in Cotati (a $65 value).
Specializing in sustainable beekeeping using organic methods, Thank Nature’s expert beekeepers helm 2.5-hour classes designed to teach students how to use all-natural beeswax to forge purifying candles that burn brighter and three times as long as paraffin wax. To kick off the workshop, a hive guru will familiarize participants with the honeybee and the origins of beeswax, which, despite popular opinion, was not first discovered in the ear canals of petulant grade schoolers. Hands-on instruction then follows, allowing students to roll their own candles and observe a demonstration on incorporating metal and rubber molds. Guests emerge from class with their own handcrafted beeswax candle, as well as their choice of a floating star or a ceremonial votive candle that was tarsal-claw-crafted by a certified union worker bee.
The only type of candle recommended by the American Lung Association, beeswax candles emit an essence that rids the air of dust, mold, and bacteria, and may also help relieve asthma, allergies, and the swelling that comes after cavalierly donning a three-piece suit made of bees.