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Interested in learning how to make the products in our soap, candle, or bath & body classes but can't wait for the next class? Or, are you starting a business and want more personalized attention than the group classes offer? If so, you're in the right place! Private lessons with The Nova Studio teachers are now available. Get 1-on-1, hands-on training to make any of the products we teach at The Nova Studio. Call 510-234-5700 to schedule a date and time.

In-Person Private Lessons

Private fees start at $350 for 3 hours for one person. Each additional hour (over 3) is $100. Each additional person is $50 an hour. Choose your class and contact us for an exact quote. Products from different classes can be combined for an additional fee. Private lessons include full class handouts and tested recipes. The materials fee is extra and depends on what you wish to take home (price will be discussed at time of booking). Currently, mid-week days & nights have more availability, as the studio is typically filled with classes on weekends.

Private Lessons in the studio must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance to reserve your date and time, and so the teacher can prepare/gather materials. A non-refundable deposit of 50% is due at booking. The final payment is due no less than two weeks before the lesson. If you cannot attend (for any reason), call us at 510-234-5700. Rescheduling is subject to availability & may incur a rescheduling fee. If you need to cancel with more than 48 hours' notice, we will refund 50% of the total quoted fee. If you have not paid the balance (only the 50% non-refundable deposit), you forfeit your deposit. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any refunds or class credit if you cancel with less than 48 hours' notice. We are happy to send the relevant class handouts to you. Simply email us a request.

Consultations via Phone

Phone consultation fees start at $150 for the first hour, and $100 for each additional hour. We do consultations for product making & formulating, small business topics, and even for those who wish to teach classes. Rates do not include recipes, which can be purchased for the price of our eClass handouts ($29-$39 per class).

Consults are booked at any time, based on teacher availability. The full fee is due at booking. If you cannot keep your appointment (for any reason), call us at 510-234-5700. Rescheduling is subject to availability & may incur a rescheduling fee. If you cancel with more than 48 hours' notice, we'll refund 50% of your payment. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any refunds or class credit if you cancel with less than 48 hours' notice.

Private Lesson Testimonials

"The private lesson was perfect for me because I was able to tailor it around my interests and needs in order to move forward with what I wanted to accomplish with my candle making. Thank you Lori!" - Elise Beaty (California)

"I really enjoyed the private soap making lesson with you yesterday. My class was fabulous. I'm happy that I took the class. Yes, it was worth the time and money to have an opportunity to make soap with someone I respect and admire. I learned a lot and was reassured of a few things. I will be making soap today and hope to share good news with you in a few days. Thanks for your help and I look forward to hearing from you soon." - Priscilla Watts

"Hi Lori, Thank you so much for everything this weekend. I had a wonderful time, and I learned so much. I can't stop telling everyone about what I learned as well as show them the products that I made. I thought that your classes, both types (i.e., the private lesson and the group class), were wonderful; your choices of what products to teach were better than anything that I could have thought up; and your teaching style is extremely effective and enjoyable... By the way, my sister uses L'Occitane hand cream, and she said what we made in your lotions, creams & butters class (lavender essential oil and no color) was remarkably like what she had just purchased in a small tube for $25." - Christine Yoelin

"I have been thinking all week what a truly wonderful class that was with you. I found you to be very professional, knowledgeable, organized, and the presentation of your products was first class -- it was amazing to me that you have just been doing this since last August. I also really like that fact that you were into natural and organic products and that you strive for that, as some of the teachers that I have taken classes from don't." - Daphne Frampton

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