By Victoria Martinez

Hidden wings, the unique Solvang-based school for teens and young adults with autism and other special needs, recently launched a microbusiness focused on lavender products. 

Lavender candles, soaps, bath salts and linen spray, all created by the school’s day program participants, were displayed during the school’s 10-year anniversary celebration on Dec. 1. 

Dylan Mercado performs to a song by Michael Jackson, one of his idols at the anniversary celebration at Hidden Wings. Photo by Victoria Martinez

Program participants have been involved in every aspect of the business. Working with Claremont Farms, participants harvested the lavender, made the products, and worked on the marketing. Now that some of the products have been sold, those involved will begin to learn about the financial part of the business. 

“It’s been a great experience,” Hidden Wings Program Director Amy Tagles said.

Hidden Wings’ full day program is the result of a partnership with the Tri-Counties Regional Center. After less than four months, the program is already seeing approximately 10 participants a day. 

For more information on Hidden Wings and its new business venture, email