We are delighted to welcome Cathy Skipper & Florian Birkmayer MD back to Atlanta!
Presenting two classes
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Aromatherapy for Trauma & Addiction
Presenting a weekend workshop with two of aromatherapy’s leading exponents of the transformative power of aromatic plants, essential oils and hydrosols. Cathy Skipper and Dr. Florian Birkmayer bring together a knowledge and skill-set that encompasses French medical aromatherapy, holistic psychiatry, spiritual alchemy and intuitive plant communication.
Addiction is the archetypal illness of modern consumer society. Why do we ‘addict’, and what is our healthy power underneath that? For many people, addiction is the first glimpse they catch of the limits of their ‘free will’ and the power of the unconscious. For many it can be a harrowing encounter with the archetype of the Shadow — a power within our psyche that we have no conscious control over.
How can aromas support us on the healing journey out of addiction and co-occurring conditions, such as trauma? Aromatherapy can be an important tool in the treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. When used by trained specialists, essential oils are safe, simple and effective both in alleviating symptoms as well as in helping to increase self-awareness and to transform consciousness.
Olfaction is a powerful sensory modality and olfactory receptors have been found in nearly every tissue of the body as well as in parts of the central nervous system relevant to addiction and motivation. Essential oils are widely used to support and alleviate nervous symptom disorders such as those triggered by addiction; ie. anxiety, sleep disturbances, panic attacks, depression, stress, etc. And they can go further, and become allies on a journey from addiction and trauma to individuation and personal myth. This is the journey we will be discovering in this class.
This 2-day workshop will provide a framework for using the power of natural scent for healing addiction and trauma, and includes hands-on exercises to deepen our intuitive relationship with these powerful plant allies.
This class is for aromatherapists, addiction counsellors, medical herbalists, massage therapists, and other healers.
Suggested prerequisite: We encourage participants to undertake our class, Aromatherapy and the Medicine of the Soul: the Wounded Healer, the Alchemical Journey and the Sacred Union, either live or online, to gain a foundation in the concepts that we will be applying to trauma and addiction.
What will you learn in this course?
- How to work with oils and the molecules of connectedness as living partners rather than tools.
- The importance of the Wounded Healer and of working on ourselves to be able to better help our clients.
- Discovering the importance of personal myth and how to use oils to awaken to our personal myth.
- Working with oils for Shadow work; ie. what is being covered up by addiction?
- The Alchemical stages of addiction and of healing, and the essential oils that help us work through each stage.
- Working with trauma – personal, family and historical – using oils.
- The importance of feeling the whole and of gaining a deeper understanding of microcosm and macrocosm, and healing our core wounds.
We will explore some basic principles of treating addictions, including:
- The importance of building self-efficacy.
- Assisting stages of change with essential oils.
- Essential oils that address symptoms of addiction.
- Using essential oils to anchor new, healthy behaviors and new rituals.
Aroma and the Alchemy of Menopause
A workshop that will help women step into their power and become truly themselves
For many women, menopause is something to be dreaded. It is seen as a problem to be cured, rather than what it really is. In truth, menopause is the powerful transition to becoming a wise crone. To make the most of this journey of birthing ourselves into our true, powerful authentic selves and midwifing others, women need information, insights and tools, which this workshop offers. More than anything right now, our global and local communities need wise, mature women leaders and healers. With the right tools, a woman can transform her experiences into wisdom, instead of mourning what she is leaving behind. If a woman is able to live the journey to menopause as a passage to her true maturity, she can embrace the wise woman she is becoming.
Aroma and the Alchemy of Menopause workshop will give women the tools to turn inwards and transform the way they views this phase of life. Using Jungian concepts and aromatics, this workshop leads women through the alchemical stages of menopause. Through creative exercises, it helps women see their needs and experiences during peri-menopause in a new light that makes this an empowering and transforming journey.
Menopause is an initiation. Now is the time to take back and redefine this momentous passage in our lives!
The goal of this workbook is to learn to use a different part of ourselves to attain a different form of knowledge about this life transition.
In this workshop, my aim is to help women to understand and reclaim their journey to Menopause. Every woman’s journey is unique and personal. I intend to provide a framework with which you can explore and discover your own uniqueness. There is no right or wrong—only each woman’s individual song.
Using essential oils as our guides “Aroma and the Alchemy of Menopause” will introduce women to the anatomy of the psyche, helping them tune into and work with all parts of the Self: the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual bodies, as well as the personal and collective unconscious.
It is important to know where we are going during peri-menopause. It’s an opportunity to become who we really are.
The workshop will help you:
- Set intentions, define your motives and desires.
- Define and identify the experiences that are going to be transformed into your wisdom.
- Unveil parts of your Shadow, revealing your hidden strengths and talents.
- Work with your inner masculine and explore this sacred relationship in depth.
When the preparative work has been done, the seven alchemical stages will guide you deeply and profoundly into your true authenticity and power, revealing the messages and experiences that lie behind hot flashes, night sweats, emotions and sexuality, transforming menopause into an exciting, empowering, transformative rite of passage.
Registration by Deposit
Upon registration by deposit you will receive login information that you may use to make payments toward your balance. Please be sure to pay your balance by May 4th using our online payment system or contact us to setup scheduled payments in advance. (ph: 404.303.0007)
For overnight accommodation near Heal Center, we recommend visiting the following link featuring most convenient and likely most reasonably priced local hotels. Here are our 2 recommendations:
1 – Most convenient: Comfort Inn – Sandy Springs. Across the street from the Heal Center.
2 – Recommended for quality and also convenience with shuttle service included: Hampton Inn. 1.7 miles from Heal Center. Inquire about possible Heal Center groups rates.
Florian Birkmayer MD
Florian Birkmayer is a Wounded Healer and the co-developer with Cathy Skipper of AromaGnosis, which synthesizes Jungian depth psychology and aromatherapy. A holistic psychiatrist, he has an extensive background in trauma and addiction as well as Equine-Assisted Therapy. A bridge-builder between different medical worlds, Florian works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers.
Florian received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico. He has previously served as the director of the Dual Diagnosis Clinic at the University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center, and as the director of the Substance Use Disorders program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, USA.
For more info about Florian, visit: aromagnosis.com
English by birth, Cathy Skipper spent her adult life in rural France, where she farmed, trained and worked as a herbalist and aromatherapist, and taught practical herbalism, botany and aromatherapy at the L’Ecole Lyonnaise de Plantes Medicinales in Lyon. She participated for four years in an approach to energetic healing called Life Cell, under French Kinesiologist Caroline Gupta. Her medicinal plant education in France included a two-year course with Claude Lefebvre in Plant Communication. She emigrated from France in 2015 to live and work in New Mexico with her partner, Florian Birkmayer.
Cathy’s work involves building bridges between aromatic medicine and herbalism as well as recognizing the importance of healing the healer and reconnecting with nature. In her teaching she marries theory, practical work and energetics with the intention of helping students develop an intuitive relationship between themselves, the plant/essential oil and the patient, as a powerful impetus for healing.
Cathy’s teachings with Florian centres round the work of Carl Jung and the psyche, aromatic molecules, and the mind. She is co-author with Patrice de Bonneval of Aromatic Medicine.
For more info about Cathy, visit: cathyskipper.wordpress.com