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3-day Intensive Course

Fusion AromaTherapy™ in Palliative and End of Life Care

Welcome Madeleine Kerkhof to Atlanta for the first time!

Traveling from The Netherlands to present:


Fusion AromaTherapy™ and Pain

A 4-day Intensive Course

by Madeleine Kerkhof

November 8-11, 2018

4-Day Intensive on Fusion AromaTherapy™ and Pain


Fusion AromaTherapy™ is Madeleine’s integrative approach to aromatherapy, using conventional essential oils and base oils and compounds, as well as CO2 extracts. Using CO2 extracts is still relatively new, compared to conventional aromatherapy. Madeleine has worked with CO2 extracts for almost 15 years, slowly but surely building up a wealth of knowledge and experience in their use and successful blending for her work with the frailest of people.


Is this course right for you?

›  Are you a professional in health care, already equipped with basic knowledge on Aromatherapy?

›  Are you looking for specialist knowledge on how essential oils and CO2 extracts can be of significant benefit for people suffering from pain?

›  Are you keen on adding quality of holistic care and quality of life (and even of dying) to people suffering from pain?

›  Are you looking for the ideal combination of state of the art knowledge, discussing cases and gaining practical skills?

›  Are you willing to give yourself and your clients or patients this gift of intensive studies that will contribute to your practice?

›  Would you like to learn from one of the world’s leading aromatherapy educators in her fields of expertise, Madeleine Kerkhof?


In this course Madeleine will take you on a journey into the wold of integrated approaches towards pain at all levels. 

The pain model of Loeser is our guide in this in-depth course where we pay attention to all dimensions of pain and what role essential oils and base oils can play – in a truly holistic approach. The model includes nociception, pain sensation, pain perception and pain behaviour. It provides a good guide for the treatment of pain. Treatment may focus on influencing nociception with analgesic or anti-inflammatory essential oils, or on pain sensation with cooling or rather circulation improving oils. But of course we can also help patients perceive their pain differently and positively influence pain behaviour by helping them be less anxious and tense, to relax, unwind and/or help them see how they can help themselves through relaxation exercises, accompanied by essential oils. Patients with pain deserve a holistic approach to all aspects of pain. That is why complementary therapies can be of great benefit to them.

Day 1: Introduction - Fusion AromaTherapy™

On this first day Madeleine will take you on a fascinating journey into the process of CO2 extraction. We will look at how it's done, what specific differences there are between CO2 extraction and other extraction methods, and if and how this process changes the chemical make-up of the oil. Sometimes there are quite big differences, and sometimes they are small, but even small differences can have a great influence on how you would use a CO2 extract as opposed to conventional extraction methods. The fragrance of a CO2 extract - the ones we would use as an essential oil - is especially positively influenced.

CO2 extracts fuse very well into conventional aromatherapy. Before we set off on the rest of the aromatic journey into pain at all levels, we explore how we can use CO2 extracts in practical Fusion AromaTherapy™. We look at application methods, and how to overcome challenges in blending, working with very viscous extracts and 

Last but not least, we look into the science and art of addressing issues of the mouth such as inflammation and pains, to start off and bring mouth care to the next level.


Day 2: Fusion AromaTherapy™ for Pains and Aches

Pain is not a disease in itself, but can be a symptom of a disease or a warning sign that something isn’t quite right. We distinguish acute pain, chronic pain and can also measure pain in different ways. We also distinguish between different types of pain, such as nociceptive pain, inflammatory pain and nerve pain. On this 2nd day we look at the causes of pain, the mechanisms we can address, and our limitations too. We look at several approaches for different types of pain, from headaches to joint pains, inflammatory processes and nerve pains, and pain in cancer and palliative care patients.


Day 3: Fusion AromaTherapy™ for Painful Skin Issues

On the 3rd day, we pay full attention to skin care, focussing mostly on painful skin issues, such as chronic eczema, psoriasis, skin inflammations and burns, and of course several types of wounds. Madeleine’s extensive experience in wound healing covers painful infected wounds, moisture lesions, radiation wounds and scars for which she will happily share her best treatment options.


Day 4: Fusion AromaTherapy™ for Emotional and Spiritual Pain

There can be no holistic approach to patient wellbeing without supporting them at the highest levels of being. Pain and the perception of pain are highly influenced by their emotional and spiritual status. Helping patients regain confidence, relieving anxiety and depression, supporting their coping skills, providing a better sleep pattern, and helping them to find peace and strength from within , often makes the difference. 

Especially CO2 extracts offer the most exquisite fragrances, directly appealing to our emotions, instincts and memories. Today is all about the very best of plant essences and how you can fully support your patients (and yourself of course) and find a new level of emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


Registration Details


Fusion AromaTherapy™ and Pain

Dates: November 8 - 11 (Thursday - Sunday)

Time: 9am - 5pm each day with 1-hour lunch break at 12:30pm

Registration Options:

  1. Pay in full: $895
  2. Register by paying a deposit of $250 (non-refundable).  See below for details.
  • Madeleine's classes typically fill up quickly. We will keep a waiting list. If a seat becomes available we will contact you in the order of the waiting list.  To join the waiting list please use the "Begin Registration Now" button.



Registration by Deposit - Flexible Payments

Upon registration you will receive login information that you may use to make payments toward your balance.  You may also call us to make payments or schedule payments in advance (404. 303.0007)


After $250 non-refundable deposit, please be sure to submit at least $400 in additional balance payments by October 1st.

Total remaining balance is due by November 1st.

Follow this link to our online payment system or contact us to setup scheduled payments in advance. (ph: 404.303.0007)


Begin Registration Now



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Hampton Inn. 1.7 miles from Heal Center and very close to the Dunwoody MARTA station, a direct line to the airport. Recommended for quality and also convenience with shuttle service included. Inquire about group rate under our name: Heal Center.


Madeleine Kerkhof

My name is Madeleine Kerkhof. I own De Levensboom, Centre for Complementary Care and I am the chairperson of Kicozo, the Knowledge Institute for Complementary Nursing in The Netherlands ( It is accredited by the Board of Nursing’s Quality Registry.

Some thirty years ago I trained to be a nurse. The main reason to leave the hospital and nursing, was that I wanted to care for patients in a more holistic way, especially for the most fragile patients and the terminally ill.

After I left nursing I gained a wealth of experience and expertise in natural orientated health care and trained and worked as a herbalist, hydrotherapist and aromatherapist. In 2003 I started my school where I train nurses and other health care professionals on complementary care techniques. Palliative and terminal care have my special interest and expertise. I am passionate about the integration of complementary care in modern nursing care and mainstream healthcare. I am an expert in teaching nurses how to use small, easy to implement techniques to improve quality of life and dying. I work with numerous hospices, home care organisations and nursing homes, of which many have adopted working with essential oils and other complementary interventions, such as massage, relaxation techniques and aquacare (compresses, foot baths etc.).

In June 2015 I published my book on complementary palliative nursing: “Complementary Nursing in End of Life Care. For my book and my teachings I have done much research. I am an advocate of as much evidence based care as possible.

I also produce aromacare products for hospitals, hospices and nursing homes.

I am a member of various professional associations and I am involved in activities of various palliative and integrative networks.

Furthermore I am the chairperson of a registered charity in palliative care.