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Aromatherapy and the Medicine of the Soul

November 11, 2017 @ 9:30 am - November 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm


“The Wounded Healer, The Alchemical Journey and the Sacred Union”

by Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer MD. Santa Fe, New Mexico


DATE: November 11-12, 2017. Saturday – Sunday

Optional: Friday afternoon hydrosol distillation class, 2pm – 5pm, free to registered students, otherwise $30.




Join us for this practical workshop experimenting with essential oils and ways they can guide and assist the alchemical process of soul transformation. The group journey through the seven alchemical stages will include:

  • Looking at how each alchemical stage relates to a different part of the healing cycle.
  • Identifying the different emotional/energetic states that arise in each stage and the essential oils that may help work through them.
  • Exercises and experiential work to deepen the understanding of each stage and the action of certain essential oils.
  • Looking at ways this work can be used with clients in an aromatherapy or psychotherapy practice.

This workshop is intended to:

  • Help develop a deeper and more personal relationship to essential oils.
  • Offer a model that can be used to assist healers on their own journeys and those of their clients.
  • Highlight the importance of soul healing in achieving a state of ‘vitality’ and optimum health.

Dr. Florian will be bringing his views on the Jungian view of Alchemy as a model for soul transformation, his experience of using essential oils to treat people with PTSD and other issues in his psychiatry practice in New Mexico as well as his deep sensitivity and knowledge of aromatic molecules and olfactory receptors to this work. Cathy will bring her experience of French clinical aromatherapy and kinesiology. Both Cathy and Florian have a personal and professional background in ‘healing the healer’, which will be a central theme of this workshop.

This class is for aromatherapists, psychotherapists, herbalists, bodyworkers and anyone in the healing arts who wants to deepen their relationship with aromatic molecules, is committing to their own healing journeys and is interesting in deep soul healing and personal growth.

  • Deepen your relationship with aromas and plants.
  • Are you interested in personal evolution and soul growth?
  • Use aromatics and plants as your allies to help transform yourself and your clients.


→ Article by Cathy Skipper further explaining the work: Aromatic Molecules, Medicine of the Soul and the Alchemical Journey


A trailer for Cathy & Florian’s complimentary online course, providing a wonderful personal explanation of their work. (we feel very fortunate to have them here for a live in-class experience!)



“What a beautiful weekend of plants, connections made and deep earth wisdom. Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer are offering such deep wisdom to the world. I am refreshed and renewed and doorways to the work I’ve been trying to manifest have opened.” Leslie L.


“I had a most amazing learning and transcending healing journey with my teachers for the weekend, Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer, MD. Truly wonderful teachers and kindred spirits. Blessed! Their teachings on ‘Healing the Wounded Healer’ exposed me to yet another path of learning with plants in different forms; the whole plants, essential oils, and hydrosols. The information they imparted had such depth and transformation for everyone present. What a gift! Their teaching is in my heart.” Jenna S.


“Thank you so much for your wonderful course. My mind is reeling with all the amazing learnings from the past 2 days and I can’t wait to start using the exercises. You touched on so many things that are personally poignant right now in my life…dealing with big change/ transformation, reconnecting with nature, etc.” Paula M.


“Thank you to Cathy and Florian for an inspiring workshop. I feel all the ideas and insights percolating in my being. I enjoyed the beautiful interplay between your feminine strength and Florian’s masculine sensitivity and how it created a balanced wholeness to how the information was presented and received.” Wendy S.

See registration and accommodation info below


Cathy Skipper is English by birth and 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 also participated for four years in an experimental approach to energetic healing called ‘Life cell’ under French Kinesiologist Caroline Gupta. Her plant training in France included a two year course with Claude Lefebvre on Plant Communication. She left France last year to live and work in New Mexico with her partner Florian Birkmayer. Cathy’s own 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 an underlying intention of helping students develop an intuitive relationship between themselves, the plant/essential oil and the patient, as an impetus for healing. Her work with Florian is centralized around the work of Carl Jung and the psyche, aromatic molecules and the mind.

Cathy is co-author of the book Aromatic Medicine.  For more info visit: cathyskipper.wordpress.com


Florian Birkmayer, MD 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. He views himself as a bridge-builder between different medical worlds and works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico. He has previously served as the director of the Dual Diagnosis Clinic at University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center and as the director of the Substance Use Disorders program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM.


Dates: Saturday & Sunday, November 11-12, 2017 (2 days).

Times: 9.30 am to 5 pm daily.

Course Fee

Option 1. $350.  Earlybird $325 if booked by October 15 November 6th by midnight.

Option 2: Pay $95 registration deposit at registration & pay balance by November 12, 2017 (earlybird still applies).

How to book
Please register with your contact details and course fee via link below. Contact us if you have any questions!


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Please note that the class fee is in all cases non-refundable, however, it may transferred to another participant for this class only.  In the event the class is canceled a full refund will be provided.


For overnight accommodation near Heal Center, we recommend visiting the following link featuring most convenient and likely most reasonably priced local hotels.  A popular option is the Hampton Inn, providing a shuttle to and from class, 1.8miles from the Heal Center.


November 11, 2017 @ 9:30 am
November 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
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