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Aromatherapy & the Medicine of the Soul: The Wounded Healer, the Alchemical Journey & the Sacred Union

2-day Advanced Certificate (CPD) Workshop with
Cathy Skipper & Dr Florian Birkmayer MD

“We each have something to contribute to the global healing process, a particular gift or vision, skill or song. Individual healing has a lot to do with finding this gift and using it for the world’s sake, finding our song and singing it.” Miriam Greenspan, Healing Through the Dark Emotions

ITHMA Principal Gabriel Mojay is delighted to present 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.

Dr Florian shared his profound approach to the psychological benefits of essential oils two years ago, when he presented a highly successful and warmly-received seminar entitled Aromatherapy and the Medicine of the Soul. His approach has since evolved further by working closely with Cathy — whose own expertise as a herbalist, aromatic medicine practitioner and workshop leader is the product of decades of experience and study.

Cathy and Florian share their unique insight into the healing potency of essential oils by bringing to bear teachings distilled from spiritual alchemy, Jungian psychology, and their own unfolding healing journey... aromatically infused with plant wisdom from both the blue plateaus of Provence and the sagebrush deserts of New Mexico.

Florian will show how the Jungian understanding of alchemy is a revealing model for aromatic soul medicine, elucidated by his experience of using essential oils to treat people with post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues in his work as a psychiatrist. Cathy will draw from her long experience of French clinical aromatherapy, plant communication and kinesiology. Both Cathy and Florian have a personal and professional background in ‘healing the healer’ — a central theme of the workshop.

The workshop is suitable for aromatherapists, herbalists, bodyworkers and psychotherapists, and all those working in the healing arts wishing to deepen their relationship with aromatic plants as well as their own healing journey. Join us for a memorable weekend of learning, sharing and aromatic inner healing... but please don’t delay in booking your place, as numbers are limited!


• The seven alchemical stages and their relationship to distinct phases within the cycle of growth and healing.
• Identifying the different emotional/energetic states that arise within each alchemical stage and the essential oils that can help to transform them.
• Exercises and experiential work to deepen our understanding of each alchemical stage and the psycho-therapeutic actions of specific essential oils.
• Looking at ways this work can be used with clients in an aromatherapy or psychotherapy practice.

This workshop is intended to:

• Help participants develop a deeper and more personal, intuitive relationship to aromatic plants and essential oils.
• Offer particpants a model of transformation that can be used to assist them on their own healing journeys and those of their clients.
• Highlight the importance of soul healing in achieving a state of inner harmony, vitality and optimum health

An Institute Advanced (CPD) Certificate is issued on completion.

Cathy Skipper
Workshop Co-Facilitator

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 poweful impetus for healing.

Cathy’s work 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:

Dr Florian Birkmayer MD
Workshop Co-Facilitator

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:


Location: Regent's University, Regent's Park, London NW1.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, March 11-12, 2017 (2 days).
Times: 9.30 am to 5 pm daily.
Course Fee: £250 incl VAT, payable on booking.
Please note that the course fee is in all cases non-refundable and non-transferable.
Tel: 020 7193 7383 or 0798 501 2565 for further info.

How to book
To book a place on the course, please submit your contact details and the course fee in any one of the following 3 ways:
• To book by making an online bank payment, please contact us for our bank details.
• To book by making a credit/debit card payment, please contact us for the payment info.
• To book by post, please send a cheque (payable to ITHMA Ltd) with your name, address, tel no and email address to our office address.

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