Experiential Aromatherapy: A Vital Approach
May 16-19, 2018 | Low Gap NC
with Jade Shutes of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies
and Erika Galentin of Sovereignty Herbs
Join Jade Shutes, BA, Dipl. AT., Cert. Herbalist, and Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG) Clinical Herbalist and Aromatherapist for a four-day workshop and retreat exploring the practice of clinical and holistic aromatherapy from a physiology-centered, plant-based perspective.
The Experiential Aromatherapy course is being offered as a four (4) day retreat to be held in the mountains of North Carolina! The course is also available via live-streaming so students can attend from any where in the world!
LIVE CLASS / LIVE CLASS + ROOM AND BOARD / LIVE STREAM OPTIONS
Dates: May 16 - 19th Wednesday through Saturday | 9am to 5pm each day
*Please plan on arriving Tuesday the 15th or early morning Wednesday the 16th in time get settled and ready for a 10am class start on Wednesday. Participants can leave either late afternoon Saturday the 19th (class ends 3pm) or on Sunday the 20th after breakfast.
Location: Wellspring Mtn., Low Gap, NC
**We recommend flying into Greensboro, NC. It will be a 1 hour and 10 minute drive to the retreat center. We will work on coordinating ride shares.
What is Experiential Aromatherapy: A Vital Approach?
30 years ago, I was trained as a holistic aromatherapist in England. The model at that time (I do think of it as the English model or approach) was about integrating essential oils with massage. However, unlike massage therapists, our emphasis, as aromatherapy practitioners, was on the essential oils themselves versus the massage technique. Massage was our pathway to application and was an important part of reducing the impact of stress on the body/mind. Upon reflection, we used essential oils based upon their affinities to different systems or emotions to support the body's self-healing abilities.
During those early days, little emphasis was placed on chemistry and instead we, as aromatherapy practitioners, were able to further our knowledge mainly by observation of the effects our 'treatments' had on our clients and on our personal experiences with essential oils. Over the years it has been and is exciting to see research confirm some of these observations, for sure!
Today however, the pendulum has swung to a different extreme, one based on chemistry and the biomedical model of treating disease. We have seemingly created quite the conundrum for the evolving aromatherapy profession.
Drawing from my studies in herbal medicine and working with the likes of Thomas Easley and Erika Galentin, what I have begun to appreciate is that if aromatherapy is ever to be a viable practice for those not involved in the traditional healthcare field (e.g. nurses) it needs to have a very different model for practice. One not based in the biomedical model and chemical components, which lend themselves not only to 'practicing medicine without a license' but also a short-sighted approach to health and well-being.
Erika Galentin and I have been working on a 'new' model to approach aromatherapy practice, derived from Western Herbal Medicine, but tailored to the actions and qualities of essential oils. Our new course "Experiential Aromatherapy" draws from the Greek concept of 4 Humors, Thomsonian energetics, and the Physiomedicalists model of the 6 tissue states along with chemistry, essential oil research, a deep understanding of the physiology of the human body, and a deep reverence for aromatic plants and essential oils.
Elements of the Course:
- Tea tastings
- Blind Essential Oil/Olfaction Exercises
- Plant Study, Observation, and Communication Exercises
- Collaborative discussion and exploration
- Aromatic phytochemistry through the lens of organolepsis
- Experience of and participation in the art of distillation
- An understanding of a physiology-based approach to the practice of aromatherapy
- The evolution of the French structure/function model (also known as the ternary concept)
- How essential oils work in the body
- Skills to deepen one's relationship and knowledge of essential oils
- Olfaction (Our Sense of Smell): In-depth exploration - From neurotransmitters to the mysterious
- And much more!
What to Bring:
- Favorite tea cup
- Paper and coloring/drawing supplies.
- Open mind and heart
What to leave at home:
- Closed mind and industry dogma
- Brand identification
During this workshop we will be exploring the creation of a therapeutic framework based on recognizing patterns in the living human body held in juxtaposition to the patterns presented by essential oils' chemistry, pharmacology, and actions, using language and metaphor derived from traditional Western herbalism energetics.
We will discuss the constructive integration of scientific research and essential oil chemistry and pharmacology as tools for supporting these energetic insights. In addition, Experiential Aromatherapy also recognizes the power of the psyche, the mind, and the nervous system in negotiating the physical health and well-being of the individual and strives to integrate the psychological and nootropic (enhancing cognitive function) prowess of essential oils into its therapeutic rationale.
At the center of Experiential Aromatherapy also lies the fundamental necessity of cultivating respectful and reverence-based relationships with the essential oils themselves and the plants from which they are derived. Using a methodology derived from the work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, we will be participating in living plant study and observation exercises designed to teach participants about developing such relationships.
These plant study exercises will culminate in an aromatic distillation of a chosen species to further emphasize the profound impact of plant-human relationships in experiencing the efficacy of Experiential Aromatherapy. These exercises and relationship-building experiences will also be supported through the integration of tea tastings of aromatic herbs including discussions of the traditional, historical, and modern use of aromatics within Western clinical herbalism. Participants will also take part in essential oil olfaction exercises designed to assist in cultivating confidence in integrating sensory experiences and subjective olfactory impressions as sources of valid information and reference in the development of aromatherapeutic rationale.
TUITION + REGISTER
Can I take the live-streaming course if I live in a different country and am on a different time schedule?
Yes. Each day will have live streaming which you can attend as it is happening or watch later. The class will be recorded and placed into the online platform so you can access it on your own time frame.
If I attend via live-streaming, will I be able to participate?
Yes. All live-streaming participants will be able to send in written questions or feedback during the class session. There is a short 20 second lag but otherwise, we will receive it live and be able to respond.
Live-stream students will receive a kit (included in tuition) to work with throughout the course.
How long will I have access to the online program?
Both live and live-streaming students will have lifetime access program online. Our vision is to cultivate a vibrant community of new generation aromatherapy practitioners who continue to grow and support one another and remain on top of leading topics in the field of aromatherapy practice and application.
What is the refund policy?
Refunds are available up to three weeks prior to class less $125. administrative fee. After that time, all course fees are non-refundable.
Are there prerequisites?
Yes. A foundations of aromatherapy level 1 training from any school approved by NAHA.
Is this a Certification Course and are there be levels?
Yes! The New York Institute of Aromatic Studies is currently in development of their signature Level Three Clinical Aromatherapy: the next generation certification series. The Experiential Aromatherapy course is the first class.
Can I earn CE hours?
Not at this time.
What is included in the Experiential Aromatherapy certificate course?
In addition to 4 days of training, you will receive: Lifetime access to online course material and all products made in class. If live streaming, you will receive a student kit which is covered in tuition.
What do I need to do to complete certification?
Each student will need to complete the following to successfully complete Experiential Aromatherapy: Level 1:
- Write one essential oil monograph. To be explained during class.
Where is the live training course being held?
Our signature "Experiential Aromatherapy" course will be held at Wellspring Mountain, in Low Gap, NC.
Where should I fly into?
Students attending the live class will want to fly into the Greensboro Airport (Wellspring is 1 hour and 10 minutes away from the airport) or RDU (2+ hour drive).
We will be connecting students for ride shares as soon as possible!
What kind of rooms are available at Wellspring?
We are offering three types of rooms at Wellspring.
- Dorm Room (3 beds in room) - Included in $500. room and board fee.
- Private Room in Lodge (6) - $75. surcharge for private room.
- Private cabin (5) - $100. surcharge for private cabin
- NOTE: Surcharge is for your total stay, it is NOT per night.
- The facility has two main washrooms a short walk from any of these locations.
- The facility also has a student kitchen with fridge, stove, kettle, and a place to store any food you may bring with you.
Please email Nancy (email@example.com) and she will invoice you for private room or private cabin.
What is the class schedule like?
- May 15th Tuesday: Arrive at Wellspring and Dinner at 6pm
- May 16th Wednesday: 9 - 5pm
- May 17th Thursday: 9 - 5pm
- May 18th Friday: 9 - 5pm
- May 18th Saturday: 9 - 3pm (can depart after 3pm)
- May 19th Sunday: Breakfast and Departures
- One Evening Gathering: tba