About Cathy and Florian

Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer, MD live what they teach and teach what they live. Together they combine decades of teaching and clinical experience. They live their alchemical marriage. As Wounded Healers they are committed to working on themselves. Together they have developed the AromaGnosis approach.

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Recent Articles

Making Incense

I go through a lot of incense, because it is one of the offerings I use on my ancestor altar daily. I like the daily habit of sharing pleasant smelling plant material with my people and seeing the aromatic smoke swirling upwards with my prayers and blessings with it....

Why Ancestral Healing became Central to my Life and Work

by Cathy Skipper I want to give an outline of what bought me to this work and why it has become central to my life. I have my ancestors to thank for being here today, for finding my personal myth and being able to share it with the world. I was born into a family...

The Feminine is Rising through our Maternal Bloodlines

by Cathy Skipper We cannot be from more than one clan. It would be too confusing.  Nature is infinitely wise in a way that sometimes eludes us. One of the main aspects of my own ancestral work and the work I share with others is about reconnecting with our indigenous...

Autumnal Musings

After a busy summer, teaching in various countries, re-visiting childhood and family places, meeting many wonderful people, bathing in beautiful landscapes, the gentler pulse of autumn has arrived. Like Angelica (Angelica sylvestris) the expansion of summer and the...

Unveiling the Death Mother

On a recent visit to the UK, I read in a magazine that “mental health is the new physical health.” In my personal and professional life, I have definitely found that mental health is the foundation for overall wellness. Relationships seem to be the main weather gauge...

Decolonizing the Maternal Bloodline

Decolonizing the Maternal Bloodline by Cathy Skipper My journey with the feminine has been a long and intense road. It started by being born to an Anglo-Indian mother who had come to the UK in the thirties as a child. She and her sister were very close, and both...

Healing the Mother Line

However hard I tried, I couldn’t understand what the old man wanted from me. Every evening before sunset, my two young sons and I walked down to the edge of the river Ganges with other Rainbow family hippies. Every evening an old, nomadic farmer, playing dice with his...

About Our School

AromaGnosis combines aromatherapy, psychology, plant consciousness, spirituality and personal journeying for healing the mind, emotions and the soul in live and online classes as well as individual consultations. In partnership with aromas and plants, we offer a truly holistic approach to healing ourselves and others.

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Our Online Classes

Aromatherapy and Medicine of the Soul

“The Wounded Healer, the Alchemical Journey and the Sacred Union.”  Learn how to transform life’s obstacles into stepping stones for change. Harness the power of your Unconscious using the alchemical stages and essential oils.

Intuitive Plant Communication

Re-learn how to connect with and learn from plants, like our ancestors did intuitively. Deepen your relationship with your living plant allies.

Hydrosol Certification Program

Learn how to make and work with hydrosols. Hydrosols, also called aromatic waters, are powerful, safe and easy to use. Enhance your wellbeing and healing practice.

The Alchemy of Menopause Online

Menopause is not a disease, but the powerful transition to becoming a crone. Reclaim your true wisdom.

A Comprehensive Guide to Buying Essential Oils

“If there only is one class about essential oils you should take, this is it!” Learn how to assess the quality, purity and sustainability of essential oils.

Plants and Ancestors

Learn how to heal trans-generational and historical trauma. Reconnect to your ancestors so they can heal you. CLASS STARTS JUNE 21.

The Embodiment Journey

Embodiment is the basis for all spiritual work. Join us for a 31 day Embodiment Journey. A simple introduction to our approach.

What People Are Saying

“The teachings on ‘Healing the Wounded Healer’ have exposed me to yet another path of learning with plants in different forms; the whole plants, essential oils, and hydrosols. The information imparted has such depth and transformation. What a gift! This teaching is in my heart.” -Jenna S.

“Linking the ancient alchemical processes of plant distillation with our own emotional/ spiritual/ physical process is profoundly holistic. The focus on doing our own inner deep work as the only true offering we can give this world is empowering. With so much focus outward, what a relief to be guided and supported back to the inner journey.” -Beth M.

I really appreciate the depth of your knowledge on the subjects of alchemy and aromatherapy, and the many years of experience you each brought to the course. The concepts of alchemy have always been somewhat elusive for me, and I’m so thrilled to gain some understanding of them with the support of aromatherapy.” -Billie K

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