A unique and authentic learning platform created by Florian Birkmayer MD and Cathy Skipper.
Cathy and Florian have both spent many years in the healing arts using alchemy and aroma for healing the mind, emotions and the soul. The time has come to bring these experiences together under one roof, combining aromatherapy, psychology, plant consciousness, spirituality and personal journeying in the live and online training classes you will find on this site. In partnership with aromas and plants, AromaGnosis offer a truly holistic approach to healing ourselves and others.
Students from all over the world take our online classes, which is of course one of the great advantages of internet learning. However, we are very happy that we get to personally teach in many countries of the world, too. We are passionate about what we teach and believe in its power as a healing modality so being able to share this intimately in live classes in the States, the UK, Tawain, Austria, France, Japan is a great honor.
Cathy and Florian are both wounded healers believing that in any healing art, the most important thing is for the healer to be committed to their own healing journey. This healing energy will then ripple outwards to their patients and clients. Gnosis means the direct perception of Spirit in Nature. Through scent, we become aware that Nature is conscious and intelligent. Through awareness, we have the opportunity to reclaim our living relationship to plants and all of Nature. We see a beautiful synthesis between aromatherapy and alchemy, which in C. G. Jung’s view is a model of personal evolution and soul growth. Aromatic molecules, have profound powers to heal physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Though scent we can connect with the intrinsic aliveness all around us and within us. By reclaiming this connectedness we heal ourselves and Nature. Our own Wounded Healer’s Journey is central to all healing—of ourselves, of our clients, of our environment.
The Teaching Team
Passionate, authentic and knowledgeable
Florian Birkmayer MD
Florian is a Wounded Healer and 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.
Jah is a passionate field botanist. He has worked on conservation projects to improve plant understanding in Turkey, France, Morocco and Colombia. For the last 7 years has taught hundreds of herbalists to recognize plants in the wild for the “Ecole Lyonnaise des Plantes Medicinales”. Through this experience and growing up on a medicinal plant farm he has developed an interest in the integration of botanical skills and knowledge within the herbal and aromatherapeutic world. His current work is focused on the limitations and challenges that consumers and professionals face as regards to valid essential oil naming.
Elí Pinto is a Nature lover, Aromatherapist and believer in the miracle of live. She combines her passion for plants with her languages skills (is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish). She has been an Aromatherapy translator for courses in Europe, Colombia, USA and Brazil for international renowned teachers in the area of Natural Healing. Student of Tibetan Medicine, she believes in the power of connection, bringing together the old with more recent healing approches. Well-being and inner awareness in all levels for all people is what drives her to pursue all she does in this life time.