AromaGnosis Teacher Training Program

with Cathy Skipper & Florian Birkmayer MD

September 19-23 2018, Arroyo Seco, New Mexico

This year, for the first time ever, we will be offering a Teacher Training Program. It is for our students who are interested in integrating the principles of AromaGnosis into their practices and modalities with the aim of teaching others.  

More and more people want to learn how to journey inwards. Most people are seeking—and struggle to find—a framework for self-healing that is coherent, structured, practical and effective. More and more people want to know how to properly use natural aromatics, in relationship rather than as product. We teach people how to use their sense of smell, intuitive plant communication and the principles of alchemy as reliable methods for the important journey of self-transformation. Help people return to proper relationship with Nature and themselves. Help people reawaken their senses. Join us in this revolution.

Practical Details

The class will take place near the village of Arroyo Seco, which is 9 miles north of Taos, NM from September 19-23, 2018. Arrival time 4pm Wednesday September 19. Departure time 10am Monday September 24.

We will only offer a very limited number of spaces, because we will work intensively together. We will spend a good amount of time teaching in Nature but there will also be indoor teaching.


We have reserved a beautiful historic adobe hacienda for both student accomodations and indoor teaching.  The cost of the accommodations and all meals (vegetarian) is included in the class price.

We will offer suggestions on transportation to Taos and coordinate local transportation to outdoor teaching locations and Nature exploration.

Taos has a high altitude (7000+ft elevation) desert environment, be prepared and bring adequate clothes (potentially hot days, cool nights, i.e. layers) and sun protection, yet also be prepared for the possibility of rain and cold weather. We will be in Nature so bring appropriate dress, including hiking shoes, backpack, water bottle (suggestions available upon request). We will make every possible accommodation for special needs, but if you are concerned about your physical limitations, please contact us beforehand so we can assess whether we can reasonably accommodate you.

What You Will Learn

We will teach you:

  • How to hold the space for this work.
  • How to create the framework and offer the experiences necessary to teach others how to use aroma to deepen their own soul’s journeys through the alchemical stages.
  • How to apply these principles and methods to your own modalities and your own personal journey.

In our Teacher Training Program you will learn about:

  • Our philosophy of self-empowerment and passion through Personal Myth.
  • The power of Aromatics for Soul Healing in a way that can be applied to any healing modality.
  • Using intuition and reawakening to our senses.
  • C.G. Jung’s approach to the Collective Unconscious and Alchemy of the Soul.
  • Our approach to experiential learning and teaching.

This unique teacher training is not about teaching information, it is about teaching process. The techniques and perspectives we teach in this program are adaptable to all healing modalities. We will help you develop your unique and individual signature as a Soul Medicine Teacher.

The course will prepare you to teach both in the classroom, in nature, in community groups, in specialized centers. It will give you the basis to apply the alchemical journey to a huge variety of issues, including trauma, addiction, self-development, women’s work, environmentalism, and much more. It will also teach you how to work intuitively and energetically with plants and aromatics in a coherent, structured way and to teach others this important aspect of plant medicine.

Who is this training for?

This 5-day intensive program is for committed, professional healers that are passionate about teaching. You will learn an intuitive method to collaborate with plants and aromatics for deep, profound inner healing and transformation. The program will give you the structure, skills, tools, experiences and inspiration to integrate our approach into your own healing modality.

Upon completion of the course participants will not only have the necessary foundation in the basic concepts, alchemical stages and intuitive working methods to teach others but will have discovered their own personal approach to the work giving them distinctive qualities to lead then forward in their teaching journeys. You will be certified to teach the AromaGnosis approach. CEUs are available.

What the course will cover

  • Tools for teaching this material – the specifics of this unique pedagogy

  • Creating safe space, relationship building, creating a safe group, building confidence, giving everyone the chance to participate, including everyone in a way each person feels seen and safe.

  • Adapting the work to specific audiences and modalities.

  • The basic concepts and how to teach them in ways that are adapted to your modality.

  • The alchemical stages – what they are, why are they so powerful and how can they be used in different healing modalities.

  • The mind and aroma – the importance of aroma in healing the mind, soul and spirit.

  • Intuitive plant communication – how to teach others to feel and learn the language of plants.

  • Creating experiences.

  • Choosing oils and plants to work with.

  • Timing

  • Knowing where you are going and how you are going to get there, while at the same time leaving space for fluidity and the unknown.

About Cathy and Florian

Between them, Cathy Skipper and Dr. Florian Birkmayer have more than fifty years of experience as professional healers and teachers. They will guide you step by step through hands on experience on how to develop your individualized teaching style using their tried and tested tools and structures in a way that is not being offered anywhere else.

Pre-requisites to be able to attend this program

The applicant must have completed at least one of our online classes OR one of our live classes. Qualifying online classes include:

  • Aromatherapy, Alchemy, the wounded healer and Medicine of the soul’

  • ‘Hydrosols Certification Program’

  • ‘Intuitive Plant Communication’

Qualifying live classes include:

  • ‘Aromatherapy, Alchemy, the wounded healer and Medicine of the Soul’

  • ‘Aromatherapy for trauma and addiction’

  • ‘The Alchemy of Menopause’

  • Check our website for the dates and locations of our upcoming live classes

The applicant must be a practicing professional in a healing modality, i.e. herbalist, psychologist aromatherapist, massage therapist.

How to apply

Send us an email at and include:

Your Name and contact information

Which of our classes you have taken or intend to take to meet the prerequisites

A brief description of your professional work, which could include a CV or brochure

A short essay about why you want to take our Teacher Training Program and how you envision applying it in your modalities.

To submit an application or for any questions please contact

Pay the deposit of $300 by mailing us a check or calling us with credit card information.


$1600 includes tuition, accommodations, all meals, class materials and transportation to local nature teaching locations. A deposit of $300 is required at the time of registration (check or credit card). This deposit is refundable if you cancel before June 30, 2018. The remaining balance is due by July 1, 2018 and is not refundable.

Deadline for Applications

June 1, 2018