What We Offer

We offer a truly effective and transformative approach to healing the mind, emotions and the soul so that you find your unique spark and share it with the world. Remember, the world needs you to be you!!

We help you transform life’s blockages and challenges into stepping stones towards personal growth and fulfillment.

Together, we have over 50 years of combined experience as practitioners using alchemy, aromas, psychology, plant medicine and personal journeying combined with highly tuned intuitive skills and abilities to really ‘see’ who is in front of us, We have the recipe for really transformative long-lasting change and healing for anyone who encounters our work. For more about our consultations click here.


Global Network

Our online classes, consultations and coaching services are not confined to a geographical place. They are available to you wherever in the world you are.  We also travel to you. We teach live classes and give consultations wherever we are called to on this beautiful planet.


Living our Soul’s Purpose

Cathy, Florian sitting by river , indiaThe archetype of the Wounded Healer is central to our work. We are here to help you find your own wounded healer journey and the gift that lies within it. We believe that the most important thing for any healer is to devote themselves primarily to their own healing. From committing to this path, the healing energy will ripple outwards to others.

You are a healer and you need to get back to the place where your personal myth is your directing force. We will guide you as you peel away the layers that are keeping you from your soul’s purpose.



Why AromaGnosis?

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. There is a beautiful synthesis between aromas and personal evolution and soul growth. Aromatic molecules have profound powers to heal us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Though scent we can connect with the intrinsic aliveness all around us and within us. By reconnecting with the natural world, the invisible worlds and ourselves, we heal ourselves, the collective and nature. Our own Wounded Healer’s Journey is central to all healing—of ourselves, of our clients and of our environment.


Cathy Skipper

Cathy Skipper smilingIn 2015, I lost my mum, moved continents, was diagnosed with cancer and lost all the material belongings I owned in the world. My passion for working with aromatics for deep, soul healing enabled me to move through these difficulties and develop a powerful and transformative modality of healing with my husband Florian Birkmayer MD.

We facilitate workshops and give consultations both in our home in New Mexico, internationally and online, using aromatics, depth psychology, journeying and much more to help people peel away the layers that are keeping them from living their best lives.

I am committed to helping others discover their soul’s purpose and become whole, using the power of aromas, journeying, depth psychology and my gift of really “seeing’ who is in front of me.

Are you ready to take the plunge and discover what is holding you back? Do you feel the call to learn this powerful modality and transform your own life and your work?

Cathy is the author of the books “Aromatic Medicine” and “The Alchemy of Menopause workbook”.


Florian Birkmayer, MD

Florian outside on a chair smilingMy calling is to help people find their soul’s purpose in collaboration with my wife Cathy Skipper. I have found aromatics in the form of essential oils to be powerful allies to heal the relationship between the different parts of ourselves, so that these parts cooperate instead of clashing.  We have developed a unique, unparalleled approach, working in partnership with aromas – the expressions of the plants’ souls.

Through my commitment to my own Wounded Healer’s journey, I share with our clients and students my deep understanding of what it is to be human and find your own personal myth or soul’s purpose.

After a career in mainstream academic psychiatry and addiction treatment, I became frustrated by the overemphasis on pharmaceuticals to cover up symptoms and decided to use my knowledge and experience to help people recover from pharmaceutical medications.

I received my bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at Princeton University, where I learned to question assumptions and discover the hidden gifts of the unseen side of life, the shadow. I received my medical doctorate from Columbia University, which taught me how to think critically about ‘business-as-usual’ medicine and inspired me to become an addiction psychiatrist, since I felt that all physical disease has its origins in imbalances in the psyche, especially trauma, an idea which had been shunned by most of medicine.

We can help you transform life’s challenges, such as traumas, into stepping stones on the path of your personal myth. When you work with us, you learn enduring methods to help live your soul’s purpose.

Selected Publications

Birkmayer F., Skipper C., “The Role of Aromatherapy in the Treatment of Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders”, chapter in Modir S. & Munuz G. (eds.) Integrative Addiction and Recovery, Weil Integrative Medicine Library, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780190275334 (2018).

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