AromaGnosis Mentorship FALL 2021

A 3 Month Live Online Journey

“By making the unconscious conscious,

we become midwives to the Soul.”

We have decided on dates for the mentorship for Spring 2022. Every Friday starting 3/4/22 until 5/13/22 (skipping 4/22/22).

Click here for the exact dates and an outline of the themes of the course.


This in-depth online mentorship is for you if:


You are ready to reconnect..with yourself, your Soul, Nature and your Personal Myth, so you can finally fully share your unique gift with the world.

You are ready to learn powerful methods to collaborate with your unconscious instead of letting your Shadow continue to sabotage you, which you suspect has undermined your and your clients’ past efforts.

You’re ready to heal your relationship with the unconscious. Whether we admit it or not, the unconscious is real and powerfully drives our behaviors. It can destroy us (e.g. addiction) or it can be the lifelong source of our inspiration and purpose (i.e. personal myth).

You’re prone to feeling overwhelmed at the current environmental, social and political crises in the world and have a hunch that working on transforming yourself is key to co-creating a new world.

You are looking for kindred spirits and practical, tried-and-tested methods and roadmaps for your journey.


Our Allies on this Journey:


Our Psyche, Our Soul, Our Shadow, Our Unconscious. We need to understand the anatomy of the psyche and we need a roadmap and methods for facing our Shadow.

Alive Essential Oils and other aromatics. Scent is a powerful reconnector that opens the door to the unconscious and disrupts our habitual thought patterns.

Guided Journeying

Holistic Journaling

Our ‘fellow travellers’ i.e. all of the participants in the mentorship.

A practical, tried-and-tested roadmap, based on Cathy and Florian’s personal journey and work with many clients.


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Our Guides on this Journey


Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer, MD practice what they preach. They are committed to their Wounded Healers’ Journeys and the Sacred Union.

Cathy Skipper In 2015, I lost my mum, moved continents, was diagnosed with cancer, lost all the material belongings I owned in the world and spent four years fighting for my son. I left the conventional path of herbalism and aromatherapy behind and let my passion for working with aromatics for deep, soul healing guide me through these difficulties. From this period, Aromagnosis, a powerful and transformative modality of healing developed by myself and my husband Florian Birkmayer MD was born. I am honored to be able to share this deeply transformative and effective healing modality with you.


Florian Birkmayer, MD  My calling is to help people find their soul’s purpose in collaboration with my wife Cathy Skipper. I have found using the alchemical view of how our psyches evolve in combination with powerful aromatics deeply and rapidly transformative. I am committed to my Wounded Healer’s path and called to guide others along this path.


Testimonials from Participants in the First Live Online Mentorship


“I am very grateful I was able to attend the AromaGnosis 2020 mentorship program. I entered to gain first and foremost a deeper understanding of myself. I have now added tools to my toolbox in assisting my clients as well. I needed to recharge. I was not in my full power and quite exhausted. The AromaGnosis method of navigating and integrating one’s psyche is profound. I gained much insight into guiding one in turning trauma to triumph.

I found in the AromaGnosis mentorship a powerful method to reclaiming your personal storyline, your personal victorious myth. The oils (aromatic allies) paired with the coursework allowed me to recognize and clear problematic patterns in my life that had been holding me back on many levels. Doing so with the group Cathy and Florian cultivated was magic. We were able to band together from all over the world to do this work! It is so good to have fellow travelers on this path and now I have lifelong friendships as well.

For anyone serious about working a powerful method to facilitate real change in themselves and thus others, I suggest this mentorship with no hesitation.”

-Mary Susan Caston, Clinical Herbalist

Mary Susan also created a website in which she shares her amazing powerful collages that she made on her journey through the mentorship. 


“Like everything AromaGnosis has to offer, the aromatic mentorship was deeply transformative. I went in with little exceptions other than I knew there was a piece missing and truly felt having a longer program was where I would be able to birth that mystery into my consciousness and work on another level. I can say that’s exactly what happened. The beauty of the program though is that it really seemed to meet everyone where they were, with what they needed, and there was an entire group supporting and beholding each other’s journeys.  Each person held a medicine for the circle needed. 

Not only did I go deeper into my personal journey but there was wisdom gained witnessing how Cathy & Florian navigated the group, the work, the individuals, the stuff coming up for each person. As a practitioner this is a great growth opportunity. Meeting over Zoom felt effective and gave some flexibility within the program. I definitely used the recordings for many of the classes I could not fully attend and felt them just as effective. I am a more full, authentic, aware and happier version of myself. 

I would encourage anyone who has a taste of what Cathy & Florian create and is willing to take a deeper look at their reality, patterns, psyche, unconscious…to join this mentorship. Anyone wanting to transform stuck energy and blossom into their most authentic self. It’s a journey, but this program could be an invaluable tool for a solid & supported deep dive. If you have the dedication to personal evolution, if you feel called to this program, I believe you will be grateful to have taken it. 

Cathy & Florian, I really mean it when I say my work with you has been invaluable, life changing.” 

Ash Sierra, Ritual Botanica


The mentorship has been the most profound and revelatory experience of my life! I have gained deep wisdom into my psyche and learned how to ask myself questions to stir an even deeper knowing. I am learning to discern between what is mine and what isn’t…certain beliefs and behaviors that I acted out throughout my life that weren’t even mine to carry but of unprocessed trauma that is transgenerational. The aromatics took me to places in my mind, heart, soul and body that opened new doors of seeing. I have such awe and gratitude for Cathy and Florian; they are doing the work that this World needs and guiding us with such care, mindfulness and such Heart-Wisdom. Zoom was great! I loved being connected with people all over the world and being held by our Sacred Circle while going through such deep transformation was the best part. So much love here!”

-Heather Alison Cook


“Cathy and Florian have a profound sense of the inner work of our times. They have their ears to the heart of the trouble we are facing as global humanity and they bring their wisdom and passion to addressing this. From ancestral healing – with special attention to the mother line – to inner gender and child work, to shadow work, the mentorship takes you through a journey that has helped me gain more clarity about who I am in the world and the direction of my life.This work goes deep and is not easy, but is well supported by the container they create along with the amazing beings who join you. This is an inner work intensive, guided by aromatic allies. I have come away trusting my connection with the plants even more fully. I have also come away with a deep appreciation with the broader palette of process work, from journey work, to collaging, to journaling, to ritual object creation, we were encouraged throughout the process to find ways to continue the work between sessions. I highly recommend the mentorship for people who wish to deepen their own inner work in a community of like-spirited people and develop ideas for their own practice with others.”

-Summer Starr


Dr. Isla Fishburn of Kachina Canine recorded a video testimonial:


How will this work?


From March 4 until May 13, 2022 we will meet live online every week on Friday for 4 hours, using zoom, for in-depth seminars. It will be a total of 10 sessions and we will skip Friday April 22. This is a total of 40 hours live online education.

We will have a private online forum (a google group) to continue our discussions between seminars.

You will have ‘homework’ that will give you the opportunity to apply what you are learning.

We will discuss case studies to learn how to apply this approach with clients.

There will be opportunity for individual consultations with Cathy and Florian about your own and your clients’ challenges.

Click here for the exact dates and an outline of the themes for each month of the course.

Every meeting will be recorded so you have access to them all.


In our Live Online AromaGnosis Mentorship you will:


Learn the anatomy of the psyche and how aromatics can be powerful allies in exploring and aligning the Self.

Delve deeply into your own wounded healer journey and deepen your personal myth and soul’s purpose.

Understand the power and importance of the unconscious and the ways in which shadow work with aromatics becomes the most powerful tool in the practitioner’s toolbox.

Identify and heal the relationship with your inner partner (animus/inner masculine and anima/inner feminine) and learn the importance of this sacred union.

Experientially learn about many tools and exercises that along with the aromatics are indispensable for the deep inner journey of soul healing.

Have a chance to learn about and discuss the different forms of psychedelic therapy, their role, when and how to best work with these forms of plant spirit medicine and how aromatics can be integrated into psychedelic therapy.

Receive a certificate stating your training in the AromaGnosis approach.



Recognizing the power the unconscious realms have over us, their importance in healing and learning how to navigate them to empower yourself and transform your traumas into your unique gifts.

Being able to recognize what is ready to be brought into the light, be confronted and healed from your own unconscious, so that you can help your clients do the same.

Shifting into a new relationship with aromatics that will transform your life and way of working and intuitively guide you in the direction your soul is asking to go in on the journey of healing and self-realization.

Healing your ancestral traumas and inner sacred union so that you can fully embody your personal myth, transform the traumas and inherit the gifts of your people.

Being able to intuit the openings and pathways that would be healing and transformative for your clients and empower them quickly without having to make them into ‘professional clients.’


These are some of the results you will benefit from on completing the live online AromaGnosis Mentorship.



To Apply for the spring 2022 mentorship, please email us at and tell us about yourself and what you hope to get out of the mentorship.

Cost: US$2500 (Early Bird price until 1/7/22) Full Price $3000

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