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Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer, MD

  • Friday, April 22, 2022
  • Sunday, April 24, 2022
  • 3 sessions
  • Friday, April 22, 2022, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, April 23, 2022, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Sunday, April 24, 2022, 9:00 AM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Online


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You are interested in the connection between trauma and addiction and are looking for innovative and effective tools and approaches to better understand and transform with trauma and addiction.

You are an aromatherapist, counsellor, therapist or health professional and you are frustrated with current approaches to addiction and co-occurring conditions, such as trauma. You are interested in the ways essential oils can alleviate symptoms as well as help to increase self-awareness and to transform consciousness.

You are aware that it is not enough to alleviate symptoms and behaviours, if our underlying core wounds are not addressed. You are looking for a new framework of transformation to help yourself and others finally integrate, understand and move on from being controlled unconsciously by these core wounds.

You sense that addictive behaviours control us from a deeply unconscious place within us. You are interested in shadow work and how we can work with these unconscious forces to help heal addiction and its co-occurring conditions. 

In the Applied AromaGnosis: Aromatherapy for Trauma and Addiction

3-day live journey you will:

  1. Learn how to work with aromas as living partners that can guide you into deep unconscious parts of yourself that are otherwise difficult to access.
  2. The importance of the Wounded Healer and how working on ourselves and our own wounds is vital in order to hold space for and better help our clients.
  3. Discover how personal myth or our soul’s purpose is at the core of all deep, long-term healing and that without this connection to our true selves we feel separated from life and lack a sense of true belonging.
  4. Learn how to use oils for shadow work, to go deep and discover what is being covered up by addiction.
  5. Learn a powerful, tried and tested framework for working through the stages of addiction and healing with the appropriate essential oils for working effectively through each stage.
  6. Learn how to use essential oils to work with personal, family and historical traumas to bring more awareness to their effect on you or your clients and how to integrate and transform these wounds.
  7. Explore some basic principles of treating addictions, including:
  • The importance of building self-efficacy.
  • Assisting stages of change with essential oils.
  • Essential oils that address symptoms of addiction.
  • Using essential oils to anchor new, healthy behaviours and new rituals.


  • Discovering that there is a healthy power behind addiction that can lead us to finding our soul’s purpose.
  • Learning how aromas can actually help us to transform consciousness.
  • Essential oils becoming your allies on a journey from addiction and trauma to individuation and personal myth.

These are just some of the things that our students say they gain from this unique and powerful journey into trauma and addiction.

Your Guides on this Journey:

Cathy Skipper is an international teacher, plant person and healer who brings 30 years of teaching, healing and plant experience as well as her highly attuned intuition and experience of ‘seeing the person within’ to this work.

Florian Birkmayer, MD is a holistic psychiatrist with 20 years of experience guiding people through their challenges to a place of empowerment. His gift is that he sees the fullest potential in each of his clients.

We are excited to be your guides on this exciting journey of Aromatherapy for Trauma and Addiction. More about us…

At the end of this journey you will:

  1. Have a framework that will help you evolve and ride the waves of life. This framework will also provide you with an coherent, enduring approach for working with mind, spirit and emotions.
  2. Have a deep and visceral understanding of the processes our psyches go through in trauma and addiction, which will transform your understanding and approach to working with these things in yourself and others.
  3. Learn some of the skills and attitudes necessary to transform life’s challenge into stepping stones on your soul’s journey of growth and evolution. This way of living life will make the joy of being alive a reality no matter what is happening in your life.
  4. Have tasted a deeper, more intuitive relationship with plants and aromatics. You will never look at them in the same way again, because you will have experienced their aliveness and their wisdom within you. Plants and aromas will have become your living guides.


This journey includes:

  • 3 live sessions on April 22nd, 23rd, 24th from 9:30am PDT to 3:00pm PDT.
  • A one hour lunch breach from 11:30am to 12:30pm with an opportunity to attend one or two break-out sessions.
  • A handout.
  • An essential oil kit complements of Aroma Gnosis.
  • Hands on practical exercises.
  • A Q&A at the end of each session.
  • 15 CEC Credits for CAOA Members
  • Discounted pricing for CAOA members (excludes General membership level) who register before March 15, 2022.  Discounted event price = $250 CDN.
  • Package option for qualified Aromatherapist professionals to join the CAOA as a Professional Member and attend the event for $345.00 CDN.  See if you qualify here.
  • Regular Price for non-members and all registrants after March 15, 2022 = $350 CDN.

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