"The Wounded Healer, the Alchemical Journey and the Sacred Union"

Aromatherapy and Medicine of the Soul

Are you yearning to deepen your relationship with aromas and plants? Are you interested in personal evolution and soul growth? Do you want to transform yourself and your clients with aromas and plants as your allies?

Our unique, authentic and practical online class will teach you how to use essential oils and hydrosols for soul transformation.


This is a journey through the alchemical stages of soul evolution, giving you both the tools and framework to help your clients evolve through their inner journeys as well providing you, the therapist/healer, with a transformative experience of your own to base this work on.

We created this class for aromatherapists, psychotherapists, herbalists, bodyworkers and anyone in the healing arts who wants to deepen their relationship with their unconscious soul and aromatic molecules. If you are committed to your own healing journey and interesting in deep soul healing and personal growth, this is the class for you.

The course provides experiential, transformative work on major themes such as: The Anatomy of the Psyche, the Wounded Healer, the Shadow, Archetypes, aromatic molecules and much more all within the framework of the inner alchemical journey inspired by the work of Carl Jung. Our guides are essential oils, hydrosols and plants. At the core of this class, we will learn to work with them intuitively as our living allies and teachers.

Aromatherapy and Medicine of the Soul is a unique, invaluable and much needed framework providing essential tools for working with yourself and your clients on a deep, intuitive, soul level—holistic healing in the true sense. Throughout the class there are videos of us explaining the different alchemical stages using the beautiful landscape and plants of northern New Mexico for illustration as well as audios that guide you through some of the exercises and meditations.

The class comes with a kit of rare and precious essential oils and hydrosols, many distilled by us and not available for sale anywhere, and other tools that allow you to immerse yourself in the hands-on exercises.

Aromatherapy and Medicine of the Soul

Certificate Course Outline


Introduction to Aromatherapy and Medicine of the Soul

Preparing for the Journey


Introduction with Cathy

Introduction with Cathy


Jung, Alchemy and Aromatherapy

Intro to Jung & Marion Woodman
Basic Jungian Concepts
Jung’s view of Alchemy and a brief history of Alchemy
Functions of the Psyche (concentric circles)
Why combine Jung and Aromatherapy?


The Wounded Healer & Connectedness

The Wounded Healer
Our Wound is the Wound
The Molecules of Connectedness
Audio: Cathy interviews Florian about molecules of connectedness
Holistic Seeing and Being
Introduction to Essential Oils and Hydrosols


Plant Communication

Plant Communication Introduction
Plants as Sensory Beings
Do Plants have Self-Awareness
The Stages of Plant Communication
Barriers to Plant Communication
Plant Communication Exercises


Alchemical Stages

The Alchemical Journey Begins
Stage One: Calcinatio
Stage Two: Solutio
Stage Three: Coagulatio
Stage Four: Sublimatio
Stage Five: Mortificatio
Stage Six: Separatio
Stage Seven: Conjunctio


Continuing the Journey

How to Carry on with this Work Yourself
How to Use this Work in Your Practice

This work provides not only tools and a structure to work within but is also a transformational journey in its own right!

Who is this course for?

Aromatherapists who want to develop and deepen their work by integrating new tools and a solid framework for healing the soul, mind and emotions.

  • Herbalists wanting in-depth tools for working with mind and emotions and who are
    interested in using aromas in this way.
  • Bodyworkers looking to develop their work with aroma to integrate the underlying
    emotional and spiritual states of their clients.
  • Psychotherapists wanting to integrate essential oils into their practice with a workable
  • All therapists and healers who feel the need to work on their own inner journey in order to help their clients from a place of empathic understanding.
  • Individuals who have already began a journey of self evolution and inner healing and wants new tools and a solid framework to continue this work with.

What you will learn:

  • To develop intuitive plant communication in order to deepen your plant/essential oil
    knowledge so it comes from a place of experience rather than books.
  • What a wounded healer is and how to work with this.
  • The importance of feeling and that all our feelings are a normal part of the process.
  • The anatomy of the psyche – as our physical organs have a specific structure and function so does the psyche.
  • The seven alchemical stages and how they relate to inner transformation.
  • You will experience the transformation as you work through the stages.
  • How to integrate this journey into your work.
  • The importance of the inner journey of the soul in healing.
  • Finding and following your own personal myth.

The Alchemy and Medicine of the soul class is self paced, begin as soon as you sign up. Watch the videos, read lessons, and download lesson pdf, on any device, at your own pace and convenience.

Tuition: $900

ENROLL 1-payment ENROLL 2-payments ENROLL 3-payments

NOTE: This course comes with a student kit, which includes rare and precious essential oils, hydrosols and other natural materials. The cost of the kit and shipping within the US is included in the cost of the course. There is an additional charge for shipping the kit to students in other countries. The kit is an integral part of the course and required for many of the exercises.


The Alchemy and Medicine of the Soul Class comes with:

This course will engage all your senses through:

  • 30 Lessons in fourteen modules with extensive illustrations, links and in-depth, hands-on exercises
  • 12 Videos featuring the magical landscape of northern New Mexico to illuminate the teachings
  • 14 Exclusive audios of guided exercises, meditations and in-depth conversations
  • Lifetime access to course as a lifelong resource for personal growth
  • Online forum exclusively for students for ongoing discussion and community
  • A kit for the exercises containing rare and precious essential oils
    and hydrosols made by Cathy and Florian


What makes the Alchemy online class unique and different?

When we set out to create an online version of our workshop “Aromatherapy & Medicine of the Soul”, we at first struggled how to approach it. We didn’t know how to convey the transformative experience that participants experienced in our live class in an online format. As we started working on it, we began to realize that the online class and the live class are on the same topic, i.e. how to use aromatics for personal growth and transformation, but that they are fundamentally different classes.

The online class and the live workshop complement and complete each other. What the live workshop offers is the direct experience of the alchemical stages and the power of aromatics in a supportive group environment. The limitation of the live workshop is that it’s compressed into a very intense two days. What the online class format uniquely offers is that there is no time constraint and someone going through the online class can take as long as they want on each module, e.g. weeks to months. This also allowed us to include more exercises in the online class and to make the exercises more detailed and elaborate. You can think of the live workshop as a ‘crash course’ that gives you one form of experiential learning and the online class as a more in-depth opportunity to understand our approach by correlating the topics of the online class with your own growth experiences in your life over weeks, months and years.

The best way to really learn from and growth with our approach is to experience both the live workshop and the online class. We feel they illuminate each other to form a more complete understanding.

We often get asked during the live workshop “How can we continue to learn about this?” For now, the best way is to consider the online class. We are working on follow-up classes, such as “Applied AromaGnosis: Aroma, Trauma and Addiction”, which we hope to teach live several times in 2018. We are also working on applying our approach to a range of topics, including the Alchemy of Menopause, the Alchemy of Relationship and others. We are also exploring ways to offer continued guidance, e.g. regular online case conferences and webinars and even a ‘teacher training’ that would enable participants to teach this approach themselves.

The Alchemical Process will continue...Stay tuned!

“Thank you so much for your wonderful course. My mind is reeling with all the amazing learnings and I can't wait to start using the exercises. You touched on so many things that are personally poignant right now in my life...dealing with big change/ transformation, reconnecting with nature, etc.”
Paula M.

“Thank you to Cathy and Florian for an inspiring workshop. I feel all the ideas and insights percolating in my being. I enjoyed the beautiful interplay between your feminine strength and Florian's masculine sensitivity and how it created a balanced wholeness to how the information was presented and received.”
Wendy S.

“I had a most amazing learning and transcending healing journey with my teachers for the weekend, Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer, MD. Truly wonderful teachers and kindred spirits. Blessed! Their teachings on 'Healing the Wounded Healer' exposed me to yet another path of learning with plants in different forms; the whole plants, essential oils, and hydrosols. The information they imparted had such depth and transformation for everyone present. What a gift! Their teaching is in my heart.”
Jenna S.

“What a beautiful weekend of plants, connections made and deep earth wisdom. Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer are offering some deep wisdom to the world. I am refreshed and renewed and doorways to the work I've been trying to manifest have opened.”
Leslie L.

Meet Your Instructors

Florian Birkmayer, MD

Florian Birkmayer, MD is a Wounded Healer and the co-developer with Cathy Skipper of AromaGnosis, which synthesizes Jungian Depth Psychology and aromatherapy. 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. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico. He has previously served as the director of the Dual Diagnosis Clinic at University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center and as the director of the Substance Use Disorders program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM.

Cathy Skipper

Cathy, is English by birth and spent her adult life in rural France, where she farmed, trained and worked as a herbalist and aromatherapist and taught practical herbalism, botany and aromatherapy at the L’Ecole Lyonnaise de Plantes Medicinales’ in Lyon. She also participated for four years in an experimental approach to energetic healing called 'Life cell' under French Kinesiologist, Caroline Gupta. Her plant training in France included a two year course with Claude Lefebvre on Plant Communication. She left France last year to live and work in New Mexico with her partner Florian Birkmayer.

Cathy’s own work involves building bridges between aromatic medicine and herbalism as well as recognizing the importance of healing the healer and reconnecting with nature. In her teaching she marries, theory, practical work and energetics with an underlying intention of helping students develop an intuitive relationship between themselves, the plant/essential oil and the patient as an impetus for healing.

Her work with Florian is centralized around the work of Carl Jung and the psyche, aromatic molecules and the mind.

The Alchemy and Medicine of the soul class is self paced, begin as soon as you sign up. Watch the videos, read lessons, and download lesson pdf, on any device, at your own pace and convenience.

Tuition: $900

ENROLL 1-payment ENROLL 2-payments ENROLL 3-payments

NOTE: This course comes with a student kit, which includes rare and precious essential oils, hydrosols and other natural materials. The cost of the kit and shipping within the US is included in the cost of the course. There is an additional charge for shipping the kit to students in other countries. The kit is an integral part of the course and required for many of the exercises.