Plant Communication – Skills and Tools to Reconnect
An Online Course with Cathy Skipper
Join Cathy Skipper on a journey to understanding plant communication. As a herbalist, aromatherapist, healer, and botanist, Cathy Skipper is particularly passionate about actively cultivating our inherent deep, rich, and healing relationship with the natural world and within ourselves.
Why this course?
We have forgotten something that our ancestors practiced intuitively—The ability to relate sensitively to non-human life. When we are ‘in relationship’ with something, we are much more likely to respect and protect it. Re-finding the common language between ourselves and plants is important for ecological and many other important reasons.
Paul Devereux in ‘Earthmind’ warns us “For a long time now we have been unable to remember our former closeness with the earth—due to this amnesia, the ecological problems now thrust upon us have come as a shock…we notice the emergence of an amnesia that is really a double forgetting, wherein a culture forgets, and then forgets that it has forgotten how to live in harmony with the planet.”
Whether you are an herbalist, aromatherapist, flower essence or energetic worker—all of us working with plants have a responsibility towards ourselves, our clients and the plants themselves to develop an ongoing ‘conversation’ with the plants we are working with. It is not enough to see them as a commodity, i.e. a bundle of chemical constituents with specific actions. Our relationship must go deeper and recognize the ‘aliveness’ of our healing partners.
Most importantly, there is no separation between ourselves and the rest of nature. We are all interconnected. Nature is a large important part of our psyches. Without a healthy and ongoing relationship with nature, we become lost and disconnected from the whole. Much of the suffering on the planet today is due to this gulf that has been created in so called ‘modern’ society between our souls’ real needs and the artificial needs imposed upon us by a profit-oriented world. As Stephen Aizenstat says in ‘Jungian Psychology and the World Unconscious’: “We are born out of the rhythms of nature and to destroy nature’s psyche is ultimately to end our own.”
Just like we all learn to read nowadays, our ancestors would have learnt the language of the plants, trees and animals that surround us. Unfortunately, we have lost this common language. Now we have the opportunity to re-learn it, to rebuild what was lost and to put nature back into its rightful place. We can do this through developing intuitive feeling and a sense of knowing above and beyond the ego-mind’s internal chatter.
This course, through videos, audio podcasts, images, exercises and lessons, will help you to slowly but surely reinstall the lost program that nevertheless still exists in our DNA. Plants and trees were here for millions of years before us. They are part of our outer and inner landscapes. We have grown and evolved from them. Deep down we have always known how to co-exist harmoniously and creatively with them. Now we are going to re-remember.
I have been anticipating this course offering since the NAHA conference in October. This is in perfect alignment with my vision for my future practice- helping to reconnect people to Nature’s wisdom while supporting health and wellness through her gifts of essential oils and herbs. Thank you, Cathy! xoxo, Lindsay Blotzer
What does the Plant Communication course cover?
In the course we will cover the following subjects and more. We will develop our personal wisdom and unique path hand in hand with the natural world, using a wide variety of exercises and experiences:
- Indigenous wisdom and ancient earth cults and how this knowledge can help us today.
- Nature and our psyches – ourselves as an integral part of nature and the importance of this in terms of health and vitality.
- The ecological crisis and the need to reconnect with the earth.
- Plants are the key to the living world, medicine, food, heat, clothing, ceremony, cosmetics. They are everywhere, all over the earth, deserts, mountains, plains, cities and towns and even in the deepest oceans – they conquer all boundaries i.e oceans, mountains, rivers…We are linked to and dependent on plant life.
- Plants as our ancestors, they are in the memory of our cells. “Our body contains the genetic archives of all plants, their plant signatures.” – Claude Lefevbre “Le livre des Plantes”
- Plants as sensory and intelligent beings.
- Re-learning the common language between plants and ourselves, including:
- The collective unconscious and plant consciousness
- The collective soul of plants
- The five barriers to successful plant communication and how to overcome them.
- Opening the heart doorway, the portal for soul to soul communication.
8. Trees as masters. What trees know. Working with tree wands and tree calendars.
9. Plant communication, plant harvesting and medicine making.
The class is based on practical exercises and experiences that will help you to re-establish and learn to develop an authentic relationship with plants and trees.
Plato introduces in his works the mediating importance of soul or that part of ourselves that not only bears life but is the bridge between the sensible and the intelligible.
What students have to say
I really enjoy learning about plants from Cathy. Something she said once really stuck with me. It was the recollection of her saying she believes the future of plant medicine will simply entail us sitting with the plants and asking for healing (that is my recollection anyway), and I connected with that concept on a deep level. I think the name ‘Plant Communication’ is clear, and I would describe it as connecting with plants on an energetic level, using our neglected senses and an open heart. (Kelly Pillsbury)
I slipped in sideways. I had known of Findhorn for years and more recently Perelandra. I like the devas and Nature Spirits. But I wanted to communicate with the plants so when I saw this I went for it. I cannot think of another title that does ‘what it says on the tin’. How would I explain the course? Losing your mind and all your mental ideas to open to feeling all the different energies found in the natural world. Not easy at times…Oh forgot why it is important. In our world who bothers much with anything other than internet reality. We have to have some way to show all of nature is an intelligent and feeling entity that is more attractive than we ever thought. We need its help to survive on the most basic level. Nature can survive superbly without us but we are in grave peril of extinction and need to be shaken back into nature’s sanity. At least if we can communicate together we may have a hope. (Catherine Ryan)
Who is the Plant Communication course for?
This course is for:
- Anyone who would like to develop a more sensitive approach to their relationship with plants.
- Individuals who would like to learn, through tried and tested pedagogic exercises, a coherent framework for building deeper relationships and communication with plants.
- Herbalists and aromatherapists who feel that they need to go further into relationship and connection with the plants they work with.
- Educators and therapists who desire to develop wilderness work and help students and clients reconnect with nature.
A comment Cathy made on her FB page got me started thinking about the course. She said the course was a bridge between her former work and the Alchemy & Medicine of the Soul class. Since I am taking the class in SoCal, I thought it would be good groundwork – and it has exceeded anything I could have hoped for. I’ve had all these disparate threads running through my adult life – previous and current aromatherapy work, shamanic and Andean mysticism training, Sacred Feminine, working with the Eros/Psyche myth, etc. Sometimes they would cross each other, but never form a pattern. This course is helping to weave these various threads to form a pattern. In the Q’ero tradition, there is a right side of the path that is more linear and a left side of the path that is more poetic/intuitive. I am seeking harmony between these paths. More emphasis has been put on the right side in my life, and I’d like to balance that out. Then there was also this blog by Sharon Blackie Resistance – the Mythos and the Logos: https://theartofenchantment.net/…/resistance-the…/… I felt the course was a mythos resistance for me. (Lori Glenn)
What does the course include?
The Plant Communication online program includes:
- 8 modules, 31 lessons devoted to cultivating your relationship to and with plants.
- 37 exclusive audio recordings
- Two exclusive 15-minute videos
- Student forum to share experiences and learn together!
- Student support and interaction with Cathy Skipper for the first 12 months.
What do I have to do to complete the course?
Details: Plant communication program
Duration: 200 hours
- Complete all modules, exercises and requirements.
- Document your process through all the exercises in each module in your desired medium, e.g. a journal, blog, collage/art, photos, poetry, articles or a mix of several of these.
- To receive certification, in addition to the above, you will need to present one (or more) particular experiences on your journey in detail, as described in the module Course Completion.
- Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a Certificate in Plant communication: 200 hours from the School for Aromatic Studies.
Meet Your Plant Communication Instructor
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.
Cathy is co-author of the book, Aromatic Medicine.
Read Cathy’s writings on her blog, here.