If you haven’t heard our exciting news yet, you can read all about it in the full announcement below.


Back in the late 1970’s, Sylla discovered essential oils and began using them in her massage treatments, skin care, and daily life for health and wellness. As clients and friends started asking questions for themselves, she began teaching everything she knew.

She founded the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy in 1989. This turned into a 300-hour home study course, a two-volume reference manual, and countless workshops and lectures.

By the time I was in high school, she was an international speaker and author of several books. Naturally, once I started practicing massage myself a few years later, I began my own earnest study of aromatherapy as well.

In 2012, I began working with her on developing new classes and course offerings. In that time, we trained even more students through live and online classes. One of those students was Jennifer Wilson.

Jennifer’s superb attention to detail and undying passion and curiosity of aromatherapy made her indispensable in the years after her graduation from our program as a behind-the-scenes assistant. She worked with us on several projects including the Foundations in Aromatherapy Course and the Atlantic Aromatic Library.

In the past few years, Sylla has begun to embrace retirement and I have turned my attention to other passions (my massage and coaching practice). Neither of us had the energy to put towards the Atlantic Institute that it deserved.

So when Jennifer proposed the idea of her taking charge and continuing to teach in our stead, we both were thrilled at the idea.

I’d like to officially announce that Jennifer Wilson is now the new owner and director of the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy.

Let me assure you, you will be in the best of hands under Jennifer’s steady guidance and care — I have no doubt she will be able to teach about the oils at an expert level, surpassing what we could give you.

She’s not only learned everything we have to teach (having reviewed all our programs and books several times over!), but she continues to learn from others as well. In the past few years, she’s taught us quite a few things regarding current science and research, which is an area neither Sylla or I had the patience or energy to keep up with.

We are thrilled that the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy will live on under a new steward and can’t wait to see what comes out of this new season.

I’d love to keep in touch with you, please find me at www.nyssahanger.com or email me directly at ny***@ny*********.com. So much love.

Aromatically Yours,

Nyssa and Sylla


*Jennifer picks up mic*


Almost 10 years ago, quite literally overnight, aromatherapy sparked a sense of purpose and a quest for knowledge unlike anything I had ever experienced before. During that initial quest to understand the true art and science behind aromatherapy, I quickly learned that there was tons of misinformation on the subject. It took me months just to find resources that could help me with the answers that I was searching for.

While there were people who were less than eager to answer the questions I had, one person was kind enough to take the time and reach out to me. Not only did she answer my questions, but she also told me who I needed to pay attention to for more answers.

Among those people were two ladies with the passion, experience, and no-nonsense approach to aromatherapy that were willing to honestly tackle all of the hard questions without shying away from them. Sylla and Nyssa have made such a huge impact on my aromatherapy career and I am proud to have them, as well as many other Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy alumni, as part of my aromatherapy family.

While Atlantic has always felt like home to me, words cannot express how excited I am that I recently had the opportunity to make it official! I hope that I can make Sylla and Nyssa proud and carry on the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy legacy.

Please bear with us as we get everything transitioned over and reach out if you have any questions. The Library and Foundations course will be back up for sale as soon as I can get the accounts for the website transitioned, but the Practitioner Course will be unavailable until I can get that fully updated.

If you are a current student, please know that Sylla is still around and Nyssa’s info is above. You will continue to have access to everything you already have and I will be updating things as I can. Please let me know if I can help you in any way.

Warm regards and aromatic wishes,



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