Inner Sanctum

(16 customer reviews)

From: $15.99 / month

Essential oil education for beginners and beyond.

Want to learn aromatherapy from experts but don’t want the homework, projects, and deadlines of a full program to bog you down?

Already taken an aromatherapy course elsewhere but just want more?

The Inner Sanctum was made for you. In this first-of-its-kind online membership, you will get a new lesson, oil exploration, meditation, and four new recipes each month. Everything is archived so you can learn at your own pace.

It’s the next best thing to coming to a live class with us. 

Scroll down for more details about what you don’t want to miss. 

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Essential oil education for beginners and beyond.

Sylla WelcomesThese days, everyone is teaching classes on essential oils.

When we first started back in 1989, most people misheard the word “aromatherapy.”

“What is Roman Therapy?” They’d ask. But now, you can’t go to Walgreens or Walmart without seeing essential oils.

But are these real essential oils?

More importantly, are people receiving real education?

With the rise in the popularity of aromatherapy, some things have been lost.

We’re losing touch with the aromatherapists that came before us.

We’re disconnected from the healing that happens when we take time out for ourselves.

We’re forgetting the real magic involved in simply inhaling an oil and deeply connecting with what it has to teach us.

The truth is that no matter how long you’ve been studying aromatherapy (or even if you are just starting), there is an unending ocean of information (and healing) to be explored.

We’re here to guide you on your way.


Do you ever:

  • Feel overwhelmed by all of the information out there and aren’t sure who you can trust?
  • Want to begin (or continue) your studies, but aren’t sure if a full program is right for you?
  • Desire a supportive community that provides a balanced view of aromatics, along with their application and safety practices?
  • Wish to learn about essential oils therapeutically but also to enrich your inner life?
  • Rely on recipes to know what to use together?
  • Fantasize about spending time with the experienced aromatherapists that you admire?

You’ve been asking for a mentor.
Now you’ve got us and all of our friends.


We’ve seen students struggle with knowing what to do and where to go. After many years of only teaching in-person classes, we’ve created something that’s the next best thing to bringing you to our kitchen table.

We created the Inner Sanctum so we could all connect, no matter where we’re at in the study of aromatherapy. This journey is about soaking up the knowledge of the mentors around us, while building the foundation to trust and nurture our sense of inner wisdom.


The Inner Sanctum at a Glance

Each month, get access to:

Inner Sanctum Essential OilsEssential Oil Deep Dive: Learn a new essential oil each month. Go deep with Sylla and Nyssa as they explore this essential oil, its uses, and its precautions. Use our downloadable profiles for each featured oil as a reference for your practice at home.

Healing Guide: Each month, you’ll learn how to heal different parts of your body with essential oils. You’ll be guided on incorporating this knowledge into your daily life, witnessing firsthand how aromatherapy education can contribute to your overall health.

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Our Favorite Recipes: You’ll get four new recipes each month, inspired by each month’s Deep Dive and Healing Guide. You’ll learn about the oils used, how and why to make alterations, and you’ll even get a printable worksheet to use for your notes.


There’s always something new to learn, even for those who have “learned it all!”

It doesn’t end there. All of our content is archived, so you can access all of our lessons, videos, and interviews from previous months.

But it gets better!

You will automatically get access to these bonuses only available in our Inner Sanctum Membership:

Inner Sanctum Videos-01Yarden Walks: Take a stroll with Sylla through her yarden (yard-turned-garden). Listen to her share about the plants that are blooming and thriving, while she also shares tips on creating your own yarden. See a preview here!

Inner Sanctum InterviewsBonus Interviews: We have over five hours of bonus interviews for you to enjoy. Listen in as Sylla and Nyssa talk with other industry professionals, including Robbi Zeck, Dr. Eric Z., and Lauren Bridges.


Inner Sanctum Document-01Bonus Resources: Want to know about our favorite online resources and read papers we’ve presented at conferences? We’ve got it all here. Check out a collection of our published papers and presentations for your reference and inspiration.

Plus, you’ll also receive:

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Member Discounts: We want to make learning even easier. As a member of the Inner Sanctum, you’ll get access to special discounts on many of our books, materials, and certificate programs.



How do you get started?

Membership is only $15.99/month or $149.99/year.

Once you purchase the membership, you will receive an email with login information and instructions. You will then get immediate access to everything already in the archive. 

Not only can you view everything, but we can also talk about it too. Leave us comments, join in the discussion, and let us know what’s inspiring you on your aromatic journey.

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6 Months (Save 17%), Monthly ($15.99), Yearly (Save 22%)

16 reviews for Inner Sanctum

  1. cheek2cheek (verified owner)

    The Inner Sanctum is such a unique place. I feel completely connected to Sylla and Nyssa there. I so enjoy all the content. From the garden walks, to featured oils, recipes, to lesson drops, and interviews with fellow aromatherapists and industry leaders. I feel at home and I soak up what these ladies have to share with us. I highly recommend you join. Every week and month they feature a new oil, new meditation, and new interviews and yarden walks. I love that they get us personally connected with their teachings and share their abundant knowledge with us. I’m looking forward to the many months of new content. It really is a very special and unique place to be. There is nothing else like it and you will surely feel enlightened, more in tune with your oils, and with the feeling of abundant knowledge. Your missing out if you haven’t joined. Who doesn’t love hearing Sylla spread the love of her knowledge of essential oils? Yes please. We want more.

  2. Elly

    As far as I’m concerned, the Atlantic Institute’s Inner Sanctum is THE option for those who want to know more about aromatherapy and essential oils but don’t want to invest or need to invest in a full course. You aren’t going to find anyone else who is as balanced as Sylla and Nyssa in their approach to aromatics. If you need to make an investment into your understanding for your personal use, this is exactly where you get what you need.

  3. Gloria Gregg (verified owner)

    Writing a review is so hard. The Inner Sanctum is like nothing I have experienced before. It’s a bit of this and a bit of that BUT these bits add up to a truly unique, fun, and enriching experience time and time again. Your knowledge deepens with each piece. You get to see Sylla and Nyssa in their own habitat. Such a joy! I can’t wait to see what each new instalment brings!

  4. Liz Zucco

    Sylla Sheppard-Hanger is a wealth of knowledge, and her “Inner Circle” includes top professionals in the industry. The Inner Sanctum membership gives me access to intimate details and conversations about aromatics, the evolution of the now booming industry and insights that can only be learned from a candid, yet well developed program such as this. Unlike other memberships I have tried, the Inner Sanctum is interesting and fun, while being informative and a valuable learning tool for me as I explore aromatics with a pro.

  5. Cynthia Fedinic RN (verified owner)

    The Inner Sanctum is unique and I love it. To me it is more then what is stated. It’s focus of course is teaching about aromatherapy and essential oils. An essential oil is featured monthly. Interviews with Sylla and others are featured monthly as well as meditations with Nyssa with the featured EO. To me it is not only educational, it is also inspiring and motivating. Seeing her ‘directional garden’ makes me want to finally create mine. I’ve been wanting to do this since I moved into my house over thirty years ago. This year with the blooming of my lilac bushes, she inspired me to create a tincture and infused oil with them. With the same plans for a wild rose bushes that just appeared in my yard last year. I have been out there pruning it and hope to see it in blooms.
    The inner Sanctum is for the novice and experienced aromatherapist. With information for both.
    Living on the other side of the country from Sylla and Nyssa, I’m glad to get to know them through the Inner Sanctum.
    So much bad, and untrue information about essential oils is all over the internet, it is good to find safe and true information. The Inner Sanctum is a unique, fun, easy way to receive there knowledge. I give the Inner Sanctum a 5 star rating. Thank you Nyssa and Sylla for doing what you do.

  6. Jennifer Wilson (verified owner)

    I love the Inner Sanctum! It is a great way to get to know Sylla, Nyssa, and other trusted and experienced aromatherapist through the interviews. You also get very in-depth info about a new oil each month, reliable information on how to use essential oils, and bonus recipes. I also love that there is something new and interesting added every week. The Inner Sanctum is a wonderful option for anyone who is not yet sure if they are ready for a full aromatherapy course, to anyone trying to decide if the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy is the right choice for them to begin or further their studies.

  7. Sarah Collie, RN (verified owner)

    Have you ever wished you could have a walking encyclopedia of essential oils…? Here Sylla is, right here in the flesh, in her Inner Sanctum. And having raised Nyssa with oils, oils are just ingrained in who she is! Pearls of wisdom in bite sized nuggets. A complement to any Aromatherapist’s or essential oil enthusiast’s tool box whether experienced or brand new. I could sit and listen to her talk for hours! She gives you wisdom, makes you think and inspires oily goodness. What a wealth of knowledge! New content weekly is definitely something to look forward to!

  8. Sherry

    The Inner Sanctum is an open door to the magical world that Sylla has created, with her lovely daughter, Just for us! We get to walk in her gardens, listen to her speak of her passion for essential oils, meet her friends and associates…..and perhaps most wonderfully, became her friend and welcomed guest in her richly scented, loving world.
    It is so delightful! We get to know her, hear her speak of the oils, her journey and establish a bond with this amazing woman, who for many of us, was our earliest voice and our beloved teacher.
    I am so grateful to her and Nyssa for allowing me into their Sanctum and all who love the oils will be enriched by joining.
    Truly, it is enchanting, an education and great fun!

  9. Sarah Carlin (verified owner)

    I’m enjoying all that I’m learning since joining The Inner Sanctum. Sylla and Nyssa are such a joy and a wealth of knowledge. Thanks for creating this and giving all of us learners an intimate experience as you share your love of Aromatherapy with us.

  10. Lola (verified owner)

    As someone who is constantly struggling to find more time in my day to do the things I want to do versus the mile long chore list that goes along with taking care of my children, my fur baby, my husband, my household duties, running a business, and even my continuing studies…..this is a MUST have for anyone. Whether you are new to essential oils and want to see what the big deal is about or someone who is knowledgeable and are on the fence, I can tell you that even I pick something up from each little lesson. The passion that is shown in the videos and interviews alone is inspiring while the meditations so far offer you the time you need to really breathe and just be with yourself for a few moments. The amount of content that you can access here as a member is pretty incredible, too and from what I understand the content will just continue to grow!

  11. edriskill (verified owner)

    The Inner Sanctum is a gently guided pathway of knowledge, use, and application of essentials for aromatherapy.

  12. Robbin

    OH MY GOSH!! This should have been done years ago, this information is given in such a way that anyone can grasp what is being said about these oils. So many things are being taught at a pace that everyone can follow. The amount of wisdom that is given to us is AMAZING. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about essential oils but does not necessarily want to go to school. Thank you so much Sylla, Nyssa and all involved in putting this wonderful information together and for sharing your love of oils.

  13. Candace Noe

    I absolutely LOVE being a part of the Inner Sanctum! After just one month I already feel like Sylla and Nyssa are personal friends. Hearing Sylla’s adventures in the early days of aromatherapy is awesome. The first interview with Marge Clarke gave me so much insight into these two pioneers in the field of aromatherapy. I know that both of these women are highly respected in the field and I trust what they have to say. Being invited into the Inner Sanctum makes every Monday and exciting day as I await to see what Sylla and Nyssa will share with us. Thank you for all that you do and please know how much it is appreciated.

  14. Ginger L. Moore (verified owner)

    The Inner Sanctum with Sylla & Nyssa is a hidden gem of a treasure you do not want to pass by without stopping to explore. It’s a cozy little retreat where you can sit comfortably at Sylla & Nyssa’s side and see through their eyes as they share the past, present and future of aromatherapy. Full of excellence, wisdom and cutting edge innovation with a big dose of humor and imagination, the Inner Sanctum is a quirky place to hang out with the old, the new and the in-between. It’s were vintage meets modern, memories meet plans, experience meets inexperience, teacher meets student and simple meets complex. In my many years in the aromatherapy world, never have I encountered a place that feels so much like coming home nor a place that is so welcoming and inviting to everyone everywhere. Being as I’m a Southern gal with a strong upbringing in the art of hospitality, that’s saying a lot. Even more, the information and knowledge that Sylla and Nyssa share is wonderful….far beyond what you might imagine or expect. Both teachers and nurturers at heart, they bring us into their inner realm with ease and simplified speech that makes every idea, experience and fact they share not only relevant but easy to understand.

    I strongly urge you, if do only one thing for yourself and your aromatherapy journey this year, become an Inner Sanctum subscriber so you too can experience a seasoned taste of real aromatherapy from these two ladies and the guests they bring in to share their own unique perspective. I can promise you will get a lasting glimpse of aromatherapy you will not see on social media or through any other venue.

  15. Jodi Kelsey (verified owner)

    I love having access to this database of knowledge with new additions every month. I love the recipes, the yarden walks, the essential oil deep dives…all of it. I’m looking forward to getting into the meditation series too. So grateful you’ve made it available and keep it growing!

  16. Dianne (verified owner)

    It’s hard to follow all these wonderful reviews without repeating what’s already been said. But if there’s one thing I really want to add, it’s that the love and caring that is part of Inner Sanctum comes shining through in every page, every video, every lesson and recipe. It is such a treat to come and spend time here. I always feel myself being welcomed, inspired, and educated. I have literally given up other subscriptions to renew my Inner Sanctum membership. It’s that much a part of my botanical self. I truly appreciate what’s being offered here! ✨💖✨

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