Sylla’s Latest Lessons in Self-Care

Sylla’s Latest Lessons in Self-Care

Everyone always wants to know why we have yet to put our programs online, allowing more students to study with us. We always say it’s because we have way too much fun in class.

(We do have a secret plan in place to bring the Atlantic Institute to you … Have you heard about the Inner Sanctum?)

We enjoy aromatherapy so much that we created a series of classes where beginning students can journey with us as we study oils and the healing process—all the while making wonderful-smelling goodies to use at home.

Last year was the first year we offered the Aromatherapy Beginner’s Course and Training, created by Linda Byington and myself. Since we have so much fun together, I asked Sylla to attend. Believe it or not, she walked away with some surprising insights.

Sylla’s Insights

Here, Sylla shares about her experience. Though it is personal, it is also universal. Watch and find out:

  • How the synergistic energy of a group helped her identify how to better her health
  • What three oils helped her to complete the final stages of a project
  • Her new favorite self-care tool (NOT aromatherapy) and why she’s so excited about it! 

There’s also a slightly embarrassing mother-daughter moment at the end. One of the many joys of running a family business!

Let us know what your go-to tools are for self-care these days and leave a comment. We love inspiring greater health in our community, virtual or in-person. We all live on this beautiful planet together, so let’s do so harmoniously, both inside and out.

Aromatically Yours,

Keeping a Beginner’s Mind

Keeping a Beginner’s Mind

At the heart of a mindfulness practice is the idea of the “beginner’s mind.” This means that no matter how long you’ve been practicing, you are encouraged to approach your experience with the mind of a beginner. Essentially, you’re encouraged to let go of preconceived notions, past experiences, and how this compares to last time. Instead, you’re urged to try being in your experience right now.

I like to apply this to my practice of working with essential oils. Sure, I’ve used Lavender a million times. But what if I take a moment right here to sit with it as if it were my first time? What does she want to say to me today? It’s amazing how much I learn from going back to simple practices. Sometimes it provides more than what I read in a book or learn in classes. One of my favorite things to teach to students is knowing how to trust one’s inner wisdom.

You have to keep learning until you get past the point of feeling like you already know it all. Then you can come back to being open to the wisdom right in front of you.

Aromatherapy Beginner’s Training Program

As we expanded our advanced training in the Aromatherapy Practitioner Training Program, I started feeling like some of our students would benefit from a course that was more geared towards beginners. I wanted to provide a strong foundation for practicing at home and making products with essential oils.

For the past year, we’ve been working on a brand new course that will be offered starting in March and running through August of 2017.

The Aromatherapy Beginner’s Training Program is an in-depth introduction to the art and science of aromatherapy. The course consists of 4 weekend workshops (totaling 50 hours of live training) and another 50 hours of independent study projects, totaling 100 hours of guided training. The focus of this curriculum is not only on how we use essential oils, but also on how we support our bodies’ natural healing mechanisms.

Learn more about this program here.