At the heart of a mindfulness practice is the idea of a "beginner's mind." This means that no matter how long you have been practicing you are encouraged to approach your experience with the mind of a beginner, letting go of preconceived notions, of past experiences, of comparing this to last time and just be 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 can I take a moment right here to sit with it as if it was my first time? What does she want to say to me today? It is amazing to me how much I learn from going back to simple practices. Sometimes it is more than I read about in book or learn in classes. Knowing how to trust one's inner wisdom is one of my favorite things to teach to students.
You have to keep learning until you get past the point of feeling like you know it all and return back to being open to the wisdom right in front of you.
As we have expanded our advanced training offering for practitioners in the Aromatherapy Practitioner Training Program, I began to feel that some of our students could benefit from a course that was more geared to beginner's and provided 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 run through August of 2017.
The Aromatherapy Beginner's Course 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 how we support our bodies natural healing mechanisms.
The first weekend is April 22/23 and space is very limited. Register now to reserve your space in this first offering of the Aromatherapy Beginner's Course.