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22 Expert Presentations
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Dr. Edward Bach as a Sensitive Individual Living through Challenging Times
In this interview and conversation, Julian will answer our questions on what is known about Dr Bach’s sensitivity, and how this characterized his journey as a researcher. How his sensitivity may have helped him find and research the flower remedies, and how his own use of the essences may have helped him navigate the challenges of his time. In this lecture, Julian will also present details on the geometry of Star of Bethlehem, and how this essence has helped individuals through dark passages in Dr Bach’s time, all the way into the planetary crisis of our present day.
Julian Barnard, Healing Herbs Ltd.
Julian Barnard, creator of Healing Herbs Bach Flower Essences, is a professional counselor, teacher, writer, and herbalist with a profound connection to wildflowers and their messages of health and well-being. A leading researcher in the field of Bach flower remedies, he has devoted his life to continuing the work of Edward Bach.
Julian has lived and worked in Walterstone on the Welsh border for the past forty years. Born in the Thames Valley in 1947 into a family with connections to the great English botanists John Henslow and Joseph Hooker, he was brought up with a love of plants. Julian studied architecture and design, and subsequently worked in journalism.
The author of a series of books about Dr. Bach’s flower remedies, he has also edited and published the Collected Writings of Edward Bach, the first complete editing of Bach’s texts and has been instrumental in setting up the Bach Educational Program to bring flower remedies to a wider public. Bibliography:
- The Healing Herbs of Edward Bach: An Illustrated Guide to the Flower Remedies
- Bach Flower Remedies: Form and Function
- The Bach Flower Remedies – The Essence within
- Patterns of Life Force
- A Guide To The Bach Flower Remedies
- Bach Flower Essences & the Patterning of Water
- After Bach: Another Side to the Story
Healing Herbs: https://www.healingherbs.co.uk
Bach Educational Learning: https://www.bachflowerlearning.com
The Role of Digestion - Transformation and Personal Power
Human beings have the ability to digest and to transform anything. ‘Sensitivity’ can be a curse – whether it is physical, emotional, or mental.
I want to introduce you to the Earth element in Traditional Chinese Medicine – The Spleen and the Stomach channels which govern our digestion, nourishment and immunity. And show you how your ‘sensitivity’ might become a blessing.
Some people may think that the brain is in charge of our health and well being. Others may think it is the heart which is in charge. The reality is that our health and well being in daily life is fundamentally created and supported by how well we are able to digest, not only, our physical nourishment, but also our reactions and responses to our life experiences.
In this presentation we will discuss ‘sensitivity’ at all levels of our being and:
– examine the function of digestion according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
– how digestion reveals itself at each level of our being – Physical, Mental, Emotion, and Spirit
– look at some flower sea and gem essences from the Pacific Essences® Repertory which will support digestion at every level
– understand that when carefully maintained, sustained and satisfied our ‘sensitivity’ can be a blessing
Through this journey we may come to understand the reality that the only thing any of us can really change is ourselves. Through this understanding we can develop greater adaptability and resilience to cope with changing times in powerful and effective ways. In this manner we can harness the power of our ‘sensitivity’ to maintain health and well being in our own Body/Mind and to contribute something meaningful and powerful in our world.
Sabina Pettitt, Pacific Essences Ltd.
Sabina Pettitt is the co-creator of Pacific Essences®, one of the oldest flower essence developers in the world (1983). Pacific Essences made the first Sea Essences in the world, contributing a whole new dimension to the vibrational medicine pharmacopoeia.
Sabina is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and all the essences in the Pacific Essences repertory have been researched in the context of both TCM and Ayurvedic Medicine. This unique approach of understanding Energy Anatomy and Energy Physiology contributes a much broader understanding how essences can play a significant role in of both Mind/Body Medicine and healing the whole person.
Pacific Essences® has also made a huge contribution to individual growth and well-being by creating the Abundance Essence, as well as the 22 Day Abundance ProgramTM and Abundance 33TM all of which resonate with the notion that when each of us is fulfilling our purpose and our heart’s desire we are healthier happier human beings who are contributing to the wellbeing of humanity as well as contributing to the sustainability of Mother Nature.
Sabina is also the author of Energy Medicine: Healing from the Kingdoms of Nature.
Accessing Guidance from Spirit and Transforming Challenges to Joy
After a brief historical introduction of the global use of Flower Essences, as well as my background with the Bush Essences, I will discuss how beliefs and sub-conscious sabotage develop and their impact on an individual. I will then show how the Bush Essences can be used to clear both these patterns, as well as homoeopathic miasms. Children born in this milIlennium are far more sensitive than previous generations and they also learn and process information differently. I will cover how to use the Bush Essences to help these aspects in young people. In the last few years with the devastating natural disasters – fires, floods etc and now Covid and the ensuing isolation and restrictions, there has been unprecedented levels of anxiety and trauma being experienced. I will address how the Bush Essences are able to effectively help with this. Finally I will discuss how to connect to Nature and the Spiritual guidance around us, which is available and wanting to help us through these challenging times. I look forward to sharing my presentation with you and hope you will find it practical, visually stunning, beneficial and empowering.
Ian White, Australian Bush Flower Essences
Ian White, B.Sc., ND., D.B.M., founded the Australian Bush Flower Essences in 1986. He is a 5th generation Australian herbalist who has been practicing successfully as a Naturopath since 1979. His great-great-grandmother worked as a herbalist during Australia’s 1850’s Gold Rush. Both Ian’s great-grandmother and grandmother were among the first white people to research and use Australian native plants for healing. Ian as a young boy grew up in the bush, living next door to his grandmother and would spend as much time as possible helping her make her herbal tinctures and extracts. She would often take him for walks in the bush teaching him the healing qualities of many of the flora within the Australian landscape. Ian has continued this family tradition, though specializing in the emotional and spiritual qualities of the Australian bush. He is the author of five major books and teaches his Bush Essences workshops in over 30 countries.
Shadows of the Past
Trauma from the past is re-lived in the present. The cycle goes on and on. The imprint of the past is removed by using flower essences and coaching to bring power and awareness into the client’s live to be rid of the scourge of trauma forever.
David Dalton, Delta Gardens Flower Essence Research Center
David Dalton, one of the pioneers of the flower essence movement has been producing original essences, teaching and seeing clients since the late 1980’s. His company, Delta Gardens, is known as one of the most creative and innovative flower essence companies in the world. David is the author of Stars of the Meadow, an in-depth exploration of the healing patterns of over 40 flower essences. Delta Gardens features flower essences from all over the world.
Sensitives as Leaders in the Greater Journey of ReMembering
- Is it possible that we, Sensitive Individuals, ultimately have been saved by our early connection with Nature?
- Do you recognize this early affinity with plants, animals, nature places, and feel this may have saved your sanity amidst difficult times?
- Why are we sensitives more prone to becoming traumatized, and more prone to being impacted by Developmental Trauma?
- What is Developmental Trauma and how can it be treated and transformed?
Maybe this very sensitivity can now be perceived as one of our greatest sources of strength. As we recognize ourselves as Agents of ReIntegration, how can we step more fully into our Purpose? These will be highlights of a conversation that I very much look forward to having with all of you, participants in this Conference!
Ruth Toledo Altschuler, Essence Mentoring & Essence Circles
Ruth Toledo Altschuler is a Certified Flower Essence Practitioner, Educator and Mentor, with 33 years of experience teaching and working with clients. In Brazil, where Ruth was born, for two decades she curated in depth courses, translated content, and set standards for high quality Practitioner work, helping Flower Essence Therapy conquer high credibility and demand, eventually becoming one of the complementary medicine modalities approved as part of the local public health system. Now living in the US, Ruth creatively combines her skills as a photographer, her ease and artistry with technology, with her deep connection with the healing offerings of plants and flowers to offer high level educational Programs, including the FES Flower Essence Practitioner Training that begins this May / June 2022.
The Multidimensional Gifts of Flower Essences
Sara offers deep insight into how flower essences can provide energetic and emotional support to help Empaths feel grounded, resilient, and present through the planetary changes currently happening. She also shares how the beauty of this subtle flower medicine can help us connect to a state of inner bliss and Presence.
Sara Artemisia, Multidimensional Nature
Sara Artemisia, MS, CMC (she/her) is a Flower Essence and Plant Spirit Wisdom Teacher, Akashic Records Reader, and Abundance Coach. She helps Wellness Professionals and Empaths clear their inner blocks and clarify their life purpose, and she’s been coaching individuals to move through obstacles for over fourteen years. She deeply loves the land and place where she lives, which is the traditional ancestral homelands of the Takelma and Shasta people in Southern Oregon.
The wisdom of Nature offers an incredibly powerful mirror full of guidance for us to understand how the greatest healing comes when we reconnect with who we truly are.
Having always felt connected to Nature and the sacred foundation of life, she shares this work with people on the journey of understanding how working in collaboration with the conscious wisdom of Nature can help them fully embody their soul’s purpose.
Building Healthy Boundaries
Healthy and functional boundaries are essential to health and well being. This talk will help you identify where your boundaries may not be working well for you, and introduce you to a way of thinking about boundaries based on insights from Chinese Medicine. You will learn flower essences and acupressure points to help you feel safer and more grounded in your body, manage challenging emotions and relationships, and clearly hear the voice of your intuitive knowing.
Kathleen Aspenns, Flora of Asia
Kathleen has developed her own line of flower essences, the Flora of Asia. Many of these plants have been used for thousands of years as herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine and are available now for the first time as flower essences.
Trauma-Informed Flower Essence Formulation
Trauma, by definition, is an unbearable reality: stress responses that overwhelm the organism’s capacity to do anything but dissociate (deny the emotional reality of the situation). Stress responses that get locked away and frozen in the body/psyche, causing ourselves and our clients to linger in survival strategies and coping mechanisms, sometimes for a lifetime or more, passing them down through generations, sometimes creating sensitivities in the organism as well as exacerbating sensitivities that are already hard-wired in the personality. How, as practitioners and consumers, can we support our clients and ourselves with personalized flower essence formulas to address the whole constellation of the individual’s trauma and sensitivities? This presentation will provide important basic structure for approaching flower essence formulation in a trauma-informed way.
Loyola (Loey) Colebeck, Mind is Body Therapy
Loyola (Loey) Colebeck provides IOPT (Identity-oriented Psychotrauma Therapy) and Flower Essence Therapy/Counseling. She has been professionally accredited by SEDIBAC in Barcelona where she trained, is an NCCAOM PDA provider, and has presented at multiple conferences and schools. Loey translated Pablo Noriega’s book, Bach Flower Essences and Chinese Medicine, from Spanish to English. She takes a Taoist and humanist approach to the therapeutic process. Loey teaches an annual, in-depth Flower Essence Therapy certificate course for professional development and personal exploration.
The Stages of Flower Essence Healing Using Floral Acupuncture
A vibrational course about the stages of shutting down, starting with denial and anxiety leading to depression, anger and fear. You will learn how to release these emotions step by step using Bach Flower Essence protocols from the book “Floral Acupuncture”. The Bach essences and their specific acupuncture sites will be illustrated in photos. This system has been taught for years to students and is especially important at this time for self-healing as well as for clients, family and friends.
Deborah Craydon, Flora Corona
Founder of Flora Corona, producer of Hawaiian flower essences, gem elixirs and Colored Light Elixirs, Deborah is the co-author of ‘Floral Acupuncture, Applying the Flower Essences of Dr. Bach to Acupuncture Sites’. She has been teaching online classes in vibrational healing for sixteen years, after 14 years of private flower essence practice. This fall, 2022, she will be teaching the popular online course, ‘Floral Acupuncture’ for the fourth time.
Using your Inner Compass to Find Joy & Purpose
A significant, and often critical, outcome of the work done in my practice is helping the brain react to anxiety and frustration by asking “What do I need to do?” (instead of screaming “Not again!”). Freedom from “future fear narrative” reactions opens the door to changing behavior patterns and jump-starting the journey you long to be on.
The flower essence language speaks to the continuum of choices that exist, even when the brain thinks there are none. Embracing that concept creates space for your heart and soul to impact decision-making, thus gaining clarity regarding anxiety and trauma, and increasing control in life.
My “inner compass” tools help clients discover the unique geography of their life and create different routes, or new maps entirely, towards their destination. They put the steering wheel in the client’s hands, moving towards choice-driven behavior and away from reactive “future fear” narratives. The compasses are lifelong guides to self-correct your course – they reference your patterns of imbalance and the fully nourished place your soul longs for.
I will share real examples of similar narratives with vastly different paths to finding joy and purpose.
Betsy Djamoos, Soul NRG
Betsy is a certified flower essence practitioner with hundreds of hours in training from FES, Australian Bush, Floral Acupuncture, Findhorn, Desert Alchemy, Essence Mentoring, and Bach, along with training in Aura Soma, numerology, reiki, and other modalities. She works with an extensive collection of essence repertoires from around the world which allows her to intuitively create custom blends that are nuanced and finely tailored. Nearly a decade ago, Betsy developed a unique “inner compass” system for her essence sessions. The system has proven to work well for all clients and situations, including adults, children, pets, homes, offices, lineage/ancestral, relationships, and more.
Mind the Gap: Homo Sapiens Biological Drive x Consciousness for Healing Traumatic Society
Considering the emergence of homo sapiens around 300,000 years, in a planet that exists at least for 4 billions of years – we are a very young species that carries the paradox between the biological drive of cruelty and compassion. Between these 2 pillars, we are living in a traumatized society that is longing for change, in a transitory cycle inside our species – from homo to cyber sapiens.
But also inside the theme Trauma, we must be aware to embrace without going to the other extreme: a weak society. I am presenting the virtues of the Atlantic Rainforest – one of the biggest diversities in the planet, as a key for change , integrating the 3 main centers of the behavioral physiology – the instinct, emotional and intellectual towards the foundation of a new planetary culture, considering the education of our biological drive; as well offering the 8 attentions to focus, so we can be guided for the expected balance and emotional health.
Sandra Epstein, Ararêtama
Graduated in Art-Education with specialization in Neuroscience, Sandra began her research on the benefits of the vibrational energy of the Atlantic Forest in the region of Ubatuba in 1990, where she developed the System of Floral and Vibrational Essences of the Atlantic RainForest called ARARÊTAMA, work carried out in one of the greatest biodiversity on the planet.
Ararêtama is a Tupi-Guarani word, which means “place where light originates”. “As a pillar of the system is the structure of this forest: its natural wealth, the way it lives, survives and expands its species makes the Atlantic Forest express a biological message for all humanity. Through its biodiversity and respect for botanical differences, it builds a carpet of life, where one plant praises the other, without destructive competition. Ancestral trees, bromeliads, orchids, mushrooms and lianas are rich interfaces for the healthy development of human beings.
Sandra created the Therapeutic System called EMOTIONAL FITNESS, which encompasses behavioral and emotional exercises as a gym, integrating our 3 centers: instinctive, sentimental and intelectual. The Workshops presented by Sandra Epstein establish a bridge between the special moment we live on the planet with the anthropological knowledge that human beings have produced for centuries. The key point to be worked on, in these accelerated times of communication and technological development, is the historical and social responsibility that our current generation has in keeping this knowledge alive on the planet for future generations, enabling the creation of a new planetary culture.
Magic is Medicine: Attuning to Magical Consciousness to Support our Work with Flower Essences
“Magic is essentially the higher understanding of nature.” How we can access our magic, and maintain a spiritual connection to nature in our modern, tech-driven society?
In this workshop, we’ll discuss the Anima Mundi (Soul of the World) and the direct relationship between the natural world and the human psyche.
This workshop begins with an exploration of philosopher Jean Gebser’s consciousness structures, which offers an overview of humanity’s shifting consciousness from ancient times to present. We’ll explore how flower essence therapy invites us to integrate our Magical, Mythical, and Mental faculties to re-calibrate our relationship with nature’s intelligence.
Lindsay Fauntleroy introduces practical strategies to safely access plant consciousness, such as active imagination, creative dialogue, and meditative presence. She’ll explore how flower essences – and the magic we experience when working with them – reflect Indigenous and African Diasporic understandings of health, humanity, nature, and the cosmos. The workshop concludes with an exploration of supportive tools to access and protect our magic within a rapidly changing world.
Lindsay Fauntleroy, The Spirit Seed
Lindsay Fauntleroy is a medicine maker, educator, and acupuncturist. Her book, In Our Element (Lewellyn 2022), is a self-help guide that integrates acupuncture theory, flower essences, yoga and ancestral spirituality. Lindsay was drawn to the healing arts after her journey to fertility introduced her to flower essences and the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit. Her training includes a Master of Arts from New York University, a Master of Science from Tri-State College of Acupuncture, and certifications in yoga and family constellations therapy. Lindsay’s approach to soul medicine emerges from over 15 years of clinical practice, her Ph.D studies of Indigenous and African Diasporic psychology, and her commitment to community wellness. She is the founder of The Spirit Seed, where she provides practitioner certification in the sacred art and science of flower essence therapy. Lindsay’s line of Five Element flower essence remedies, the Elementals, are available nationally and internationally.
Tend and Befriend your Highly Sensitive Self
Are you, your clients, or someone you know a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)?
HSP refers to a scientifically studied personality trait, also known as Sensory Processing Sensitivity, that affects 20% of the population, including animals!
The main characteristics are Depth of Processing, Sensitive to Subtleties/Sensory Stimuli, Emotional Responsiveness/Empathy, and Overstimulation.
In this presentation, I’ll take you on a journey through the eyes of a very sensitive HSP (me!), so you can recognize and honor this neurodivergent trait as a superpower rather than a disorder, in yourself and others. You’ll learn how flower essences are a primary therapy for many HSPs, as part of a holistic toolbox to manage nervous system overstimulation.
Rochana Felde, Wiseflower Wellness
Rochana Felde (she/her) is an Integrative Flower Essence Practitioner, Plant Spirit Herbalist, Educator, and Holistic Digital Media Designer. She is a GenX neurodivergent with a Multipotentialite Rainforest Mind, a Highly Sensitive Person managing ADHD and healing trauma, and an auto-immune EBV and LS survivor.
Rochana works intuitively with plants and people to make custom formulated essence blends for her Flower Essence Therapy clients.
She also creates graphics and websites for plant and heart-centered projects and businesses. Her calling is to facilitate the transmission of information from Nature into Humanity, regardless if the form is an essence blend, podcast, course, or website.
Rochana is Co-Host of The Flower Essence Podcast and The Flower Essence Conference.
Mastering Transformation in Uncertain Times
Flower Essences, Epi-Genetics, Adaptations, and the Human Soul
These are times of transition. A world pandemic has gripped the soul of Humanity. We have been exposed to a multitude of stressful factors that impact the immune system, emotions, mental acuity, and genetic health. Through advanced research and science of the Human Genome (cellular DNA) we will delve into the meaning of Epigenetics, and the ways we may heal the memory of trauma and environmental influences through the healing work of vibrational flower essences.
Isha Lerner, Power of Flowers
Isha Lerner is owner and creator of The Power of Flowers Healing Essence Company. Her work with flower essences extends over decades where her work with nature was enhanced while living at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland from 1976 through 1980. In addition to her expertise in Flower Essence healing, Isha is an internationally-recognized astrologer with a broad background in mythology and fairy tales which form the foundations of her prowess as an interpreter of Tarot.
She co-authored the best-selling Inner Child Cards: A Fairy Tale Tarot (published 1993 by Bear and Company) which illustrates the transformative relationship between fairy tales and human development. In 2001, Bear and Company published the companion book, The Inner Child Card’s Workbook.
She is also author of The Triple Goddess Tarot, The Power of Flowers book/deck set and The Tarot of the Four Elements. Isha resides in Eugene, Oregon. She has three beautiful
daughters and five thriving grandchildren.
Flower Essences, Colors and Chakras
We can never underestimate a plant’s ability to communicate with humanity. True, not everyone can link into a plant in subtle ways, but a plant does communicate easily through its flowers, by sight, color and perfume.
Color is scientifically proven to create physical changes within humans. We cannot deflect the impact of color on our endocrine system. It happens whether we physically see the color or not. Color is an energy. The attraction or avoidance of color by an individual has been long used as a diagnostic tool in color therapy. Likewise color can also be used to help with choices of flower essences.
The chakra system is one of the more straightforward of the energy systems that therapists use. Coming from the texts of the Vedas of Ancient India, this knowledge did not reach the Western World until the late 19th Century. This was simplified in the 1960s into what many people are familiar with today. Combining the qualities of color of the flowers that essences are made from, with the ‘easiest to remember’ chakra correspondences, provide a simple and effective tool. This method is ideal for self-help and for the professional essence therapist.
Sue Lilly, suelilly.co.uk
Sue Lilly has been working with essences since the 1970’s when she discovered they helped the everyday traumas of her young family and studying astrology and practising yoga kept her sane during these early years.
Colour healing, crystal healing and Health Kinesiology were later added to create a foundation of her professional practice.Sue began passing on the skills she had learned, from teaching yoga in 1979 and then drawing in others as time
has gone on.
She now has over thirty books published on a wide range of topics. She developed a range of environmental essences called ‘Sovereignty’ which help people reconnect to the cycles of Nature and to the feminine aspects the Land.
Nowadays she is based in the beautiful Irfon Valley in Breconshire, Wales, working as a teacher, counsellor and supporting her local community as Council Clerk.
Baneful Medicine: Transforming Trauma with Flower Essences Made from Poison Plants
Poisonous plants are sometimes regarded as dangerous, mysterious, or even sinister, but they have a long tradition of providing protection and support during difficult times. When made into flower essences, plants like nightshade, henbane, and other poison plants are effective tools for treating shock and trauma. Dr. Bach’s star-of-Bethlehem is the perfect example of a poisonous plant whose essence is celebrated for this around the world today. Many of these plants have a long history of apotropaic use in magical herbalism, too, a theme often echoed in their corresponding essences’ abilities to bolster psychic and social defenses for sensitive people. Join flower essence author and practitioner Nicholas Pearson to learn how to work with poison plant essences to counteract the effects of trauma and stress and become more resilient in an ever-changing world.
Nicholas Pearson, The Luminous Pearl
Nicholas Pearson is a flower essence practitioner and researcher whose love for plants grew alongside his love for the mineral kingdom. He has received training in Floral Acupuncture, Bach Flower Therapy, Patagonia Essences, and Green Man Tree Essences. Best known for his work with crystal healing and Reiki, Pearson also makes essences made with wildflowers native to his home state of Florida. An internationally acclaimed presenter, Pearson is the award-winning author of several books, including Flower Essences from the Witch’s Garden and Crystal Basics. He lives in Orlando, Florida.
Allow Nature to Empower You on Your Life Journey
As sensitive individuals, we are especially impacted by what happens in the world around us. We may wonder what the reason is we are here during this important time of change and transformation? How can vibrational essences support us in feeling safe and at home, and discover our unique life purpose? Judith will talk about how vibrational essences help us find alignment with our Inner Being and experience life from a more grounded, heart-centered perspective. You will learn about important Alaskan flower, gem and environmental essences for the times we are in. The plant, mineral and elemental kingdom each have different qualities that support us in clearing mental and emotional blockages and patterns, so we can let more of our Soul’s light come in and allow that energy stream and wisdom to flow to and through us. That is how we can find more joy in our life, feel we belong, understand our life purpose, and feel inspired to share our unique gifts with others.
Judith Poelarends, Alaskan Essences
Judith Poelarends is the Director of Alaskan Essences. Her roots are in The Netherlands where she had a career as a scientific researcher in animal health. In 2007 her search for more meaning and happiness in life led to the discovery of flower essences. In 2008 she did a one-year class on flower essences and after her certification she started doing consultations for people and animals. In 2013, during a flower essence workshop in Alaska, Judith met Steve Johnson, the founder of Alaskan Essences. She moved from the Netherlands to Victor Montana in 2015 to be with her husband Steve and start a practice here. After Steve passed away in March 2017, Judith decided to continue the Alaskan Essences and she is now the Director. Together with her amazing team she enjoys bringing these essences into the world and teach about their unique empowering qualities.
Healing Trauma with Flower Essences
I arrived in the High Desert lands of New Mexico six years ago with cancer and a lifetime’s baggage of deep, ancestral trauma. The desert lands were a huge part of my healing journey. I was called to create a flower essence range from the resilient and beautiful flora that accompanied me on my healing journey. I will speak about these essences and how my husband holistic psychiatrist Dr. Florian Birkmayer and myself use them in our practice.
Cathy Skipper, AromaGnosis
Cathy Skipper is a herbalist, aromatherapist, teacher and wounded healer. After living and working in the herbal world in France for 25 years, she came to live in Taos New Mexico in 2015 where she lives and works with her husband, holistic psychiatrist Dr. Florian Birkmayer. Together they run a private practice and a school combining aromas, plant medicine, Jungian psychology and personal journeying. Their aim is to help students deepen their relationship with themselves and learn to navigate and understand the power of the unconscious realms.
Healthy Boundaries for Empaths
Many healers that are drawn to flower essences are empaths and highly sensitive people. While these traits come with many gifts, there are also interpersonal challenges that we share, including porous and weak boundaries. Come to this talk to learn strategies and tools (including flower essences) to firm up your boundaries and take care of yourself first.
Carla Savetsky, Enlightened Women's Health
Hi, I’m Carla, a women’s health physician assistant by training…and medicine woman/wise woman by design. I’m also a master flower essence practitioner, writer, singer, lover of spirit and Mom. I’ve spent over 30 years in the healing-space–helping sensitive, empathic women (like myself), overcome challenging diagnoses by finding the root cause of chronic dis-ease on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels. I currently have an online business: Enlightened Women’s Health, working with women from all over the world.
Flower Essences & Complex Trauma Recovery
Complex trauma (CT), also known as Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), is a particular kind of trauma that occurs as a result of being exposed to harm over an extended period of time. CT creates distinct constellations of emotional, physical, and energetic imbalances, as well as unique opportunities for healing and repair. In my clinical experience, utilizing a holistic method that includes flower essences has been a constructive approach to facilitating recovery from CT.
The process of healing CT involves assisting survivors in reorienting their bodies, minds, and spirits, not around their trauma but instead around their inherent wellness and wholeness something flower essences are especially attuned to do. We all have the ability to come into balance and to heal, and CT survivors can thrive in the world when they feel safe and empowered to trust the intelligence of their whole being. Plants are natural allies in this work, as they too possess their own intelligence and multidimensionality.
For flower essence practitioners, a more inclusive and comprehensive understanding of CT as well as knowledge of the potent ways flower essences are natural helpers in this recovery work are essential for offering the greatest level of care to our clients.
Heidi Smith, Moon & Bloom
Heidi Smith, MA, RH (AHG), is a graduate of the three-year clinical herbal studies program at Arbor Vitae, and is accredited as a Registered Herbalist by the American Herbalist Guild. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling, and has studied energy work and flower essences under several teachers. Her practice blends psychosomatic therapy, flower essences, and herbal medicine to address the multifaceted aspects of disease, with an emphasis on emotional wellness. She specializes in facilitating recovery from complex trauma stemming from emotional abuse. Heidi is passionate about engaging both the spiritual and scientific dimensions of the plant kingdom, and sees herbal medicine as a radical way to promote ecological and social justice. She lives and works on unceded Munsee Lenape land. She is author of The Bloom Book: A Flower Essence Guide to Cosmic Balance.
Flower Essence Therapy as a Complementary Intervention for People with Autism
Flower essence therapy is emerging as a complementary therapeutic intervention for people with autism in Brazil. The natural and safe concept of flower essences, besides the many ways they can be applied, make them very suitable to address highly sensitive people: from babies to adults.
In this presentation, Brazilian flower essence practitioner, author and teacher, Rosana Souto, will share some preliminary data collected from social initiatives, particularly, from AAMPARA Autism, an institution that offers multi-professional assistance and support to poor autistic people and their families and from Projeto Jardim Azul (The Blue Garden Project): a remote independent research project that assists families all over Brazil.
Rosana Souto, The Blue Garden Project
- Flower Essence Practitioner, Author and Teacher with more than thirty years of experience. Chemical Engineer specialized in Intellectual Property.
- Researcher and volunteer at AAMPARA Autism (Care and Support Association for people with Autism), Curitiba, BR since, 2017.
- Founder of The Blue Garden Project (Projeto Jardim Azul) – an independent social remote research initiative aiming to track the use of flower essences in children with ASD (Since 2017)
- Coordinator and volunteer responsible for the introduction of Flower Essence Therapy at the social institution “Os Seareiros/Núcleo Mãe Maria”, in Campinas, SP. Counsellor of the flower essence therapy team (from 1998 to today).
- Consultant for implementing flower essence therapy at “Terra Firme” private school, in Curitiba, Brazil (2015).
- Flower Essence Society (FES-USA) Certified Flower Essence Practitioner. FES, Bach Healing Herbs (BR), Saint Germain Flower Essences (BR) and Alaskan Essences (USA) authorized teacher. Bach and Saint Germain Flower Essences (BR) field trainer.
The Power of Reclaiming your Sovereign Self Worth
My own journey from being a very “broken” Essence Practitioner to now running my own 6 figure business has been accompanied all the way by nature and her essences.
In this presentation I am going to share with you essences that can support us at every level of co-creation with nature:
Bringing awareness to our “money wounds” so that we can embed a new, high vibration tone of self worth in our energy systems
Essences for intention setting
Essences for clearing and healing our feeling world
Essences for bringing structure into our energy field
Essences for taking Divine Right Action
Sara Estelle Turner, saraestelle.com
Sara Estelle Turner is a leading expert in the world of Flower and Vibrational Essences and supports Healers grow aligned and nourishing businesses.
Sara Estelle turned to Flower and Vibrational Essences in her early 40s following debilitating anxiety and sadness in her life and experienced such deep transformation that she has now dedicated her life to supporting others move past trauma, shift limiting beliefs and deeply embedded emotional responses so that they can embrace their unique magical selves and become empowered change-makers in the world.
Sara Estelle facilitates a successful Diploma in Flower and Vibrational Essences and supports Healers of all modalities gain crystal clarity on who they are and then share this in abundant ways with those that need them. She is a Modern Day Priestess. She is the current Chair of the British Flower and Vibrational Essences Association and host of the Nature Connections Podcasts.
Tending the Legacy of Flower Essence Therapy
Join Ruth, Kathleen and Rochana for a fascinating discussion with Isabela Bisconcini, a flower essence educator, practitioner and psychotherapist from Brazil, on the multidimensional transmission and living legacy of flower essence information.
Isabela at the age of 13 started a spiritual and personal search. When she was 21 she met a Tibetan Healer Lama, and took him as a master. She graduated as Psychologist at the age of 22, and first met Flower Essences when she was 24 years old, in 1990. The idea of remedies made by flowers immediately fascinated her. In that innovative and creative period were the seeds for the path she would love and honor for her entire life: vibrational essences, psychology and spiritual journey. She took courses of the Alaska, California, Australia, Desert, Netherlands and Pacific essences with the systems creators. In time she became a jungian analyst, systemic constellator, EMDR therapist, meditation instructor and also graduated in Languages: Portuguese-Italian.
Nowadays Isabella works using vibrational essences as a fundamental tool in dealing with emotional wounds and trauma.
She happily teaches about the Alaskan Essences, sharing the legacy of Steve Johnson’s life, the treasure he left for all of us.