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Bringing together a panel of leading field experts, this event provides attendees with the very latest insights into aromatic research and integrated care in a variety of subjects. Attendees will listen to motivating and inspiring talks and gain valuable knowledge transferable to their own practice. Topics include - palliative care, cancer care, cognitive function, addiction, mental health and integrative aromatherapy in the NHS. Additional highlights:

  • An opportunity to meet like-minded professionals
  • An opportunity to ask the experts any questions 
  • Book signings
  • Networking with colleagues
  • Buffet lunch is included free of charge
  • Stock up on a choice of quality natural and organic products 
  • Sample the latest brands in the market with a free goody bag for each attendee
  • 6 CPD points awarded for attendance.

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SPEAKERS

ABOUT FELICITY

Felicity is founder of the worldwide Soul Midwives, a pioneering movement which began over 20 years ago with the intent to provide holistic and spiritual companions to anyone at the end of their life. Principal of The Soul Midwives School and visiting Research Fellow for the University of Winchester.

 ‘Midwife to the dying’ she created the idea of soul midwifery after sitting with many hundreds of people at the end of life – she was then inspired to train others to become companions like her and has coached many people from all walks of life in her methods. Soul midwives use a sophisticated knowledge of the dying process to ease the passage and bring relief from fear and suffering. Felicity is a passionate campaigner for raising standards of care at the end of life. From volunteering in local hospices and working one-to-one with dying people in the last days of life, she developed the Gentle Dying method (now called TLC) which offers comfort when medicine has reached its limits. It can be learned and used by anyone, in any care setting, to make death a peaceful and dignified experience. These methods are now widely used in hospices, hospitals and care homes around the world.

Her pioneering work has brought a new dimension to holistic and spiritual palliative care, and changed the face of modern holistic and spiritual palliative care in both the UK and abroad (there are now soul midwives working in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and Europe). She explains: ‘My aim is to have a Soul Midwife in every hospital, care home and hospice within the next five years in the UK.’ Her special interests are the psycho-spiritual and soul dynamics at the end of life, researching traditional folk lore and sacred ritual in the care of the dying and also introducing ways of caring for the dying with love and compassion.

She is a respected lecturer, teacher and author of acclaimed books – Gentle Dying, A Safe Journey Home, The Soul Midwives’ Handbook and The Sacred Oils, which is used as a text book by Soul Midwives around the world and many training centres and hospitals. During her talk Felicity will discuss the principles and practices of her book ‘A Journey with Sacred Oils’ with guided meditation.

She was nominated for the prestigious Woman of the Year award for her campaigning and work in palliative care. She regularly speaks on end of life matters on the BBC Radio including: Woman’s Hour, Beyond Belief, BBC Five Live, and numerous local Radio Stations. She also won the title of one of the Daily Mail’s ‘Inspirational Women of the Year 2017’ and named the End of Life Doula of 2017 by Good Funeral Awards and most notably named End of Life Care Champion of the year by The National Council for Palliative Care at the House of Lords.

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Felicity Warner

Sacred Oils – Working with 20 Precious Oils to Heal Spirit and Soul

Sacred oils are part of a mysterious and ancient art that dates back thousands of years. Their knowledge is passed from master to master - only a handful of people alive hold this knowledge. Among them is Felicity Warner, a healer and myrrhophore. In her talk, Felicity will guide you through a healing journey with 20 of the world's most treasured oils, including Elemi, Holy Basil, Palo Santo and Spikenard. Detailing their history dating back to Egypt and Babylon, she explains how to perform sacred rituals of anointment, attune to the frequency of each oil through meditation, and by using mandalas as a pathway to deeper consciousness and use the oils to cleanse auras and heal the soul, for prophecy and to access past-life information. Sacred Oils is aimed at anyone seeking deep healing, self-care and expanded consciousness, or wishing to develop their work in divination, prophecy and spiritual guidance. 

ABOUT HANA

Hana is the co-founder and director of operations and communications at the Tisserand Institute, the global leader in evidence-based essential oil education.

She oversees the creation of course content and curricula, moderates live webinars and teaches her own introductory classes. She has a unique perspective on how information about essential oils is sourced, processed and communicated, stemming from her past experience.

She was born in Prague, Czechia, and now lives in Southern California, and brings a strong background in French and English translation and interpretation that’s proven essential for the Tisserand Institute’s global student base.

She has been a part of the Tisserand Institute for nearly a decade, but her love for science, essential oils and fragrances runs even deeper, as does her appreciation for fine teas and coffee.

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Hana Tisserand

How well can you smell? Smell testing in the aromatherapy practice

Having a good sense of smell may be useful for a career in aromatherapy and perfumery, but it’s also a sign of overall health. A decline of our olfactory ability can be an early warning sign of many ailments, from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to psychological distress. In spite of an obvious need, olfactory testing has yet to be adopted by the general medical field, and aromatherapists are in the best position to meet this need. This presentation will cover different smell tests, their importance, and how to incorporate them in practice. Hana is the co-founder and director of operations and communications at the Tisserand Institute, the global leader in evidence-based essential oil education. She oversees the creation of course content and curricula, moderates live webinars and teaches her own introductory classes. She has a unique perspective on how information about essential oils is sourced, processed and communicated, stemming from her past experience. She was born in Prague, Czechia, and now lives in Southern California, and brings a strong background in French and English translation and interpretation that’s proven essential for the Tisserand Institute’s global student base.

ABOUT JENNIFER

Jennifer Young is the founder of The Jennifer Young Training School and Beauty Despite Cancer as well as a pioneer in the care of those affected by cancer and women experiencing a natural menopause.

Jennifer Young has a BSc (Hons) in Biology and is an experienced microbiologist, is a nutritional therapist, an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, a qualified aromatherapist, acupuncturist, beauty therapist and product formulator. She has two post-graduate qualifications in health-related fields, has been accepted by the Courts as an expert witness for occupational health cases, has taught internationally and has been active in medical research.

Jennifer was invited into the world of cancer support when some of the ladies at her local NHS hospital asked her to work with them and create specialist skincare and cosmetics for those going through treatment.   When Jennifer first entered the chemo ward, she, like many others, had no idea that many cancer patients suffered from skin and nail related side-effects of treatment. When she discovered the extra burdens suffered by cancer patients, Jennifer was determined to help.

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Jennifer Young

Beyond Diagnosis

Jennifer Young is the founder of The Jennifer Young Training School and Beauty Despite Cancer as well as a pioneer in the care of those affected by cancer and women experiencing a natural menopause. In this engaging, interactive session, Jennifer will discuss the ways in which therapists can look beyond a diagnosis, identifying the underlying cause of the presenting conditions. This insight enables us to better meet the needs of those who need us. Jennifer Young has a BSc (Hons) in Biology and is an experienced microbiologist, is a nutritional therapist, an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, a qualified aromatherapist, acupuncturist, beauty therapist and product formulator. She has two post-graduate qualifications in health-related fields, has been accepted by the Courts as an expert witness for occupational health cases, has taught internationally and has been active in medical research. Jennifer was invited into the world of cancer support when some of the ladies at her local NHS hospital asked her to work with them and create specialist skincare and cosmetics for those going through treatment.   When Jennifer first entered the chemo ward, she, like many others, had no idea that many cancer patients suffered from skin and nail related side-effects of treatment. When she discovered the extra burdens suffered by cancer patients, Jennifer was determined to help.

ABOUT DOMINI

Domini is a fully qualified aromatherapist, massage therapist and reflexologist. Before joining the complementary therapies team at UCLH, Domini gained experience as a voluntary complementary therapist at Paul's Cancer Support Centre, the Mulberry Centre and Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead. She is also a qualified teacher and has enjoyed a career teaching German at secondary schools and most recently teaching autistic children at a special needs school in Ealing. She is delighted to be part of the complementary therapy team at the UCLH Macmillan Centre and is enjoying working with both in-and outpatients at the hospital. She particularly enjoys using aromatherapy to help patients to feel less anxious and more relaxed.

Complementary therapies for people with cancer or a blood condition : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (uclh.nhs.uk)

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ABOUT CERIS

Ceris has almost 30 years’ experience of providing complementary therapies and leading complementary therapy services in the NHS and hospice care, in learning disability services, mental health, and in cancer and palliative care. She has headed the team at UCLH (University College London Hospitals) since 2018. Ceris is a qualified teacher and trainer and taught complementary therapies as an MTI tutor and VTCT teacher/assessor for many years. She also teaches meditation and has developed relaxation and self-care groups for patients and carers in many of her clinical settings, as well as workshops for staff.She feels privileged to support people during incredibly challenging, transitional times in their lives, whether during acute mental illness, bereavement, cancer treatment or end of life, using touch therapies, aromatherapy and words.

Complementary therapies for people with cancer or a blood condition : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (uclh.nhs.uk)

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Domini Stone

Aromatherapy in a supportive cancer care service in the NHS

Domini is a fully qualified aromatherapist, massage therapist and reflexologist. Before joining the complementary therapies team at UCLH, Domini gained experience as a voluntary complementary therapist at Paul's Cancer Support Centre, the Mulberry Centre and Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead. She is also a qualified teacher and has enjoyed a career teaching German at secondary schools and most recently teaching autistic children at a special needs school in Ealing. She is delighted to be part of the complementary therapy team at the UCLH Macmillan Centre and is enjoying working with both in-and outpatients at the hospital. She particularly enjoys using aromatherapy to help patients to feel less anxious and more relaxed.

Ceris Fender-Reid

Aromatherapy in a supportive cancer care service in the NHS 

Ceris has almost 30 years’ experience of providing complementary therapies and leading complementary therapy services in the NHS and hospice care, in learning disability services, mental health, and in cancer and palliative care. She has headed the team at UCLH (University College London Hospitals) since 2018. Ceris is a qualified teacher and trainer and taught complementary therapies as an MTI tutor and VTCT teacher/assessor for many years. She also teaches meditation and has developed relaxation and self-care groups for patients and carers in many of her clinical settings, as well as workshops for staff.She feels privileged to support people during incredibly challenging, transitional times in their lives, whether during acute mental illness, bereavement, cancer treatment or end of life, using touch therapies, aromatherapy and words.

ABOUT MARK

Having a good sense of smell may be useful for a career in aromatherapy and perfumery, but it’s also a sign of overall health. A decline of our olfactory ability can be an early warning sign of many ailments, from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to psychological distress. In spite of an obvious need, olfactory testing has yet to be adopted by the general medical field, and aromatherapists are in the best position to meet this need. This presentation will cover different smell tests, their importance, and how to incorporate them in practice.

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Dr Mark Moss

How well can you smell? Smell testing in the aromatherapy practice

Having a good sense of smell may be useful for a career in aromatherapy and perfumery, but it’s also a sign of overall health. A decline of our olfactory ability can be an early warning sign of many ailments, from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to psychological distress. In spite of an obvious need, olfactory testing has yet to be adopted by the general medical field, and aromatherapists are in the best position to meet this need. This presentation will cover different smell tests, their importance, and how to incorporate them in practice.

ABOUT VICTORIA

I qualified in 1996 from the Tisserand Institute and was invited to teach for them late in 1998. When the Institute closed, in 2004-5 I was then invited to teach on a Natural Medicines course Neal’s Yard was running, and to create a new Aromatherapy Diploma course for them, and also to create various aromatherapy introduction courses for the public. I resigned from NYR in 2020/2021, and now offer occasional CPD courses privately.

As I practitioner, I have specialised working in the field of mental and emotional health. I worked for 13 years providing aromatherapy for a NHS funded addiction service, mainly working with clients with alcoholism, but also with those using street drugs. Some of these clients also had dual diagnoses of other mental health conditions. I have devised teaching programmes for users and carers in the field of elderly care and dementia and eating disorders in a specialist young person’s residential unit within the NHS.

I am particularly interested in the delicacy of the therapeutic relationship and am also a craniosacral therapist and reiki practitioner.

I have written articles for In Essence, The IJA, and Aromatherapy Today, was the Consultant Editor and contributing writer for Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Complete Massage Book and contributed the Aromatherapy sections of their Mental Wellness book, both published by Dorling Kindersley.

Prior to my practitioner life, I was an actor, and to my great surprise, found that gave me some transferable skills, both in practice and in teaching.

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Victoria Plum

Working with clients with substance addictions

Although there are certainly chemical substances which are more likely to become addictive, there are also behaviours without the use of chemical substances, which might also be termed addictive. Though this client base, as far as our oils are concerned may need some special considerations around safety, it is important to realise that aromatherapy of itself will not ‘cure’ substance addiction, whether to alcohol, street drugs or prescribed pharmaceuticals. So – rather than working with ‘the addiction’ how do we best work with each individual client, each individual session?  In some ways, (other than any essential oil caution or contra safety aspects) we are working with our bread-and -butter client presentations: the constitutional area of weakness of each client, and the usual ways in which hyperarousal of the sympathetic nervous system affects soma, emotional tone and behaviour. The work is both simpler – and more complex – than we might suppose. We will explore the kinds of presentations these clients are likely to present with.  And, crucially, we need to consider how to work with clients who are often hyperaroused and  hypersensitised in their response to both their external environments, and their own internal perceptions : how do we, as practitioners, ‘hold the space’?

PROGRAMME

9.15 – 9.25: Registration and Reception
 

9.25 – 9.30: Welcome address by the Chair 
 

9.30 – 10.20: Jennifer Young
 

10.20 – 11.10: Victoria Plum
 

11.10  11.25: Refreshment Break & Networking

11.25 – 12.15: Felicity Warner (via zoom)
 

12.30 – 1.20: Dr Mark Moss
 

1.20 – 2.45: Lunch & Networking
 

2.45 – 3.35: Domini Stone & Ceris Fender-Reid
 

3.35 – 4.35: Hana Tisserand (via zoom)
 

4.35 – 5.00: Refreshment Break & Networking
 

5.00 – 5.15: Closure & Collection of Goodybag

TRADE STANDS

Interested in Exhibiting?

A unique opportunity to showcase your products at an event that brings all our international members, students, tutors and school owners together, face to face, for an event that hasn’t taken place since the pandemic.

Many of our members are self-employed and own their own clinics, salons and spas, so have total control over purchasing decisions for their business and are also in a central position to make recommendations to colleagues and their clients. Taking place at the University of West London, this is: 

  • A great opportunity to make sales and find new customers
  • A great opportunity to make valuable connections with our service providers and networking

There is ample opportunity for attendees to visit the stands throughout the day as well as on site visitors. IFA Corporate members are offered first refusal (click here to register). Stands are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

SPONSORING

Interested in Supporting?

To have a presence at the day and in the promotion surrounding the event, we invite you to sponsor an item to the conference goody bag. Goody bags are given to each attendee, including the press. 200 products (10ml minimum) will be required, each accompanied by a single page leaflet. This is a:

  • A great marketing opportunity to introduce your products to our niche market and expand your customer base. In the build up to the event, all sponsors will have their logo: displayed on the IFA website as a conference sponsor, included in all marketing of the event (newsletter, social media and distributed to our entire database)
  • On the day, attendees will be able to take away a sample of your product and try it first hand - many of our members have total control over business purchasing decisions .
  • After the event, you will also receive a free quarter page advert in our Aromatherapy Times Magazine distributed to all our members and at international exhibitions.

TRAVEL

Conference Venue

Acton Gardens Community Centre

 Unit A, Munster Court, Bollo Bridge Rd, London W3 8UU

 

Transport Links to Venue

  • By Bus
    The number E3 runs frequently to the venue 
     
  • By Car

    The Acto site lies on between the A4020 and A4000 (Uxbridge Road).
    The M4 motorway is a few minutes' drive away from Acton (junction 2).
    Please note that there is no car park available at the University site. Please use the public car parks within the Ealing area.

  • By Train

    5 mins walk from South Acton station (Overground) 10 mins walk from Acton Town station (Piccadilly line, District line).

Accomodation

For those coming from afar, there are lots of low cost hotels near the venue. For details click here

Key Note Speakers

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