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IFA Conference and Trade Show: Aromatherapy Under the Microscope
18th May 2024

Acton Gardens Community Centre

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

Fee: IFA Members £90.00, Non IFA Members £120.00

Key Note Speakers

Felicity Warner

‘Midwife to the dying’, Felicity was named End of Life Care Champion of the year by the National Council for Palliative Care at the House of Lords. She also won the Daily Mail’s Inspirational Women of the Year award, was nominated for the prestigious Woman of the Year award and named the End-of-Life Doula by Good Funeral Awards, for her work in palliative care.

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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.


Hana Tisserand

Hana is the Chief of operations at the Tisserand Institute. Having been raised in a family of doctors and nurses had primed her for a specialization in medical translation, which she counts alongside her experience working with politicians, authors, and educators. Hana teaches at the institute and commissions blog posts and has been working with Robert Tisserand for six years.

Jennifer Young

Jennifer is the founder of Beauty Despite Cancer and pioneer in the care of those affected by cancer and menopause. BSc (Hons) in Biology, an experienced microbiologist, nutritional therapist, aromatherapist, 
acupuncturist and member of the Royal Society of Medicine. She has been an expert witness in court for occupational health cases and active in medical research.

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Beyond the 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.





Caroline Osland

Caroline has been working as a complementary therapist at The Royal Marsden since 2012, and prior to that at University College hospital. She has been dedicated to providing a superb service to patients and works closely with her AHP colleagues and other members of the clinical team and will be talking about the clinical aspects of aromatherapy in integrated healthcare.

Dr Mark Moss

Mark is head of the Department of Psychology for Northumbria University and a founding member of the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit. He teaches Psychobiology Sensation and Perception, undergraduate and Masters level research methods modules. His main research interests relate to cognitive function with a focus on phyto-aromatics.

Interested in Attending?

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, 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 every attendee
  • 6 CPD points awarded for attendance.

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.

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.


Conference Venue

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).


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