We may all come to aromatherapy for different reasons: a need to heal or find balance; to unplug and get closer to nature; to expand our community or simply inspire creativity. But whatever the reason, building a relationship with plants and aroma is always satisfying—and sometimes life-changing.
That’s the experience we want to share with you. We give you all the oils and tools you’ll need, plus a collaborative, hands-on learning environment; you bring an open mind and a willingness to explore.
"I just wanted to say thank you again for offering such a beautiful, informative, and inspiring course. I loved learning from you, and really connected with your way of teaching and with the oils themselves. They are so beautiful!”
—Jenn, Yoga Teacher and Natural Beauty Entrepreneur
Multiple dates available
Tuesday, July 10th | 6:30 - 8:00 pm EST with Amy Anthony
Wednesday, Sept 5th | 6:30 - 8:00 pm EST with Libby Vlasic
Monday, November 5th | 6:30 - 8:00 pm EST with Amandine Peter
Have you always wanted to know more about essential oils? Join us for a Free evening of aromatic bliss and learn about our one-of-a-kind programs like: Aromatherapy Certification and Botanical Beauty Formulation. The New York Institute of Aromatic Studies is the only school in NYC that offers such a wide array of workshops and programs that celebrate the power and love of plant-based beauty and wellness. The evening will feature 5 essential oils and great discounts for upcoming classes.
Sunday, June 24th | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
Although lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is called “the mother of oils” there are other species worthy of acquainting yourself with and adding to your toolkit.
This class was created to elevate Lavandula group. This is a chanec to explore the different lavender species (e.g., officinalis, latifolia, lavandin, stoechas) including the same species of Lavandula officinalis grown in a few different locations. You will experience the essential oils of other plants known as “the lavenders” of their group (“lavender tea tree” and “lavender sage”) and briefly explore “the chamomiles,” because they go so well with the lavenders.
Join Amy Anthony in getting to know the plants’ personalities by not only learning about each one's therapeutic benefits, but by also smelling their essential oils, seeing and feeling some of lavender plants and participating in the following activities:
- Get to know Lavandula angustifolia by sipping on a tisane made from local lavender.
- Create your own lavender wand from local lavender plants.
- Design a custom blend using the essential oils featured in the workshop to put into an all-heal-salve made just for the class!
Multiple Dates Available
Wednesday, July 18th | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday, August 15th | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
By definition, aromatherapists use essential oils obtained via water or steam distillation. Distilling aromatic plant material with water gives us two gifts: an essential oil and a distillate (hydrosol). Hydrosols are the forever changed waters created through the distillation process. You may have heard of and already use rose water or orange blossom water—these are distillates and have been used for centuries for their gentle therapy.
Hydrosols can be made from aromatic and non-aromatic plants. This gives us a bridge between aromatherapy (using aromatics, specifically their essential oils) and herbalism (using aromatic and non-aromatic plants). Incorporating hydrosols into your life further expands your access to phyto-therapy.
Look forward to learning:
- A high-level overview of the distillation process
- A brief history of distillation and the aromatic waters
- Benefits of using hydrosols
- How to incorporate the hydrosols into your life/practice
- Feel, taste and smell a selection of hydrosols at our “hydrosol bar”
- Create your own blend of hydrosols from the hydrosol bar to take home with you in a spray bottle.
Leave the workshop feeling refreshed by the plant waters and with an expanded perspective on plant-therapy!
Tuesday, July 24th | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Join Amy Anthony for this evening class in July to consider some of the fruits and flowers of aromatherapy; how many of the flower oils have an affinity for the skin and the heart (i.e., compassion) and how fruits, packed with nourishment and seeds, are often cleansing and purifying. July is an exceptional time to get out of the heat and sip on cooling rose water and relax in a learning environment filled with beautiful aromas!
Look forward to the following experiences during this 2 hour workshop:
A tisane experience where we smell, sip and discuss an infusion of flowers made at the beginning of class.
Reviewing key properties of fruits and flowers overall.
Learning about six select flower and fruit oils through guided olfactory meditations and discussing individual properties of those essential oils.
As a bonus, we’ll discuss photo-toxicity!
Creating your own aromatic spritzer with select hydrosols and your own blend of the essential oils covered in class!
After you leave the class, you will have built a deeper relationship with some of the aromatic flowers and fruits of aromatherapy so you may understand when it is a good time to call upon them to support you and loved ones.
Can't make it to NYC but still want to join us? Sign up for this class via Live Streaming.
Sunday, September 16th | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
As we settle into the fall it is a perfect time to reflect less upon the flowers of spring and summer and more upon the end result of the flowers: seeds! This is also a time of year we are thinking about roots, both in our diet (e.g., carrot, parsnip) and how nature is putting energy back into the ground in preparation for winter. Join us to explore several of the roots and seeds used in aromatherapy. Get ready to experience Angelica, Spikenard, Carrot and Coriander among many other amazing root and seed oils!
Look forward to the following during this 3 hour workshop:
- Learn about select root and seed oils’ therapeutic benefits and spend time getting to know them through guided and shared olfactory meditations.
- Sipping on select infusions made of roots and seeds.
- Each participant will make their own blend of essential oils to add to a nourishing body balm to take-away and enjoy through the upcoming days of autumn and into the winter.
Wednesday, September 26th | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Explore one of the places where non-aromatic herbs meet aromatic herbs: macerated (aka infused) herbal oils. Herbal infused oils are excellent medicine for the skin and when combined with essential oils add another layer of therapy to your medicine chest. This is an opportunity for you to take part of a time-honored tradition: infusing herbs into oil is an ancient form of medicine-making.
Following are highlights to look forward to:
- Learn about:
- The benefits of using herbal infused oils
- How to prepare an herbal infused oil--including best practices
- The most common carrier oils to use in the preparation
- How to decant and store an infused oil
- Make your own infusion to bring home!
- Take away a bottle of a decanted and strained oil demonstrated in class.
Saturday, November 10th | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
Frankincense and myrrh, part of the Burseraceae family, produce healing resins that have been used around the world for centuries. This plant family includes other therapeutic, but lesser known plants that are worthy of exploration.
Join us to explore the “torchwood” family: you will experience and learn about different the Frankincense species, Myrrh, Opoponax and many other plants tapped for their resins or oleo-resins.
Look forward to the following during this 3 hour workshop:
- We will burn and warm select resins, touching upon the ancient practice of using incense.
- Sip and enjoy frankincense infused water.
- Participants will create their own blend of essential oils from the ones learned in class and create a healing salve to take home.