4 Night aromatherapy retreat and level one certification course
at the standard hotel in miami, fl 

We love Aromatherapy! We are welcoming at The Standard Spa, Miami the knowledge of Aromatherapy, Botanicals, Product Formulation, Essential Oils, Healing Powers and more, with Amy Galper, of New York Institute of Aromatherapy, who will lead the Original Level One Aromatherapy Certification Program  40 hours, plus a few extra enhancements special for participants, open for all guests and spa professionals. (approved for 30 CE for massage therapists) for you who would like to explore and immerse in the benefits and wellbeing of aromatherapy.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:  

  • Discuss the history of aromatherapy and its modern development.
  • Identify key elements in determining the quality of an essential oil.
  • Define what an essential oil is and how it is produced.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of chemistry of essential oils and more in depth knowledge 20 essential oils, including Latin binomial, safety information, and key therapeutic and/or energetic properties of each individual essential oil.
  • Understand current up-to-date information on safety and essential oils.
  • Describe the basic physiology of the skin and its key functions.
  • Describe the basic anatomy & physiology of the sense of smell.
  • Create a blend of essential oils for an emotional purpose.
  • Develop clear career goals and a path to become an Aromatherapist.

Enjoy this unique program, yoga, steam soak and soar at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach a holistic and hydrotherapy oriented spa hotel inspired by global bathing cultures, self-teaching and healing. Explore the curative effects of water and learn the ageless art of bathing - indoors and out.

Retreat Inclusions:

Aromatherapy Certification Retreat Workshop Classes 30 hours plus 10 individual hours
NAHA.org (National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy) approved program and certification.
Aromatherapy Kit, including book, 20 essential oils, and ingredients to formulate organic skin care

  • Daily $25 Breakfast Credit
  • Daily Yoga Classes
  • Daily DIY Bath Bar  
  • Spa Service Treatments with 10% off (schedule with The Standard Spa, Spa Menu)

retreat Itinerary:

Dates TBA


$1250 Aromatherapy Aroma 101 Certification Program without hotel stay
4 Nights Single from $2621 | Shared from $2210 per Guest (Shared Queen Bed) with the Certification Program and hotel stay

Distillation Retreat in Sedona, AZ with PhiBee Aromatics 2018 Dates TBA

Join Amy Galper, Founder and Executive Director of the NYIOA, as we travel to Sedona AZ to wild-craft native and cultivated plants from the Southwest and learn the art of artisan distillation with Master Distillers Clare and Max Licher of PhiBee Aromatics, Sedona, Arizona.

PhiBee Aromatics

Clare and Max Licher started PhiBee Aromatics out of a love and passion for the native plant world. Clare began studying medicinal herbs in 1987 and has completed a 235-hour AIA and NAHA approved Aromatherapy Certification course. Max is an avid botanist and plant photographer, and has catalogued over 1,200 native plants in the Sedona Oak Creek Canyon region. They began distilling essential oils in 2005, and have since distilled over 80 different species of native and locally cultivated plants, plus 4 macerations. They wildcraft in a sustainable fashion and attempt to benefit the plants in their trimming techniques. They are permitted by the US Forest Service, and have worked with the Nature Conservancy on many occasions. 


Nestled in Oak Creek Canyon along the lush banks of Oak Creek, the Briar Patch Inn invites you to nurture your relationship with nature. At the base of the surrounding red rock mountains, the spring fed waters of Oak Creek create a healing, magical oasis—the perfect setting for the Briar Patch—a quiet blending of 9 acres, 19 cottages, majestic canyon oaks, dappled sunlight, squirrels, sheep, and a caring staff. The Briar Patch Inn as a lush and peaceful environment, devoid of distracting devices, miles away from the energy of modern life.


Hatha Yoga in Sedona

Taylor (RYT500), a Sedona local, has been a student of yoga since 2002. She has a total of 900 hours of training in hatha yoga, kundalini, and advanced hatha emphasizing therapy and Ayurveda. In 2010, Taylor was initiated in the Sivananda linage, receiving her first 200 hour Hatha certification in Uttarakhand, India. Taylor is an outdoor enthusiast, perpetual student, hiking guide, and artist. Her studies focus on plant medicine, Eastern philosophy, astrology, and various healing modalities. The foundation of her classes is Hatha-based, sharing from her personal experience to bestow an integral approach to teaching. In pursuit of sharing sacred knowledge, we can use this spark to illumine the brilliance of bringing balance to the physical and esoteric bodies. There is a cyclical interplay of working with the body to gain control of the mind and prana, to experience the unchanging truth that is within each of us eternally. She is honored to be both a vessel for the teachings, and a student of her students.



Retreat Inclusions

  • 2 Mornings of yoga classes 
  • 2 catered lunches and one catered dinner by Sedona's best vegan chef with Vital Vegan
  • Rides to Sedona from the phoenix airport may be pre- arranged through the school - or book your own taxi/shuttle
  • Tour of Sedona area as well as time for shopping
  • 2 - 3 Distillations during your stay
  • Wild crafting of plant materials with renowned Native Plant of the Southwest Expert Max Licher
  • 2 Day workshop on native plants of the south west and their energetic and therapeutic properties with Clare Licher, gifted artisan distiller and alchemist 

Retreat Itinerary

DAY ONE:  2018 Dates TBA

9am - 1pm :  Arrival at Phoenix Int’l airport and coordinate travel to Sedona.It is about a 2 hour drive.  The NYIOA will be renting a van, and joining the van can be arranged by emailing us here.  Otherwise other shuttles are available, check here: Acex Shuttle
3pm - 4:30pm : Settle into our beautiful accommodations at Briar Patch Inn
4:45pm : Gather at main entrance of Briar Patch to catch van
5pm :  Dinner at Elote Cafe
7pm : Welcome presentation at PhiBee Aromatics Distillery

DAY TWO: 2018 Dates TBA

7 am : Leave for Antelope Canyon
11am : Tour of Antelope canyon
12:30pm : Catered vegan lunch by Vital Vegan on a beautiful vista
1:30 - 3:30pm : Wild craft plant collection
6:30pm : Dinner in Flagstaff (TBD)

DAY THREE: 2018 Dates TBA

8am : Yoga class with Taylor
10am : Distillery Day which will include a workshop on the native plants of the Southwest, along with hands on distillation preparation and instruction
6pm : Dinner at Pump House Station, Sedona AZ

DAY FOUR: 2018 Dates TBA

8am : Yoga morning.  
10am : Do another collection in the Sedona area
12:30pm :  Catered lunch by Vital Vegan from a beautiful viewpoint
1:30pm : Head back to Distillery for another distillation, including a small hydro distillation (in the glass distiller)
6:30pm : Group dinner optional - or catered dinner back at the house

DAY FIVE: 2018 Dates TBA

9:30am : Tour a designated World Heritage Site, the Palatki Ruins are a window into the culture of ancient Arizonans. Located near Sedona, the Palatki site is filled with cliff dwellings as well as pictographs and petroglyphs that were created by the Southern Sinagua people, who inhabited the Sedona and Verde Valley area from 500 to about 1425 AD.
12:30pm : Lunch
1:30pm : Visit Tlaquepaque for shopping
6:30pm :  Goodbye dinner!




"The Sedona retreat was amazing and enjoyable. Clare and Max gave us a chance to wild harvest Douglas Fir and showed us the process of distilling them. I can still remember the scent that filled up the room during the process. We also got to know many of the native plants on the road and collected huge beautiful sage plants. I truly enjoyed their hospitality and sharing their knowledge with us."
 - Chen, Founder of Freshfield Aromatic

"Not only was this an incredible opportunity to be immersed in one of the most breathtaking places in the country, it was also a highly transformative experience to witness the plants in their natural habitat and acquire such genuine hands-on experience.  Clare and Max infused into the lessons their unique stories and perspectives and far exceeded my expectations.  Overall, it was something I would highly recommend and definitely not miss." 
- Jennifer Goldman, founder of Essential Rose Life

"For me, the best part of this retreat was traveling to beautiful Sedona and participating in the hands on distilling with my classmates in an intimate venue. I found it to be such a valuable asset to my experiential learning for my aromatic studies this past year. The accommodations, itinerary, and meals where perfect. Clare and Max have a beautiful studio filled with art + passion for the native southwest, and their unique personalities and wealth of knowledge shine through. Clare + Max have a way of weaving the culture and history into the stories of the medicinal values of over 66 native southwest botanicals, as well as an eye opening glimpse to the art of distillation, which was a highlight for me . I have gained a deeper appreciation and understanding for hydrosols and essential oils. I am so pleased that I have a deeper connection with the SW ecosystem and I now have a diverse collection of these blends for my treatments which I have incorporated with confidence to my skincare treatments for my clients, friends and family. I have since become a botanical distiller as well, and I am enjoying my continued research in perfumes, spirits, as well as eco-system botanical distilling. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone who has an interest in widening their curiosity on the distillation process as well as increasing their awareness of all these amazing oils in their natural setting in Sedona."
- Suzanne Barroso ~ Holistic Skincare Specialist, Aromatherapist, Distiller 

"Attending the distillation retreat in Sedona, Arizona was beautiful, magical and pure enlightenment. I walked away with a deeper knowledge and understanding of how essential oils are made, not to mention spent time in a very special part of this vast country. It is one thing hearing or reading about how essential oils are made, but it is a completely different level being in the woods harvesting Norfolk Pine with a group of like-minded souls, to make and distill essential oil step by step. I loved every minute of it, and I am looking forward to attending the next distillation retreat NYIOA hosts." 
- Elisabeth "Libby" Vlasic ~ Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Essential Oil Educator