David Crow & Floracopeia
Friday, July 6th 2012: Free Friday Opening Reception, 7 – 10 pm
Saturday, July 7th 2012: The Medicinal Uses of Essential Oils, 10 am – 5 pm
Explore the basics of aromatherapy, the biology of flowers and the science of fragrance. Topics include:
• How essential oils work–their absorption and effects on the glandular, respiratory, nervous and circulatory systems.
• How to use them safely and effectively.
• How to create a home pharmacy of important essential oils and how to use them to calm the mind and body and enhance meditation.
· Floral relaxants such lavender and geranium
· Medicinal florals such as Helichrysum and chamomile
· Antimicrobials such as tea tree
· Respiratory/immune enhancing oils such as conifers and eucalyptus
· Medicinal grasses such as lemongrass
· Attars and exotic flower preparations such as rose and jasmine
Sunday, July 8th 2012: Contemplative Aromatherapy, 10 am – 5 pm
“Contemplative Aromatherapy" is an experiential approach to studying essential oils and their effects on body and mind using a combination of classical Buddhist meditation methods and Ayurvedic medical philosophy. There are two basic ways to use essential oils with meditation practice. The first is to use oils to enhance meditative states, and the second is to use meditation to study the oils. In this program we use both these approaches, both separately and together. Because of the links among olfaction, the limbic system and awareness, when botanical aromatics are used consciously and deliberately to support meditation practice their effects become more powerful. Likewise, deep contemplation reveals the presence of the plant consciousness that is responsible for creating the aromatic compounds. By studying essential oils in this contemplative way, we learn how they can transform consciousness and benefit emotional and spiritual wellbeing, enhance and deepen our awareness of the body/mind relationship, help us recognize the hidden dimensions of intelligence within the plants, and increase sensitivity to our biological unity with all beings.
Cost: Saturday & Sunday, $85 per day, $150 for the weekend
Register before June 6th 2012: $125 for the weekend