AIA 2013 International Aromatherapy Conference and Wellness Expo

Organization: Alliance of International Aromatherapists

Venue: Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel

Location: St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

Event Date/Time: Sep 19, 2013 / 9:00 am - (EST) End Date/Time: Sep 22, 2013 / 4:00 pm - (EST)
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The Alliance of International Aromatherapists invites you to their 4th Biennial International Aromatherapy Conference and Wellness Expo to be held September 19-22, 2013, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel.

With the title, Expanding Aromatherapy: Power of the Past ~ Force of the Future, AIA is hosting an array of industry leaders who will be presenting on a variety of topics including the use of aromatherapy in clinical setting, personal care and other integrative therapies, as well as aromatherapy research.

The purpose of this conference is to provide opportunities for aromatherapists, nurses, massage therapists, related specialty practitioners and students to meet, discuss and learn about current aromatherapy methodologies and research.



Alliance of International Aromatherapists

Conference Speakers

Rhiannon  Lewis (formerly Harris) FIFPA  Keynote Speaker

Working at the Coalface: Expanding Clinical Aromatherapy Through Research-Informed Practice

Rhiannon is an experienced aromatherapist, educator and author. As editor of the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy and director of Essential Oil Resource Consultants in Provence, she travels widely to promote clinical aromatherapy. In 2012 she organized and hosted an international conference of plant therapeutics and Clinical Aromatherapy in Dublin, Ireland and is set to do the same in 2014.


Over the past 20 years, the field of aromatherapy has evolved into distinct areas of expertise and practice. Clinical aromatherapy is one such area and its successful integration into healthcare settings has been largely due to therapists translating research into practice. This presentation demonstrates how such a pragmatic “coalface” approach is dependent on a rigorous evidence base in order to ensure the ongoing expansion of clinical aromatherapy worldwide.


Robert Tisserand

Robert Tisserand is an aromatherapy author and educator with 40 years experience. In 2010-2012 he inspired live audiences in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan. Robert has written three books, and tracks all the published research on essential oils.


Pre-Conference Workshop:  Clinical Safety for Aromatherapy: The Way Forward We will discuss safety in relation to all body systems, focusing on drug interactions, pregnancy and cancer. Understanding and applying some basic principles enables practitioners to make informed decisions. Pertinent information includes essential oil composition, when to extrapolate constituent data, differentiating hazard and risk, and weighing benefit against risk.


Conference Program:  Essential Oils:  Safety Scares & Myths

Is tea tree shampoo estrogenic? Is thyme oil hypertensive? Does lavender oil kill skin cells? Safety issues may be generated by well-intentioned aromatherapists, quackbusting doctors, organizations with their own agenda, or the “internet genie.” It can be difficult to figure out what’s going on, and some outcomes may be surprising.


Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), The Anatomy of the Body-Mind Connection

I have been studying, practicing, and teaching alternative medicine for over 20 years.  Weaving the discoveries of western science with the wisdom of Chinese Medicine is what I do for work and fun. I teach western science courses from a holistic perspective at Aromahead Institute, and hands-on bodywork courses at Meridian Massage Institute.


We know from our experience that Aromatherapy benefits our body, mind, and spirit. PNI gives us a concrete frame of reference to explain many of these benefits in the language of western medicine. This lecture offers an overview of brain anatomy, the immune system, and olfaction so that you can benefit from the field of PNI to support your experiential knowledge of the benefits of Aromatherapy.



Andrea Butje, LMT, Clinical Aromatherapist

Teach Essential Oils Practical Chemistry/Engage Your Students/Build Their Confidence

Andrea Butje is the founder of Aromahead Institute, a premier resource for aromatherapy information and instruction. The Institute offers exclusive online and in-person educational resources. Andrea is changing the Aromatherapy educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching and creating community.


Teaching essential oil chemistry is easier then you think. Andrea will present a practical and dynamic teaching approach that will leave you looking forward to the chemistry section in your curriculum! Help your students gain knowledge and self-confidence while studying chemical families and individual components.


Valerie Cooksley, RN, OCN, FAAIM

Aroma-Balneotherapeutics: Aromatic Medicinal Bath Therapies

Ms. Cooksley is a nurse-aromatherapist pioneer and best-selling author of eight natural health books.  She is the Founder of the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy/Houston, providing instruction and personal mentoring for the Integrative Aromatherapy© Certificate Program, a nationally accredited correspondence course in the art, science and bio-energetics of essential oil therapy.


A holistic nursing perspective on the history and utilization of botanicals and minerals as balneo medicine and the unique properties of water in promoting healing will be explored.  Therapeutic interventions of incorporating essential oils into bath treatments, the ailments they benefit, and the guidelines one should follow will be presented. 


Raphael d’Angelo, M.D.

How to Avoid Speed Bumps, Potholes and Derailments in an Aromatherapy Practice

Raphael d’Angelo, MD is an aromatherapy educator, researcher and practitioner who co-founded AIA, served as its first president and is the AIA medical advisor. Dr. d’Angelo brings to his endeavors 35 years of clinical practice experience, 42 years of medical microbiology combined with rigorous training in essential oil therapies.


The goal of this presentation is to share valuable information, insights and experiences that will pave the way for a smoother ride down the path of your aromatherapy journey. The focus is directed toward recognition of obstacles in providing aromatic care and practical advice on how to avoid them.



Nancy Graves, MBA, CA

Kundalini Yoga - 3 sessions

Nancy Graves has been studying a variety of healing arts since childhood. She is a 500-hour Certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Intuitive Counsel, Master Crystologist and a Reiki Master Instructor. It is her objective to guide her students to live a higher standard of wakefulness.


Kundalini Yoga - Cold Depression Cold Depression is affecting our society to a degree never seen before. Learn more about this and simple yogic practices to alleviate it.  Kundalini yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, pranayama, mantra and meditation, to experience self-healing and elevation.


Kundalini Yoga – Preparing the Healer Within As a practitioner who serves the healing of others, it is important to prepare the body, mind and spirit prior to a session. Kundalini yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, pranayama, mantra and meditation, to experience self-healing and elevation.


Kundalini Yoga – Balancing Through Breath The Breath of Life is a key element for bringing balance and wellness to the body. Within three minutes life enhancing chemicals can be released into the body. Kundalini yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, pranayama, mantra and meditation, to experience self-healing and elevation.

Mindy Green RA, RH (AHG)

Essential Oils: Soul of Nature or Dangerous Toxins?

Mindy Green is an herbalist, aromatherapist and esthetician specializing in botanicals.   She is the author of several books and over 55 published articles, and lectures internationally.  She is on the advisory board of several professional organizations and is an educator, professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and founder of


The controversy surrounding essential oils has sparked fierce debate – are they the answer to the new super bugs, the path to enlightenment or dangerously harmful substances? We will explore contentious issues of EO therapies by a variety of means as we strive to find a reasonable approach to using these fragrant botanicals as integrative therapeutic tools.


Ann Harman

Hydrosols:  Exploring These Ancient Medicinal Waters

Ann Harman is a Certified Organic Farmer, Botanist, Herbalist and Artisan Distiller. She is owner of IAG Botanics LLC, a certified organic business in Washington State, USA. Ann has been making herbal products for decades and distilling hydrosols for more than 17 years. She loves sharing her knowledge of the world of distillation and hydrosols and works directly with Medical doctors, Aromatherapists, Naturopaths, Herbalists, and Organic Personal Care manufacturers.


We will explore the history of the distillate waters we call “Hydrosols.” We will discuss Good Manufacturing Practices, microbes and shelf stability, Myths vs Facts surrounding the distillate water and look at the chemistry and current research of Hydrosols and their uses in a clinical practice.


Peter Holmes, L.Ac., M.H.

Using Blue Tansy and Other Essential Oils for Treating Allergies and Inflammation

Peter Holmes is a Medical Herbalist, Clinical Aromatherapist and practitioner of Oriental Medicine and  with over 25 years' experience of using botanical and aromatic remedies in clinical practice. He has focused on both the physiological and psychological aspects of using essential oils, and has pioneered the use of essential oils with acupuncture and bodywork in particular.


Allergic and chronic inflammatory disorders are statistically on the rise and we need reliable information on those essential oils that obtain good clinical results. Blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum), Helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolium), Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) and Atlas cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) are among the important clinically tried-and tested essential oils for treatment. To make our oil selection more precise and effective, we will consider the individual terrain that is the context and often etiology for these conditions. 


Linda Anne Kahn  HHP CMT CLT-LANA

Immunity in the 21st Century

Linda-Anne Kahn is an Internationally trained CIDESCO Beauty Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Dr Vodder’s Lymphedema Therapist. 

She is certified as a Clinical Aromatherapist from Eve Taylor, London and has studied Aromatherapy with many French Doctors, including Dr. Daniel Pénoël, Dr. Claude Lapraz and Pierre Franchomme. 


In this exciting presentation, we will discuss a multifaceted approach to boosting the immune system and the vital role of the lymphatic system.

A blocked lymphatic system results in a breeding ground for pathogenic material.

We will discuss a multifaceted approach to boosting the immune system utilizing essential oils and lymph drainage.


Bridget Kelley RA LMT

What do I do with this bottle?  Promoting Aromatherapy Within Your Practice

Bridget Kelley is a Registered Aromatherapist, nationally certified licensed Massage Therapist, owner and main essential oils blend formulator for Kelley Pure Essential Oils.  She is a clinical essential oil consultant for area hospitals as well as a local instructor of aromatherapy in west central Wisconsin. My mission is to provide education on the safe use of essential oils and to take every opportunity to speak about essential oils to hospitals, health seminars and women’s conferences.


We all have heard this line "I have this bottle of oil but I'm not sure what to do with it".  You know the benefits and therapeutic properties of these oils but how do we get the message of their importance across to our clients, patients and colleagues. Just like a mechanic knowing the workings of a car, doesn't make them a great car salesman.  In this session, we will learn the strategy to promote essential oils, expound on the applications and business protocols.


Katharine Koeppen, RA, LMT, NCTMB

The Fifth Element: Aromatherapy & the Etheric Temperament

Katharine is a seasoned clinician and dynamic speaker with 20 years in aromatic practice. She has extensive experience with fragile populations in the areas of hospice, cancer support and emotional health, incorporating essential oil therapies to heal the mind and spirit. Katharine is the founder of Aromaceuticals.


The mysterious fifth element, ether, is hinted at in the very term essential oil.  We’ll  begin with an examination of ancient and current ideas about enigmatic ether, including how it fits into aromatherapy and integrative healing. Learn about physical and psychospiritual manifestations of the oft-ignored etheric temperament, as well as several essential oils to balance and enhance this temperament.


Gabriel Mojay, FIFPA, LicAc, CertEd

Aromadynamics:  Qi, Prana, and Pneuma of Essential Oils

Gabriel Mojay is a UK-registered practitioner of clinical aromatherapy, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. He first studied natural medicine in 1978, specializing in shiatsu therapy and Oriental diagnosis. Following four years of training in TCM, he became in 1987 a member of the British Acupuncture Council. He first trained in botanical medicine and aromatherapy in the 1980s, and has since studied with some of the world’s leading experts in clinical aromatherapy.


The aromadynamics of essential oils refers in simple terms to their therapeutic effects according to established theories of vital energy; in particular, to traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, and ancient Greek medicine. This presentation will compare and contrast the fundamental principles that inform these systems, distilling them to elucidate ten key olfactory-energetic body-mind actions: a rational-intuitive framework which aromatherapists can use to refine and expand their clinical formulating.

Crucially, the presentation will also call attention to the fact that the energetic and scientific therapeutics of essential oils are by no means inherently divergent, and that contemporary research frequently clarifies and confirms their aromadynamic properties  


Joan Morais

Create Your Own Skin Care Line

Joan Morais is an aromatherapist, herbalist, natural cosmetic formulator and instructor. Joan has completed courses with The Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy, Dhyana Center Ayurvedic Clinical Aromatherapy, Living Awareness Institute Herbology, Cosmetic Chemist Certificate Program and teaches courses on Natural Body Care Product Making. She has written many “How To” books.


Learn how to create facial cleansing grains, steam herbs, toner and serum with natural plant ingredients. Most people misdiagnose their skin type. Once you know your skin type you can create nourishing face care products to balance and promote radiant skin. Joan shares tips from her natural cosmetic formulating experiences.


Sylla Sheppard-Hanger

"Re-Start Me Up"  Confessions of a Vintage Aromatherapist-40 Years of Aromatherapy

Sylla Sheppard-Hanger is the Founder and Director of the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy. Devoted to the field of aromatherapy for 35 years as a practicing licensed massage therapist, cosmetologist, and esthetician, Sylla authored Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual, The Aromatic Spa Book, The Aromatic Mind Book, and The Aromatherapy Practitioner Correspondence Course.


Sylla offers a fresh look at the rich development of aromatherapy in the US while sharing her journey with aromatherapy in applications for breast cancer, children with autism, disaster relief, and grief work. This brief presentation aims to entertain, inspire, and excite both new and experienced practitioners.


Debrah Zepf, PhD, DNM

PhD Study: Lowering Cholesterol Using Essential Oils

Dr. Debrah Zepf holds a Doctorate in Traditional Naturopathy and PhD in Natural Medicine. Her private practice, Holistic Herbal Health LLC, assists with a wide variety of conditions including pain, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, detoxification and more. She is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, board certified Master Herbalist, Bio-Energetic Practitioner and Energy Worker.


Dr. Debrah Zepf will delight and educate you on her PhD study, Lowering Cholesterol Using Essential Oils.  From this study, she created her own blend of Chakra Oils and protocols, which are used specifically to help energetically balance the organs and systems to lower cholesterol and enhance whole body positive health.


Additional Information

Benefits of Attending and Conference Information

Contact Hours: Attendees may receive up to 25 contact hours* for fully attending the conference including pre-conference.


Target Audience: The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for this conference have been designed to meet the educational needs of aromatherapists and integrative heath care providers looking to add other applications/techniques of aromatherapy, and complementary therapies, to their existing practice.


Successful completion requirements: In order to receive CPDs for educational activities at this conference, participants must:


  • Register for the conference
  • Be present for the sessions no later than 5 minutes after the starting time.
  • Remain in session until the scheduled ending time.
  • Complete and return the evaluation forms at the conclusion of the conference.
  • Have pre-conference workshop form signed by the presenter and return to AIA office.