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cathy skipper and florian

Plants and Ancestors -Healing Transgenerational Trauma


Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer MD

Aug 24-25

In this new live class Cathy and Florian will be delving into the important and timely subject of Historical Trauma, transgenerational lineages and the ways plant medicine can accompany us on this healing path.

“First is confronting the historical trauma. Second is understanding the trauma. Third is releasing the pain of historical trauma. Fourth is transcending the trauma.” (1)

We need to know our stories and tell them. We need to mend the threads that have been broken. We need to honor our ancestors. We need to transform the trauma and go beyond it. 

Historical trauma touches each of us on a personal level, as well as all of us collectively. If we do not become familiar with our ancestral lines and repair the broken threads, unresolved traumas surface in future generations until someone takes notice. 

Florian and I have both become aware in our work that clients with chronic illnesses or repetitive negative emotional and mental patterns that are resistant to repeated healing efforts are often carrying transgenerational trauma.

The 2-day class will be both informative and experiential. Carefully selected plants and essential oils will accompany the work. 

We will lead participants through ways of identifying and working with ancestral trauma. Ways of connecting and working with ancestors. 

We will work on different levels. Genetics, DNA and transgenerational history, the energetic, inner work of releasing cellular memory, healing and making peace with the past.

We will work with specific oils and plants that we have identified as strong allies for this process.  We will also look at the importance and how to find your own ancestral plants. 

Themes covered in the 2-day workshop:

  • The importance of ancestral recognition and the history of this through different cultures.
  • The four ancestral lineages and how they have affected your life.
  • The importance of mending the maternal lineage (mtDNA) and the feminine rising.
  • Identifying healthy ancestors that are ready to work with you.
  • DNA testing, mapping out genealogical patterns and lineages, historical research.
  • How trauma is inherited epigenetically.
  • Using plants and oils to identify areas that need attention.
  • Using plants and oils to help release cellular memories.
  • Using plants and oils to create safe boundaries and make offerings.
  • Look at the link between personal and collective historical trauma and the importance of stories being told.
  • Working plants and the heart doorway, we will look at ways of feeling/processing and forgiving in relation to historical trauma.
  • Identify the ancestral gifts that you have inherited from your lineages.
  • Identify the plant knowledge that you have inherited through your DNA .
  • Finding the gift in the trauma story.


Cathy Skipper

English by birth, Cathy Skipper spent her adult life in rural France, where she farmed, trained and worked as a herbalist and aromatherapist, and taught practical herbalism, botany and aromatherapy at the L'Ecole Lyonnaise de Plantes Medicinales in Lyon. She participated for four years in an approach to energetic healing called Life Cell, under French Kinesiologist Caroline Gupta. Her medicinal plant education in France included a two-year course with Claude Lefebvre in Plant Communication. She emigrated from France in 2015 to live and work in New Mexico with her partner, Florian Birkmayer.

Cathy's work involves building bridges between aromatic medicine and herbalism as well as recognizing the importance of healing the healer and reconnecting with nature. In her teaching she marries theory, practical work and energetics with the intention of helping students develop an intuitive relationship between themselves, the plant/essential oil and the patient, as a poweful impetus for healing.

Cathy's work with Florian centres round the work of Carl Jung and the psyche, aromatic molecules, and the mind. She is co-author with Patrice de Bonneval of Aromatic Medicine.

For more info about Cathy, visit: cathyskipper.wordpress.com

Dr Florian Birkmayer MD

Florian Birkmayer is a Wounded Healer and the co-developer with Cathy Skipper of AromaGnosis, which synthesizes Jungian depth psychology and aromatherapy. A holistic psychiatrist, he has an extensive background in trauma and addiction as well as Equine-Assisted Therapy. A bridge-builder between different medical worlds, Florian works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers.

Florian received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico. He has previously served as the director of the Dual Diagnosis Clinic at the University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center, and as the director of the Substance Use Disorders program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, USA.

For more info about Florian, visit: aromagnosis.com




We can offer CEU's from the New Mexico Board of counseling and psychotherapy for this course.




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