The Birkmayer Institute

Facilitating Self-Transformation since 2009

Month: March 2015

The Ecology of Spirit Detroit 4/18

Saturday, April 18th – 9am to 5pm

An all-day aromatherapy workshop at Burnside Farm, Detroit, MI Presented by Florian Birkmayer MD

Join us for an extraordinary plant journey on Saturday, April 18th at Burnside Farm. Dr. Florian Birkmayer will be leading us through a day-long aromatherapy experience to reawaken our sense of smell and ability to communicate with plants through their essential oils. The workshop will explore the history and nature of scent and will introduce participants to 10 different plants. Through communing with each of the plant’s scents, we will get to know their emotional, physical, and healing properties and how they can support us in our daily lives. Each participant will have the opportunity to work with essential oils to make a plant spray, an anointing oil, and a bath salt. Come prepared to go deep and experience plants like you never have before! It will be a day of authentic communion, practical insights, and soul-full learning.

Location: 3341 Burnside Street, Detroit, MI  Cost: $100

A nurturing lunch will be provided!

To register, email Kate at kate.daughdrill @ or call 985.630.1466. Payment must be made in advance via check or Paypal to reserve your spot. For more information, visit www

Florian Birkmayer MD is a holistic psychiatrist and the founder of The Birkmayer Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has studied aromatherapy extensively and has taught workshops as well as using aromatherapy in his clinical practice. His holistic practice also focuses on Equine Assisted Therapy. He received his MD from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and his BA from Princeton University.

Cathy Skipper Plant Communication 7/11/15

Communicating with plants

A One Day Workshop on Sat July 11

Time: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

In plant medicine, the art of honoring the relationship between living beings extends to that of the plant world. This relationship is more than an intellectual understanding of a plant’s biochemical makeup but a capacity to sense its vibration. Communicating with plants helps us to get out of our anthropocentrism and connect with nature in an another dimension: a vertical dimension that opens the door to all possibilities. Communicating with plants reactivates the signature of the plant buried deep in the cells of our bodies. We gain a more profound understanding of the plant’s ‘being’ and can therefore work more precisely and authentically with it in the healing environment.  

This one day course is an introduction to ‘Plant Communication’. We will work on sensing the vibratory world through our subtle senses, the doors of perception and sequencing the contact with the plant. Time will be spent looking at how to create the optimal environment for plant communication and the five ‘bugs’ that act as barriers to authentic relating with plants.

To learn more about Plant Communication see Cathy’s article.

Cathy Skipper has lived in rural France for the last 25 years. A herbalist, teacher and gardener, she trained at the Ecole Lyonnaise de Plantes Médicinales in Lyon, France, where she now teaches. She participated for four years in an experimental approach to energetic healing called ‘Life cell’ under French Kinesiologist, Caroline Gupta. Her plant training also included a two year course with Claude Lefebvre on Plant Communication, she is currently translating his recent book on the subject into English.
Cathy‘s work involves building bridges between aromatic medicine and herbalism as well as recognising the importance of healing the healer and reconnecting with nature. In her teaching she marries, theory, practical work and energetics with an underlying intention of helping students develop an intuitive relationship between themselves, the plant/essential oil and the patient in order to impulse healing.

Cost: $200. Early Bird Registration $175 before 6/26/15.

Location: The Birkmayer Institute, 2017 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque NM 87106

To Register: Please call 505 720 4115 or email


CEUs available

Horses Healing Healers

by Win Simon & Florian Birkmayer MD

A 1-Day Retreat

Saturday May 23, 2015  10am-3pm

Saturday July 25, 2015 10am-3pm


Relax and rejuvenate in a fun and inspiring environment with horses. As healers, our self-nurturing sometimes takes a back seat to the endless demands of our work and clients. Horses offer profound healing when we allow ourselves to be in the present in their presence. They also allow us to improve our communication, assertiveness and team-work skills.

Open to healers of all traditions.

As part of the retreat, you will be treated to a gourmet vegetarian lunch by one of the premiere vegan and vegetarian caterers in Albuquerque!

Win Simon is a Level 2 EAGALA-certified equine therapist and horse whisperer. Florian Birkmayer MD is a holistic psychiatrist and addiction specialist and the founder of the Birkmayer Institute.

Fee: $125 (includes lunch) CEUs available

Location: 840 Simon Lane (2nd Street SW, 4.6 miles south of Rio Bravo Blvd) Albuquerque NM 87105

To Register: Call (505) 720 4115 or email thebirkmayerinstitute @