The Birkmayer Institute

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Hydrosol Encounter

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A Hydrosol Encounter

presented by Florian Birkmayer MD

Friday Jan 8, 2016 5pm-7pm

 

Hydrosols, a new form of aromatherapy, have been described as “the soul of the plant.” In this informal gathering we will explore the subtle and sublime aromas of several hydrosols and their emotional and spiritual properties. We will also taste these exquisite, artisan-distilled, food-grade hydrosols, to deepen our communion with these plant souls.

Join us in this profound inquiry into the relationship between smell and higher consciousness—and feel it spark into your own work.

Location: The Birkmayer Institute

Cost: Suggested Donation $10

To register: Email thebirkmayerinstitute @ gmail.com or call (505) 720 4115.

Registration strongly requested!

Advanced Equine Therapy 10/17

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An Advanced Training in Equine Assisted Therapy by Win Simon and Florian Birkmayer MD

Saturday October 17 9AM-12PM CEUs available  $65

You’re interested and perhaps already doing Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT), but you don’t know how to take it to the next level. You are uncertain about how to come up with a Treatment Plan for EAT. You are unsure how to talk to your colleagues about EAT and how to integrate EAT with other treatments that you do (such as art therapy for example) or that your clients are in. Or you just like to feel the healing power of horses in a fun and relaxed setting. Join us for a 3 hour advanced EAT training that focuses on Treatment Planning and Integrating EAT with other modalities.

This class is designed for Counselors, Social Workers, Art Therapists, Marriage and Family Therapists and anyone else that is already utilizing or a ready to start utilizing equine assisted therapy (EAT) or working with clients who are also in EAT (with another therapist) or collaborating with therapists that utilize EAT. Therapists and other healers who are curious about equine assisted therapy are also welcome.
Win Simon is a Level 2 EAGALA-Certified Equine Therapist and horse whisperer.
Florian Birkmayer MD is a holistic psychiatrist and certified in Equine Therapy by Greg Kiersen’s OK Corral Series.

3 hours of CEUs are offered by The Birkmayer Institute for this activity.

Location: WT Equestrian, 840 Simon Lane SW, Albuquerque NM 87105

To register email thebirkmayerinstitute @ gmail.com or call 505-720-4115 or 505-379-1974.

Haiku Healing

A Retreat led by Glen Walton M.Ed. LMSW

Sat 10/31 and Sunday 11/1

Sat 9:30am-5:30pm,  Sunday 9:30am-1pm

Following the retreat on Sunday 11/1, join us in attending the Dia de los Muertos Marigold Parade.

 

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Autumn wind –
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wavers.

Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

 

 

 

 

What does a 17th Century Japanese poetic form have to do with healing grief ? More than you might think. Join poet and psychotherapist Glen Walton to discover the inherent peace that dwells within Haiku. Participants will gently explore their own psyche to find both the source of emotional pain and possible solutions. Utilizing images from nature, paired with emotional content provided by life experiences, learn how to craft beautiful Haiku to allow the expression of grief – and begin your own healing. The workshop will more thoroughly study the origin and elements of Haiku. Most of the time is allowed for participants to create their own Haiku to address personal grief and loss issues. Participants will also learn how to begin to utilize Haiku as a therapeutic tool for use with patients struggling with their own grief issues.

Glen Walton, M. Ed. LMSW/IPR studied with William Glasser, M.D. at The Institute for RealityTherapy in Los Angeles. Mr. Walton has published poetry in Cenizo and Desert Candle. He currently works with patients and their families at Home Hospice in Odessa, Texas.

CEUs available
WORKSHOP LOCATION: The Birkmayer Institute
Workshop Fee: $175. 10% early-bird discount before 10/1. If you’ve previously attended the Haiku Healing retreat, the returning participant fee is $100.
To Register: Call (505) 720 4115 or email thebirkmayerinstitute @ gmail.com

Horses Healing Healers

by Win Simon & Florian Birkmayer MD

A 1-Day Retreat

Saturday January 9, 2016  10am-3pm

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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 @ gmail.com

Introduction to Equine-Assisted Therapy 4/25/15

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By Win Simon and Florian Birkmayer MD

Saturday April 25, 2015

9am-12pm (Registration at 8:30am)

Organized by the Enhancement Center. Join us for this hands-on introduction to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. Understand about the nature of horses and how this is important for EAL/EAP. Appreciate horses as co-therapists and the benefits of this approach. Understand Equine Assisted Learning and have a hands-on experience. Understand Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and have a hands-on experience. Who Should Attend: Counselors Social Workers Marriage and Family Therapists Psychologists About the Presenters: Win Simon has owned horses for the past 8 years and is the owner of WT Equestrian, LC. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, a Level II Certification in Equine Assisted Therapy from EAGALA and a Level II Certification in Natural Horsemanship.

Location: WT Equestrian 840 Simon Lane SW, Albuquerque NM 87105

CEU’s available. $79 Early Registration (Before April 17, 2015)

To Register click here or email enhancementcenter@msn.com 505 891 1583

 

Equine Therapy Group for PTSD

win kneelingAre you stressed? Are the memories and consequences of trauma interfering with your quality of life?

Join us in our weekly group for people with PTSD and other trauma-related issues. Equine-Assisted Therapy has shown great promise for people with PTSD. Here and here are some articles. Participants report decreased stress and improved resilience and coping skills. The groups are strengths-based and focus on the here and now.

The group is co-faciliated by Win Simon and Florian Birkmayer MD.

The group is open to adults (18+).

WINTER HOURS: Every other Thursday at 1pm. The next 2 will be on 12/3 and 12/7. Call for the schedule for 2016.

Cost: $20 per participant.   Registration required.

To register or for more information, please call (505) 720 4115 or (505) 379 1979.

 

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 @ gmail.com or call 985.630.1466. Payment must be made in advance via check or Paypal to reserve your spot. For more information, visit www .burnsidefarmdetroit.com/future.

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

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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 thebirkmayerinstitute@gmail.com

 

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

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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 @ gmail.com

Interview Florian Birkmayer

Florian Birkmayer MD founded the Birkmayer Institute in 2009 to offer holistic person-centered psychiatric care. The Institute is named after his grandfather Walter Birkmayer MD, the first person to treat Parkinson’s Disease with L-DOPA in 1961 and his father George Birkmayer MD, PhD who has been pioneering the use of NADH for a range of ailments. In addition to providing holistic person-centered care, he envisioned the Institute to serve as a place of learning and exchanging ideas about the wide range of healing traditions.

Connie: Dr. Birkmayer, The Institute has been a project that has been active for sometime but did not have a permanent home. Tell us about the possibilities that could evolve with large and small presentations.

Answer: You are correct that while I had an office in which to see clients, the Institute classes were nomadic, held in many different beautiful spaces. Having the space in-house in our new office for large and small presentations makes planning and organizing much, much easier and offers many synergies and a convenient centrally located venue for individual healing work as well as classes. It’s the old ‘if you build it they will come.’

Connie: You have recently been abroad speaking in the UK on Essential Oils can you tell us where you presented and how this was received by the International community?

Answer: I was very honored to be invited by Gabriel Mojay, a legend in aromatherapy to present on my approach to psychiatric conditions using aromatherapy. We held a full day workshop called “Aromatherapy and the Medicine of the Soul”, which was sold out and there were twice as many people on the waitlist as attended. It was the first international opportunity to share my thoughts about how aromatherapy can both be used for psychiatric conditions in a narrower sense and also to provide a Jungian framework for working with essential oils. The reception was overwhelmingly positive. Also Gabriel introduced me to Jane McGrath who organized a conference on “Shared Decision-Making in Psychiatry” which is a very important topic and I spoke briefly on how I use aromatherapy for PTSD. Many in the audience were very welcoming and open-minded.

Connie: You have several speakers from Canada and from the UK scheduled this year to present at the Institute. Do you envision more speakers for the Institute from abroad as well from around the states in the future?

Answer: A core part of my vision for the Institute is bridge-building between healers of different traditions and from different parts of the globe, so yes I would love to have presenters from around the globe and the US. Albuquerque is where the old Camino Real, the royal road from Mexico City northward intersects with Route 66, the archetypal American road, so it is a very auspicious place for bridge-building and connecting.

Connie: You have talked about having a monthly networking for the professional community. Can you talk more about this and how you see this developing? How would you like it to serve our New Mexico community?

Florian: There are so many amazing healers of so many different traditions in Albuquerque and New Mexico but there really hasn’t been a forum where all are welcome, healers and clients, and all can participate in a deep and respectful exchange of ideas on a regular basis. I’m hoping that regular networking meetings, monthly or bimonthly, where everyone has a chance to introduce themselves and talk briefly about what they do will form new connections and synergies that we can’t even fully imagine yet.

Connie: You have had the workshops on C.G. Jung’s “Red Book” in Santa Fe in the past. Do you see that occurring at the Institute in the near future?

Florian: Definitely. I’ve been asked by Gary Panter MD who organizes the annual “Creativity and Madness” conference to speak at the 2015 conference which will happen in July about Jung’s Red Book and hope to relaunch the Red Book seminars after that. I’m hoping to be able to webstream them live so that in addition to the local participants we can have participants from all over the globe.

Connie: This is an exciting venture. If you had one big wish for this year what would it be?

Florian: My biggest wish is that all of us healers through our very presence continue to hold the space for the entire planet to evolve to a higher level, and to keep faith and hope in these seemingly dark and troublesome times.

Connie: Thank you and we all look forward to an abundant and interesting first year for The Birkmayer Institute. How can folks contact the Institute to rent space or present in the future?

Florian: To rent space or propose a presentation, contact Carol at 505 720 4115 or thebirkmayerinstitute @ gmail.com

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