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Aromatherapy for PTSD March 18

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Aromatherapy for PTSD: A review of the literature and case reports

March 18 6pm

Florian Birkmayer MD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder with growing prevalence and incidence that causes significant disability and suffering worldwide. While advances have been made in the understanding of PTSD and effective psychotherapeutic treatments have been demonstrated, the pharmacological options for PTSD have been mostly ineffective and contribute to the disease burden by causing side effects and learned helplessness as well as disempowering clients who struggle with PTSD. Aromatherapy is the use of specific plant extracts, called essential oils, for health, wellness and treatment of a wide range of conditions. The human olfactory system is deeply linked to the limbic system, which has been shown to be dysregulated in PTSD. Essential Oils have profound, rapid effects on the limbic system. Essential oils are extremely safe and have shown great promise as a holistic approach to relieving symptoms, restoring balance in and empowering clients with PTSD.

Florian Birkmayer, M.D. founded the Birkmayer Institute in 2009 to offer holistic person-centered psychiatry and addiction medicine as well as seminars and workshops on a wide range of holistic topics to facilitate self-transformation and continued self-development. This approach has been inspired by C.G. Jung’s ideas about Individuation, which is the journey of the limited ego to the Higher Self. His emphasis in holistic psychiatry is on Equine-assisted therapy, person-centered psychotherapy and holistic medication management
including aromatherapy. He views himself as a bridge-builder between different medical worlds and works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers.

He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico. He has previously served as the director of the Dual Diagnosis Clinic at University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center and as the director of the Substance Use Disorders program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM. He was invited to be a full member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

 

To register

Please call 505 720 4115 or email thebirkmayerinstitute @ gmail.com

Fee: $20

Transformative Environments March 12

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Transformative Environments for Presence in PRAXIS: Building for the Future, Remembering the Past

Dr. Henry J. Moller, Toronto, Canada

March 12 5pm-7pm

It is conveniently forgotten by many that modern biomedical approaches to healthcare, while often helpful, have largely emerged over the past 200 years. This is but a moment in time, not only within the history of our planet, but also within the history of our species.

As progress continues to be made in understanding and treating medical and psychiatric conditions, the role of spirituality in healing is all too often neglected. Moreover, we find ourselves at a key point of history with respect to multiple aspects of humanity.

Toronto is one of the most ethnically, racially and linguistically diverse cities in the world, congruent with visionary Canadian media scholar Marshall McLuhan, who in the 1960s prophesized a connected multicultural “global village” where the “medium is the massage”, and technology allowed a melting of barriers posed by Space and Time.

Aside from culture-bound constraints, it is the phenomenon of Leisure, or perceived freedom that is one of the chief limiting factors to Wellbeing noted in the present. This reality is not readily addressed in biomedical approaches, and challenges us to look to both to the past and future to inform our present.

Historical models of healing that have sustained individuals, communities and populations, though surprisingly similar in essence throughout the world, are not readily addressed within conventional biomedical or econometric healthcare schemas. It may be worth re-examining some of these wisdoms, as enlightened clinicians and researchers navigate towards sustainable future-oriented models that allow for the creation of transformative health journeys respectful of our innate human nature.

“Presence” is a psychological construct in which an individual feels a sense of “Being” in a particular environment, whether they are geospatially in this location or not. This involves complex synergies between patient, healer, environment and praxis. This presentation will highlight these synergies, with special attention to Human-Environment interactions and humanized development of transformative Wellbeing Environments.

Dr. Henry Moller. BSc (Hons) MD, MSc, MPP, FRCP (C)

Diplomate, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine

Medical director of Rosedale Wellness Centre and PRAXIS Holistic Health, Toronto, Canada

Faculty, University of Toronto

-Medicine

-Knowledge Media Design

-Music and Health Research Collaboratory

Born and raised in Southwestern Germany to a father who was a Protestant Lutheran minister, and a mother who was a haematologist/oncologist, after moving to Canada, Dr. Henry Moller became drawn to a career in medicine incorporating both biomedical and cultural/spiritual approaches.

After completing his undergraduate specialization in Psychology and Human Biology, then studying Medicine at University of Toronto, Dr. Moller completed residency training in7 psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster University, followed by an internship in Regulatory Medicine with Health Canada and a fellowship in Sleep Medicine & Neuropsychiatry at University Health Network, Toronto where he researched consciousness and simulator-based immersive environments to measure human performance and neurophysiology.

Further research conducted through University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance explored policy design space design in the public realm for health promotion. This was followed by additional qualification in Integrative Holistic Medicine focusing on natural healthcare therapies, both historical and future-oriented. Beyond his medical practice, Dr. Moller is undertaking a PhD at the University of Waterloo, Canada Faculty of Applied Sciences, Dept of Recreation and Leisure Studies, with a deepened focus on novel holistic wellbeing approaches. Recent health design work has focused on development of experiential immersive multimodal wellness environments, minimally invasive therapeutics, cultural aspects of wellbeing and inclusive data capture which has earned the role of Industry Sponsor with the Digital Futures Initiative of OCAD University Toronto.

A leading Canadian and international expert in medical use of cannabis, Dr. Moller also has extensive clinical, research and policy experience with application of marijuana in medical conditions, with a specialized interest in non-pharmaceutical augmentation strategies for marijuana in health and wellness contexts. Research funding has included Canadian Institute of Health Research, World Health Organization and City of Toronto, and various industry collaborations. He has published over 75 articles, book chapters and other original works, and has presented worldwide.

Selected References:

Moller, HJ., Bal, H. Sudan, K., Potwarka, L. (2014) Recreating leisure: How immersive environments promote wellbeing. In: G. Riva, , J. Waterworth, D. Murray (Eds.). Interacting with Presence. (pp 102-122). DeGruyter, Open Access. Available on-line: www.presence-research.org

Moller, H. J., Bal, H.  (2013) Technology-enhanced multimodal meditation: Clinical results from an observational case series. Proc. 10th International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 26–29 Aug. 2013,  ISBN 978-1-77136-119-4

Moller H.J.  (2010): “Complete Streets”: Promoting health through active transportation.  Research Report for City of Toronto Transportation Services, Public Realm Division, Toronto, ON.

Moller, H.J., Barbera, J, (2006) : “Media Presence, Dreaming and Consciousness” Chapter 5, pp 97-123. In: Riva G, Anguera MT, Wiederhold BK, Mantovani F (Eds.), From Communication to Presence: the integration of cognition, emotions and culture towards the ultimate communicative experience. IOS Press, Amsterdam,

Available on line: http://www.neurovr.org/emerging/book7/9_5_Moeller.pdf

TO REGISTER
Call 505 720 4115 or email thebirkmayerinstitute @ gmail.com

The Irish Herbalist Lecture Series March 4

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Basics of Herbal Medicine 1: Introduction to Botanical Medicine

This first class in the series is a thorough introduction for everyone interested in the healing art and uses of Herbal Medicine. It is taught by Irish born and Scottish trained Medical Herbalist and Nutrition Consultant, Carol Davison. Students will learn: The History of Herbal Medicine, The Role of the Herbalist today, The Doctrine of Signatures, Herbal Preparations focusing on Decoctions and Infusions, and The Importance of Herbal Actions.

To register please call 415 845 7863 or email carol @ theirishherbalist.com
Space is limited.
Cost $35

Hydrosol Encounter and Aromatherapy Workshop Detroit 4/16 & 4/18

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I am honored to have been invited to Detroit, MI, by the amazing artist Kate Daughdrill to hold a hydrosol encounter on Thur 4/16 and a one day aromatherapy workshop “The Ecology of Spirit” on Sat 4/18. More details soon!  To find out more and to sign up, visit Kate’s website http://www.kdaughdrill.com/ (Photo credit: Burnside Farm http://www.kdaughdrill.com/Burnside-Farm)

Haiku Healing Nov 1-2

Autumn wind –
mountain’s shadow
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.

 


Don’t weep, insects –
Lovers, stars themselves,
Must part.

Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

 

Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

Horses Healing Healers Retreat 5/16/15

by Win Simon & Florian Birkmayer MD

A 1-Day Retreat Saturday May 16, 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

Haiku Healing 10/31-11/1

Autumn wind –
mountain’s shadow
wavers.

Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

Haiku Healing

by Glen Walton M.Ed. LMSW

A Workshop on Sat&Sun Oct 31-Nov 1 2015

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 waltonGlen 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.

 

 

Hours: 9am-5pm on Sat. 9am-1pm on Sunday. On Sunday afternoon we will attend the Dias de los Muertos Marigold Parade in Albuquerque! CEUs available

WORKSHOP LOCATION:a beautiful home is the South Valley of Albuquerque. Call for directions.

Workshop Fee:$175 before 10/1, $200 starting 10/1. Previous Participants $100

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

Don’t weep, insects –
Lovers, stars themselves,
Must part.

Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

Autumn Aromatics at Los Poblanos 8/31

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The cool and smoky scents of harvest time will be the center piece for this aromatherapy class.  Join us for an exploration of essential oils in this hands-on workshop.   We will share the healing and rejuvenating powers of essential oils for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being for all seasons. We will learn about the proper uses of a range of essential oils and make our own aromatherapy lotions and sprays. Learn about essential oil safety and how to put together a basic essential oil kit for yourself and to share with friends and family.

About our Instructors:

Connie Henry PhD, ND, CPH, CHF, RN is a Certified Integrative Aromatherapist, a Certified Professional Herbalist as well as a mental health and substance abuse nurse. She has her B.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition and holds her Doctorate in Integrative Health Science and Naturopathy and has earned Diplomat status with the National Board of Naturopathic Medical Examiners. She offers classes that include Herbal Nutrition, Clinical Professional Essential Oils, and Intuitive Touch Healing. Believing that all of nature is energy and that we are not separate but closely interconnected, she looks to her natural world as a healing mirror.

She honors and is a proud follower of the “Herbal Life”, a way of life that embraces the natural world and reminds us that change is inevitable, gives us hope, allows us to restore and then to re-emerge with new energy.

Florian Birkmayer MD is a holistic, person-centered psychiatrist in Albuquerque NM who has been focusing on aromatherapy, equine assisted therapy and Jungian psychology to facilitate self-transformation. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico.

To register and for more information please visit http://www.lospoblanos.com/events-calendar/event-details/?ee=596

 

Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 4:30 pm

Fee: $95. Please register and pay at www.lospoblanos.com

 

Horses Healing Healers Retreat 8/30

by Win Simon & Florian Birkmayer MD

A 1-Day Retreat Saturday August 30, 2014 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

Aromatherapy for Healer Self-Care NYC

Aromatherapy for Healer Self-Care

a full-day workshop presented by 

Florian Birkmayer MD 

Saturday May 10, 2014
10am – 5pm
One Circle Wellness Center, NYC

“Healer, heal thyself.”

This anciensnow rose mediumt admonition is more relevant than ever to today’s healers, who face multiple stressors. In this workshop we will explore how select essential oils can be used to restore and balance ourselves, clear our healing spaces and reinspire ourselves, so we can be the best we can be, for ourselves and our clients. We will also explore the archetype of the wounded healer and how to relate to it in a healthy, balanced way. Open to healers of all traditions.

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.

Location: ONE CIRCLE Wellness Center
124 East 40th St, Suite 704, NYC
Fee: $185 (early bird rate by April 15th – $150)

Space is limited to register early to secure a spot!

Hosted by ONE CIRCLE Wellness Center founders:

Mona Chopra, L.Ac., and Martha Miller, LCSW

www.peopletreewellness.com and www.relaxationliving.com

 RSVP: Contact Mona Chopra at 917.834.2124 mona@peopletreewellness.com, or register online: http://www.peopletreewellness.com/Mona/Workshops_Events.html

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