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 –
mountain’s shad
ow
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

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

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

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)

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