There are three primary subjects and activities that you will find documented in this audio series.
The first is guided body-centered meditations to experientially study the nature of essential oils, their effects, and the botanical pranic intelligence they contain. Because these recordings were edited to remove periods of silence during meditation sessions, I encourage you to pause the recording and take a few minutes to explore the flow of these practices.
The second subject is an in-depth focus on the therapeutic uses of specific essential oils. During these teachings, if you have the oils available, you can follow the lecture by sampling the fragrance at the same time.
The third subject is teachings on the principles of eco-spirituality found in Ayurveda, and its relevance specifically to aromatic plants and their functions.
When we approach an essential oil with concentration and mindfulness it begins to reveal hidden dimensions of beauty, power and intelligence that are not ordinarily noticed. As we integrate these new perceptions into a greater awareness of our own physiological reactions to the plant’s essence, we begin to understand how we are deeply connected to all of life, specifically to the photosynthetic beings that give us nourishment and medicines. By exploring this biological unity through our own senses, we come to realize directly that the processes of life occurring in and around us are truly the expressions and manifestations of an underlying miraculous and profound consciousness, as so eloquently described by the language of Ayurveda. For that reason, this retreat was titled “Aromatic Alchemy.”
Floracopeia was established to help preserve and promote the use of botanical medicines as solutions to the widespread ecological destruction taking place in the world, and the loss of medicinal plants on which traditional medical systems depend. We provide our customers with the highest quality essential oils and other botanical aromatic treasures through the promotion of ecological sustainability, organic agriculture, and agro-forestry projects.
Our products are acclaimed for their therapeutic-grade, high quality at affordable prices. We provide artisanal quality oils produced by small family-based distillers. We buy directly from farmers and distillers, thus supporting the local economies in which the plants are grown. We do not buy oils from the world-brokers. Floracopeia is founded with a strong medical orientation and is involved in a number of global eco-projects based in grass roots health care, spirituality, reforestation projects, and the preservation and restoration of ethno-botanical culture.
Posted by Jeremy B Maher on 25th Oct 2012
It's not easy to put feelings like this into words. I have been on my path for years now and since I am not inclined to remember facts and figures and phrases I have always relied on my intuition and contemplation for my understanding.
Some contemplations can take years to get that "Aha" moment we all strive to live in and some things can happen in an instant. Being a self-studier in Ayurveda for many years now, David Crow in this course, confirmed and articulated some thoughts and conclusions I came to realize myself. It was good to hear someone echo my own feelings just so at least I know I am not going crazy :-)
I was debating for a while which Floracopeia course to take first. I knew the certification course would be more technical and scientific. While I do love that stuff and it is a great companion to a spiritual path, I wanted more of a contemplative understanding of oils and their effects on the human body so I decided to to buy the Aromatic Alchemy Immersion course first.
I have followed David Crow since my first reading of "In Search of the Medicine Buddha" in 2001, have been using the oils for a good three years now and subscribe to Medicine Crow so I knew what to expect from him but I guess I didn't realize it would be so intense.
I believe things happen for a reason and that in my life all the knowledge that is needed comes to me when I am ready for it. This is no exception. After going through this course, the standard certificate course will be much more enjoyable and understandable.
Thank you David and everyone at Floracopeia for being part of my journey.....