Monday, March 19, 2012

Beauty destination: Aroma Tour’s Provence Aromatherapy Retreat


I love having a plan or goal in place at the beginning of each year, and part of that plan or goal involves travelling somewhere special to both relax and learn a little about something new. That could be a practice or a culture, and it’s seen me touch down in countries like Oman, France, Vanuatu and Thailand over the last few years.
I’m off to Bali a month from today, and then my next travel destination will be Provence in late June, where I’ll be attending a very special retreat.
Taking place in a picturesque hilltop village surrounded by glorious fields of lavender in full bloom, it’s an Aromatherapy Skincare and Wellbeing Retreat that has been organised by the very inspiring people at Aroma Tours. Present will be three of the most eminent and successful aromatherapy experts in their fields in the world, and I for one am super excited to be hearing what they have to say!
The first two full days will be filled by inspirational teaching with internationally acclaimed author and essential oil researcher Mindy Green, formally of Aveda. She will be sharing her decades of experience and wealth of knowledge on integrated aromatherapy and herbal medicine, with special emphasis on holistic skincare and wellbeing.
Next up will be Megan Larsen, who is one of the most seriously inspiring women I’ve been lucky enough to meet over the last few years. The creator of the highly successful Sodashi range of totally natural skincare and body care products used by many of the most exclusive spas and hotels in over 20 countries worldwide, she has a unique knowledge of aromatherapy and Ayurveda. She is also – as anyone who uses her products will attest to – an expert formulator and natural perfumer.
The third speaker is Robbi Zeck, who will present a fascinating look into the emotional and holistic healing properties of essential oils. Robbi is renowned internationally for integrating aromatherapy with TCM (a course in which I’m about to embark on next week), naturopathy, kinesiology and other healing modalities.
In addition to an intimate audience with these three wonderful educators, I’ll also get to experience aromatherapy from field to bottle with visits to master distillers, small essential oil producers, aromatic plants - both cultivated and in the wild - as well as discussions with growers and other local experts. There will also be ample time also to enjoy the beauty of the Haute Provence, day trip to some of the area’s wonderful villages and markets and sample more than a few croissants, red wine varieties and stinky cheeses along the way! Heaven.
If this sounds like a trip you’d like to make too, click through to their website here. As far as I know there are still some spaces available, so perhaps I’ll see you there!

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