Since I joined the meridian shiatsu therapist training program in Toulouse, France, back in 2005, a number of inspiring people crossed my path.
I was lucky to spend real-life time with some of them, attending their courses, teaming up in a partnership or benefiting from their therapy or coaching; others I connected with thru the phone, a webinar screen or my computer’s keyboard; some of them sparked me with their books or blogs; some of them have meanwhile chosen a different path and have left the educational or therapeutic scenes.
Some nourished my hunger for knowledge, others left a subtle impression by their way of being, their surprising look at life, their inner motivation for what they create in connection with people or inspired by nature. Others seem to have planted seeds that have ever since grown out to trees, deeply rooted in my work and living.
It is with care and gratitude that I’m building this particular web page.
Lise is a self-professed ‘green formulator’ who works predominately with plant-based ingredients, preferably as raw and unprocessed as possible. She also creates custom, 100% tailored cosmetics and offers consultation services. Lise’s cosmetics-making journey began when she was in her teens. Ever since, she has spent years researching, testing, and developing cosmetics for both skin and haircare. Her goal with every formula is to employ the barest of basics without sacrificing function or the all-important luxury factor. Lise is founder of LisaLise Pure Natural Skincare based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She shares her passion, know-how and professional techniques during “Essential Formulation” online course at the Tisserand Institute, journals some of her work at her blog and has authored books on how to make herbal extracts, DIY skincare, and more.
Pharmacist, author, internationally renowned speaker, founder of the Collège International d’Aromathérapie Dominique Baudoux, Dominique is one of the world’s best specialists in terms of phyto-aromatic extracts and their applications in numerous fields. His area of expertise includes any therapeutic approach focused on the holistic vision of health and well-being. An outstanding speaker, he will expose with great rigor the mechanisms by which essential oils operate, but will keep you as much in suspense when he unveils the astonishing powers of fragrances on the behavior and emotions of men.
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Shannon Becker, PhD RA spent over 14 years in academic research, conducting research at three high ranking universities in North Carolina. She published on the topic of cancer, genetics, and evolution. Dr. Becker is a Registered Aromatherapist™ with an advanced diploma in aromatic medicine. Dr. Becker writes scientific reviews of biological and chemical interactions with essential oils, CO2 extracts, and their chemical constituents, which have been published in AromaCulture Magazine, and by the Tisserand Institute. Dr. Becker is a peer reviewer, and conducts her own aromatic research. Her research into the application of aromatherapeutics for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome symptom management is funded by an AIA grant. Dr. Becker serves on AIA’s research committee, consults for several industry leaders, and for clinical aromatherapists. She possesses a unique skill set, which perfectly represents the movement towards evidence based aromatherapy.
Jean-François Billeter is a sinologist, author and honorary professor at the University of Geneva. A summary of his work is available at the University’s website. Two of his books have been – and still are – of great influence to my study, practice and personal life: Études sur Tchouang-tseu (Editions Allia, 2006) and Leçons sur Tchouang-tseu (Editions Allia, 2002). Both works deal with “the” Tchouang-tseu (Zhuang Zhou, Zhuangzi), a collection of Chinese classic texts, in part attributed to the Chinese philosopher who lived in the 3rd century BC. By linking his sinological expertise to everyday life experiences, Billeter’s writing gives us a chance to build up a humble understanding of ancient philosophy.
Born Kure, Hiroshima, Japan
Work in progress
Petra is a biologist, researcher and shares her knowledge in workshops and training courses. Her field of study includes medicinal and aromatic plants, secondary metabolites, pharmacology, pharmacognosy (the study of plants as a basis for medicines), biology related to the conservation of nature and general biology. Since 2016 she shares her insights on her blog PhytoVolatilome.
Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée
Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée is a French sinologist, writer and lector. She studied philosophy, literature and classics at the Université Paris Nanterre and completed her Masters degrees in Classics (Lettres classiques) and Philosophy, followed by a DUT (Diplôme d’Études Approfondies) in Chinese. Following her meeting with Claude Larre in her 20s, they worked together on Chinese classical texts and offered lectures, seminars and conferences on Chinese classical thought. She co-founded the European School of Acupuncture in Paris in 1976 and co-authored several books with Claude Larre. Two books in particular have inspired me. Les mouvements du cœur – Psychologie des Chinois (Editions Desclée de Brouwer), based on Chapter 8 of the Ling Shu and La vie, la sagesse et la médecine, Su Wen, les onze premiers traités, the first 11 chapters of the Suwen, part of the Huangdi Neijing (Editions du Cerf). Elisabeth is convinced that “the study of the Chinese classics not only brings theoretical knowledge and an intellectual understanding of medicine, but also helps to deepen clinical practice and to better develop the art and attitude of the therapist”. She continues to translate, write and teach on the classical texts and Chinese medicine.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Janna is Registered Clinical Herbalist, Certified Yoga Instructor and Licensed Holistic Practitioner. Passionate about connecting people to the healing power of plants, she helps her clients take better care of themselves. Janna builds on over three decades of professional training, resulting in a broad knowledge base and a lifetime of experience that she infuses into her daily work. Janna offers private in-home Holistic Massage, Yoga and Clinical Herbal Medicine services and community-based health programs in Toronto, Ontario and shares her inspiration for living a holistic lifestyle on her online journal.
Robert is an international speaker, educator and consultant on the science and benefits of essential oils and their safe and effective application. In the last few years he has inspired live audiences througout the globe on topics ranging from the therapeutic foundations of essential oils, to detailed examinations of the relation of essential oils and the skin. He is author of the second edition of Essential Oil Safety (Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), a book that sets industry standards for the safe use of essential oils, and relaunched The Tisserand Institute in 2015 as a one of a kind online education portal for fact-based education on the potency and potential of essential oils for human well-being.
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