This workshop is currently available in French → and Dutch

Sleep and stress: the dream couple

Workshops for teams, companies and organizations


Workshop summary

In this practice-oriented workshop you discover the sedative (calming) properties of a number of aromatic plant extracts.

You learn how essential oils can help you deal with acute and chronic stress conditions during daytime, as well as difficulties in falling asleep and sleeping throughout the night.

You’ll learn how to use essential oils in a pratical and safe way at home, on the road and in the office.

How was your night?

Nobody is spared from a bad night’s sleep. When your sleep troubles become chronic, you might start having complaints that stand in the way of your normal functioning. The daily stress you are used to is getting harder to bear. You start to struggle with time constraints, with your colleagues’ opinions, with meetings that seem to never end …

Short-term insomnia, chronic insomnia and parasomnia are common health problems. The 2008 Belgian health survey reports that 21% of the respondents suffer from sleep disorders (Gisle, et al., 2010). Scientists are investigating the relationship between stress and a short night (sleep duration) or a bad night (sleep quality) – and vice versa: how does sleep quality influence our stress resistance during the following day[1]? Our ability to cope with stress takes a hit when our nights are too short or our sleep quality is low; stress, in turn, is a killjoy that prevents us from falling asleep and from sleeping through the night. This completes the circle. Sounds familiar?

The impact on daily life, at home and at the workplace, is significant: reduced efficiency in functioning, reduced vigilance and concentration, drowsiness, irritability … all lead up to a drop in our quality of life, the so-called “Health-related Quality of Life” (HrQoL). In addition, sleep disorders stand for increased risk factors: from immune dysfunction, to reduced resistance to infections, to various diseases[2].

Essential oils to the rescue

Essential oils are so much more than a good smelling gadget: the effect of natural plant extracts builds on scientific research in a variety of disciplines: from psychology, over massage therapy to clinical applications in hospitals and care centers. In particular, the effects of essential oils on the physiological and psychological responses to stress[3] (and to anxiety: both factors partly have similar consequences) and to sleep quality[4] are extensively researched.

In this practice-oriented workshop you discover the sedative (calming) properties of a number of aromatic plant extracts. You learn how essential oils can help you deal with acute and chronic stress conditions during daytime, as well as difficulties in falling asleep and sleeping throughout the night. You’ll learn how to use essential oils in a pratical and safe way at home, on the road and in the office.

Participation in this workshop is safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Special precautions, where applicable, are communicated in the course of the workshop.


Interactive presentation

  • Types and denomination of aromatic plant extracts: essential oils, (cold) extracts, absolutes; vegetable oils, macerates
  • Application methods: spray, inhalation, topical (skin)
  • Operating principles: pharmacological, physiological, hedonic, psychological
  • Toxicity and safety guidelines
  • Purchase criteria, with special attention to endangered species and sustainable growth and harvesting
  • A review of selected essential oils, (cold) extracts and absolutes: properties, toxicity and applications (using scent strips)

Looking for a workshop with hands-on practice?

This workshop is available in a 3-hour version. Participants prepare of a blend (synergy) of essential oils and take the bottle home for diffusion, inhalation or topical application (skin).


  • Harmonize psyche and emotion at stress-related conditions
  • Facilitate renewed energy levels and enlightening impact on creative / productive thinking
  • Positively stimulate mindset and social interaction


  • Interactive presentation and hands-on practice go hand in hand
  • Multilingual Dutch and French
  • Evidence-based: the workshops build on scientific studies and literature
  • Individual access to additional resources at, the Aromatherapy Learning Platform (French –   Dutch)
  • With flexible customization we help you to define your desired formula
  • You set the timetable: during, before or after work, during the lunch break …
  • In your offices or company building or at the venue of your choice


  • Geert De Vuyst
  • With a blend of unique workshopstraining and consulting, Geert De Vuyst creates an uplifting impact on the well-being in individuals and teams.

    The primary focus of his work is on bridging scientific research about scent experience, essential oils and aromatherapy applications and daily life and work conditions, in particular when dealing with stress, lack of energy & burnout, psycho-emotional disorders and pain conditions.

    Read more about Geert De Vuyst >


This workshop is currently available in French → and Dutch

Webinar 1 hour

2 rates: up to 50 participants and > 50 participants

Dutch or French

€ (contact me)
(1 hour without a break)*

Workshop 1hr30 (up to 2 hours)

Up to 25 participants

Dutch or French

€ 450
(1 hour 30 min. without a break)*

Workshop 3 hours with hands-on practice

Up to 25 participants

Dutch or French

€ 750
(3 hours incl. a 15 min. break)*

* Included: class hours plus agreed breaks plus 15 minutes in advance plus 15 minutes afterwards.

Plus mileage allowance from Kortrijk (Belgium) at current rate.

Rates exempt from VAT until 31 Dec. 2021. Payment 14 days past invoice date. An advance of 30% is payable at the conclusion of the agreement. The Terms and Conditions apply.

Task planner

  • The aromatic plant extracts are made available
  • Concise course material will be handed out at the start of the workshop
  • We are seated on chairs

If desired, you can plan for:

  • Paper and writing materials to take personal notes
  • One small towel allows clean scent handling

We take care of:

  • the workshop
  • the supplies
  • the certificates of participation

You handle:

  • the organization and optional promotion of the activity to your public, members, customers …
  • the registrations
  • providing a room with a beamer (VGA or HDMI) (and optional white board or flipchart)
  • (optionally) water and/or hot drinks during the break
  • the civil liability
  • (optionally) setting the rate per participant, charging and invoicing the participants

Your workshop tailored to your organization

Call +32 477 930 255

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[1] Read, for example : (Drake, Pillai, & Roth, 2014) (Kalmbach, et al., 2018) (Kalmbach, Anderson, & Drake, 2018).

[2] Read, for example : (Friese, Diaz-Arrastia, McBride, Frankel, & Gentilello, 2007, p. 1210) (Itani, Jike, Watanabe, & Kaneita, 2017, p. 254).

[3] About the action of essential oils and their biochemical components when dealing with stress and anxiety, read, for example: (Heuberger & et. al., 2001, p. 291) (Shin & Liberzon, 2010) (Hur, Ji-Ah, Lee, & Lee, 2014) (Chamine & Oken, 2016) (Donelli, Antonelli, Bellinazzi, Gensini, & Firenzuoli, 2019).

[4] About the action of essential oils and their biochemical components when dealing with sleep disorders, read, for example: (Hwang & Shin, 2015) (Lin, et al., 2019). Also read the blog article: The effects of aromatherapy on sleep quality


Chamine, I., & Oken, B. (2016, 6). Aroma Effects on Physiologic and Cognitive Function Following Acute Stress: A Mechanism Investigation. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22(9), 713-721.

Donelli, D., Antonelli, M., Bellinazzi, C., Gensini, G., & Firenzuoli, F. (2019, 12). Effects of lavender on anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Phytomedicine, 65(153099).

Drake, C., Pillai, V., & Roth, T. (2014). Stress and Sleep Reactivity: A Prospective Investigation of the Stress-Diathesis Model of Insomnia. Sleep, 37(8), 1295–1304.

Friese, R. S., Diaz-Arrastia, R., McBride, D., Frankel, H., & Gentilello, L. (2007, 12). Quantity and quality of sleep in the surgical intensive care unit: are our patients sleeping? The Journal of Trauma, 63(6), 1210-1214.

Gisle, L., Hesse, E., Drieskens, S., Demarest, S., Van der Heyden, J., & Tafforeau, J. (2010). Gezondheidsenquête België, 2008. Operationele Directie Volksgezondheid en surveillance.

Heuberger, E., & et. al. (2001, 4). Effects of Chiral Fragrances on Human Autonomic Nervous System Parameters and Self-evaluation. Chemical Senses, 26(3), 281-92.

Hur, M.-H., Ji-Ah, S., Lee, J., & Lee, M. S. (2014, 8). Aromatherapy for stress reduction in healthy adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Maturitas, 79(4).

Hwang, E., & Shin, S. (2015, 1). The Effects of Aromatherapy on Sleep Improvement: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.), 21(2).

Itani, O., Jike, M., Watanabe, N., & Kaneita, Y. (2017, 4). Short sleep duration and health outcomes: A systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-regression. Sleep Medecine, 32, 246-256 .

Kalmbach, D. A., Anderson, J. R., & Drake, C. (2018). The impact of stress on sleep: Pathogenic sleep reactivity as a vulnerability to insomnia and circadian disorders. Journal of Sleep Research, 27(6).

Kalmbach, D. A., Cuamatzi, A., Tonnu, C. V., Tran, K. M., Anderson, J. R., Roth, T., & Drake, C. (2018). Hyperarousal and sleep reactivity in insomnia: Current insights. Nature and Science of Sleep, 10, 193-201.

Lin, P.-C., Lee, P.-H., Tseng, S.-J., Lin, Y.-M., Chen, S.-R., & Hou, W.-H. (2019, 8). Effects of aromatherapy on sleep quality: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 45, 156-166.

Shin, L. M., & Liberzon, I. (2010). The Neurocircuitry of Fear, Stress, and Anxiety Disorders. Neuropsychopharmacology, 35, 169–191.

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