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The Magic of Sedona with the Power of Plants

  • Briar Patch Inn 3190 Arizona 89A Sedona, AZ, 86336 United States (map)

A special distillation retreat with the New York Institute of Aromatherapy in Sedona, Arizona

Join Amy Galper, Founder and Executive Director of NYIOA, and Jade Shutes, Founder and Director of Education of the School for Aromatic Studies, for a special distillation retreat in Sedona, Arizona.

  • Let your mind, body, and spirit soar in the transfixing beauty of Sedona’s red rock formations, an area long known for natural healing and spiritual awakening.
  • Adventure into the breathtaking landscape to forage and connect with native plants of the Southwest.
  • Learn how to create essential oils and hydrosols of the highest quality and standards using wild-crafted native and cultivated plants of the Southwest.
  • Be inspired by the tradition of artisan distillation with Master Distillers Clare and Max Licher of PhiBee Aromatics.
  • Lift your spirit in the purifying and rejuvenating practice of Hatha yoga, with the splendor of Sedona as your backdrop.
  • Start and end your day in the beautiful accommodations of Oak Creek Canyon’s intimate, award-winning Briar Patch Inn.


  • Six days and five nights of distillation training and wellness activities in curated small-group setting
  • A two-day workshop on native plants of the Southwest and their energetic and therapeutic properties with Clare Licher, gifted artisan distiller and alchemist 
  • Wildcrafting of plant materials with Max Licher, renowned expert of native plants of the Southwest
  • Two to three opportunities for native plant distillations
  • Two morning yoga classes 
  • Two catered vegan lunches and one catered vegan dinner
  • Tour of Sedona area as well as time for shopping
  • Optional rides to Sedona from the phoenix airport may be pre-arranged through the school - or book your own taxi/shuttle

Amy Galper

Amy Galper, B.A., M.A., Dipl. AT, the pioneering educator behind NYIOA, has been a Certified Aromatherapist since 2001, as well as a passionate advocate, entrepreneur, formulator and consultant in organic beauty and wellness. It’s a journey that began long before the pursuit of wellness was common, and led her to a vast knowledge of essential oils and their applications as a way to connect to the body through the senses. In 2001, after having trained with Jade Shutes (former president of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, or NAHA), Amy earned her Certificate in Holistic Dynamic Aromatherapy from what is now The School For Aromatic Studies. Today she is also the NYC Director for NAHA. Over the past several years, Amy has also built a vibrant consultancy practice, offering her expertise—in ingredient research and sourcing, product formulation, wellness event planning, USDA Certification and more—to a number of beauty and wellness brands. As the Education Director and Natural Beauty Expert for Credo Beauty, she supports the Credo Team as they pioneer the new paradigm for Clean Beauty.

Jade Shutes

Jade Shutes holds a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, and Reflexology from the Raworth College of Natural Medicine in Dorking, UK, and a Diploma in Aromatherapy from the International Therapist Examining board (ITEC). Today she is the visionary and director of education for the School for Aromatic Studies. An aromatherapy practitioner, researcher, and educator for over two decades, Jade opened her first aromatherapy school, The Institute for Dynamic Aromatherapy (IDA), in New England in 1991. She has also taught at Bastyr University, Duke University, Ashmead College, San Diego Hospice, and throughout North America. Recognized as one of the vanguard of professionals who helped introduce aromatherapy to the US, she has since played an active role in the setting of standards for aromatherapy education in North America.

Phibee Aromatics

Clare and Max Licher started PhiBee Aromatics out of a love and passion for the native plant world. Clare began studying medicinal herbs in 1987 and has completed a 235-hour AIA and NAHA approved Aromatherapy Certification course. Max is an avid botanist and plant photographer, and has catalogued over 1,200 native plants in the Sedona Oak Creek Canyon region. They began distilling essential oils in 2005, and have since distilled over 80 different species of native and locally cultivated plants, plus 4 macerations. They wildcraft in a sustainable fashion and attempt to benefit the plants in their trimming techniques. They are permitted by the US Forest Service, and have worked with the Nature Conservancy on many occasions. 

Accommodations at the Briar Patch Inn

Nestled in Oak Creek Canyon along the lush banks of Oak Creek, the Briar Patch Inn invites you to nurture your relationship with nature. At the base of the surrounding red rock mountains, the spring fed waters of Oak Creek create a healing, magical oasis—the perfect setting for the Briar Patch—a quiet blending of 9 acres, 19 cottages, majestic canyon oaks, dappled sunlight, squirrels, sheep, and a caring staff. The Briar Patch Inn as a lush and peaceful environment, devoid of distracting devices, miles away from the energy of modern life.

Hatha Yoga in Sedona

Taylor (RYT500), a Sedona local, has been a student of yoga since 2002. She has a total of 900 hours of training in hatha yoga, kundalini, and advanced hatha emphasizing therapy and Ayurveda. In 2010, Taylor was initiated in the Sivananda linage, receiving her first 200 hour Hatha certification in Uttarakhand, India. Taylor is an outdoor enthusiast, perpetual student, hiking guide, and artist. Her studies focus on plant medicine, Eastern philosophy, astrology, and various healing modalities. The foundation of her classes is Hatha-based, sharing from her personal experience to bestow an integral approach to teaching. In pursuit of sharing sacred knowledge, we can use this spark to illumine the brilliance of bringing balance to the physical and esoteric bodies. There is a cyclical interplay of working with the body to gain control of the mind and prana, to experience the unchanging truth that is within each of us eternally. She is honored to be both a vessel for the teachings, and a student of her students.

Not only was this an incredible opportunity to be immersed in one of the most breathtaking places in the country, it was also a highly transformative experience to witness the plants in their natural habitat and acquire such genuine hands-on experience.  Clare and Max infused into the lessons their unique stories and perspectives and far exceeded my expectations.  Overall, it was something I would highly recommend and definitely not miss.
— Jennifer Goldman, founder of Essential Rose Life


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