Aromatic Journeys on Crete – New Ways of Teaching and Learning Aromatherapy
10 years ago I bought a one-way ticket, and with two packed suitcases, I moved from my continental homeland of urban Hungary to the remote rural aromatic island of the Mediterranean. I did find myself on Crete. And this is where I did find MYSELF! I had quite a bit of experience in life behind me. A successful business career, a bunch of certificates in alternative therapeutic modalities, and related to these were both ‘cause and effect’: the experience of being healed from endometriosis. I was dedicated to be a way-shower and help others.
At the time, I had already 20 years of acquaintance with aromatherapy, but I felt I have so much more to learn. So off I went, to the fields, learning by observing plants, habitat, cycles, growing, harvesting, distilling, medicine making. Capturing their essences, and blending that into my work, literally and metaphorically.
What can you learn from the Plants? You get an insight of authentic approach and humble practices for better connection and appreciation of nature and all life. You get a deeper understanding of truly natural aromatherapy products and applications. You receive a ‘subscription’ to healing and wellbeing, and you experience awakening as a human being. And, whether a benefit and a burden, but you will ultimately realise the following: There is no magic pill, but to educate ourselves, learn the individual and collective magic of plants and how to co-create with them.
Ildiko Berecz has 30 years of experience with aromatherapy, starting with home use for tranquility and well-being, continued by a life-changing personal experience of healing from endometriosis the natural way. This made her change career and follow the call on the aromatic path, enrol in formal aromatherapy studies, as well as move countries from Hungary to Greece. Trained and certified in several branches of the art and science of healing therapies, Ildiko had also become a Hawaiian bodyworker, and developed her own style of bespoke empowering treatments – ‘Essential Sessions’ – combining aroma coaching, teaching and massage. In the past 10 years Ildiko has been doing field research on Crete, foraging and cultivating aromatic and medicinal plants. Her artisan distillations became a guiding tool on the path less travelled, and a framework of her alchemical teaching platform.
Ildiko’s plant alchemy work inspires and empowers people all around the world, and her workshops, field trips, aromatic mentoring are offered on Crete and online. In her home country, Hungary, she lectured at the Budapest DROPS International Aromatherapy Conference, and this year she will also be a speaker at Aromatica Australia. Besides, Ildiko is an international educator at The School for Aromatic Studies.
Ildiko’s aromatic essays and articles are regularly published in Aromatika Magazine where she has been a contributing writer in the past 8 years, and where she also served as an editor for a year. Ildiko delivers her field reports, wisdom and musings online, and her aromatic adventures have also been published by other professional journals such as Aromatherapy Today.
- Basic Aromatherapy training at several schools
- Clinical Aromatherapy, Aroma Botanica/The School for Aromatic Studies – 400 hrs
- Aromatic Kinesiology, RobbiZeck, Blossoming Heart Institute – 92 hrs
- Botanical Perfumery, Roxana Villa/Aromatic Studies – 80 hrs
- Medicinal Plants and Spiritual Evolution, David Crow
- Kinesiology Touch For Health, International Kinesiology Collage – 60 hrs
- Kinesiology One Brain, Three In One Concepts – 140 hrs
- Trained in Ushui Reiki, Tibetian Sound Therapy, Hawaiian Bodywork, Curanderismo, and many other modalities.
- Attended hundreds of hours of workshops, seminars and conferences in the subjects of healing, herbalism, aromatherapy and distillations.