Not sure how many of you know, but Joy and I were both elementary school teachers in NY in a former life! We really loved teaching and had amazing classrooms that were both fun and educational. We were quite progressive in our styles and approaches and were way ahead of our time back in the late 80’s and 90’s. (Please don’t do the math, because then you will really know our true age!)
We had great relationships with the children we taught and this is evidenced today by our continued connection with past students. To us, teaching and the teacher/student relationship is sacred. What does that mean?
What makes a great teacher?
Hopefully, at some point in your life, you have had a teacher who stands out in your memory. Why? Most likely, there was some kind of connection that you may have felt with that person. Maybe you felt that they noticed you or saw you for who you really were. A good teacher will be there, without judgment, supporting and encouraging you, kind of like a parent does. In fact, when we were teaching in the public school system, we spent so many hours of the day with the children, that it was like a second home. In some instances, some of the children actually called us “Mom” accidentally rather than Miss Brownley. The classroom, to us, was a sacred space where there was acceptance and safety to learn and be guided and supported.
Our approach to teaching aromatherapy classes
This is what our school is all about at Stillpoint Studies. We teach many different kinds of classes—weekend workshops on using essential oils, Aromatherapy certifications, and our Mystery school. Sometimes, the topics can become quite in depth and intense.
Essential oil chemistry is a little scary for some, most likely from the fact that sometimes science and math were a little bit challenging when we were in high school. We are very good at what we do (if I may be so humble!). We do not pretend that the subject matter is complex sometimes, but because we know HOW to teach, HOW to present subject matter in a way that is not too overwhelming for anyone, everyone GETS IT! Somehow, we all have a fear of failure, of not “getting it” (whether we admit it or not).
We know and honor all of the “stuff” that we bring to the classroom because when we sit at a desk, or a table and are in a classroom setting, we somehow become 10 years old all over again! We always try to keep our classroom a sacred space—for learning and mistakes and we give everyone their space and time to grow and learn.
Fostering connection between students
One last thing I would like to touch upon—do you remember your best friend from elementary school? We see friendships and relationships form right before our eyes. We feel this is another sacred aspect to in-person aromatherapy classes.
We all have a need for community and for that connection of which I spoke earlier. It’s a connection with not just the teacher, but also with others. We cannot get that same connection via Facebook or social media or online classes. It really only happens when you are sitting in the presence, the physical space with another. For us, this is truly sacred. When we feel a connection with the material being taught (if you are reading this, then you have a connection with Aromatherapy and essential oils) as well as connection with others.
Think about it—if you come to a class and meet other people, you are all there because you like essential oils and if you are going to take an in-person class, you already know that there will be other people there who share the same interest as you do. We are already connected! So what are you waiting for? We look forward to connecting with you in beautiful Sedona here at Stillpoint Studies!