Deciding between online, in person, or virtual aromatherapy classes all depends on the material being taught. Not all aromatherapy topics or materials are appropriate for all learning venues.
We can not tell you how many times we are asked, “Is this an online class?” We answer this over one hundred times a month. And when we say, “No, this is in person class,” the next question is “Why not? Everything is online now!” We are hoping that this blog will address that question and give you insight to our thinking and reasoning.
First, for those who do not know us, we are Joy Musacchio and Cynthia Brownley. We both have our Master Degrees in Education and are extremely experienced and seasoned teachers of over 30 years. We have taught multiple grades in elementary school. We worked with Columbia University in New York City and then trained teachers in our district in teach writing, as well as trained teachers how to teach science and chemistry. We have tutored students ranging from kindergarten to college level. We then founded Stillpoint Aromatics in 2010, and Stillpoint Studies in 2012.
We can say with complete certainty that there are some subjects that must be taught in person and must be experiential. And that depends on the format of the class. So let’s take a look at different formats of learning.
Please remember, this is OUR belief and reasoning why we choose to run our school in the manner in which we do.
Best Topics for Online Aromatherapy Classes
Choose online aromatherapy classes for topics and skills that involve mostly passive learning. If it’s something that you can read or watch that will add to your knowledge base but requires no teacher contact, you won’t miss out by learning online. Our Stillpoint Studies Online classes are designed with this in mind.
Best Topics for Virtual or Onsite Aromatherapy Classes
It’s best to learn in person or in a virtual class (conducted online but at the same time so everyone in the class can come together) for active learning classes. If you are asked to smell an oil and give feedback, it is most advantageous to do this with other people in real time (with no more than 25 attendees!) so that sharing of ideas and discussion of the oil etc. can take place. To just read what an oil or extract is good for does not help you truly learn and experience the oil. Discussion is necessary.
Best Topics for Onsite Aromatherapy Classes
When it comes to hands-on formulating and application of essential oils and extracts, there must be a teacher present to give you immediate feedback and direction. In classes that are mostly experiential, the teacher act as a mentor. We believe whether you are formulating for a yoga mat spray, a 3% pain blend, or for a suppository, it is best to be onsite with a VERY experienced teacher that has a very wide essential oil collection to expose you too.
There are also some complicated concepts that are best taught in person, like the chemistry and components of essential oils. This is for two reasons—the subject matter gets quite confusing and multiple oils of the family need to be experienced
We applaud learning of every single kind. Students of all kinds of learning platforms are courageous and brave pioneers and on a wonderful journey of growth. And then in turn become wonderful mentors to others. Good luck on your journey!