LEARN - Talks, Workshops & Training Courses

I'm a qualified Teacher, having completed my PGCE training with Exeter & Greenwich Universites. I've been teaching since 2000 & I'm a registered Principal Tutor with the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA).

 

I've taught complementary therapies from beginner to post-graduate levels at many places all around the UK including: The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine & Aromatherapy (ITHMA), Raworth International College of Natural Nutrition & Sports Therapies, Exeter Natural Health Centre, Vital Touch, The Sage Room & From the Seed. On a slightly different note, for several years I was also privileged to of had the wonderful opportunity to teach Diving, Sea Rescue & First Aid / Emergency First Response in Thailand, Indonesia & Mexico.

 

So where am I now....

 

I'm based in Kent & offer talks, workshops & training courses on therapies, holistic health, stress management & relaxation whether that's 1:1, couples or larger group sizes.

 

I'm also part of the From the Seed teaching team & co-lecture with Jo Kellett TIDHA, CIMI, MIFPA (Tisserand Essential Oil Expert & Author). We provide IFPA Accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Massage & Aromatherapy training courses.

More information is detailed below but please get intouch if you have any questions or are interested in my teaching services.

TALKS & WORKSHOPS

Indian Head Massage at Festival - Talks & Workshops - Aromatherapy, Massage, Reflexology, Relaxation, Stress Management - Donna Robbins Therapies - Margate, Thanet, Kent
Acupressure Self Help Workshop for Charity - Talks & Workshops - Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Massage, Relaxation & Stress Management - Dona Robbins Therapies Margate Tha
Aromatherapy Blending at Trauma Survivors Charity - Talks & Workshops - Complementary Therapies, Relaxation & Stress Management - Donna Robbins Therapies - Margate, Thanet, Kent & around the UK
Talks & Workshops - Aromatherapy, Massage, Reflexology, Relaxation & Stress Management - Donna Robbins Therapies, Margate, Thanet, Kent
Head Massage Workshop at Music Festival - Donna Robbins Therapies - Talks & Workshops - Aromatherapy, Massage, Reflexology, Relaxation, Stress Management - Kent & UK

Are you: an individual, couple, interest group, club, networking group, friendship circle, PTA, school, charity, community fair / fete, festival, event, company, looking for great staff training / team bonding ideas or marking a special occasion (hen do, baby shower, birthday etc)....?

 

Are you interested in discovering more about complementary therapies, holistic health, stress management & relaxation?

I give talks & run workshops that offer informal, interactive ways to learn. Maybe you'd just like to know a bit more, try doing some bodywork, make an aromatherapy product or have some simple & helpful self-care techniques to use (like acupressure, breathing / meditation or chi gong). Whatever the reason, sessions are designed to be educational, fun & suit group needs. Handouts covering the content are included for you to take home.

 

Fees vary & are on an individual basis. Although I'm based in Kent I enjoy travel & am happy to do so.

 

Please contact me with any questions, for more information & to discuss your requirements.

TRAINING COURSES

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IFPA Fertility Support Course - Massage & Aromatherapy Training Courses - London, Brighton, Kent - Donna Robbins Therapies - Jo Kellet From the Seed
IFPA Fertility Support Training - Massage & Aromatherapy Training Courses - London, Brighton, Kent - Donna Robbins Therapies - Jo Kellet From the Seed
IFPA Acupressure Head Massage Training - Massage & Aromatherapy Training Courses - London, Brighton, Kent - Donna Robbins Therapies - Jo Kellet From the Seed
Massage & Aromatherapy Training Courses - London, Brighton, Kent - Donna Robbins Therapies - Jo Kellet From the Seed

Below are details of our From the Seed CPD Training Courses for 2022, new courses are being developed each year so please continue to watch this space. If there's a subject area you're interested in learning about that isn't currently on offer do let us know. Bespoke training & mentoring is also available on a 1:1 basis to large groups no matter what the geographical location.

Information on courses may also be found at: my Facebook Business 'Events' page & From the Seed.

Jo Kellett TIDHA MIFPA CIMI & myself teach these courses together. They are International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA) accredited continuing professional development (CPD) Aromatherapy & Massage training courses (therefore to attend, a previous aromatherapy diploma qualification is required). We have many years experience as therapists & teachers & a wealth of knowledge that we are passionate about sharing.

All our practical courses will be in the classroom. We still firmly believe that you learn better & that we teach better if we are together. We will still be adhering to Covid guidelines but we strongly feel that you can't learn new techniques via a zoom link & being together means that we can share, & experience the learning process a lot more effectively!

 

On all courses there will be theory, demonstration & plenty of opportunity to both give & receive treatments as well as time for questions, feedback & to share experiences. Handouts are provided to back up course material. Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 10. We feel this is important to ensure each student gets as much personal attention & support as possible. This can mean that courses tend to book up quite quickly.

 

If you have any questions or to book please contact myself

or Jo Kellett (07970 773030 / jo@fromtheseed.co.uk)
 

*NEW* Aromatherapy & Massage Skills Refresher - 2 day course

2022 - Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th February

Unit 4 Yoga & Natural Health Centre, Brighton, BN2 3RG

9.30am - 5pm

12 CPD points

£265

Thinking about tweaking your technique or brushing up your skills? Perhaps you are returning to work after a break, feel you’ve developed some bad habits or experience fatigue, aches & pains from a day of giving bodywork? Do you need to restore confidence around your choice of essential oils, polish your consultation skills or address marketing? Whatever your reasons this 2 day course is designed for qualified therapists, new or old, that are looking to enhance their skills & ensure well-being whilst caring for others. We’ll revisit theoretical elements of massage & aromatherapy. There’ll be a strong focus on practical review & ways to ‘Work Smart’, have maximum therapeutic effect whilst minimising stress on the therapists body. We’ll look to improve quality of mindful touch, fine tune application of technique, movement & body mechanics. As well as paired & group work, you’ll receive individual attention throughout to help you be the best possible therapist ever & address areas of concern that you have.

Course Content:

- Revisiting essential elements of bodywork

- Demonstration & practical sessions

- Revisiting essential oil blending %’s, botanical families & chemical groups

- Client consultation review

- Business skills considerations

- Feedback & question / answer opportunities

- Course material handouts

Aromatherapy & Massage for Pregnancy - 2 day course

2022 - Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March

Unit 4 Yoga & Natural Health Centre, Brighton, BN2 3RG

9.30am - 5pm

12 CPD points

£265

Supporting clients on the path to parenthood is such a truly wonderful & amazing experience! On this very popular 2 day course you will develop your theoretical & practical skills of aromatherapy & bodywork pertinent to pregnancy, labour & post natal recovery.

 

Course Content:

- Physical & psychological changes in pregnancy

- Antenatal terminology & information re ante-natalcheckups

- Essential Oils for pregnancy

- Massage for Pregnancy & the importance of correct client positioning

- Demonstrations, practical sessions & review

- Labour overview including Essential Oils to use at this time
- Acupressure points for labour
- Post natal overview including Essential Oils to use at this time

- Feedback & question / answer opportunities

- Course material handouts

Aromatic Acupressure Head Massage - 1 day course

2022 - Saturday 7th May

Unit 4 Yoga & Natural Health Centre, Brighton, BN2 3RG

9.30am - 5pm

6 CPD points

£135

This is a gentle, slow, extremely meditative treatment based on the ancient wisdom of the Tibetan, Indian & Chinese medicine systems. Although it's a gentle treatment don’t underestimate the potential power of it! It has a stimulating effect upon the parasympathetic nervous system that encourages deep relaxation, imbues tranquillity & truly stills the Mind. Although only a part body treatment, the sense of peace that this treatment brings means it’s a great de-stressor for both the Mind & whole body. Making it ideally suited for those that struggle switching off or with mental / emotional health issues & people prone to habitual patterns of holding tension, whether on a conscious or subconscious level.

 

Course Content:

- History & philosophy of the ancient Tibetan, Indian Ayurvedic & Chinese Medicine systems

- Theory & application of therapeutic acupressure techniques from the medicine systems

- A, couch based, treatment of the scalp / head, face, neck & shoulders

- Effects, benefits & treatment considerations

- Grounding meditation technique for self-care & treatment preparation

- Essential oil theory on six oils to support & further enhance treatments

- Making a blend for use on the course & to take home with you

- Demonstrations, practical sessions & review

- Feedback & question / answer opportunities

- Course material handouts

 

* NEW * Aromatic Acupressure & Meridian Body Massage - 2 day course

2022 - Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June

Unit 4 Yoga & Natural Health Centre, Brighton, BN2 3RG

9.30am - 5pm

12 CPD points

£265

In this 2 day course we look at the ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system, how to integrate bodywork techniques into your practice to assist the body in restoring good health & harmony. Meridians are a map of pathways through which energy flows & acupressure points (ACP) are key places along the pathways where energy may be contacted in-order to influence balance / homeostasis & stimulate innate healing abilities. There'll be theoretical overview of the concepts of TCM & you will learn to effectively master specific thumb, finger & palm techniques to work 12 of the main pathways & principle influential ACP along them, for common health concerns. This integrated & holistic approach to bodywork not only connects & treats the physical, mental & emotional aspects of well-being but also interconnects one part of the body with another. Meaning that as we treat the whole, & not just the part, application of off-site technique has wider therapeutic effect in addressing issues. Furthermore we will also be taking a look at the use of aromatics, from a TCM  perspective, to support & enhance the potency of treatments.

Course Content:

- TCM brief overview, including: Qi, Yin & Yang, Meridians & ACP and the 5 Elements

- Qi Gong exercise to enhance flow of vital energy & for treatment preparation

- Demonstrations, practical sessions & review

- Location & application of technique

- Prone: Back of legs, back, buttocks, shoulders & neck

- Supine: Neck, shoulders, arms / hands & front legs / feet

- Essential oils from a TCM perspective to support meridian & ACP techniques

​- Feedback & question / answer opportunities

- Course material handouts

 

Aromatherapy & Advanced Bodywork for the Back, Shoulders & Neck - 1 day course

2021 - Saturday 16th July

Unit 4 Yoga & Natural Health Centre, Brighton, BN2 3RG

9.30am - 5pm

6 CPD points

£135

How many zillions of clients come to you for back issues?...If your clinic is anything like ours then it's going to be heaps! And although there may be common presenting similarities each client tends to have unique requirements. Would you like some more highly effective tools in your therapeutic toolbox to help you confidently address their issues? Well this Advanced Aromatherapy & Bodywork training course is a great opportunity to take onboard brilliant new techniques & expand your repertoire for this popular much requested body area.

 

Course Content:
- Looking at structure & function. A review of the anatomy, physiology & pathologies of the back, neck & shoulders
- Advanced Bodywork Techniques including: massage, deep tissue work, using the forearms & elbows, acupressure, myofascial release, dry techniques, mobilisation, stretching & pulsing
- The importance of 'Body Mechanics' & 'Working Smart' not harder in order to minimise the toll on the therapists body
- Demonstrations, practical sessions & review
- Essential oil theory on six oils to support & further enhance treatments
- Making a blend for use on the course & to take home with you
- Feedback & question / answer opportunities
- Course material handouts

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Aromatic Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage - 2 day course

2022 - Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September

Unit 4 Yoga & Natural Health Centre, Brighton, BN2 3RG

9.30am - 5pm

12 CPD Points

£265

Traditionally a seated massage treatment of the upper back & arms, shoulders, neck, scalp / head & face, this therapy is both stimulating & relaxing, however you may tailor application of technique depending on how your client would like to feel. Although only a part body treatment, focusing on the most common stress vulnerable areas of the upper body, it represents a holistic de-stressing therapy for the whole body & Mind. It's extremely versatile & may be used as a stand-alone therapeutic treatment, incorporated into your existing repertoire or adapted to suit many differing logistical individual client situations. It may be performed either over clothes or on the skin with oils & cumbersome specialist equipment is not needed to perform it. This makes it an ideal treatment to offer just about anywhere / anytime & an invaluable addition for your therapeutic tool box!

 

Course Content:

- History & philosophy of the ancient Ayurvedic medicine system & Indian Head Massage

- A wide variety of authentic specialised massage techniques

- A seated treatment of the upper back & arms, shoulders, neck, scalp / head & face

- Effects, benefits & treatment considerations

- Grounding & meditation techniques for self-care & treatment preparation

- Essential oil theory on six oils to support & further enhance treatments

- Making a blend for use on the course & to take home with you

- Demonstrations, practical sessions & review

- Guidelines on & demonstration of a hair oiling treatment to offer your clients at the end of their treatments (this is a great addition to treatments & an ideal opportunity to offer them bespoke blends for home hair care)

- Feedback & question / answer opportunities

- Course material handouts

Aromatherapy for Menopause - 1 day course

2022 - Saturday 12th November

Unit 4 Yoga & Natural Health Centre, Brighton, BN2 3RG

9.30am - 5pm

6 CPD Points

£135

Presented by Jo Kellett TIDHA MIFPA CIMI (Tisserand Essential Oil Expert & Author), on this theory course you will develop your skills & knowledge of aromatherapy for the Menopause so that you may confidently use your essential oils for clients entering or going through the Menopause.

Course content:
- Physical & psychological changes of the Menopause
- Exploring the myths of Menopause
- Essential Oils for the Menopause
- Theory & practical exercises

- Feeddback & question / answer opportunities
- Handouts to back up all course material

 

 

Plus, we have some extra exciting news!

We are delighted to let you know that some other tip top industry renowned very experienced therapists & teachers are joining the team including:

Victoria Plum, Emma Charlton & Ruth Smith.

More details of their courses to follow real soon, as they say

WATCH THIS SPACE...

Student Feedback - here's what they've had to say...

Donna was my Aromatherapy Massage Diploma tutor & I have also completed a CPD massage course with her. Donna is an exceptional body worker & a skilled teacher. I would recommend her CPD courses to anyone!

Wonderful techniques from a great tutor.

Very hands on & there was lots of practise which really helped to consolidate learning.

Would definitely recommend the course to others.

I’ll be back for more training.

Very good course content & presentation that was to the point, comprehensive & easy to follow.

I now feel I've more technical ability & confidence.

Thoroughly enjoyed the course.

I have recently taken a one day course with Donna. I can't recommend her enough. I will definitely be looking to train again with her.

She was very approachable, knowledgeable & taught at the level required for me. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Thank you.

The course delivered what was offered. Excellent content demonstrated through a variety of delivery methods.

Thank you for a very enjoyable, professional & beneficial day

Excellent teaching.

Great content.

The course was amazing.

Absolutely loved it.

Can't wait to do more.

Thank you.

Information was clear, understandable &

well taught. Great to have such knowledgeable, skilled & attentive tutors during practical sessions that helped to adjust my techniques.

Wonderful techniques from a great tutor.

Very hands on & there was lots of practise which really helped to consolidate learning.

Would definitely recommend the course to others.

I’ll be back for more training.

Very happy to of learnt more massage tools which are powerful & also very relaxing.

Love Donna & Jo both as teachers & people.

Great chemistry. I wish you could bottle it.

Brilliant. Wonderful course!

My confidence & ability have grown.

Thank you so much.

Super inspiring.

Great content, well paced teaching that was easy to follow. Loved the fun & down to earth teaching style. I feel I have really added to my therapeutic tool box.

Awesome. Interesting. Stimulating. Very clear well structure handouts. I now have more confidence & tools. Please do more advanced courses!

Great handouts to back up the clearly delivered material & good assistance from the tutors while practising.

Would love a follow up graduate course.

Thank you for the feedback. It's very much appreciated.

What an honour it's been to meet you all.

I've learnt lots too from working with each & every one of you.