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					                HEART AND SOUL AROMATHERAPY
It is with pleasure that the Executive Committee of the Aromatherapy Society of S.A. invite you to attend
 the 2009 aromatherapy congress which is scheduled to be held at The Nest Conference Centre from Friday
 27th February to Sunday 1st March 2009.

We have compiled a varied programme which we trust will be of interest to all therapists registered with
the Allied Health Professions Council of S.A.
                                  FRIDAY, 27TH FEBRUARY 2009

TIME             ACTIVITY                                     PRESENTER

10:00 HRS        REGISTRATION FOR CONGRESS AND ACCOMMODATION
                 TEA/COFFEE

12:30HRS         LUNCH

13:50 HRS        WELCOME

14:00HRS         KEY NOTE ADDRESS -                ELSKE MILES
                       EUROPEAN APPROACH TO AROMATHERAPY

15:30HRS         TEA

16:00HRS         CALCULATING OUR WORTH                        JESSICA HART

17:00HRS         2009 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
                              ASOSA MEMBERS

19:00HRS         DINNER

                          SATURDAY, 28TH FEBRUARY 2009.
TIME             ACTIVITY                          PRESENTER

09:00HRS         UPTAKE MECHANISIMS OF                                 YOLAND IRWIN
                 ESSENTIAL OILS


09:45HRS         DISPELLING THE MYTHS                                  YOLAND IRWIN
                 (INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION)                              DONNA NESS
                 CANCER, DIABETES, PREGNANCY,                          ZIETS ROETS
                 EPILEPSY                                              MARIET DUPLESSIS

10:30HRS         TEA

11:00HRS         DISPELLING THE MYTHS (CONTINUED)

12:30HRS         LUNCH

14:00HRS         BIOCHEMISTRY OF CHEMO-TYPED                           ELSKE MILES
                  ESSENTIAL OILS


15:30HRS          TEA

16:00HRS          PHYTO-ENERGETICS                                       ELSKE MILES
                  APPLICATION OF ESSENTIAL OILS
                          TO MERIDIAN ENERGY POINTS &
                          HARMONISING BLENDS FOR
                          YIN/YANG BALANCE AND 5 ELEMENTS
                  (INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP)

19:00HRS          DINNER-DANCE (THEME EVENING)
                  & COMPETITION JUDGING

         SUNDAY, 1ST MARCH 2009

TIME              ACTIVITY                                               PRESENTER

09:00HRS          PRACTICE MANAGEMENT,                                   JOANNE GILBERT
                  BUSINESS ETHICS & ADVERTISING                          SUZETTE DAVIS
                  (INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP)                                 YAVANEE SINGH

10:00HRS          TEA

11:00HRS          PRACTICE MANAGEMENT,
                  BUSINESS ETHICS & ADVERTISING                          (CONTINUED)

11:30HRS          CLOSE

                                                  ---oOo---

INTRODUCING THE SPEAKERS

ELSKE MILES

Elske was born in Johannesburg where, in 1992, she graduated from the University of Witwatersrand with
a Masters degree in French Literature. She qualified as a reflexology practitioner in 1993, having trained
with Chris Stormer, before relocating to France where she completed her Ph.D in Science of Signs, Texts
and Documents through the Université Denis Diderot, Paris VII, France (1999).
Whilst reading for her Ph.D Elske qualified in the therapeutic use of chemotyped essential oils according to
the principles of the French School of Aromatherapy and qualified as an Advanced Aromatherapy
Practitioner in 1998
Thereafter Elske spent two years running aromatherapy training programmes teaching sales representatives
in the Natural Health Industry in France and the USA how to safely recommend the therapeutic use of
essential oils to the public.
She, together with Michel Odoul, a renowned shiatsu therapist, developed the aromatherapy technique
called phyto-energetics entails the application of essential oil blends or single oils on zones corresponding
to the major meridians or special meridian points.
Elske also holds qualifications in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Applied Corporeal Psychology,
Traditional Chinese foot reflexology and Vietnamese facial reflexology. She runs her own training school
where she teaches reflexology and aromatherapy from an introductory level to professional aromatherapy
training. The professional level of aromatherapy training she offers can be summarised as follows by three
different approaches to the body and healing:
     Advanced aromatherapy according to the principles of the French School focuses on the somatic
      body
   Phyto-energetics addresses the energy body as explained in TCM
Aromachology using olfactory stimuli for general well-being works powerfully with the psycho-emotional
dimension of the human being

Elske is a dedicated researcher and has authored two books (La phyto-énergétique, Ed. Albin Michel, 2004
and Réflexologie, Les Cahiers pratiques de l‟aromathérapie selon l‟école française, Ed. Inspir, 2008). The
Aromatherapy Society of S.A. is delighted that she has agreed to share her knowledge with our
practitioners.

YOLAND IRWIN
Yoland completed her B.Pharm degree at Rhodes University in Grahamstown in 1999 and qualified in
aromatherapy at the end of 2000.She then completed a certificate course in herbal medicine before taking
up a pharmacist position at a pharmaceutical manufacturer specialising in herbal and homeopathic
tinctures, in Wellington.Yoland then worked in retail pharmacy for a number of years before accepting a
lecturing post in the Pharmacy Department at Rhodes University where she has been working for the past 2
½ years.She lectures 2nd, 3rd and 4th year pharmacy students in Pharmacy Administration and Practice and is
responsible for overseeing pharmacy students in their community work, specifically in the management of
hypertension, diabetes and epilepsy.Yoland is currently reading for her Masters Degree in Pharmacy with
specific interest in the chemical composition of South African essential oils and is a-owner in an
aromatherapy essential oil company. She is the mother of 2 little girls and has researched the use of
essential oils in pregnancy and children.
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JESSICA HART
Jessica is a registered Therapeutic Aromatherapist and Reflexologist who has for the past 13 years run a
full time home based practice. She has, until recently, lectured aromatherapy and reflexology to the 3rd
and 4th year Somatology students at the Durban University of Technology. She is the appointed South
African tutor for the Booth Vertical Reflex Technique and past reflexology representative on the Allied
Health Professions Council. Jessica is a co-owner in an aromatherapy essential oil company and is the
current Chairperson of the Aromatherapy Society of S.A.

ZIETS ROETS
Ziets trained as a general nurse and midwife at Potchefstroom Hospital
Worked in the maternity wards of Parys Provincial Hospital and Barberton Hospital
Specialised in breastfeeding.
Unit manager of the obstetrics units at Barberton Hospital. Managing the ante-natal and puerperium wards,
also the labour wards, and prem unit.
Established a successful post-natal clinic at the same hospital. Barberton was a training hospital for doctors
and midwives.
Worked as locum for Carien Camphor in Pretoria doing private ante- and post-natal care.
Studied massage, reflexology and aromatherapy at Natal Technikon and repeated aromatherapy through
The Yaraka School of Holistic Therapies.
Lectured Applied Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for The Yaraka School of Holistic Therapies. Acts
as a doula by special request.


DONNA NESS
Donna is a Manipulative physiotherapist with a Masters degree from University College London,a Private
Practice in Durban North. She has specialised trainingOncology/ Lymphoedema and Vestibular rehab as
well as general practice physio.
Donna trained in the UK at the Royal Free Hospital in 2004 on Lymph drainage therapy andin Florida in
2007 under the Vodder concept. She has an international certification for manual lymphatic drainage, multi
layered bandaging and specilaised exercises for lympghoedema.
Donna is passionate about raising awareness of preventative methods to limit the onset of this condition as
well as self help strategies to enable people to live with it.
She is excited about registering for a PhD in this field in 2009.

MARIET DU PLESSIS
Mariet is a registered professional complementary health care practitioner/therapist, offering her patients a
holistic treatment package, of therapeutic aromatherapy, massage therapy and reflexology. In addition to
these therapies, she offers a variety of other complimentary and holistic health care therapies, such as Dr.
Vodder‟s lymph drainage & lymphedema therapy, Cranio-sacral balancing, psychoneuroendoimmunology
(PNI) & emotional release, Healing touch (balancing and restoring the human energy field), crystal and
colour therapy, visualization & imagery, meditation & prayer, as well as deep pranic breathing).
Since 1995 Mariet has been working within the Oncology practice of Dr.'s Alberts, Bouwer, & Jordaan, as
part of the multi-disciplinary complementary and wellness team, where her work entails the improvement
and management of quality of life on all levels, namely physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, for their
cancer patients as well as their family members.
While practicing aromatic medicine (especially including internal use) she helps patients with the
improvement and treatment of immune system conditions and infections, prepares and blends specific
aromatic medicinal blends and creams for the prevention and protection from burns for radiation patients,
other radiation therapy side-effects like fibrosis of tissues, scarring, cramps etc. She applies Aromatherapy
massage treatments and aromatic medicinal blends for the side effects of chemotherapy, inflammation,
digestive and excretory systems, nausea, skin problems, hair loss, tiredness, muscle aches and pain relief,
anxiety, depression, fear etc.
She runs her own Holistic Complementary Health Care practice.


SUZETTE DAVIS
Sue Davis studied Aromatherapy and Reflexology under Yvonne Palmer at the S.A. College of Natural
Therapies. She went on to study a number of related complementary therapies including acupressure,
meridian therapy and NLP and runs a holistic private practice. Sue also holds training and assessment
qualifications. She has held a number of portfolios on the executive committee of the S.A. Reflexology
Society including the position of Chairperson. Sue currently serves as an Aromatherapy representative on
the ARM Professional Board of the AHPCSA.


DR JOANNE GILBERT M.Tech Chiropractic, DipAromatherapy.
Joanne qualified as a Chiropractor from the Durban University of Technology whilst at the same time
studying Therapeutic Aromatherapy through the Natural Health and Beauty College.She runs her practice
on the Bluff, Durban. Joanne is the mother of two young boys andhas a special interest in paediatrics,
especially colic.She is committed to serving her professional bodies and was secretary for the KZN Branch
of the Chiropractic Association ofSA (May 2004-November 2006), secretary for ASOSA (November 2003-
March 2006) and treasurer(March 2006 to2007). She is currently the editor for the ASoSA Journal date


YAVANEE SINGH
Having qualified in Aromatherapy and Reflexology in South Africa, Yavanee furthered her studies by
undertaking international courses. She completed a colour therapy course under Pauline Wills at the
Oracle School of Colour in the UK and went on to achieve trainer status. Yavanee was the principal of the
Yaraka School of Holistic Therapies based in Durban. She is committed to empowering the
underprivileged and recently ran a training workshop for careres at a Mamelodi Hospice, teaching massage
techniques used on terminally ill patients. Yavanee won the Umhlanga Rocks Woman Achiever of the Year
award in 2005. She represented Therapeutic Aromatherapy on the ARM Professional Board of the
AHPCSA and is currently the National Vice Chairperson of the SA Reflexology Society as well as an exco-
member of the Aromatherapy Society of SA. She runs her own practice in Durban and recently launched
“Yavanee Essentials,“ a range of aromatherapy products
THE VENUE:

The well-known Nest Hotel is the oldest of the Drakensberg leisure resorts. In 2008 the Nest celebrated
75 years welcoming guests, many of whom return year after year to this special place nestled in the
Champagne Valley which offers exquisite views of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site.
Being in the central „Berg, it is easily accessible from most regions of South Africa being an easy 4 hour
drive from Johannesburg and 3 hours from Durban.
The conference venue, situated away from the main hotel, is well appointed and spacious easily
accommodating more than 100 delegates.
ACCOMMODATION :
The Nest has over the past 4 years, consistently received the AA Travel Guides Accommodation Award,
which is not surprising as accommodation comprises well appointed rondavel rooms and cottages set in
acres of park-like gardens, accommodating from two to six people. All rooms are cozy and comfortable
with en suite bathrooms and coffee/tea making facilities. Some rooms have private verandahs and the
family cottages have a loft room. There are also two exclusive executive suites which are attached to the
conference centre.
MEALS :
Although specific diets are not offered, the choice at each meal is sufficiently wide, nutritious and
wholesome so as to ensure that all delegates will be adequately catered for.
LEISURE TIME :
The hotel offers a number of outdoor activities including bowling greens, tennis courts, badminton,
volleyball, croquet, table tennis and swimming. For those delegates who would like to bring their family
along there is plenty to keep them occupied during the day such as walks, daily horse riding for adults and
children, mountain bikes and a children‟s play ground. Golf and fly fishing can be arranged at nearby
resorts.
DELEGATES PACKAGE :
The weekend conference package covers dinner, bed and breakfast plus conference attendance, teas and
lunches. Accommodation package is based on a per person sharing basis. Single rooms will incur an
additional cost.
The daily conference fee covers conference attendance, teas and lunches
NON-DELEGATES PACKAGE :
The non-delegate conference fee includes dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch. Mid-morning and afternoon
teas are served on the verandah next to the dining hall. Children 12 years and over pay full adult tariff,
with a sliding scale for children 2 – 11years. Cots are available for hire for babies.
HOW TO DRESS :
Day time summer temperatures in the „Berg can be as high as 40 oC (be sure to bring along your bathing
costume) with spectacular late afternoon showers to cool the evenings (remember to pack a rain jacket or
brolly). The conference center is air-conditioned so a jacket/jersey/shawl may be necessary. Dinner on
Saturday evening will be a “theme” event, where you will need to dress to depict your favourite essential
oil.
HOW TO GET THERE :
From Johannesburg
In Harrismith take the N5 to Bethlehem\Kestell for 4 kms, then the turnoff to Bergville\Qwa Qwa for 8
kms. You will then take the R74 Bergville\Oliviershoek Pass. The sign reads Bergville, Northern\Central
Berg resorts. Stay on the R74 past Bergville into Winterton. As you enter Winterton on your left is an
Engen Petrol Station. Take the first right onto the R600 opposite the Engen Station. Travel down the R600
for approx. 20Km and you will see The Nest Hotel entrance on the right.
From Durban
Take the N3 North and then the Estcourt North\Giants Castle, Central Drakensberg turnoff (exit no. 179) ,
to the left, off the highway. At the stop turn left and drive FOR approx. 30km until you come to the
intersection turning left into the R600 (Central Berg). Travel down the R600 for approx. 7Km and you will
see The Nest Hotel entrance on the right.

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