Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.  Lao Tzu 

One thing I have learned over the last 18 months or so is that nothing can stay the same indefinitely.  We never know what tomorrow will bring and we have to be ready to pivot and make changes as we move forward.

What some of you may, or may not, know is that while I am the founder and owner of the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy, I am also its only employee.  It the way I set things up in the beginning and as I love ‘working in my business’ it is the way things have remained over the last 22 plus years.  With everything that has impacted all of our lives, I have found myself weighing up very carefully what is working well for me and what isn’t.  After several months of reflection, the next step has finally revealed itself and I am ready to share the changes I will be implementing going forward.

To start with the Bev Hawkins Membership Club, started in January 2020, remains unchanged.  I will continue to offer the monthly subscription packages which allow me to share my love and knowledge of our wonderful aromatics in an easy and flexible manner.   The online workshops currently offered through the same online platform will also continue to be available.

One of the things I identified during my reflections was that I wanted more flexibility and less structure.  The Professional Aromatherapy Courses, which I have made available since April 1999, are much more structured than either the Membership Club or the Workshops.  They also require a significant timeline commitment, from both the student and myself.  Each time a new student signs up, I am committing myself to be available to them for at least 9 months for Aromatherapy 101, 18 months for Aromatherapy 201 and 27 months when both courses are purchased together.

All the printable PDF files are available to download at the time of the order. [For each course there is a Workbook and three Course Books].  Then it is up to the individual student to work through the course by following the lessons outlined in their Workbook through Reading; Experiencing: Completing the Activities and Testing themselves.  They able to do this at their own pace within their own unique schedule. Anyone who follows these steps and works through the material will be able to accumulate a wealth of information about aromatherapy and the effective use of the essential oils.  They can also take as much, or as little, time as they like doing this.  The timeline kicks in for those who wish to earn the appropriate Certificate.  While not everyone chooses to write the final exam, for those who do, it does need to be ordered and submitted together with the appropriate additional exam requirements within the allotted timeline.

So, I have made the decision to wind down offering the Aromatherapy 101 and Aromatherapy 201 courses.  From now until the end of 2022, both the Aromatherapy 101 and Aromatherapy 201 courses will remain available to purchase and download.  However, what is changing is the timeline within which to order and submit the Final Exam and its requirements.  Anyone wishing to earn their Certificate and have their exam and additional exam requirements reviewed and graded will need to order and submit their final exam and requirements by October 31, 2022.   The courses will no longer be available after December 2022.