After being introduced to essential oils Beverley found that she needed to take about 5 different aromatherapy courses to get the information she felt she needed. If the courses offered through the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy had been available when she was first starting out, they would have been the ones she would have wanted to take. She is a lifelong learner and is continually taking workshops and reading books and articles in order to both expand her knowledge and keep it up to date. She would love to welcome you as a student and is eager to share her knowledge with you.
As Beverley also maintains a successful hands-on practice she is continually honing her skills and gathering a wealth of experience. It is the depth of this clinical experience, together with a constant drive to learn more and more, that makes Beverley an incredible mentor and guide to those taking the courses offered through the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy.
Beverley Hawkins, Essential Oil Therapist – EOT®, Registered Aromatherapist – RA®, CAHP, Di.SPE. began her holistic journey as the daughter of a naturopath/chiropractor in her native South Africa. Having helped her father in his wellness business for many years she developed an appreciation for the concept of holistic care and has never looked back!
Beverley has a thorough understanding of what makes people “tick” and she encourages and guides her students down their path of learning. Beverley has many years experience as an alternative healthcare professional. She is a Registered Aromatherapist, massage therapist, reflexologist, Reiki master, Bach Flower Registered Practitioner, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, Spiritual PhytoEssencing Practitioner and educator. In addition to teaching, she also maintains a private practice. Beverley is a member of a number of Aromatherapy Associations in Canada: BCAPA, BCAOA, and CFA; in the USA: AIA and NAHA.
Beverley has taught aromatherapy for many years. She owned an aromatherapy school in Victoria, BC which she sold when she moved with her family to the United States. It was while she was living in the United States and Europe, over an 18 month period, that she came to realize just how many people were interested in essential oils and hungry for more information on their safe use. She realized that while many people were interested in pursuing aromatherapy as a career, there were, in fact, a lot of other people who were interested in aromatherapy solely for their own use.
This observation was instrumental in the format of a new course that she created on her return to Canada and the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy was born in April 1999. During this time she had also become aware of how many people wanted information on using essential oils but didn’t want to become professional aromatherapists which lead to her separating her Full Professional Course into two parts. Aromatherapy 101 is designed to be a wonderfully thorough introduction to the use of essential oils in a safe and effective manner and the continuation with Aromatherapy 201 meets the needs of those wishing to make a career in this field.
Beverley is constantly learning and researching information in this field and she is continually updating and revising her course material to ensure that it contains the most up to date information available.
In 2005/2006, Beverley received Honorary Lifetime Membership from the BCAPA as a thank you for her years of service and dedication to the profession of Aromatherapy and its practitioners.
In 2012 Beverley was the recipient of the BCAOA’s Award of Excellence.