Spring 2004

FES International E-Newsletter

Hound's Tongue—a vibrant spring presence in the Sierra Woodlands

Dear Friend of the Flower Essence Society,

Spring has arrived in the Sierra Foothills! Warmer days, dappled with golden sun, have brought a rich array of flowers to our gardens and surrounding wild areas. As Nature offers her generous bouquet of flowers, so do we offer ours. We hope you will be inspired by the wide spectrum of practitioner reports, botanical profiles, book reviews, and announcements. May these "blossoms" give new inspiration and wisdom for your practice of flower essence therapy.

With warmest wishes,
The FES Team

Julian Barnard, Herefordshire, England—world's foremost researcher of Dr. Edward Bach, and founder of Healing Herbs Bach flower essences

Marko Pogacnik, Slovenian
landscape sculptor,
and earth-healer

Nature Forces:
Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves—
Body, Soul, Spirit

May 28-30
Great Barrington, MA

Don't miss this rare opportunity to participate in a workshop with these remarkable healers and nature teachers—Memorial Day weekend in the beautiful Berkshire mountains, sponsored by Steiner Books/Anthroposophic Press.

Exercises in Nature perception

How to work with nature forces and    beings
Dr. Bach's vision for healing

Workshop with
Julian Barnard & Marko Pogacnik

Practitioner Reports

Subtle Body Sensing:
The Impact of Flower Essences
in the Human Aura

by Trish Mooney


Flower essence therapy requires a deep appreciation for states of consciousness and energetic patterns that are not directly perceptible in the physical realm. Yet how do we acquire such skills? Are these abilities innate spiritual gifts, or the result of psychic channeling?

This article by FES certified practitioner, Trish Mooney of Takoma Park, Maryland, outlines in a clear and practical way, how any therapist can begin to work with subtle body sensing. Learn some of the foundational remedies that balance the energetic bodies and review a case that shows how subtle body sensing enhances therapeutic outcome.

Key Essences for
Treating Fear

A clinical report from Dr. Marina Angeli

In this article, Dr. Marina Angeli of Athens, Greece, examines three botanically related flower essences with common healing themes—Purple Monkeyflower, Sticky Monkeyflower and Scarlet Monkeyflower. Her professional report brings new insight into each of these fundamental flower essences, along with vivid case examples.

Essence Profiles

The Monkeyflower Essences:
A Unique Genus of Plants Addressing a Wide Spectrum of Soul Fears

by Richard Katz, FES Founder

The Mimulus genus (also called Monkeyflowers) has an abundance of different species—approximately 150 worldwide, with at least 40 native to California. The Monkeyflower essences address related issues of fear that hold back the soul's authentic expression. They form a spectrum of colors: pink, red, orange, yellow and purple, that can clearly be associated with the specific emotional centers in the mind-body complex.

Read Richard's article about Pink Monkeyflower, Scarlet Monkeyflower, Sticky Monkeyflower, Purple Monkeyflower and Mimulus

Excerpt from
The Natural Medicine Guide to Anxiety
by Stephanie Marohn


“I stopped taking the drug immediately after I discovered the Mimulus. The flower essence gave me an inner light, inside my heart...I have not had a panic attack since that day.”

Flower essence therapy is prominently featured in a new guide to anxiety-related disorders. Chapter Six of the book, “Energy Medicine III: Flower Essence Therapy,” is published on our website by special permission of the publishers. It features an extensive interview with Patricia Kaminski. Her research has led her to conclude that those suffering from anxiety “need to develop courage to meet life, and to trust life on its own terms.”

Read a compelling case study relating how Kendra Barnett overcame deep-seated anxiety and chose flower essences over pharmaceutical medication.

Opening the Heart with Benediction Oil
by Elly Van Ekelenburg

Elly Van Ekelenburg is an FES certified flower essence therapist who lives in Venray, Holland. She introduces us to Jasper, a young man with physical disabilities who lived many productive years through the help that flower essences gave to his soul. Then, Elly relates the touching story of Jasper's death and how the Benediction oil played a special role. Jasper’s passing leads to another experience of Benediction oil in her own father’s death.

Observations on
Marital Relationships

by Dr. Sally Dawson

Close or intimate relationships offer exceptional opportunities for soul growth. Read two case studies by Dr. Sally Dawson of New Zealand, illustrating what can be achieved between married couples in difficult situations.

Dr. Dawson has discovered that if two people in close contact are treated simultaneously with flower essences, significant progress can be made in resolving old issues and creating new possibilities in the partnership.

Practitioner Interview

Two Powerful Allies:
Integrating CranioSacral and
Flower Essence Therapy

Oregon Grape: Nancy Kern regards this flower essence as the "perfect one to help young clients overcome feelings of external threat and distrust."

Practitioner Interview with Nancy Kern in Houston, Texas

CranioSacral Therapy and Flower Essence Therapy are powerful allies in the realm of mind-body healing work. Nancy Kern specializes in healing work with young children who have endured many traumatic and painful experiences. Read about key essences and case highlights from her impressive healing program.

Plant Study

Asclepias syriaca

The annual FES Practitioner Training and Certification Course features excursions in Nature and techniques in plant observation. In this way, the therapist gains deeper appreciation for the healing forces of plants. See information below regarding details of the course.

Read the excellent study of Milkweed from Barbara Schuster, a Canadian participant in the 2003 course. Milkweed flower essence addresses lethargy and depression in the soul, and Barbara shows how we can understand this quality in the plant's form and gesture.

Flower Essence Classes

the Logo flower for FES, opening the soul to new levels of creativity and "iridescence"

“The need now is for those who have knowledge of these Certain Herbs to go and teach all people how they may use them.”
—Dr. Edward Bach

Join Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz in their 2004 classes


Details regarding classes taught by
Patricia Kaminski & Richard Katz

Photograph used by permission of Bastyr University

Introduction to Flower Essence Therapy
with Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz

April 16-18
Bastyr University,
near Seattle, WA

Read more details here.

Flower essence therapy is now an official part of the academic curriculum at this much-esteemed university!

Photo of Mt. Fuji by
Tsuneo Suganuma

Japan Classes
May, 2004
Retreat at Mt. Fuji and a weekend course in Tokyo

Contact the Association for Flower Essence Education - Japan

This is the first time Patricia and Richard will be touring in Japan and it's an exclusive opportunity to experience a flower essence therapy course taught by them.

Conference Center

View of the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe

Please join us for our 21st Annual Practitioner Training and Certification Program
July 1-8, 2004
Granlibakken Conference Center in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California

Continuing Education for Professionals

The Flower Essence Society is pleased to offer credits for continuing education. The FES Flower Essence Practitioner Training has been approved for 57 contact hours by the American Holistic Nurses' Association, which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

More details here.

Future FES Practitioner Trainings
Tentative dates:
July 7-14, 2005
July 6-13, 2006

“One month ago we were sharing the clear bright light of the Sierras together. Every day since then, thoughts of what was shared in that week waft through my mind. I am so grateful for that time, and all you made possible.

Claudia Keel, founder of the Art and Nature Project in New York City

Book Reviews

The Rhythmic Power of Water

by John Wilkes


reviewed by Maggie Lee

Water is the matrix for flower essences; it is the receptive medium that is imprinted with the archetypal messages of the flowers. To understand the healing language of flower essences, we study the forms and gestures of plants. It is equally important that we understand the qualities of water. Flowforms, the Rhythmic Power of Water presents water in its capacity as a healing, harmonizing and revitalizing element of life, whose fluidity, rhythmicity and metamorphic transformation are echoed in the life processes of plants.

The Complete Teething Guide
from Birth to Adolescence

by Kathy Arnos


reviewed by Jann Garitty

The use of flower essences is cited extensively throughout this book for various symptoms and conditions that are brought about due to the effects of teething. Arnos writes clearly about the relationship between these effects and children’s emotional states and behaviors: “Many people are unaware that our children’s emotional and physical problems are often related to the teething process. Most equate ‘teething’ with infancy, when it actually lasts through young adulthood [through the eruption of the wisdom teeth].”

Please visit
The Bach Flower Research Programme


Gorse and Beech

The Bach Flower Research Programme website, sponsored by The Twelve Healers Trust, is a beautiful collage of information, multi-media presentations and interactive features “dedicated to furthering [the] understanding of the Bach flower remedies. It has been planned as a repository for knowledge and information, as a forum for discussion and as a stimulus to research.” The site exudes a warm, welcoming feeling and practitioners are openly invited to participate by making contributions based on their own areas of expertise or knowledge.

The website is easily navigated with extensive, accessible information in a variety of presentations. While still in the process of development, one could spend many pleasant hours listening to Julian Barnard and Nikki Murray speak of the 38 remedies, read selections from the electronic library (downloadable versions are available as well), view dynamic, beautiful video presentations, spend time with flower photographs, and explore methods of essence selection.

We thank The Twelve Healers Trust for making this extraordinary storehouse of information available to all of us interested in Dr. Bach’s work and the ongoing study of flower essence therapy.


Evening Primrose

The following questions and answers have been posted since the last Society E-Newsletter:

Are there essences that have proven helpful for people suffering from schizophrenia?

Are there flower essences that tend to be more cathartic in effect?

Are flower essences safe to use with newborn babies? If so, what are some of the commonly used essences?

Can flower essence therapy be helpful for dyslexia?

Ask FES is intended for questions that are of broad interest to therapists, concerning general healing themes. For ethical and legal reasons, we cannot give specific advise concerning personal cases.

Flower Essence Society
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Editorial staff: Patricia Kaminski, Jann Garitty, Richard Katz, Alison Timme