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About the School for Flower Essence Studies

We are three flower essence practitioners and educators who want to share the wisdom of flowers and vibrational essences far and wide.

The School for Flower Essence Studies was founded by Rochana Felde, Ruth Toledo Altschuler, and Kathleen Aspenns with the dream of co-creating conferences, courses, and community for essence enthusiasts — from beginner to advanced practitioner.

We began by organizing the 2022 Flower Essence Conference. It was important to us to curate an event that supported practitioners and exposed people to a wider community of practice. With 33 speakers, 22 presentations, and 6 live panels, it was a rousing success. Through this process it became clear that there was a real thirst for continuing education and community in the flower essence world.

We partnered to launch the school and immediately produced several courses, with the goal of creating topic-based classes that could be mixed and matched according to the needs of the learner, and to supplement other flower essence learning programs. We have many more courses and events planned for 2023 and beyond!

In service to Nature and humanity, we are joyfully devoted to elevating the art and practice of Flower Essence Therapy to highest potential.

Founders & Faculty

Ruth Toledo Altschuler

Co-Founder, Lead Instructor & Mentor

Ruth is a Certified Flower Essence Practitioner, Educator and Mentor. In practice for over three decades, she has a unique combination of experience unparalleled in the field. Originating from Brazil, Ruth was instrumental in developing flower essence therapy as a widely accepted modality in that country. She has a background in photography and uses that talent to greatly enhance the online student experience with immersive imagery. Ruth is an authorized instructor for the FES Practitioner Certification Program and offers this yearly. She is the creator of Essence Mentoring & Essence Circles, and co-host of The Flower Essence Conference.

Kathleen Aspenns

Co-Founder & Instructor

Kathleen is a Nature Intuitive, Certified Flower Essence Practitioner, and Educator. As an Essence Researcher and Producer, she developed the Flora of Asia line of flower essences from herbal plants used in Chinese Medicine and cultivated in California. She holds a degree in Horticulture Science, and also works with horses as a Tellington TTouch Method Equine Practitioner. Kathleen co-hosts The Flower Essence Podcast and The Flower Essence Conference.

Kathleen Aspenns

Co-Founder & Instructor

Kathleen is a Nature Intuitive, Certified Flower Essence Practitioner, and Educator. As an Essence Researcher and Producer, she developed the Flora of Asia line of flower essences from herbal plants used in Chinese Medicine and cultivated in California. She holds a degree in Horticulture Science, and also works with horses as a Tellington TTouch Method Equine Practitioner. Kathleen co-hosts The Flower Essence Podcast and The Flower Essence Conference.

Rochana Felde

Co-Founder, Instructor & Designer

Rochana is a Flower Essence Practitioner, Herbalist, and Plant Spirit Researcher — creating flower essences from the wild coastal cliffs, forests, and meadows of Northern California. With an extensive background in information technology and user interface design, she creates graphics, websites and content for the school and related projects. Rochana co-hosts The Flower Essence Podcast and The Flower Essence Conference.