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                                                                 NHR Organic Oils launches a new Organic Essential Oil Distillation Diploma Course                                                                                 



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"NHR Organic Essential Oil Distillation Diploma Course"

at the Mill Retreat Centre.





Course Description:

This is an exciting and practical Advanced Diploma Course, set in the peaceful and beautiful surroundings of lakes, rivers and woods.  It will deepen your knowledge and give you hands on experience of working with organic essential oils and aromatherapy.


You will learn how the highest quality organic essential oils are made, and cultivating plants to Soil Association standards. You will distil your own pure oils, and use these oils in cooking, massage and research. 

We will also explore the intuitive and creative understanding of essential oils, all in a nourishing and supportive environment.  


Course Summary:

·        Distillation of your own organic essential oils on site.

·         Learning about the importance of organic farming to Soil Association standards, and growing aromatherapy plants in the Mill’s beautiful herb garden.

·         The art of cooking with organic essential oils, to make delicious and nourishing meals.

·         Exploring the subtle and energetic properties of essential oils, using colour, creativity and intuition.

·        Learn the chemical constituents of organic essential oils and how these chemicals therapeutically affect the body. An explanation of GLC (Gas liquid Chromatography) charts.

·         Learn the properties of 40 Organic Base Vegetable oils.

·        Massage treatments with essential oils you have made yourself.

·        Optional exercises and meditation.


The aromatherapy course will be led by Kolinka Zinovieff and Star Khechara.

Kolinka is the Director of NHR Organic Oils and the Mill Retreat Centre. He has been working with organic oils for over 20 years, and has extensive training and practice in aromatherapy and the organic industry. He has written "Essential Health - The Complete Aromatherapy Guide"

Star Khechura is the Director of the School of Cosmotology offering training for professional therapists in the science of organic skincare formulation, and who has written The Holistic Beauty Book.


The weekend will include three nights' accommodation at the Mill with delicious organic meals.


There will be time for you to enjoy exploring the Mill Retreat Centre, set in 30 acres of natural paradise only 2.5 hours from London, near the town of Aumale in Northern France. Transport will be provided from London.


The peaceful grounds incorporate a nature reserve and an array of stunning wildlife habitats, including a lake, over 10 acres of woodland, wetlands, a river and a beautiful garden. At different times of the year you can see wild boar and deer in the woods, otters and fish in the lake, over 40 species of birds, including swans and a huge variety of plant life.


Cost: £695.00

Price includes all meals ( 3 organic meals per day), accommodation for 3 nights, teaching and all materials.

Discounts: NHR Organic Oils loyal customers will be entitled to a 10% discount off the course.


Easy Transport: 

Our private luxury coach will collect you from London and take you direct to the Mill Retreat Centre in Northern France, and return you back to London All for a small subsidized fee of £85 rtn, which includes the channel tunnel train crossing.


Booking a place on the course:

We advise you to book early if you want to reserve a place, as the numbers will be limited and we anticipate a strong demand.

To book your place you will need to pay a deposit of £250 please click here to pay and book online: or telephone 08453108066.


You will be presented with a diploma certificate on completing the course.

For more details do please call us on 
Tel UK 0845 310 8066 
to email us.


What did you enjoy most about the course?

The laughter and joy of meeting like-minded people and sharing information. Sue


Subtle aromatherapy, the really detailed distilling module.  Rozane


The new information- we touched subjects that weren’t taught on m other diploma (for instance, hands on distillation). Also, the amount of like-minded people I met and I’ll stay in touch with.


I had an amazing time overall- meet some really beautiful people and learning and connecting with people for all walks of life. I hope that people benefitted for my knowledge as much as I benefitted from others. Susannah


How would you improve the course if you were running it?

An indication that there would be an intermediate /advanced course in the future. Sue


The cooking with essential oils would be richer if we could work with 3 dishes and 3 oils, ......Rozane

How would you rate your teachers?

Excellent- very informative but relaxed style. SJ


10/10 10/10


Both were excellent and clearly passionate about the field they work in, which can’t but help rub off on students. It was a pleasure and delight to meet both. Carol.


Kolinka is a meticulous teacher with science and factual info (very good and useful!!) and yet intuitive and insightful about more creative elements. A rare balance!

Star’s personality and vivacity puts energies into the modules and her knowledge of botany is very helpful for beginning learner’s questions, which she never minded to answer. A grateful for that! RB


Both teachers knowledge was amazing and were happy to integrate what the group could also and teach- the sign of good teachers to accept learning themselves.  S. Jenkins

How would you rate the course over all?

Extremely good- well thought out with a good mix of practical and theory.


Really good, I really enjoyed it. It was at a nice pace and I appreciated the handbook which meant that I was able to concentrate and listen/ do rather than write.


Very well thought- through; the course material book is worth its weight in gold!!

Modules are well paced, structured and timed. We were never rushed, and could learn at our own pace- invaluable for a diverse group.


Very well organised- ……………….. but a very good balance of work, practical, relaxation and play. Had a wonderful time.

 Did you enjoy the Mil Retreat Centre?

Wonderful- an amazing place. Beautifully restored with love and intuition to the right comfort level.


Its feels like home, and open for up mentally(emotionally) to working and learning with attention and focus. Having on hour per day for a walk or just a sit and think is a real pleasure and privilege. The fireplace rocks!!


I think the Mile Retreat is a beautiful tranquil space. I think that Kolinka has transformed it into an amazing healing space.

How could the Mil Retreat Centre be improved?

With difficulty!

Anything else you would like to write?

The catering was amazing. A big thank you……


Just a very sincere THANK YOU for the effort and perseverance it must have taken to get this course up and running. It was worth every penny for me.


 How could the Mil Retreat Centre be improved?

I don’t really see how – we had all we needed.


Growing and picking your own aromatherapy plants at the Mill.

 Distilling your own organic Essential Oils and learning how to use them in many ways.