Jonathan Benavides, THE NETHERLANDS

LECTURE: Re-connecting: Using aromatherapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
MASTERCLASS: The HEARTS process: An effective and simple tool for relaxation and pain management

Before becoming a clinical aromatherapist in 2003, Jonathan studied psychology where he specialised in autism and communication disorders. He has always been involved in training, research and developing different complimentary and integrative therapeutic approaches for conventional care. His first connection with aromas was when working with sensorial therapies for autistic children at the Leiden University Psychiatric Children’s Centre in The Netherlands. He then went on to study clinical aromatherapy in the UK. Since 2009 he has been working in the palliative home care system in his country, working with the sick and dying. During all these years he has developed, used, trained and lectured in different therapeutic interventions (conventional and non-conventional).

Jonathan is also a Reiki Usui Shiki Ryoho Master, a HEARTS (UK) teacher, anointer, coach, counsellor and international teacher and lecturer. Jonathan is also owner of the essential oil company Essentia Nobilis