21, 22 & 23 October, 2017
(Saturday, Sunday and Monday)

9:30am to 5:00pm

APA Kwun Tong Campus
Room 2008, 20/F, Futura Plaza,
111-113 How Ming Street,
Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
(MTR Kwun Tong Station Exit B2)

Seminar Fee
Standard: HK$7,000
(before 15 October, 2017)

Early Bird: HK$5,300
(before 30 September, 2017)

APA Tutor, Student & Graduate: HK$3,900

APA Tutor, Student & Graduate
- 1 to 31 August

Aromatherapy Friends & Public
- 1 September to 15 October

Aromacare in Palliative and End of Life Care

with Madeleine Kerkhof–Knapp Hayes
World Renowned Complementary (Nursing) Care Expert
in Palliative Care & Educator

About Madeleine Kerkhof–Knapp Hayes
Madeleine is the owner of De Levensboom, a one-stop centre for complementary care provides both courses and products for professionals and clients. She is also the chairperson of Kicozo, the Knowledge Institute for Complementary Nursing in The Netherlands ( and actively involved in activities of various palliative and integrative networks.

She is passionate about the integration of complementary care in modern nursing care and mainstream healthcare. She trained to be a nurse and left nursing because she realized she wanted to care for the most fragile patients and the terminally ill in a more holistic way. She then gained a wealth of experience and expertise in natural orientated health care through training received and worked as herbalist, hydrotherapist and aromatherapist.

In 2003, she started her school to train nurses and other health care professionals on complementary care techniques especially in palliative and terminal care how to use small, easy-reach things to implement techniques learnt to improve the quality of life of the dying.

She also works with numerous hospices, home care organizations and nursing homes, of which many have adopted working with essential oils and other complementary interventions, such as massage, relaxation techniques and aquacare (compresses, foot baths etc.).

Aside from her busy teaching work, she has also done a lot of evidence based research work on her area and in June 2015, she published her book “Complementary Nursing in End of Life Care” sharing her precious experiences and teachings.

Seminar Outline and Content

Day 1
Base oils, essential oils and CO2 extracts for
skin and wound care for the sick and dying

On this first day of the course Madeleine will outline

  • the great importance of Fusion AromaTherapy™ for the wellbeing of the very sick and dying
  • what is the role can be of CO2 extracts as an added value to aromatherapy
  • how CO2 extracts are made and how they can be compared to conventional essential oils and base oils


The major part of the day is devoted to skin care. We will discuss skin problems which can have a great impact on quality of life for the sick and dying. We look at the available options within Fusion AromaTherapy™ to provide optimum skin care, help heal wounds, relieve itching, redness and pain and wound odours.


Day 2
Base oils, essential oils and CO2 extracts for
mouth care, nausea, digestive disorder and constipation for the sick and dying

The second day is all about symptoms of the digestive tract. Madeleine will cover:

  • symptoms such as optimum mouth care and nausea, and pains of the abdomen
  • how Fusion AromaTherapy™ can alleviate these symptoms which can be such a burden on quality of life
  • a few options to help relieve constipation, such as the cool abdominal washing


Day 3
Essential oils and CO2 extracts for
emotional wellbeing for the sick and dying

Fusion AromaTherapy™ - using essential oils and CO2 extracts can be a blessing for those feeling anxious, afraid, depressed, listless, fatigued and those who cannot find peace or are unable to sleep.

Especially CO2 extracts, with their unique fragrance that often resembles the actual plant more than essential oils do, can make a big difference in emotional wellbeing for those who are very ill and at life’s end.

Madeleine will take you on a fragrant voyage discussing several options with both CO2 extracts and essential oils.

Who Should Attend

  • Qualified aromatherapists and holistic therapists, especially those who are working in an environment with clients that are in end of life conditions
  • Health care and medical professionals who would like to explore more on clinical aromatherapy
  • Students who are studying aromatherapy and other natural therapies