About Institute of Spiritual Healing & Aromatherapy (ISHA)

ISHA Australia

ISHA Australia's mission is to provide Australian students a world standard education in the use of therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

They bring to Australia three Certification courses in Aromatherapy that is produced and supported by the Institute of Spiritual Healing & Aromatherapy (ISHA) based in USA.

ISHA Australia is approved by the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA)

ISHA is a member of and recognised by the following International governing organisations:

- National Association Holistic Aromatherapists (NAHA)
Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)
- International Institute of
Complementary Therapies (IICT) 

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Education Facilitator and Isha Instructor

Meet Karen!

Karen is the Australian Facilitator of ISHA's Aromatherapy program and is also a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist (CCA) and Instructor in training with ISHA. Her background is corporate however her heart always had an interest and love of essential oils which soon led to a desire to want to know more. She discovered that appropriated education in Australia in Aromatherapy was difficult to find. In 2011 Karen was introduced to and became a student of the ISHA program. Her teacher was the founder of ISHA Certification Program, Linda Smith. She found she loved the "hands on" classes and the ability to study whilst still working full time was an added bonus. Students now work through the program with an online homework.

Before graduating in 2014, Karen took over the role as the Australian Facilitator for the ISHA Clinical Aromatherapy Course (CCA) and the Cancer Care Program and she is grateful to the guidance and assistance to the first Australian Facilitator, Catherine Garro.


Recently Karen stepped up her role commencing as an Instructor with ISHA and looks forward to finding others to co-ordinate the program, one in each state of Australia.   She is also currently a student in the Healing Touch Program.


"I am honoured and humbled by what I have learnt of the healing aspects of therapeutic grade essential oils and aromatherapy. I find the spiritual energy techniques inspiring on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. I love to support students, no matter what State or Territory they live, through this process and to encourage further education."
-Karen Bysouth.

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The Instructors

Patricia Springer

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Pat is a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Certified Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Practitioner and Instructor.


As a holistic nurse she has over 40 years of experience specializing in Pediatrics, Cardiology, Critical Care and Emergency Room.
She maintains a private practice in which spiritual ministry and aromatherapy are an integral part as well as continuing her studies in the healing art of essential oils.
She holds a Masters Degree in Religious Studies and is a certified Labyrinth Facilitator. Pat received her Certification in Aromatherapy from the NAHA approved School taught by Dr. Raphael D'Angelo in Aurora Colorado.

Volunteer time is spent as a parish nurse and Stephen's Minister. Professional membership includes Sigma Theta Tau - Nursing Honor Society.
Pat uses her talents in the Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry program and in the certification in aromatherapy program.

Linda Smith

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Linda is the Founder of the Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy (ISHA)and is a holistic nurse, healer and teacher. She has written several books on essential oils and how to use them in a healing practice.


She gained her certification through a NAHA approved school taught by Dr. Raphael d'Angelo MD in Aurora, CO. At the completion of her formal studies in aromatherapy, she was challenged by Dr. d'Angelo to develop her own school of aromatherapy.
The ISHA certification in clinical aromatherapy program is a result.
Anointing with essential oils was such a part of the early Christian experience that is was natural for her to incorprate it into the Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Program and from there into a formal school of aromatherapy.

Linda has a private healing practice in the Denver, CO area where she helps clients reduce stress, manage pain, and improve the quality of their lives through energy healing and aromatherapy. She teaches nationally and internationally and is sought after as a national inspirational speaker for many organizations.

She is the author of Healing Oils Healing Hands, Discovering the Power of Prayer, Hands On Healing and Anointing, 2nd Revised Edition (2008), Essential Oils for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health, 2nd Edition (2009), and Sent to Heal and Anoint, 2nd Revised Edition (2006). 

Debra Reis

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Deb has been a nurse for over 20 years with additional education and certification as a nurse practitioner with a special focus in holistic health and wellness.


She also holds certifications as a Healing Touch Practitioner/Instructor, Clinical Aromatherapist, Nia Instructor with training in Guided Imagery.
Her private practice includes healing touch, aromatherapy, guided imagery, spiritual ministry and movement therapy with a focus on health and wellness.
She provides classes and workshops locally and nationally on a variety of holistic topics.
Currently, she also works in an outpatient oncology setting as coordinator of the Healing Care Program.

She also runs the class using Essential oils for Cancer Care.
This program offers classes and private sessions to patients and their support persons who have been touched with the diagnosis of cancer.