Marie Hackman (formerly Wayte) runs the Aromatherapy courses at Rosewood College, in Nottingham. Originally working as a Personal Assistant for some of the biggest names in industry, Marie first discovered a passion for Aromatherapy back in 1992 whilst on holiday in the south of England. She subsequently qualified in Anatomy, Physiology, Body Massage and Aromatherapy with a Practitioner’s Diploma the following year.
Wanting to pursue her interest in essential oils at a deeper level, she eventually made the break with commercial industry to work full time in her own Aromatherapy Clinic in 1995. Additionally in 1998, she undertook a bridging course with Maureen Farrell, Principal of the Hygeia School of Holistic Therapy, and who was also, at that time, Chairman of ISPA (International Society of Professional Aromatherapists). This enabled Marie to up-grade her membership status to ‘full’ with ISPA (later to become the IFPA) and paved the way for further training.
Marie has always been inspired by working with essential oils, and so the next logical step was to pass that inspiration on to others who shared a passion for Aromatherapy. So, after undertaking a City & Guilds teaching qualification, Marie taught both Massage and Aromatherapy at her local Further Education College between 2003-2005. Rosewood Aromatherapy College was established in 2012 with the sole intent of training Aromatherapists to the highest possible level.
Always wanting to strive forward in attaining greater knowledge about her chosen career, Marie has also undertaken the following training courses at various periods:
- Indian Head Massage
- Deep Tissue and Advanced Massage Techniques
- Aromatherapy Treatments for Arthritis
- Aromatic Chemistry of Essential Oils and Carriers
- Understanding and Using Hydrolats
- Advanced Thermo-Auricular Therapy Training
- Aromatherapy for Pregnancy
- Botany for Aromatherapists (at Kew Botanical Gardens, London)
Some of these training courses have been undertaken at the Penny Price Academy, which culminated in 2010 with Marie studying for the Licentiate Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy (Aromatology), in which she gained ‘distinction’, with 94% in her final exam.
Marie is one of only a handful of practicing Aromatologists in the UK. She has full membership with the IFA and also continues to practice Aromatherapy from her own Clinic. In 2016, Marie was invited onto the Council of the IFA and served as Chair between 2019 and 2020.
Her interest in Aromatherapy and essential oils shows no sign of diminishing and she thoroughly enjoys “talking oils” in a learning environment with others who share her enthusiasm.