“I have spent the past year as a student at River Island Apothecary. It has been a completely transformative experience that has connected me to a powerful sisterhood, a vast archive of traditional knowledge, and my own deep wells of intuition and perception.
My teacher, Katie Vie, is a wonderful guide for any woman who wants to be little more authentic and present in her life, is curious about the feminine divine, and wants to form a more loving relationship with her self. I feel immensely fortunate to know Katie, and to be part of the loving community she has created.” –Katherine D. (2017 Awaken the Mystic Pod 1 and The Mystical Year 2018) Cauldron Arts Incubator
“Before I signed up for Awaken the Mystic, I spoke with Katie to hear a bit of her own journey as a mystic. My own journey was leading me through my body and inner knowing, and I wanted someone who could inspire me in that process, not give me a set of rules to follow or a mere list of things to do. I found what I was looking for. Through Awaken the Mystic, Katie guided us deeply into our own body’s wisdom, encouraging us to dive deeper into the particular ways of knowing unique to each of us, and crafted a space that fostered a circle of sisters overflowing with laughter, tears and song. These three weeks nourished me as I embraced myself more fully, and opened the longing for more of the sisterhood and magic. The Mystical Year is most certainly beckoning me to dive deeper still!” — Kristie Ihde (2018 Awaken the Mystic Pod 2) www.theselfwardjourney.com
“I’ve had the deepest pleasure of sitting with Katie Vie for a few different incarnations of her magic…and magic it is. Katie creates and provides a safe, rooted foundation that allows your soul and body to explore and experience the beautiful liminal space that comes with gently tuning out of the logic and tuning into the intuition thru our sense of smell. With experience, book knowledge, humor, sass and the deepest kindness, Katie helps you step into the mists of play that help you recognize your truest self. What a complete joy!” — Cici K. (2018 Awaken the Mystic Pod 1)
“Normally when embarking on a new experience, it feels to me like there is a new body of knowledge somewhere outside of myself that I am trying to tap in to, understand, and become a part of. Spending time in the experiences Katie offers is the exact opposite for me. It is like being given a treasure map to my inner landscape, an invitation to explore my inner worlds. Having Katie and her River Island Apothecary creations as guides on the inner quest creates an experience that feels safe and exhilarating to me, a feeling of coming home to myself”.
–Jessica Sparks-Mussulin (2018 Awaken the Mystic Pod 1), Moontree Apothecaries
” This experience is an excellent blend of divine direction, inspiration, and encouragement of free flow expression. It brings about a lovely circle.” –Tara B. (2017 Awaken the Mystic Pod 3)
“I am a psychologist who is trained in multiple methods of healing. I sought out Katie Vie and her approach to mysticism; she provided the sacred space I was craving. I used this time to notice and nourish my unique gifts of knowing to better serve my community. Since the training, I’ve incorporated more daily self-care rituals, feel more aligned with my path, and experience more magic in my daily life. I am grateful for Katie’s leadership in forming a community that met my needs so perfectly.” –Kari T.E. (2017 Awaken the Mystic Pod 2 )
“Katie Vie is both feisty and deeply tender. I have found her sincerity and honesty refreshing. She has an incredible ability to hold the seat of teacher. She embodies the 7 archetypes in her anointing oil collection in a way that gives a person permission to fully bloom into who they came to earth to become. I see Katie Vie as a healer, wise woman, guide, sister, and deeply inspiring being from another dimension. I am so grateful for the circles I have sat with her in and continue to simmer in the teachings she has generously shared with me. I am grateful to know this gatekeeper of wisdom and knowing”. –Maggie O. (2017 Awaken the Mystic Pod 2)
Katie’s Aromatic Mysticism classes were less like classes than consecrated gatherings. Her approach to imparting her vast knowledge of plant morphology and blending within an atmosphere invoking ancient symbolism of the natural world and inviting us to trust a deep, personal knowing feels like Asheville’s best-kept secret.” –Selinde L. (2017 Awaken the Mystic Pod 3)
“Katie Vie has a special way of holding space. It is both gentle and heart felt as well as deep and introspective. Before this class, my thoughts were super scattered, and I had a million ways I wanted to express myself and my calling. Sitting with Katie Vie and the 3 other women in circle with the oils and archetypes nourished my soul and offered a clarity I have been longing for! Thank you, Katie Vie! We have a saying in midwifery, if a woman says after birth ‘I did it!’ then midwife did her job. Holding that liminal space so that the woman can take credit for her own internal wisdom. It feels like Katie is a midwife to the Priestess archetype within us.”–Sabrina L. (2017 Awaken the Mystic Pod 1)
“The aromatic mysticism class Katie Vie offers taught me so much about creating a safe space for people to be. Her presence and example teach subconsciously by removing ego-based conditioning, and keeping a balance between being a nurturer and showing strength. The strong community feeling built in the intimate class setting is irreplaceable. I feel connected to these women forever. I would take any class Katie Vie offers.” –Yaya D. (2017 Awaken the Mystic Pod 1 )
“In the layers of my education, the essential oil class you led at BRSHM (I was in the clinical program) a few years ago was and still is the clearest and most intimate expression of essential oil medicine I’ve encountered in the context of a class. ” Graham Wesley (Aromatherapy at Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, 2016) Dwelling: Earth Medicine
“I had the lucky pleasure of attending a whole weekend retreat at Katie’s apothecary. I loved taking the time to get to know how each scent spoke to and resonated with me and using that information to craft blends to help nurture, refresh, and ground my spirit. I appreciated the ease I found in spending all that time with Katie. She’s gifted not only in her work with oils but also as an intuitive teacher and healer–not to mention divine cook! I walked away from that weekend with exactly what my spirit needed.” –Katie R. (2015 Practitioner’s Self Care)