Katie Keyes is a gypsy. Over the last 4 years she has lived off the grid in a yome, motorcycled 8,500 miles in 50 days across the country, established mermaid colonies and fallen in love with a Pirate. In the midst of all of this, she has also managed to be rather professional:
Katie completed a 750 hour massage therapy program at the New Mexico School for Natural Therapeutics in Albuquerque, NM in 1998, entitling her a Natural Therapeutic Specialist. She has been nationally certified since 1998 and NC licensed since 2000. Since 2000, Katie has completed over 500 hours of Aromatherapy training from international instructors, including a Master´s Apprenticeship in Aromatherapy with the East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Asheville (1997).
Katie maintains a private massage therapy and aromatherapy practice in historic Marshall NC. She is creator and owner of river island apothecary, a line of small batch aromatics. In 2010 she and 7 other artists opened Flow, a gallery for local handmade adornment in Marshall. A dynamic instructor of bodywork and aromatherapy for nearly ten years, Katie now offers classes from her studio in Marshall and speaks at a variety of schools and conferences.