Svitlana Ramer, born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine, has received a degree in recreation and tourism from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and went on to pursue graduate education in the US. Having completed a Master’s Program in Recreation & Leisure Studies at East Carolina University and a Doctorate Program at Pennsylvania State University, Svitlana was appointed as a professor at Georgia Southern University. Svitlana’s interest has always revolved around the ways recreation and leisure can improve one’s emotional and psychological wellbeing. She deepened her interest in the topic while studying at the Department of Developmental Psychology at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, and eventually was invited to deliver a TED talk on the psychological wellbeing of immigrants and ways recreation and leisure can alleviate acculturation issues. After several years of academic work, Svitlana realized that she didn’t just want to study how leisure improves people’s lives – she wants to help people. Prompted by her own health challenges, she took on study in herbal remedies, essential oils, and obtained her RYT200 yoga certification. Since then she has worked as a holistic health coach, sharing healthy lifestyle and natural plant-based remedies with people.
Svitlana is most passionate in sharing the lost human-plant connection with people through the healing magic of essential oils – purest plant essences of incredible power. This passion got ignited in hear early on by her grandmother who worked with herbs as a pharmacist in post-WWII Ukraine. She believes that by connecting humans to the world of plants and their healing medicine, we can forge humanity’s bond with the Earth than may just save our planet. She will offer in-depth aromatherapy classes and hands-on workshops at the Carpathian Yoga Fest.