Offering a comprehensive study of Western Herbal Medicine, including an extensive 116 herb Materia Medica and dozens of supportive herbs, the Master Herbalist diploma course is fully integrated with the study of Iridology and Healing Diets.
I have worked and done various trainings in plant medicine for 18 years, but my training with The School of Natural Medicine UK has really expanded my business and deepened my knowledge and practice of natural medicine.
With a focus on the systemic use of herbal formula and naturopathic herbal treatments, students are taught to treat the whole person rather than using treatment protocols for specific disease conditions. This approach supports the body's own healing intelligence, and is in alignment with naturopathic principles, which are the guiding light of natural medicine.
Dr. John Christopher, Bonny's first teacher and School of Natural Medicine Patron until his passing in 1981, was a leading pioneer of herbal and natural medicine for much of the last century, and is best known for his naturopathic approach to working with herbs systemically and for integrating Western Herbal Medicine with the Native American materia medica.
Our Master Herbalist diploma course offers a complete system of herbal formula founded on these principles and created by Dr. Farida Sharan (author of Herbs of Grace). The course also provides the foundation needed for identifying, harvesting and storing herbs, and for making tinctures, salves, fomentations, poultices, ovules, distillations, etc…as well as the fundamental knowledge to create your own herbal formula. These studies are then fully integrated with in-depth study of Healing Diets and Iridology (see detailed course topics below)
If you wish to create your own herbal practice and pharmacy, heal yourself, family and friends, create herbal products, import or export individual herbs, or practice herbal medicine in a clinical or retreat setting, this course will remain a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and inspiration for years to come.
Herbal Medicine Complete Online Course:
10 day Immersion: £1600
10 day Immersion: £1350
10 day Immersion: £1350
10 day Immersion: £1350
10 day Immersion: £1350Learn more
Immersion Trainings can be undertaken in any order and at your own pace.
Each Immersion is offered on alternate years.
Can I begin with the online studies and choose to attend Immersion at a later date for diploma training?
Yes! You are welcome to begin with online certification training and, if at a later date, you would like to continue your studies to diploma level by attending Immersion Trainings, undertaking the Self Healing module and, if applicable, attending Clinical Training, then your online studies will be applied in full towards diploma training.
How is the online study structured?
There are 12 lessons in each online course, and each lesson contains between 40 and 60 pages of detailed study material, with additional links, video and/or recommended reading, depending on the lesson.
Assignments combine reading, research and writing, with creative projects and experiential self healing. Assignments for each lesson are sent together as a group for marking and feedback. If your assignments do not reach the standard required, then you are given the opportunity to develop your work and resubmit your assignments.
How do I get help if I have a question?
Help with questions is readily available by contacting Bonny Casel by email. If the questions are more complex, then Bonny will set up a time to speak with you on Skype.
Is there a deadline for competing the course?
Most student complete their Master Herbalist studies in 3 years, however there is a 5 year window for completion for the online studies, and the immersion trainings can be undertaken at your own pace. Students may be able to apply for an extension with extenuating circumstances. If a student has not sent in an assignment in six months, the student file is placed on hold for a further six months before being closed.
Is the Master Herbalist course accredited?
Each of our courses are accredited and you can view details of accreditation on our website by following this link.
Are School of Natural Medicine UK courses accredited internationally?
Each country has its own requirements and there is no accreditation available that is ‘international.’ Most countries do not regulate the practice of natural medicine, and you can freely practice without requiring board examinations or professional memberships. Some countries do require an examination in their own language, for example in Germany there is an examination required for all practitioners who make health recommendations, regardless of your qualifications. School of Natural Medicine graduates practice all over the world and we have never had a graduate who has been unable to practice and/ or teach in their home country.
Will I be able to obtain practice insurance upon graduation?
School of Natural Medicine UK graduates can obtain discounted block insurance from Balens insurance company in the UK, or with an insurance company in your own country. Professional memberships also frequently offer reduced fee insurance options.
I have further questions about the courses. How do I reach the school?
You can reach the school directly using the contact form on our website.
To arrange a Skype call, email the school to make an appointment.
You can also arrange a time to speak with Bonny Casel by telephone. Email the school using the contact form to schedule a time.
When can I begin my studies?
As we personally mentor each student, we have open enrollment, so you can begin your studies at any time.
The Healing Diets Immersion is a delicious, delightful, hands-on education in raw food preparation that provides the foundation for inspired, creative use of therapeutic nutrient dense foods. Students participate in establishing the rhythms of a living raw food kitchen, including sprouting and fermentation, a range of dehydrating projects, juicing, raw desserts, nut and seed milks, and much more.Learn more
The Herbal Medicine Immersion instils an authentic relationship with plant medicine in daily practice, as students explore the multi-dimensional therapeutic qualities of plants through hands-on creation of formula, tinctures, salves, distillations, infused oils, flower essences and experiential treatment with poultices, packs and foot baths.Learn more
The Essential Oils and Healing Touch Immersion focuses on experiential healing processes that combine essential oils with techniques to balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system function and heart-brain coherence, allowing for deeper connection and receptivity to healing. In the second week, healing processes shift to the study of healing touch.Learn more
Through lectures and experiential classes, students explore the world of plants, both physically and vibrationally, with reference to studies of plant consciousness, plant senses, the 12 windows of perception and human-plant resonance. Study flower essences, felt sense, heart-brain coherence, brain hemisphere processing, and the language of feelings and emotions.Learn more
The Naturopathy & Iridology Immersion is open to all students enrolled in a certificate or diploma course, as the content is profoundly enriching to all areas of natural medicine study and practice. Learn the fundamentals principles of naturopathy as they apply to self care, self healing and clinical practice, and explore the profound visual language of the iris.Learn more
The Self Healing module is a core part of diploma training. Here each student has the opportunity to personally experience the complete system of natural medicine that we teach. The focus of Self Healing is direct experience of dietary changes, herbs, essential oils and flower essences, supported by lifestyle and natural therapies.Learn more