'BONNY' CASEL ND, MAMH, MIr, FBRI Director - School of Natural Medicine, UK Bonny Casel founded the School of Natural Medicine UK in 2007 and has been teaching Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Healing Diets, Iridology and Vibrational Plant Medicine since 1988. Bonny is also a 'Lifestyle Medicine for Self-Care' course provider for the NHS, educating hospital staff about the fundamental self-care skills to support health and wellness.
Drawn to Natural Philosophy at an early age, Bonny had an upbringing uniquely supportive to her interest in nature, science and healing. Her mother, Farida Sharan, was a leading pioneer of natural medicine who founded the British School of Iridology and School of Natural Medicine in Cambridge in 1977, and Bonny grew up attending workshops and conferences with many of the luminaries of Naturopathy, Iridology and Herbal Medicine, including Dr. Bernard Jensen, Dr. John Christopher and Dorothy Hall. The British School of Iridology and School of Natural Medicine graduated hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in the fields of Naturopathy, Iridology and Herbal Medicine today.
Bonny also developed an early fascination with the scientific method and quantum theory, as her step-father worked in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. She was fortunate to meet, and be inspired by, Stephen Hawking at an early age, and was introduced to Fractal Geometry and Quantum Physics by colleagues of her step-father.
Over the years Bonny has integrated study of plant medicine with the work of leading scientists in a range of fields including diet and nutrition, lifestyle medicine, physics and biophysics, and mind-body research, to establish an approach to healing and teaching that embraces traditional, inspirational and modern science-based perspectives on the prevention and reversal of dietary and lifestyle diseases.
Bonny is the creator of the Healing Diets Nutrition diploma course and the Quantum Botanicals diploma and advanced diploma courses. Her writing and research into plant medicine has taken her to the US, Nepal, India, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. She also updated and revised the Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and Iridology online courses, and illustrated the new edition of 'Iridology - A Complete Guide by Farida Sharan. Past projects also include content editing of Herbs of Grace and Creative Menopause by Farida Sharan.
JULIE BRUTON-SEAL Master Herbalist (MAMH) and Iridologist Julie Bruton-Seal is a practising naturopathic herbalist, craniosacral practitioner, iridologist and natural healer. She qualified at the Selfheal School, under Dr Jill Davies and Christopher Hobbs in 2000, and is a Council member of the Association of Master Herbalists (AMH). She was editor of the quarterly magazine, Nature’s Path, now The Herbalist, for many years. Julie was also one of the founding organisers of HerbFest, an annual gathering celebrating healing plants and herbal medicine.
She is also an artist, photographer, film-maker, graphic designer and writer. She co-authored the vegetarian cookbook Vegetarian Masterpieces. Her photographs have been widely published in books and magazines, including National Geographic, and she has worked as a wildlife illustrator and artist for many years, holding a number of exhibitions. She illustrated the children’s book When Elephant was King.
Julie is the daughter of renowned wildlife film-makers Des and Jen Bartlett, with whom she won an Emmy in 1993 for Survivors of the Skeleton Coast. She didn't go to school until she was twelve, and has lived in lots of different places.
MATTHEW SEAL Matthew Seal’s first recorded proper words (according to his mother, who wouldn’t exaggerate on such a matter) were ‘meadowsweet’, uttered on a nature walk in the River Trent marshes when he was nearly three. Matthew grew up in a family of gardeners and botanists and, while not following his kinfolk into professional gardening or horticulture, he has never forgotten this early ‘greening’.
He has a history degree from the University of Sussex, and has worked as an editor and writer in books, magazines and newspapers for over forty-five years, in both the UK and South Africa. He is author of Survive and Thrive in the New South Africa. He continues to be a freelance book editor, and is an advanced professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). He was for three years revise subeditor of Business Report, the largest-selling business daily in South Africa, and was publications director of SfEP, 2004–08.
Julie and Matthewhave written four books together, all published by Merlin Unwin Books: Hedgerow Medicine (2008), Kitchen Medicine (2010), Make Your Own Aphrodisiacs (2012) and The Herbalist’s Bible (2014), They are currently working on Wayside Medicine, for publication in 2017.
Julie and Matthew live in the Norfolk village of Ashwellthorpe and their Tudor cottage is the venue for teaching herbal courses and conducting herbwalks and other herb-related gatherings, including medicine-making. Both have been vegetarians for many years, and wish they had more time to spend in their over-exuberant forest garden!