The Healing Diets Teacher Training is part of the Naturopathy, Master Iridologist and Master Herbalist Diploma programmes, or can be studied separately. Students who wish to undertake a Healing Diets Diploma can speak to Bonny directly to discuss the curriculum and requirements.
Iridology Level One Class - October 2010 - Penny, Kim, Helen, Sarah and Agata
We went on to study the 10 Faridian constitutional types, exploring the relationship between physical systemic strength and weakness, and the emotional and mental patterns that preceed and evolve from these patterns, creating dynamic pathways towards both health and disease, depending on lifestyle choices, stresses and other factors. As we progressed through the tree days of constitutional types students took breaks to work on their own Iris Mandalas, a profound exercise designed to help students to truly understand the effects of their own constitutions and strengths and weaknesses in relation to their life choices, health patterns and life experiences, and vice versa. The standard of work produced by students was amazing and showed a level of understanding and willingness to explore deeper patterns that was a pleasure as a teacher to participate in. Here are their precious works of art.
Sarah - a brilliant Naturopathic Student who has retired from working on luxury yachts to pursue her studies with the School of Natural Medicine
Sarah beginning her project with symbolic representation of her past
Sarah’s work progresses as she explores positive aspirations in the context of inherent strengths and weaknesses
Sarah’s completed masterpiece - one of the most beautifully thought out iris manadalas I have seen and when Sarah started she...wasn’t sure what she was going to do. It just goes to show how our consciousness clears the way to understanding and evolution when we give attention to our inner world.
Helen comes to us with a
long history of study and experience in the realms of
art, psychology, healing arts, permaculture and more.
She is undertaking the Naturopathy Diploma course and
we are lucky to have such a talented and enriched
The first eye Helen drew
revealed the interconnectedness of all parts of the
iris, the body, the mind, emotions and the experience
of life. The second eye explored the depth and
contrasts of the radii solaris. Helen’s work on all
levels is deeply felt and she really understood the
meaning of the exercise and brought it to life.
“I became aware of more
defined contrasts in the left eye, warm and cool
colours, more smooth and then highly rippled areas.
Then I discovered that I had misinterpreted the hills
and valleys in my drawing, so that the dark was at
the peeks of the hills rather then being in the
valleys. Perhaps the significance of wanting to lift
the darkness of not knowing to the top to enable
Penny has been a student of Iridology for some time and decided to attend the Constitutions class with me after hearing me give a presentation at the Annual Iridology Symposium for the Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists. “The class has helped me to solidify my previous knowledge of Iridology and have given a whole new dimension of the constitutions. I feel this class has helped my confidence to approach each client as an individual and have given me tools to help them with their personal challenges. I have been taught to understand that everyone processes life’s challenges and emotions differently, and that I can use that knowledge to empower them.”
Penny approached the assignment with a very personal, delicate and inspiring simplicity. She included photos of people and symbols of aspects of her life that are important to her and that influence her health and enjoyment of life.
The results were beautiful and rich with symbolic meaning.
Kim is a inspired student
who came to the School of Natural Medicine to take
the Healing Diets class and learn about cleansing and
rejuvenation as she runs the kitchen at one of the
countries leading drug and alcohol detox centres. She
has been given the support by her employers to
continue her education with the School of Natural
Medicine and brings to the class a level of
commitment, enthusiasm and penetrating understanding
of human nature that is a gift for all of us to be
The butterflies of transformation are a perfect symbol of the potential of the work that we teach here at the School of Natural Medicine. The understanding that it is what we do with what we have been given that defines who and what we really are, and that circumstances do not define what we can do with our lives. Kim’s work is very three dimensional and difficult to photograph in a way that expresses its true beauty, but even so you can see Kims magical personal touch throughout.
The heart is at the centre of Kim’s work and this is certainly true of Kim in her own life.
“I would like to say thank you so much, your Iridology class was amazing and I can’t wait to start the next class. I always knew it was
going to be an exciting year! I’m very proud to be one of your students.” - Kim
Agata is a new Naturopathy
diploma student with a tremendous sense of focus and
mental clarity. With her ability to perceive the
‘fine print’ I know that it will be interesting to
see where her studies take her. For the mandala
project Agata had a vision and went for it.
Gilded leaves and lace, sparkling beads, soft pastels; lovely use of materials to represent Agata’s ‘jewel studded’ eyes. The mandala expressed a wonderful sense of balance between ‘feminine’ beauty, softness and ‘prettiness’ and stronger, clearly defined ‘masculine’ qualities. Agata also clearly has excellent artistic skills, which I look forward to seeing more of.
Agata took her work outside as the pastel powder began to fly. Thankfully the sky was...momentarily...clear!
The details of Agata’s project are lost in the photography. Agata carefully sewed beads by hand through the paper to represent the ‘jewels’ in her iris and carefully gilded each leaf in gold. The results are completely beautiful. Agata had an interesting time getting her creation home on the airplane and I received a text from her stating “squished, concealed and smuggled, the mandala is now on the plane...” And yes, it arrived home safely.
It was a fantastic five days and a brilliant beginning for our students Iridology studies. By beginning with the overview approach to analyzing the Iris, students avoid getting lost in details without being able to assess what is important, and thus students create a solid foundation for future successful practise.
All five students will be back with me for the Advanced Iridology class in November and will be joined by students that have taken other Iridology Level 1 classes with me. If you are interested in taking a Iridology Level 1 Class with me we a new group will be beginning the Iridology Level 1 class in February. To find out more contact the School of Natural Medicine directly and I will be able to give you the dates.
Mark, Fiona and Caroline
On our field trip to Branscombe
we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day - so
different from the wind and rain trip to Branscombe
this time last year. The first plant that we communed
with was a dramatic solitary thistle at the entrance
to a farm gate between one pasture and the next.
Students contemplated the Thistle for several minutes and then drew it from memory. They then contemplated the Thistle again, this time taking notes of their feelings and impressions, followed by drawing a ‘feeling sense’ of the Thistle. We then shared as a group our impressions and what we thought ‘Thistle’ might be used for in a remedy. Of course there was such a great synergy between the thistle and with/within the group. Our activities drew the attention of a group of young cows who inched their way closer and closer and CLOSER, until they were right upon us and we had to face facts and find another spot. Here is a photo of our darling friends... they certainly were curious :)
We went on to walk up the hill to visit a beautiful fern in the woods:
This is Mark contemplating the Fern before beginning his drawing and following are his comments about the course:
arrived at the flower essence course, in a rather
hot, bothersome and fatigued state. Having arrived at
the course, some 90minutes late by virtue of driving
a 5 mile radius around the desired location, in a
baking hot car, on roads I was becoming increasingly
confused and enraged by; such were my homing pigeon
skills. As I walked up the path, towards the final
destination I was greeted by a warm smile from Bonny.
Such a welcome, set the tone for the 5 thoroughly
enjoyable days that were to unfold.
The flower essence course has gracefully helped me to understand, appreciate and led me to explore further, the innner workings of life, energy and vibration. Those goings on, just beyond the other side of the veil we operate behind in normal day to day life. I have come through the 5 days with a sense of companionship. A relationship with God and the gifts he has given us and works through. It has brought a renewed clarity to my own personal state of grace and invited me to work in a much more harmonious way with Creation.
Upon our field exercise, I knew that the plants were speaking with us because they knew we listened. We approached them with the right attitude. And it is this attitude that has helped to uplift me. It became so glaringly obvious and simple that of course, everything about them was a direct clue as to the virtues they offer and in turn, those in which they help remedy. One cannot help but feel an overwhelming state of gratification towards these beaming lights hereon after.
Through studying the essences in turn and getting a sense of feeling for each particular state. I knew that my sense of compassion alone was increasing. Goodness, who would want to live with the negative expressions of those vibrations! And in the positive expressions, I saw the diversity of humankind. The gifts we all have to offer one another and which we all need to call upon at some stage of our life.
It was a fitting, conclusion to our 5 days together, that we should make a combined group essence and as I sipped it in the few days after, I was transported lovingly straight back into that saced place, amongst those sacred souls with which I shared this lovely experience.”
Spending time in such a beautiful green environment was healing for all of us
Then we moved on towards the beach for lunch and then to a meadow filled with buttercups, daisies and other wildflowers. Here we waited and watched until the flower that wished to become our remedy called out and on this day it was the Buttercup. We placed our crystal bowl in the sunshine and carefully allowed each and every individual flower share its intention and desire to be part of our remedy. I think that the students were really pleased to experience how clearly plants communicate when you are paying attention to what they are saying.
Here Fiona describes her experience on the course:
“I too thoroughly enjoyed the course - on many different levels - and realise that on returning home yesterday afternoon that I feel profoundly different in myself. I can only surmise that this is due to a combination of things, including what felt like one of the most indulgent healing processes I've ever had (two people twirling essence-laden feathers on me for half an hour!) along with such a positive, kind and open environment in which to explore and share inner thoughts, experiences and knowledge, as well as our group essence which has already served one of its functions for me (being receptive to grace) and, lastly, spending time in a place of great natural beauty (Branscombe). I therefore want to extend my heart-felt love and gratitude to you all for contributing to this experience which I will not forget. “
"I was so pleased to be able to join Bonny's Flower Essence course in June - we had some wonderful discussions about the variety of human experience and how each Bach Remedy has its own subtle application to assist management of difficult emotions. Our field trip to draw flowers and convene with nature so that we could learn how to make a flower essence and have a sense of what it could be used for was deeply satisfying - I will never be able to look at a thistle in the same way again! However having essence-laden feathers lightly brushed on my skin for half an hour was probably the most indulgent healing practice I have experienced - unforgettable.
Bonny's guidance and insight each day was inspiring and the whole experience of being with this lovely group was a heart-felt joy. Thanks for listening to me talk about astrology!" - Fiona
And from Caroline:
“I had a wonderful week also and felt like a different person leaving on Friday, I felt such a sense of peace and calm (something I had not felt in a long time). Since I have returned to Ireland I've noticed so many thistles. Thanks for the insight on them Fiona, its amazing how we had a similar feel from our own work. I enjoyed every second of the course and it was a pleasure to be around such interesting and kind people. Thanks to all of you. I bought some good brandy at the weekend so I'll out in the garden in the morning.”
So a wonderful time was had by all. Thank you to all of you and thank you also to the beautiful flowers that inspired our time together!