The Prince of Wales is widely known as an avid supporter of homeopathy. In 2011 the School celebrated its 30th anniversary and this letter was received from the Prince, showing his support.
Over 2000 homeopaths come together to celebrate the School of Homeopathy’s 30th Birthday!
The School of Homeopathy held an historic event in Stroud to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Many of the world’s leading homeopaths came to show support and give presentations and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales sent his warmest congratulations:
“I did just want to send my warmest possible congratulations in celebration of the Stroud School of Homeopathy’s 30th Anniversary. It seems to me this most noteworthy of events takes on an even greater resonance, coming as it does at a time when, sadly, we have been witnessing the relative decline of some homeopathic services in different parts of the United Kingdom.
It makes the achievements of the School even more significant – from being one of the first in this country to offer an on-site, four year programme, to developing an extensive clinical supervision process and, in addition, creating a home-study programme which reaches students in over sixty countries.
It seems remarkable all this has happened in spite of the apparently ceaseless attacks on homeopathy, and on the individuals attempting to build credibility around its patient outcomes, and I can only wish you every possible success in the years to come.”
Over the first weekend of July the School hosted a seminar, private party and online event at Hawkwood College in Stroud. Most of the UK’s main homeopathic organisations were represented, along with homeopaths and alternative practitioners from China, Japan, America, Canada, India and Europe. They started with an intimate seminar and dinner for special guests and business partners, which lead on to a day of presentations from world leading homeopaths that were simultaneously broadcast online and watched by over 1800 homeopaths in 60 plus countries. Following these presentations the School hosted a private party for 150 guests. There were speeches from David Drew, Town Councillor and former MP; Mani Norland, Principal of the School of Homeopathy; and Misha Norland, Founder of the School of Homeopathy. After a glass of bubbly toast, guests were entertained with music from two local Stroud bands: The Soggy Bottom Boys and Ben & Ru. Stroud’s best awarded pub, the Prince Albert organised the bar and the whole event was made possible with the help of the School’s generous sponsors: Archibel, RadarOpus, Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy and Alternative Training.
Mani Norland, the School of Homeopathy’s Principal says, “This incredible event was our way of celebrating the School’s achievement of 30 years at the forefront of UK homeopathic education. This is one of the largest most exciting events ever held in homeopathy. Never before have so many influential homeopaths come together to present at one free online event – it is truly world class! We are honoured and proud to be given the added endorsement from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. We feel it was a great gift to give the profession and a fitting way to mark the year for us.”
The School (which is the longest running in the UK) was founded in 1981 and quickly developed to be one of the first to offer an on-site four year programme. It has worked closely with the Society of Homeopaths during a long development towards an accreditation process. The School has always maintained a cutting edge approach to its curriculum, integrating wisdom teachings and Jungian psychology from the outset. It also eagerly incorporates new developments in homeopathic thinking and clinical practice. These are put to the test in the clinics where the healing techniques are demonstrated. The School moved from its original home in Devon to Hawkwood College in Stroud two years ago. Last year, six of the worlds leading homeopaths were appointed as patrons and most recently the School is planning a considerable update to its distance-learning program with the inclusion of over 150 teaching videos.
Dinesh Chauhan, Guest (India)
Frans Vermeulen, Patron (America)
Jan Scholten, Patron (The Netherlands)*
Jeremy Sherr, Patron (Africa)
Kim Elia, Guest (America)
Linda Johnson, Guest (America)
Mani Norland, Principal (UK)
Miranda Castro, Patron (America)
Misha Norland, Founder (UK)
Rajan Sankaran, Patron ( India)*
* via pre-recorded video
It is so inspiring to listen to such amazing giants in the world of homoeopathy and to be able to ‘attend’ on line from the United Arab Emirates has been such a privilege.
Vicky (United Arab Emirates)
A profoundly appreciative thank you to you all for providing such an inspiring, informative and thought-provoking on-line experience on Saturday.
Adriana (South Africa)
A big thank you to you and everyone at the School of Homeopathy for a fabulous day. The web presentations were great. I have gained much useful information to help my patients and to use in my practice. Thank you for sharing with the wider homeopathic community, a very generous gift for us all.
I wanted to thank you most sincerely for the wonderful day of speakers, it was so marvellous and generous that you offered this free for 24 hours around the world. I spent the entire day glued to my computer watching all the wonderful presentations from Jeremy, Rajan, Misha, Miranda, Frans, Linda, Jan and Dinesh. All of them were absolutely excellent and I feel I have learned so much. They were all deeply inspirational, and I feel very priveleged to be part of such a heartfelt, inspired, wise, compassionate and cutting-edge profession.
30 moments in 30 years
1. Birth of the School 1981
2. School moved to Yondercott House in Devon 1984
3. Clinical observation via video link 1986
4. Home study programme launched 1987
5. In-house student clinical supervision launched 1987
6. First American student enrolled 1987
7. Course developed from 3 to 4 year programme 1988
8. First Australian student enrolled 1988
9. First Proving undertaking 1988
10. Anatomy & Physiology course added to programme 1990
11. First Canadian student enrolled 1992
12. Launch of international seminars and workshops 1992
13. First international representative comes on board in America 1992
14. Misha Norland publishes his first book: Signature, Miasms, Aids 1993
15. First course to achieved The Society of Homeopaths recognition status 1994
16. New York School of Homeopathy opens 1994
17. First Japanese student enrolled 1997
18. Student sign-in interactive website goes online 2003
19. New visual brand identify and design launched 2005
20. Japan licence partner comes on board 2006
21. Support work with 3 African projects started 2008
22. Launch of home study Homeopathy First Aid Course 2008
23. Chinese licence partner comes on board 2008
24. Launch School channel on You Tube 2009
25. School moves to Hawkwood College in Stroud 2009
26. Six leading homeopaths appointed as Patrons 2010
27. School funds media training for UK homeopaths 2011
28. £10k Donation to the Homeopathic Action Trust for positive PR 2011
29. £7k Contribution to joint PR campaign in the UK 2011
30. School’s 30th Birthday World Class Event broadcast to over 1800 homeopaths in 60 plus countries 2011
Mani Norland event speech outline
First of all I would like to thank you all for coming to this historic event. It is great to see so many faces I know and it means a great deal to me that you made your long journeys to be with us. We have people from China, Japan, America, Canada, India and Europe. I know that attendance places were limited, but it is wonderful that over 1800 people from over 60 counties have been able to join us online for this celebration.
A warm welcome to you all.
As many of you know, being Misha Norland’s son, I grew up with homeopathy all around me. I remember the little bottle of homeopathic tincture I used to take for my eczema when I was about 5, and I am pleased to report I have never had it since. I also remember getting up one Saturday morning and deciding to pile all Misha’s rather expensive homeopathy books on the floor. All the old masters were there: Hahnemann, Kent, Clark, etc. I’m not sure what I was thinking but I must have been hungry as I toddled off to the kitchen for porridge oats and then promptly dispatched the entire contents onto the books. Then I went back for the milk!
From those early days, homeopathy has enjoyed tremendous development in the UK and the School of Homeopathy has been there for the journey throughout. From almost nothing in the 1960s, homeopathy has flourished and grown to a healthy profession with around 10-12%1 of people in the UK using it every year, as well as 29%2 of Europeans, and 62%3 of the people of India! Indeed, it is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the second largest therapeutic system in use in the world. So, in some way, it is no wonder it has become worthy of such close attention here in the UK - it would now seem it is considered competition!
As Schopenhauer wrote,
All truth goes through three stages:
First it is ridiculed,
Second, it is violently opposed,
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
I believe homeopathy is in the second stage. So we all have to do everything we can to ensure it moves as swiftly as possible to stage three.
I think organisations like the School of Homeopathy are helping to make this happen.
The School was founded in 1981 and quickly developed to be one of the first to offer an on-site four year programme. It has worked closely with the Society of Homeopaths during a long development towards an accreditation process. The School has always maintained a cutting edge approach to its curriculum, integrating wisdom teachings and Jungian psychology from the outset. It also eagerly incorporates new developments in homeopathic thinking and clinical practice. These are put to the test in the clinics where the healing techniques are demonstrated.
The home study programme was launched in 1987 where it reaches students in over 60 countries. This programme is also fulfilling an original aim of being adopted and adapted for use in Africa. The course has always been popular in North America but more recently an interested party in China has recently taken up the course, while in Japan the School has had a presence for some years. The cross-fertilisation of ideas with intentions for health of body and mind, allowing the individual freedom to express their highest potential, is particularly close to my heart.
The School has an extensive clinical supervision process that has been in place for many years. As homeopaths have established practices up and down the country, it became possible to use this expertise to help new graduates establish themselves and model best practice.
The School has been carrying out annual homeopathic provings for 20 years. I believe that this is particularly important to the profession, for as new medicines are introduced, so the capacity to stimulate healing of new conditions is increased.
The School moved from its original home in Devon to Hawkwood College in Stroud two years ago. Last year, six of the worlds leading homeopaths were appointed as patrons and most recently the School is helping to promote homeopathy in the UK.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the help of many wonderful supporters and the dedication of the faculty at the School. So a heart felt thank you to all those that support the School and help us to grow.
1. From Mintel Report on Complementary Medicines, Market Intelligence, April 2007
2. 29% use it for their health care. (Homeopathic medicinal products. Commission report to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of Directives 92/73 and 92/74. in 1997)
3. A Global TGI (Target Group Index the world’s leading provider of marketing and media surveys) survey of around 25,000 adults
HRH the Prince of Wales