Foundation Course Testimonials
When I first started practicing, my wish was to be able to help at least one person with their 'health'; now I have been able to help many, many people, continually strengthening my weak spots and acknowledging my strengths, and generally not beating myself up so much for not being perfect. Thank you School of Homeopathy for all the inspiration and pointers on this most incredible trek!
Letter from Jade , 2014
I am enjoying the course! You should all be extremely proud of the learning platform you've created; I'm currently on a break from a distance learning MA at a highly ranked UK university, and what you offer is streets ahead of what I have been used to for the past 3 years! It has given me a great thirst for more knowledge and motivation to apply it in the assignments. From my experience the most important thing a distance learning programme should do is make students feel part of the school even though they are miles away. You have managed this and I really do appreciate it.
I am working my way through the assignments for Unit 1 and reading, taking notes and producing work is proving an absolute joy. It is a stroke of genius that we can express ourselves in different formats, rather than write essay upon essay upon essay, and I really appreciate that. The online tools offer a welcome respite from all the reading too, it is wonderful to be able to sit back and listen to a lecture and feel almost like I'm in the room. As someone who has studied online for over 3 years, it is really a treat to feel like a 'legitimate' student because of this.
Letter from David , 2012
Firstly, what can I say? It was and is so nice to know that a tutor has taken the time to read the assignments properly and offer what I have seen as the best feedback I have ever received regarding constructive and empowering information. I knew the school was for me when I have spoken to Homeopaths who studied at your school but this has now been proven so thank you.
Interestingly, the unit I have just completed was a brilliant and enjoyable unit of learning and consolidation of studies. I am a member of a very active tutorial group locally where two other students from my previous college attend as well as four qualified homeopaths (one from the School of Homeopathy) and this has enhanced my understanding and learning of homeopathy more as we discuss real cases, real people in a real life situation.
You have definitely given me the confidence and motivation to continue along the path I am taking and with your guidance I am excited about what the future of homeopathy holds for me.
Sorry this sounds like an oscar acceptance speech but I feel like I have won a golden globe by enrolling with the School of Homeopathy to complete my journey!
Letter from Winifred , graduated 2005
I am lucky that my home is in the city of Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand. It is a very special place, here you get to meet and know a lot of eccentric people. Otherwise I would not have heard of homeopathy because it is very new in Thailand.
In fact, there are so few homeopaths in Thailand that I have to see a homeopath in Hong Kong, where I was born, and some friends I have convinced of its power get treatment when they visit the USA.
I discovered homeopathy after a recommendation from my dog trainer and became so fascinated I decided to find out more. Now I am really hoping that one day I can practice because it's such an amazing healing art that surely everyone would be benefited.
The course is ideal for me as I can fit it in with the other things in my life. As well as my studies I am juggling running a business, which designs and produces wearable art using antique fabric and accessories and a full time job as a mum to two lovely yorkies.
I began my career in hotel management, working in Hong Kong, Thailand and Cambodia. I also studied in the UK at the University of Bath, where I finished my MBA.
Later I moved into marketing and then into the kitchen supply business, eventually getting the job of chief executive officer of the biggest industrial kitchen supply, design and manufacturing group in Asia, where I stayed for three years until my boss, who was also from Hong Kong, was killed in a car accident at the age of 48.
That was a wake-up call for me because at that time I was flying around a lot. I decided to quit my high profile job and move to Chiang Mai to try out a new business idea. I haven't looked back since.
I enjoy my studies and really appreciate all the help from the school. Without a peer group it takes a lot of discipline to sit down and get on with the study. When I was searching around, I compared the curriculum in great detail with other schools and found that Devon provided the most comprehensive one.
It was the right choice for me. The response is very quick to any questions. Even though I'm half a world away, I know that should I need any support I'll get it for sure and timely. Most importantly for me is that the School is teaching classical homeopathy. In my opinion any other way of 'practising' homeopathy is a deviation from the Organon.
Letter from Meg, graduated 2005
I came to homoeopathy after a friend suggested I seek alternative assistance for our son, James, who was stricken with an autistic-like disability as a result of vaccinational encephalitis. Through that first seminar I knew instinctually that homoeopathy would be the path through which we would find the help which we so desperately sought.
After the MMR vaccine our James went from a totally normal 18-month-old, to complete deafness in both ears (as evaluated medically by a brain stem test), banging his head on his crib, and a nearly complete stoppage of all cognitive/language development. Through homoeopathic treatment, Jamie's hearing has been completely restored, language has increased, and he has been able to function in his world without the use of any allopathic medications. He is far from "cured", but we continue to move forward.
Prior to devoting myself entirely to homoeopathic practise, I was a professional musician, having performed as a vocal soloist, orchestral/chamber music violist and pianist throughout New England. As a teenager, I taught violin and viola lessons to younger students and continued on with that practise until I began having children and took on more professional musical "gigs". I still play professionally upon occasion and play daily for the sheer joy of it. I was also involved in the allopathic side of things through my experiences in nursing, but have found homoeopathy to be of such deeper and more lasting benefit that practising anything else seemed quite inadequate.
I am the mother of three children - Betsy, Jamie, and Becca, (aged 20, 17 and 14) and the therapeutic foster mother of a two-year-old little girl with multiple medical and developmental issues. I have been married to my husband, John, for 21 years, and he has been so supportive of my studies!
Currently I am nearing the finishing point in my homoeopathic studies with the School of Homoeopathy and am taking cases under clinical supervision with the school, readying myself for independent practice.
I have learnt such a great deal about myself through this study, finding that the pursuit of homeopathic practise is, in and of itself, a journey into one's own soul. As we strive to understand another's pain and disease we are brought face to face with our own imbalances and we are reminded - what needs to be cured? I have been so grateful for the growth that has taken place within me as a result of my studies with the school, both emotionally and professionally.
The courses have been thorough, detailed and grounded in the solid foundations of classical homoeopathy. As one winds one's way through the course the question: "Will I ever be able to do this work, and do it well?" inevitably comes. I have come to realise that I have been well prepared by the school for the challenges of practice. The solid foundation of skills that I have received from the school allow me to feel very comfortable in any circumstances in which I have found myself.
And I found the Pathology and Disease course wonderful. I really enjoyed the challenges with which Dr. Gascoigne provided me. I answered the first unit as written and then Dr. Gascoigne changed the demands and format of the last three units, to allow for more thought and challenge and I revelled in this! His incredible knowledge, experience and ability to put me to task so increased my zeal for the subject that I was really quite saddened when it was all over! I hope to continue on with my association with Dr. Gascoigne as I enter into practice and feel that I have a wonderful resource available to me.
Letter from Kate, graduated 2005
From the moment I enrolled on the course I never looked back. I have never been so sure about anything in my life. The course is fabulous, I am thoroughly enjoying myself. It is certainly intensive and very challenging but also very rewarding from both an intellectual and a personal standpoint. I feel that I am on a wondrous journey of discovery which is affecting me in ways that I would never have thought possible. It is changing the way that I think and feel about the world around me and how I react towards my loved ones. I believe that I am becoming a better person through this. Not only am I learning to becoming a homeopath but also learning lots about life, about patience and understanding, about the whole of humanity.
My journey began when I found homeopathy through the poor state of health of my daughter, who was unable to shake off the simplest cold without having serious complications. This culminated in her being airlifted off the island in a helicopter at just four years old with a very serious case of pneumonia (in the middle of August and a heat wave here) to spend the next 15 days on an intravenous drip of antibiotics and an oxygen mask.
My mother mentioned to me that she had recently met an English homeopath in Crete at a social event, so I called on the chance that she might be able help us. Well, what can I say- she has been our saviour! Since starting constitutional treatment, my daughter has not taken so much as an aspirin in the last three and a half years and she can only be described as being positively bursting with health these days. I was so impressed that all the family proceeded to have (successful) treatment. I became fascinated with how this amazing change had come about in our health, so started to read (and read and read) about homeopathy.
I realized that what I really wanted to do was to study and become a practitioner, that this was what had been missing for so long in my life, but how? It seemed to be a Herculean task to achieve when one lives in the middle of the Aegean Sea! I started to trawl the internet for whatever was available and wrote to nearly every homeopathic school in the UK and in Greece to try to find a way. When I found the excellent website of the School, I was thrilled.
I knew I had finally found what I was looking for. I am positively storming the course, having started it in September 2004. I find myself so motivated that I work many hours a day on my studies. I have to say that it can be very lonely, as I don't really have anyone to chat to about homeopathy. I really look forward to the chat room sessions, as they are great chance to get a bit of contact. I went to the UK summer school this June which was a wonderful experience. Misha is such a special person and it was a pleasure and an honour to be able to spend this time with him. I will be attending the International Summer School next May and can hardly wait!
Letter from Ida , graduated 2005
I'd never heard of homeopathy before I came across it on the internet while I was looking for inspiration for a career change. I googled a few words like 'alternative medicine' and 'therapy' and 'holistic' and found homoeopathy. I read up on it and it seemed like the perfect area to go into and so I went in!
I signed up for the correspondence course and it took my life solidly in the direction it had naturally been heading in for years. I initially trained in TV, radio and film after leaving school in my native Dublin but after taking a break for a few years, where I worked in a variety of jobs, I decided that the TV, radio and film world wasn't for me. I ran into a friend who was studying to become a yoga teacher and I suddenly realised that I could go into that world. Previously, it had seemed closed to me like an esoteric kind of thing - stupid, I know.
I spent three years studying the first year of the course which was ideal as I could fit it in with my life and full time work. I joined the attendance course in 2003.
The difference between the two is that the correspondence course fitted in with my life, whereas my life is fitted in with the attendance course. While on the correspondence course, I went from bartender to office worker, trained in karate and t'ai ch'i, took up yoga, moved in with my now fiance, did a computer course and moved to London.
I learned a lot about myself, due to it being up to me whether I study or not that day. The key thing about the correspondence course for me was that there were no deadlines for homework, so I had the time to explore the intriguing questions that inevitably come up when learning an art such as this.
These included questions from my friends and others about homoeopathy that I wanted to answer. I was glad to have been given the time allowed by the correspondence course so that I could have a life while I learned about homoeopathy, so that I could explore the subject and the remedies while also doing homework and so that I could begin to fit it in and know whether I wanted to sacrifice more for it by going to the attendance course.
I think the school is great for personal development in that a lot of the homework and classes are challenging to your thoughts and philosophies as well as to your personal strength and self-confidence. Students are encouraged to develop self-confidence in problem solving and decision-making so that when they are on their own they are comfortable and confident about finding things out, solving problems and looking for peer support where necessary.
Letter From Brenda , started 2007
I am really excited about finally being able to study Homeopathy and I absolutely love your thorough high-level professional course. I love everything about it - firstly the flexibility of study years, which for my lifestyle is essential, but then the top quality recommended books, the clear, concise study manual, the outstanding audio CDs are so appreciated. I am so impressed by the way you have perfected your correspondence course. I have taken various correspondence courses and not one has ever matched your quality, I really thank you for the service you are providing to humanity through this course. I love my studies, I wish I were able to dedicate my time to them full-time. However, that is not possible right now. I am not sure at what speed I will be able to work through the course, it all depends on so many factors. There are times we are busier than others and I am perfectionist by nature, so I really would rather go a little slower but acquire a thorough knowledge.
What I found most difficult with the course initially was setting up a system for studying each remedy. There is such a wealth of information in all the superlative books, I was overwhelmed and incredibly impressed by all the work each author had done in the field in order to accumulate so much knowledge. However, each remedy became easier as I decided upon the categories I would focus on and no doubt I will be modifying and perfecting my system throughout the course. So the first remedies took real long, but by the fourth and fifth ones I speeded up considerably. I loved the philosophy part of homeopathy, I find it really fascinating and quite awe-inspiring. The more I study homeopathy the more I love it. I feel real passionate about it really and am enthused to help many people with it in the future.
I would highly recommend your course to anyone interested in Homeopathy. It is outstanding in every way.
So really thank you Amanda and all the great work you guys are doing through your school in England. You can know that's it so appreciated from this end and I'm sure by so many others. There is nothing to beat high quality training and yours is of the highest.
Letter from Sue, graduated 2001
Thank you for giving me a life changing, beautiful experience. As I talk to more and more people (graduates and current students of other colleges), I realise what a wonderful experience the School was. I talk to so many who are angry and dissatisfied with their colleges. And I tell them how much I loved mine! I tell them how it was more than a college, how it changed and nurtured me in ways that are sometimes difficult to describe. Not only did I receive the best homeopathic education, one that is actually world renowned, but I received something that changed my life in the best way possible. One of the best things was how you gently fostered a group spirit among us, even when some of us (like me) resisted that approach. I remember in the early years saying to someone, "I'm only here to learn homeopathy!" Boy, was I wrong! I was here to learn much more about life and love. Well you know!
Letter from Barbara, graduated 2005
Studying at the School of Homeopathy is like stepping into another world. You leave the mad pace of life behind and enter a welcome haven of tranquility. Here the tutors are there to support you on your journey with such faith in you that you cannot fail to achieve your potential.
Letter from Naom, graduated 2005
Good schooling should give the student a knowledge-base, founded on others' wisdom and experience. Another objective, which might appear contradictory, is developing the confidence to venture alone and develop one's own ideas.
The School of Homeopathy, very skillfully, manages to achieve both these targets. This is a difficult challenge: none of the (quite a few) institutions for higher education in which I've studied managed to rise to it.
There are a few factors that make the School of Homeopathy such a success:
And, most important, the school has so much confidence in the ability of the student to succeed that, as a student, you are inevitably empowered by this autonomy.
What I also like is the spiritual aspect of the school. Homeopathy can be practiced in many forms and there are ways to make it easy and practical. But practical solutions will be limited to treating practical problems. With the kind of learning we got here homeopathy can be a real transformative power in patients' lives.
It's been wonderful four years - I couldn't hope for a better school to learn homeopathy in.
I now have three thriving clinics, each month they become busier and I am earning an income doing a job I adore. I treat many children and have found an area that I love working in, as it is so rewarding.
The School of Homeopathy's courses are renowned for their excellence in homeopathic learning the world over.
Miranda Castro, World Class Homeopath and Patron