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Herbfest 2017 - 29th April to 2nd May 2017

'Bringing people & plants together'

29th April – 2nd May at Monte Mariposa, Portugal

HerbFest is an international herbal gathering for herbal enthusiasts from many
different walks of life. We have expert lecturers, talks, practical workshops,
plant walks, discussions and debates, as well as plenty of time to relax and enjoy
the company of like-minded people.

Click here to download the flyer or visit their website at www.herbfest.co.uk for more information.

Balens 5th annual CPD Conference - 22nd May 2017

Balens are delighted to announce we are holding our 5th annual CPD Conference on Monday 22nd May 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham.

As previously our CPD event will be supported by Balens and our Insurance partners, ensuring exceptional value for you, our clients.

We have some truly inspirational speakers this year, including our key note speaker Jo Marchant, the highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of the investigative book Cure. Jo is an award winning writer who originally trained as a Scientist with a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology. Her writing explores a number of approaches to examine whether the mind can heal the body. Jo researches in depth, uncovering evidence that leads to conclude thoughts, emotions and beliefs can have a very real effect on our health. Cure has was awarded Best Book of the year 2016 by a number of respected journals, including the New York Post, Sunday Times and Economist.

This year we also have one of the world's leading natural health authorities Jayney Goddard from the Complementary Medicine Association speaking on business skills, plus Robert Vekerk (Alliance of Natural Health International), Nicola Brough (Warwick University) and Paul Grant (BSG Solicitors).

The event is highly praised each year and looks set to be better than ever for 2017. We are just finalising the program details, and will send further information soon regarding bookings.

Full details will be posted on our website at http://balens.co.uk/cpd Alternatively, you can contact events@balens.co.uk or Telephone: 01684 898995

Recordings of lectures from previous years and articles on various areas of risk management within business can be found on our website www.balens.co.uk

URHP ANNUAL CONFERENCE & AGM - 23rd to 25th June 2017

Speakers for this years' AGM are: Dame Commander Annette Montague-Tomas and Judy Evans.

Open to non-members.

Venue: Purley Chase Centre, Purley Chase Lane, Mancetter, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 2RQ

For more information and the booking form, please download the flyer

International Ayurvedic Congress - 1st to 2nd April 2017

Ayurveda – The Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life Through Prevention Oriented Health Care

All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi; International Academy of Ayurved, Pune and International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, The Netherlands extends a warm invitation to all health professionals, Ayurvedic scholars, and researchers from India and around the world to participate at this Second International Ayurveda Congress to be held in London.

Internationally renowned scholars will be keynote speakers at the congress and will present scientifically verified solutions to showcase the effectiveness of Ayurveda towards fulfilling the human pursuit of health, happiness and long life.

The International Ayurveda Congress offers a prestigious platform for research scholars to present their findings in various fields of Ayurveda. The latest innovative and pioneering work will be presented in this congress.

Venue: Hotel Novatel London West, London

For more information, visit their website: internationalayurvedacongress.com

EHTPA Conference - Thriving as Herbalists - 18th February 2017

How can we better promote what we do to the public?
How can we support each other as herbalists?


These are some of the vital questions that will be addressed at this EHTPA conference which aims to generate a range of practical ideas and initiatives to advance the scope and profile of herbal practice. These proposals can subsequently be utilised by individual herbal practitioners, Professional Associations and/or the EHTPA.

Speakers Simon Mills and Anita Ralph will provide food for thought to engender active discussion throughout the break-out sessions that form the backbone of this conference. In addition, Lucy Jones will give a presentation on marketing your herbal practice.

Discussion group topics will include:
  • Marketing and promotion for the herbal profession
  • Building confidence - developing herbal practice
  • Working together to support each other
  • Making use of social media
  • Building on success - spreading the word

Download conference flyer | Download conference programme

URHP Annual Conference and AGM - 3rd to 5th June 2016

Speakers for this years' AGM are:

Dr Edward Thompson

Dr Edward Thompson is both a medical doctor and a herbalist. He is one of our very own, being a member of the URHP.  He is a seasoned speaker who thoroughly engages his audience with his eloquent and very articulate style of communication.  He makes it easy to understand many of the complexities of integrated health and medicine and it is a great pleasure to have him as our key speaker for this years’ main lecture.

The talk is entitled: 'An Integrated Approach to Mental Health'. Edward will include the following subjects:

  • Western medical diagnosis and approach to mental health including a particular focus on depression, anxiety and stress.
  • A pharmaceutical approach in terms of understanding as well as discussing drug and herb interactions.
  • An integrated herbal approach which will use an understanding of traditional, energetic and modern scientific paradigms of herbal medicine.
  • Diet, lifestyle, and psychological therapies.
  • Western Red flag symptoms and when to refer.
  • Interplay between herbal medicine and other CAM therapies in managing mental health conditions.
URHP members

URHP members will be speaking in turns to give us more insights into their own practices. It will be interesting to see and hear how some of our members use their own skills, knowledge and specialities to practice in their own particular way using herbal medicine and anything else that encompasses natural healing.

Click here for more information (1.3MB pdf flyer)

URHP Annual Conference and AGM - June 12th to 14th 2015

Purley Chase Centre, Purley Chase Lane, Mancetter, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 2RQ

Speakers for this years' AGM are:

Michael McIntyre MA, FNIMH, MRCHM, MBAcC, DUniv:
Subjects covered will be: Metabolic syndrome – the 21st century epidemic – a herbal and dietary response

Lucy Jones
Lucy will be speaking about Marketing Your Practice

John Smith F:URHP B.A. (Hons)
Medicinal Mushrooms - a talk by John E Smith F:URHP

Click here for more information (890KB pdf flyer)

Click here to download the booking form (.docx). Please complete and return to Jane Woolley. Contact details are on the form.

URHP member: Full: £55; 1 session: £30
Non-member: Full: £75; 1 session: £35

Payment may be made by PayPal (please use payment button below), cheque, or bank transfer. Please see booking form for details.


URHP annual conference

Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Adrenal Stress - The Science and Art of Adaptogens: 28th November 2013

A one day workshop with medical herbalist Chanchal Cabrera MSc, FNIMH, (RH)AHG.

Date: Thursday November 28th 9.30 – 5.30pm
Venue: Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk

In this in-depth one day workshop Chanchal will share the most up to date research on stress, the adrenal response and creating optimal health. Understand what is good and bad stress, what it does to your body and why it matters. Learn about the saponin-rich herbal medicines that nourish and support the adrenals. Learn about holistic medicine for adrenal burn-out including aromatherapy and nutritional approaches, exercise, psycho-neuro-immunology and much more.

Biography

Chanchal has been a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) since 1987 and obtained her MSc in herbal medicine at the University of Wales in 2003. Her clinical specialty is helping people manage cancer and chronic disease. Chanchal has held the faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster since 2004. She serves on the board of advisors of Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver, on the editorial board of Medical Herbalism clinical newsletter and she publishes widely in professional journals and lectures internationally on medical herbalism, nutrition and health. Chanchal is the author of the book ‘Fibromyalgia – A Journey Toward Healing’ published by Contemporary Books. She is a certified Master Gardener and a certified Horticulture Therapist.

Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband farm 7 acres. They grow food for 10 households, culinary herbs for restaurants and medicinal herbs for her clinic. They also run therapy gardens for people with disabilities and host internships in organic farming and herbal medicine. In 2009 Chanchal was honored with a Fellowship in the NIMH for service to the profession over 25 years.

Cost: £75 (or early bird booking £69 by October 16th) to include a vegetarian lunch and plenty of herb teas - maybe cake too ...

Please book with Christine Herbert: 01953 603056 c@christineherbert.co.uk

Seminar: Balancing Our Energy fields: 17th November 2013

The energetic fields around us include The Chakras and The Aura. For our health and wellbeing it is vital that we keep them in balance. Learn how to keep them stable with herbal formulaes. and how our health and emotional states are affected.

Date: 17.11.2013
Time: 10.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.

Venue: Willow Herbal Centre, 2 The Drive, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 0DU Tele: 01708 381478

'Early bird' discount extended until the end of August.

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Seminar: Parasites within us: Giardia: 22nd September 2013

Giardia is a very common parasite and completely misdiagnosed as IBS in many cases. Learn how to identify the signs and symptoms and effect a speedy recovery in your patients.

Date: 22.9.2013
Time: 10.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.

Venue: Willow Herbal Centre, 2 The Drive, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 0DU Tele: 01708 381478

'Early bird' discount extended until the end of August.

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Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Training: 28th October - 4th November 2013

An indepth course that prepares you to become a healer and help others. 

You will learn to call on the spirits of the plants to invoke the healing power of the natural world. 

Classes meet for eight week-long sessions at the Gayles Retreat Centre in East Sussex. The course begins October 28 - Nov 4th 2013 and is limited to 25 people.

This is the first of a series of 6 programs, held over the course of 2 years, followed by 2 clinical weeks for a total of 8 weeks to complete the training. 

Wisdom of the Divine Natural World: Plant Spirit Medicine as Spiritual Exploration and Discovery: 9th - 14th June 2013

A 5-day workshop with Eliot Cowan where you can explore your relationship with plants as wise elder guides to the knowledge and power of nature. This course is designed to help you learn to feel, hear and listen to the teachings of the plants and the divine natural world. 

Venue: Cae Mabon, Wales
Date: 9th - 14th June 2013 

Wisdom of the Divine Natural World: Plant Spirit Medicine as Spiritual Exploration and Discovery: 28th May - 2nd June 2013

A 5-day workshop with Eliot Cowan where you can explore your relationship with plants as wise elder guides to the knowledge and power of nature. This course is designed to help you learn to feel, hear and listen to the teachings of the plants and the divine natural world. 

Venue: Hawthbush Farm, East Sussex
Date: 28th May -  2nd June 2013 

8th Annual Congress of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR): 11th - 13th April 2013

The 8th annual International Congress of Complementary Medicine Research - ICCMR 2013 - will focus on the global sustainability of healthcare for long term conditions such as diabetes, chronic pain, cardiov ascular disease, psychological problems, neurodegenerative conditions and arthritis. Long term conditions are the major cause of mortality among adults in almost all countries; between 35 and 58 million deaths annually worldwide are due to these illnesses and their complications. As global longevity continues to rise, it is increasingly clear that complementary, traditional and integrative therapies will have a vital role to play in ensuring the future sustainability of all heath care systems as the cost of managing multiple long term conditions become an ever greater burden in all countries around the world.

The International Congress of Complementary Medicine Research is the annual meeting of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR). ISCMR is an international professional, multidisciplinary, non-profit scientific organization devoted to fostering Complementary and Integrative Medicine research.  It provides a platform for knowledge and information exchange to enhance international communication and collaboration. This congress marks the 10th anniversary of the ISCMR.

Venue: Institute for Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Date: 11th - 13th April 2013


Daoist philosophical foundations of Classical Chinese Medicine: 13th April 2013

Ancient Philosophy or Quantum Physics?

This seminar will introduce the philosophical and scientific theoretical basics of Classical Chinese Medicine in its original form,as it was practices before TMC was developed.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), well known outside of China today, is a combination of Classical Chinese Medicine(CCM) and western school medicine, created between 1940 -50 in the People’s Republic of China due to various political and economic reasons.

This half day seminar will introduce the philosophical and scientific theoretical basics of Classical Chinese Medicine in its original form.

HerbFeast Ireland: 24th - 26th May 2013

The Community of Irish Herbalists (CIH) proudly announce the second Irish HerbFeast.

Come and join the Feast in the beautiful wilds of Leitrim. If your passion is for plants, and growing healthy community with each other and the many green lifeforms on the land, then pack up your medicine bags and jump on board.

Venue: The Organic Centre Rossinver Co. Leitrim
Date: 24th - 26th May 2013


Balens Continuing Professional Development Event - 19th - 20th May 2013

Our Second Continuing Professional Development Event
Empirical Science, Vitalism or What?
(plus updates on Marketing and Legal Aspects of Practice)

With key note speaker Professor Paul Dieppe, Head of Health and Wellbeing at Exeter University

Full programme and speaker's details can be found here: www.balens.co.uk/cpd.aspx

Venue: Holistic Health Show at the NEC, Birmingham
Date: Sunday 19th and repeated on Monday 20th May 2013
Show Times: 10am until 5pm
Event Times: 10:20am until 4:15pm

To book your place, please call 01684 898995 or e-mail events@balens.co.uk giving your name, preferred date and if you’d like to include lunch and we will make your booking and contact you for payment

Places are limited to 250 per day, so early booking is advised.

NIMH AGM and Conference: 31st October - 3rd November 2013

Venue: Crewe Hall, Crewe, Cheshire
Date: 31st October - 3rd November 2013 

Seminar: Gluten sensitivity and Coeliac disease – the emerging clinical spectrum: 8th June 2013

Gluten sensitivity and Coeliac disease - the emerging clinical spectrum. A one-day seminar looking at how to identify, treat and repair the mucosal tissues. Led by Michael Ash
Venue: University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
Date: Saturday 8th June 2013,  10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. 

Flier with full details will be in next NIMH mailing, on the NIMH website, mailchimp and facebook page but you can pre-book.

UK Certified GAPS™ Practitioner Training Course for NIMH members: 24th - 25th May 2013

A two-day residential training programme leading to GAPS practitioner certification at specially negotiated rate for NIMH members. Led by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride. 
Venue: Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham, B29 6LJ
Date: Friday 24th –  Saturday 25th May 2013 

Seminar: Treating common childhood ailments: 21st September 2013

A one-day seminar led by Catherine Acott
Venue: Birmingham and Midlands Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS
Date: Saturday 21st September 2013,   10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Seminar: Medicinal mushrooms: their use in clinical practice: 22nd June 2013

A one-day seminar led by Martin Powell, supported by Balance Healthcare.
Venue: Dovecote Studios, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT
Date: Saturday 22nd June 2013,  10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Seminar: Medicinal Mushrooms: their use in clinical practice: 23rd February 2013

A one-day seminar led by Martin Powell, supported by Balance Healthcare.
Venue: University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
Date: Saturday 23rd February 2013,  10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Seminar: Face Reading: 9th December 2012

A One day seminar with Philip Weeks, Master Herbalist & TCM Practitioner.

Reading faces is an ancient tool that can give great insight into your health (and your patients). Widely used in Chinese medicine as an essential aid to diagnosis, it can also be a valuable asset to understand yourself and other people better.

These courses is created especially for Health Practitioner, although anyone is welcome to attend.

CPD Certificates will be issued.

Date:  Sunday 9th Dec, 10am - 4.30pm, London W1.
Price: £60 / £50 early booking

More information:
Telephone: 020 8350 4607 / 07984 592626

Seminar: Tongue Diagnosis: 18th November 2012

A One day seminar with Philip Weeks, Master Herbalist & TCM Practitioner.

Tongue Diagnosis is an important component of holistic diagnosis. Looking at a patient's tongue can give practitioners important health information.

This workshop is from the perspective of Chinese medicine, although no knowledge of these is required. Terms will be explained during the day. We will be looking at the colour, shape and coating of the tongue. A map of the tongue will be presented showing how organs can be identified and diagnosed.

CPD Certificates will be issued.

Date:  Sunday 18th Nov, 10am - 4.30pm , London W1.
Price: £60 / £50 early booking

More information:
Telephone: 020 8350 4607 / 07984 592626

Seminar: Natural Solutions for the Immune System: 5th October 2012

A One Day Seminar with John Andrews, Master Herbalist & Iridologist.
CPD Certificates will be issued.

Date: Friday 5th Oct, 10am - 4.30pm, London W1. 
Price: £60 / £50 early booking

More information:
Telephone: 020 8350 4607 / 07984 592626

Professor Vivian Nutton : 'Galen's pharmacology: new texts, new objects' - 17 April 2012

Where: The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, Apothecaries' Hall, Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6EJ
When: Tuesday 17 April 2012, at 6 pm

Professor Vivian Nutton will be giving the Gideon de Laune lecture at the Society of Apothecaries on Tuesday 17 April, at 6 pm., with the title 'Galen's pharmacology: new texts, new objects'. All are welcome, and those attending can also book dinner after the lecture. See the link below for more details, booking, etc.


Professor of Classical Studies| The Open University| Walton Hall| Milton Keynes| MK7 6AA
Module Chair, A219, 'Exploring the Classical World' ( www.open.ac.uk/Arts/a219/index.shtml)

Recently published: 'History without Historians? Medical History and the Internet', Social History of Medicine 25 (2012), 212-221 and 'Response to Shelton', Social History of Medicine 25 (February 2012), 232-238

Clinical Skills Weekend Workshop: 14 - 15 April 2012

Welcome to an exciting and challenging two day workshop to enhance and perfect your clinical skills. The workshop aims to address a wide range of skills requirements from students to refresher and experienced practitioner.

The workshop uses a supported, problem solving based approach bring out the best in each participant.
 
Two day Clinical Skills Workshop    

Practitioners:
Dr. Dilis Clare
Elly McGregor Hodgkiss
and Anna-Maria Keaveney

Weekend 14th / 15th April 2012
Venue - Health and Herbs Galway, Ireland   

Cost:
IIMH members - 100 euro
IIMH Students - 80 euro
Non-IIMH Students - 100 euro
Non-IIMH Practitioners - 145 euro

Contact:
Anna-Maria Keaveney  amkeav@yahoo.ie 
00 353 87 237 8183
 
Biographies:
Dr. Dilis Clare
Consulting Medical Herbalist & General Practitioner
MBBCh,DRCOG, B.Sc. (Hons) Herbal Medicine
President of Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists
Honorary Clinical Fellow Nat. University of Ireland Galway College of Medicine
Health & Herbs
Clinic Manager
Background
• Qualified UCD 1980 Medical Degree
• GP Qualified 1986
• Family Planning Instructing Cert 1987
• Diploma Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1984
• Psychosexual counselling 4 year P/T seminar Training Institute of Psychosexual
• Medicine 1986
• General Practitioner 1989-1999 North London Practice
• BSc (Herbal Medicine) 1999
• Working as GP and Medical Herbalist in my clinic in Galway since 1999
• Honorary Clinical Fellow NUIG Medical School 2009-current
Professional Association
• Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists
For further insight see website www.healthandherbs.ie

Ms. Anna-Maria Keaveney BSc., MSc. MIIMH
Chair of the Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists
Clinic practitioner
Background
• Graduate Trinity College Dublin - BSc. Natural Science (Genetics)
• Graduate Middlesex University – BSc. Herbal Medicine
• Graduate Royal College Surgeons – MSc. Primary Health Care
• Lecturer – Dept. Biological Sciences (Herbal Science) Cork Institute Technology
• Clinic Practitioner since 2000
Professional
• Irish Institute of Medical Herbalists

College of Medicine 2012 Annual Conference: 2 - 3 May 2012

2nd May - Pre-conference workshops:
  • Women, Health and Ageing
  • Back to Health: Neuro-musculoskeletal conditions and effective exercise
  • Ahead of the game: Anticipating and meeting the needs of an ageing population
  • Herbal Medicine
3rd May - Annual Conference


Facial Diagnosis in Classical Chinese Medicine - Introductory Seminar

26th February 2012 ~ 09:30 - 17:30

Facial Diagnosis is an invaluable technique for medical practitioners, consultants and everyone working in interpersonal communication.  This intensive seminar will cover the fundamental principles and basic skills of face reading. Topics include: conceptional approach, five phases of Yin and Yang, the facial map, the meanings of features and signs of the face, the relations of the different features, steps to read a face. Students will learn to see constitutional strengths and challenges, as well as momentary conditions and past conflicts.  

This seminar is a great experience of self discovery together with the beginning to learn how to assess clients in a new way.

Certificates of Achievement will be awarded. Follow up seminars are planned. 

This seminar can be credited towards your CPD.

Cost: GBP 70 
Seminar by: Andreas Kuehne, GQA 
Director of Thammavong School for Classical Chinese Medicine, 
Germany since 1990 
Head of German Qigong Association e.V. 
Location: 23 Green Ridge, Brighton 
East Sussex, BN1 5LT 
 
Information and booking: info@thammavong.de  

Herbal History Research Network Study Day – South and West Region

Saturday 10th March 2012, 11 am-3 pm
Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1JU 

http://bradfordonavonquakers.weebly.com/   for map and directions.

The aim of this day is to bring together current and interested researchers in herbal history to report on progress in current projects and share ideas and problems. Our theme for the day will be about communicating herbal knowledge in the past. The cost is £10 and kept deliberately low to enable research students to participate although others are most welcome. As this cost is low, please bring your own sandwich lunch! We will arrange for hot water, tea or coffee to be made available. 

AMH and URHP Combined Conference and AGMs - June 18th and 19th 2011

Venue: Ryton Gardens, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 3LG

Click here to download the programme and booking form (221Kb doc)

Click here to download the evening menu (27Kb doc)

URHP/AMH AGM and Conference - June 18th and 19th 2011

Click here to download the programme and booking form (485Kb pdf)

Click here to download the Evening Meal Menu (67Kb pdf)

All welcome.