ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

The Betonica medical herbalist training programme is a blend of modern science and traditional knowledge.

The programme syllabus covers a wide range of topics, from materia medica, botany and pharmacology, to anatomy and physiology and clinical skills (to name just a few). We are passionate about community clinics and education, organic growing and field to dispensary medicine.

The course content and assessment are at the same level as a BSc (Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications), but the final award you will receive for successfully completing the course will be a diploma. The title of diploma gives us the flexibility to combine academic learning with clinical training and apprenticeship.

The course and award title of Diploma have been agreed by Balens Ltd who will insure Betonica students as Medical Herbalists upon successful completion of the course. Balens are the leading insurers for complementary health professionals in the UK.

This four year diploma programme (on completion of the final clinical exam), will allow you to practice as a medical herbalist with full insurance and the ability to join a professional association (if you so wish).

The following professional associations currently accept membership applications from graduates of non accredited courses:

WHAT IS A MEDICAL HERBALIST?

A medical herbalist is someone trained in plant medicine, with clinical skills, including a high level of skills in diagnosis. Herbalists use a holistic approach to treatment and have a long history in the UK.

THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE REASONS WHY OUR STUDENTS WANT TO BE HERBALISTS: 

 

“I would love to work for myself, in a clinic or health centre, giving me independence.”

“I would hope to use my skills to raise awareness about herbal medicine as an option for healthcare. In particular, I would like to be able to help low-income families, focusing on anxiety-related problems.”

AND HERE ARE SOME OF THE REASONS WHY THEY CHOSE TO TRAIN WITH BETONICA:

 

“I love the sound of the apprenticeship because you get to work alongside medical herbalists, go to herb farms and get the chance to really get stuck in. The apprenticeship allows me to continue working, and study at home, as well as attending seminars.”

“I would love to be able to learn from experienced practitioners how to use plants from my surroundings to heal and gain the knowledge and skills to one day have my own practice.”

WHERE DOES THE COURSE TAKE PLACE?

 

The course takes place at a variety of locations and if the first choice of location is not available we may use alternatives but you will be informed of these in advance. Some of the programme will be taught outside, with an emphasis on plant ID and hands-on growing, harvesting and medicine making. There will also be a chance to visit herb gardens and herbal suppliers to find out more about how herbal medicines are made.

ELDER FARM | GREENHAM, WELLINGTON, DEVON

Elder Farm is a small, off-grid five and a half acre organic farm in Devon which is part of the Ecological Land Co-operative’s first site in the UK. Elder Farm is run by Helen (Betonica founder and director) and Stuart Kearney, who have a background in permaculture, cooperatives, organic growing, and outdoor education. They use their plot to grow herbs to make into medicines, soap and other herbal products, and edible and cut flowers.

 

THE COACH HOUSE | WELLINGTON, SOMERSET

The Coach House is a beautifully converted barn situated in Wellington, Somerset. The house is set in the small town of Wellington, with a range of shops and restaurants within walking distance. There is lovely accommodation and great facilities available for students coming from afar, and a private walled garden for everyone to enjoy during the seminars. 

 

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