Bach Centre-approved university course for Brazil

UNISUL courses22nd November 2010

Bach Centre-approved Level 1 courses are set to form part of a four-year graduate course in natural therapies taught at UNISUL the Universidade do Sul in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

The course aims to promote health-care via a range of natural methods including reflexology, massage therapy, aromatherapy and art therapy. Students on the Bach module will undertake 40 hours of study, and at the end will receive BIEP Level 1 certificates and the option of taking further training through BIEP up to practitioner level.

'I have been teaching the remedies for eight years at UNISUL and teaching for the Bach International Education Programme here in Santa Catarina for eleven years,' said BFRP Maria Alice Cavalcanti. 'The Coordinator of the Naturology course, Professor Fernando Hellmann, asked me to invite BIEP to start a partnership so as to include the Level I course in the regular curriculum. I spoke with the BIEP Coordinator in Brazil, Carmen Monari, and she accepted the invitation.'

UNISUL students have already shown a real interest in Dr Bach's work. 'The first study we had published in a journal was on the remedies,' said Professor Hellmann, speaking at a ceremony to mark the agreement, 'and the first Masters thesis in Naturology was also on Bach flowers.'

For her part, BIEP Coordinator Carmen Monari welcomed the news, saying, 'This is an important step in gaining recognition for the remedies at Unversity level.'

Stefan Ball, Director at the Bach Centre, also sent congratulation to Maria Alice. 'We have had partnerships with universities in the UK for many years, and many BFRPs trained via that route. We are delighted to hear that the BIEP courses in Brazil have achieved this recognition.'


  1. This press release is also available in an Adobe Acrobat version.
  2. See UNISUL's web site for the University's own account of the agreement.
  3. Bach flower remedies were discovered in the 1920s and 1930s by Dr Edward Bach, a Harley Street consultant and bacteriologist.
  4. Bach flower remedies are complementary medicines that help resolve imbalanced emotional states, which can in turn lead to improvements in general health.