By Tessa Jordan BFRP, UK
I was very pleased to meet old and new friends from all over the world at Cromer on the 23rd and 24th September. We were there to mark Dr. Bach’s 120th birthday, and to celebrate the wonderful spread of the remedies since he died 70 years ago.
300 delegates gathered in the pavilion on Cromer pier to hear speakers from many different countries. I took some notes and I am sharing them as a reflection of what seemed notable to me at the time, and to give a flavour of the event to those who couldn’t be there. This is a brief personal record of the presentations and doesn’t pretend to cover everything!
Day one, 23rd September 2006
Richard Katz (U.S.A.) put Dr. Bach and the discovery of the remedies into the historical context of the First World War and the ensuing Depression. Rock Rose was the only remedy discovered in 1932 – a key year in the Great Depression – which reminded him of Dr Bach’s words about the damage the emotion of fear can do to health. Richard ended by referring to the political power of fear, and how important it is to resist this in an age when the media and political pressure can be so powerful.
Judy Ramsell Howard (Bach Centre) presented photos and documents from the Bach Centre archive. She showed Dr Bach as a spontaneous man who loved life and people. He could be difficult and unpredictable, had a temper; and sometimes liked to shock people; but he enjoyed simple things and had an affinity with animals. Judy told a lovely story of his being called to help a pig that was having trouble giving birth to her litter and was near death. Instead of giving medicine, Dr. Bach lay down with the pig, held and talked to her. Then he got up and the pig got up with him.
The work continued at the Bach Centre after Dr Bach’s death. During the Second World War, when money was in short supply, Nora Weeks and Victor Bullen worked in the Royal Ordnance Depot while Mary Tabor continued to see patients during the day. This was the time when Nora was writing The Medical Discoveries of Edward Bach.
It felt extremely important for Judy to be at this conference, which had been organised by a group of flower remedy makers not linked to the Bach Centre. This was an opportunity for healing that everyone concerned accepted. Judy said she felt she was among friends and had been welcomed with generosity.
Makio Ishikawa (Japan) based his talk on a famous painting from the Buddhist school of a fire river (anger) flowing south and a cold river (greed, instability, ignorance) flowing north. The two rivers are separated by a white path, which is 5 inches wide. He said our aim is the achievement of self-realisation (integrating thinking, emotion and will). He spoke of psychosynthesis and related it to defects and virtues such as self-love and devotion, greed and reverence. He then presented some case studies in which blood samples were taken to assess physical responses to the Bach remedies. He showed graphs that mapped changes found during remedy use.
Mechthild Scheffer (Germany) spoke on a set of cards she has prepared to help people learn about each remedy. Each has a picture or cartoon to portray the emotion concerned. She analysed the process of choosing remedies, although at times I felt her analysis could have been at the expense of the client/practitioner relationship. Mechthild also showed some energy photo plates of the remedies – taken by dropping one drop of each remedy onto the plate. These show different circular colours when developed.
Silvia Alfarano (and interpreter Mario Schwarz, both from Argentina) showed a film that dealt with some aspects of the Bach system in Latin America. Flower essences are an obligatory part of medical training there, and users include past presidents of Columbia.
Dr. Campa (Cuba) continued the presidential theme by telling us that Fidel Castro has taken Rescue™ Remedy. Bach remedies were adopted officially in Cuba in 1999 and 761 doctors and a number of specialised centres are working with them. She called Bach remedies the “poetry of medicine”.
Teresita Espinosa (Chile), a member of the regulation authority for floral therapies, homeopathy and acupuncture, spoke of her aim to see flower remedies in every hospital in Chile. The remedies are already used in midwifery and she works with them to treat depression. She wants to validate the science and effectiveness of the remedies.
Vivien Williamson (UK) and Gérard Wolf (France) gave a semi-serious presentation that started with Vivien arriving on stage in her nightwear and dressing gown with curlers in her hair. Gérard pointed out that plants show off their genitals whereas people hide theirs away. Yet when a man gives a woman flowers he is giving sexual organs…
Then in a comic skit Gérard helped Vivien with her “problem”, suggesting a number of remedies to get her through a sexual encounter. The play ended with Vivien dressed as a maid in short skirt, luring Gérard away.
Martine Winnington (Switzerland) was joined on stage by a group of women who demonstrate some circle dances especially designed to reflect individual remedies. She invited us outside to gather on the pier to join in some of the dances and to have fun. After watching for a while, I went to have a paddle in the sea.
The evening entertainment included Morris dancing on the pier, a folk group, a “symposium” of nineteen people with Glenn Storhang as chair to discuss any Bach flower topics, and a jazz concert of music composed for and about the Bach remedies. It was not possible to join in with everything, but we could also chat with friends (old and new) bounce around ideas and debrief from the day.
Day two, 24th September 2006
Patricia Kaminski (USA) talked about Dr Bach’s work in the context of alchemy, of which there are many definitions, such as transformation, synthesis, and ‘as above – so below’. She included an account of her personal experiences and said how much the remedies had helped her cope with some powerful fears.
Audun Myskja (Norway) played his guitar and sang and related his personal experience of using the remedies in the areas of psychiatry, heart attacks, nursing homes and dementia. He said music and song gives us a common and uplifting language that can have healing power. He gave an example of using a rhythmic beat to help a sufferer of Parkinson’s Disease with walking. The same approach would not be right for everyone – e.g. a Rock Water needs a more flowing or upbeat/rock rhythm. He uses music to make connections with elderly people – especially those with senile dementia – and has managed to get a book on the remedies onto the curriculum for psychiatry.
Dr. Julia Tsuei (Taiwan) works at the Clinic for East – West Medicine that was established in 1989. She has used Bach Flowers for more than 4000 cases since 1993 and adopts a machine-based approach, using a German resonance machine and Electrol Dermal Screening Test (EDST) to diagnosis – a very different process to the personal consultations that BFRPs use.
Derrian Turner (Australia) practises as a Medical Herbalist and gives Bach remedies as well. She gave an outline of how the remedies were introduced into Australia, citing a religious school that gave talks on the life and work of Dr. Bach in the 1950s, as mentioned in the Bach Centre’s newsletters of the time. Derrian also spoke about the challenges she has had trying to make her own remedies.
Glen Storhang (UK/Norway/Greece/USA) spoke about the research done by Gregory Vlamis, who has spent the last 25 years collecting all sorts of material with any connection to Dr. Bach. He has interviewed family and friends of Dr. Bach and has discs, tapes, letters, photos, articles and so on stored in a lock up in Chicago and on computer hard drives. Mr Vlamis intends to write “the definitive book” about Dr. Bach.
Little-known facts presented included the maiden name of Dr Bach’s mother – Tipper, which apparently was given to the products the family produced for animals, i.e. Tippers Cod Liver Oil for cattle, calves etc. – and the address of Dr Bach’s clinic, at no. 82 Harley Street.
Lynne MacWhinnie (UK) told us how she integrates the remedies into everything she does, including her work with companies and all her training activities. She introduced a new model for working with personal development – more detail is on the website www.9performancepi.com. (See also the article on page 5. – Ed.)
Julian Barnard (UK) talked about the journey of Cerato from the small area of China where it grows wild, via Gertrude Jekyll, to the Pleasance Garden near Cromer, where she planted it and where it was discovered by Dr Bach many years later. Julian had gone to China himself in search of the cerato plant, and he and Vivien had planted them in the garden at the Pleasance, which is now a Christian holiday centre. We had the opportunity at lunchtimes to visit the garden to see the plant.
Luciana Chammas (Brazil) was standing in for her colleague and friend Elisabeth who had hoped to give the presentation but sadly died in 2005. She talked about how people using the remedies are involved in social work, including education to raise consciousness within Dr. Bach’s philosophy. The remedies are offered free or at a token price. They use theatre, art, modelling and play to identify emotional states and give their message, and to be able to feel the emotion (instead of just talking). The social course emphasises self-care and care of others, responsibility for your own spiritual, mental and physical health, and self-knowledge.
After a short Q&A session the conference closed when 120 candles – ten each on twelve home-made cakes – were lit in the foyer of the pavilion. We sang “Happy Birthday” to Dr. Bach in all the languages represented at the conference. It took some time!
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By Lynn Macwhinnie BFRP, UK
Apart from the sense of community and celebration at the recent Bach conference in Cromer, what really struck me in listening to the other speakers was how much the Bach remedies are being used within the context of the allopathic medical model. As Dr Bach was himself a physician, it is perhaps hardly surprising that there are other enlightened Doctors around the world who are furthering Dr Bach’s work within their areas of expertise. These included Dr Campa in Cuba, Dr Ishikawa in Japan, and Dr Tsuei in Taiwan. Their work shows fantastic progress in providing evidence-based research into the efficacy of the remedies; rather than the historic reliance on anecdotal accounts. As the laws in some countries only allow access to the remedies through the pharmacist or the doctor, this research is a great step forward in encouraging greater usage.
What concerns me though (hardly surprising, as I am a passionate advocate of education) is that if the medical model of working drives the growth of remedies, where does that leave the vision of Dr Bach: people being educated in the remedies of nature?
Medical science is diagnostic and prescriptive – which is essential in dealing with the multitude of conditions that require medical interventions. But to have this as an over-riding influence on the continued growth of the remedies would, in my view, be a mistake.
So what place is there for education?
Education enables the learner to become the teacher. It is through teaching that we continue to learn and with growing confidence share our knowledge and experience of the remedies with others, who in turn share it with others too. It is the ripple-on effect of education – and the remedies then reach further and further around the world. I have trained trainers and practitioners from Australia to Venezuela and from Guatamela to Poland – and many countries in-between – and I am not alone in this work. There are now over 100 BIEP teachers and trainers around the world and since the inception of the education department in 1995, tens of thousands of people have attended various talks, lectures and BIEP courses.
Yet for some reason, the remedies still seem to be a bit of a secret. How can this still be so? What do we each need to do differently to reach more people? How pro-active are we in shouting from the rooftops about Dr Bach’s work? What is stopping us reaching that tipping point which will shift the axis of perception about the remedies, and enable them to become more universally recognized and accessible to every home and every business and everyone?
A student on a recent level 3 asked, how did being a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner fit with the concept of being a barefoot doctor? – well, I think we are barefoot teachers. I know that at every suitable opportunity I tell someone about the remedies – whether I am on a train, plane, bus or boat, standing in a queue or walking down the street. If there is an expressed need (and people seem to have a habit of telling me things), then I will respond. I don’t need the story – I just need to listen and point them in the direction of the remedies – either the high street chemist or the Bach Centre or the Nelsons web site.
I believe it is no longer acceptable for people to be unaware of the remedies and their inherent potential for transformation – we all hear those accounts of life changing circumstances, and the remedies being the catalyst in people’s lives.
Each one of us is an educator, furthering Dr Bach’s work – keeping it pure and simple and free from theories and science. Human nature is such that we are often caught in complexity – but the truth is, it is in the simplest intervention that the most profound changes and insights can occur. This will not happen if the information rests only in the hands of medical science. It has to resonate with each person in the widest community.
Education is at the heart of Dr Bach’s legacy. I believe there is an imperative that Bach education resounds with greater vigor and presence. We have to take bigger strides. As the playwright Christopher Fry wrote, “the steps we have to take now are soul-sized…” And as Dr Bach said, ” our own work, when we find it so belongs to us…the right desire, the right motive…is the thing that counts, the real success”.
This article is adapted from Lynn Macwhinnie’s conference presentation, ‘Light Bearers of the Legacy’.
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Do you have a story to tell about how the remedies have helped? Is one of your clients keen to share a story with the wider world? If so Nelsons would like to hear about it. For more information email “kirstymcdonald” at nelsons dot net.
Congress in Argentina å
Cromer wasn’t the only conference this autumn. In Argentina, the natural health company Londnors hosted a two-day congress over the weekend of the 28th and 29th October. 387 BFRPs and students, mostly from Argentina, gathered together, along with a few people from Uruguay (14), Chile (32), Perú (2), Brazil (2), and a couple of people who found their way over from Israel.
Marielena Núñez (BIEP, Venezuela) and Carmen Monari (BIEP, Brazil) were two of the key speakers, and BFRPs and trainers Gustavo Masieri, Dorana Carrera Ortiz and Claudia Belou led sessions on the remedies and their application.
After the Congress, the BIEP coordinators from Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela met and agreed to organise similar events every year, taking turns in each country, with the next congress to be in Brazil. Other countries might be hosts as well. They also agreed on tighter links between them, including the co-production of a regional journal for Latin America and tighter coordination of web sites, and on the principle of organising and financing voluntary work to help the most needy using the Bach remedies. This will provide advanced students of level 3 the opportunity to work on case studies while at the same time helping those who can’t easily help themselves.
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By Alexandra Landgraf BFRP, Spain
A 42-year- old woman comes to a consultation in a state of desperation, feeling that her busy life doesn’t leave her time for herself. As well as her job, which she really doesn’t like and which leaves her frustrated, she has to run her house and take care of her husband and 4 year old daughter. She feels tied to her responsibilities and when she has the opportunity to get out she feels too tired to enjoy herself. She complains of chronic tiredness from the daily demands on her. She married the love of her life and adores her daughter, but she doesn’t seem able to find a balance between her responsibilities and her own needs.
She identifies herself as an active and enthusiastic person in a genuine state of despair and anguish. She starts off taking Olive, Vervain and Sweet Chestnut.
After a month of treatment she returns feeling better, but still tired and without any meaningful change in her situation. I decide to add Centaury to the mixture, since she feels obliged to take on responsibilities and seems to have trouble defining her boundaries.
A month later she returns in a state of what she calls ‘rebelliousness’. She says that she definitely doesn’t like the job she is doing and that she would prefer to be an interior decorator, which has been her passion since she was a child. She has stopped doing all the cooking and has taken a holiday, which she used to rest and sleep many hours (something she hasn’t done in years) and read books endlessly.
She has been in this emotional state for three weeks and sees things more clearly, although she still feels a conflict between the things she wants to do and what she has to do. She feels she is failing at work and that the work is starting to pile up, but she feels a change is taking place. She is caring more for her own needs. We talked about what she really wants, and how much she worked for others without realising that doing so had become a habit. Now that she was waking up to this reality she noticed that something inside of her was fighting to come out. – her own personality. She took a mixture of Centaury, Pine for her feelings of guilt, Elm to help her deal with the accumulated work after her vacations and Walnut to help her adjust to the new changes.
She wanted to take treatment bottles for two months, since she considered that those flowers were vital for her and wanted to try them for a longer period.
Two months later she feels more rested and relaxed, and certain that all the changes came for her own good. She is concentrating on obtaining work as an interior designer, which is what she trained in, and is trying to get her current work up to date for when it comes the time to leave. At home the family is adjusting without any problems. Everyone helps as they can – her 4-year-old daughter says that she washes the dishes and makes her bed so that mummy can take a rest, but also because she enjoys doing it.
Sometimes we think that we are wrong to change because we don’t act the way we used to do. This case shows that, if we stay alert to it and help ourselves with the flowers, change can imply growth and self-awakening.
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One of my customers was buying half a dozen Rescue™ Remedy sprays so needless to say nosey me asked what they were for! He told me he uses the spray for his sons and their friends when they have been hit on the sports field. He finds that the recovery period is much faster as a result.
Incidentally one of our local triathletes had a bad bike accident and scraped a large area of his thigh. He used Rescue™ Cream on the area but didn’t bother with a small graze on his calf. Next time I saw him he was delighted with the way it had healed – down came his shorts in the shop to let me see! The minor graze on his calf was still red and sore.
Theresa McInnes BFRP, UK
Dr Bach was an inspiration when I was preparing my speech for the Cromer conference. A concept that I have been tweaking for years suddenly came together and gave a perfect context to my presentation. A welcome eureka moment! This new concept (English version only right now) can be used on an individual, team or organizational basis. I would really welcome hearing from anyone who is working within an organization, who would be willing to trial the concept and give me feedback. If interested, please take a look at my fledging web page and email me if you would like more information on 9performancepi™.
Lynn Macwhinnie BFRP, UK
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I wonder how many of us there are who receive our annual registration form, and balk at the sight of the CPD? I definitely have. I have been able to furnish myself with wonderful reasons – for 2 years now – as to why I need not complete the form. I tell myself that because I live in Bahrain, my chances of receiving referrals are negligible. I tell myself that I am content simply to be on the list as a registered practitioner. I also reassure myself that I have the perfect number of clients and would not be able to cope with any more.
Whilst in England this summer, I received an e-mail informing me that a member of our ruling family in Bahrain was looking for a registered practitioner. Because I am listed as ‘inactive’ I obviously did not receive a referral! This set me thinking.
For several days I mulled it all over and had almost justified, once again, not attempting my CPD form, when everything changed. I had need to make up a self-treatment bottle and rather than my ‘usual’ mix, I decided to think a little more deeply into what I should prescribe. The results were so remarkable that my new insight triggered me not only to write this letter, but also to complete my CPD! The remedy mix did, of course, include Hornbeam!
To help me on my way, I re-read ‘The Original Writings of Dr. Edward Bach’ and, like any good book read more than once, have gleaned so much that I had missed before. I have had re-affirmed my respect and admiration for this amazingly gifted, yet oh, so human man.
Even if I don’t receive any referrals, I feel grateful for the chain of events triggered by this possibly-missed Royal appointment. I am proud to be a BFRP, I love the work that I do, and feel that I owe it to Dr Bach to be the best practitioner I can. As he said, “Our work, when we find it, so belongs to us, so fits us, that it is effortless, it is easy, it is a joy: we never tire of it, it is our hobby”. How could I have not felt the need to be ‘active’?
So to anyone else ‘sitting on the fence’ out there, remember some more of Dr Bach’s words: “Let us not fear to plunge into life”. Take some Hornbeam and plunge into that form!
Deborah Jashanmal BFRP, Bahrain
I am thinking about setting up an interest group for the Bach remedies in the UK East Midlands (Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire or any other -shire that’s interested). Could you please advertise in the next bulletin – it would primarily be an interest and support network. Any interested people can contact me on 01623 863221 or “maggiects” at btopenworld dot com.
Maggie Evans BFRP, UK
(Consider it done! – Ed.)
Remember to tell us if you move or change your contact details
In response to the letter about Rescue™ Remedy not being allowed in certain situations (Bulletin no. 62), I recently had a double whammy. A friend of mine had to go into hospital for major surgery. It was out of the blue and she was quite traumatised so I gave her a bottle of Rescue™ Remedy to use in the days leading up to going in, and in the hospital itself. She used the remedy regularly and felt it was keeping her sane.
I took her to the hospital myself. As I left I reminded her to keep using the remedy, especially before the op. The nurse who was with her told her categorically that she mustn’t use it. When I asked why I was told that it was because of the anaesthetic, and that if she used the remedy in the morning her op would be cancelled. I tried to discuss the matter and explain just how little alcohol was in the remedy but she would have none of it. My only option seemed to be to tell my friend to apply the remedy to her pulse points, making a point of saying that by doing this the alcohol would evaporate and not get into her blood stream.
Happy with that, the nurse went on to say that prior to her driving test a few weeks previously, her mother had given her a bottle of Rescue™ Remedy. Sat in the car next to the examiner, she was about to put some on her tongue, when the examiner said, “if that is Rescue™ Remedy and you put it in your mouth, the driving test stops here!”
I couldn’t help but think how ridiculous both situations were, and wonder where the evidence base was for the stance.
Sue Naylor BFRP, UK
Supervision follow-up å
By Lynn Macwhinnie BFRP, UK
Thanks to all of you who emailed me with your thoughts on supervision. While there was one person who could not see any value in having consultative support, others found it really helpful – either on an ad-hoc basis, or on a more regular basis. Some suggested having a supervision or case study day at the Bach Centre – although this has been offered before, but cancelled due to insufficient numbers. If your interest is renewed, then do get in touch. Some teacher-practitioners are facilitating small BFR study or supervision groups in their local areas – another helpful initiative.
Obviously, given my therapeutic background I think supervision is an essential resource for practitioners in any 1:1 context to ensure the best for our clients and in developing our own working practice. However, I also believe that it is not necessary for a one-size fits all approach. All we need is the willingness of practitioners to accept that we do not know what we do not know; and that asking for external support is not a sign of weakness but an awareness of ones own vulnerabilities or blind spots in how we conduct our work.
So – this is a discussion thread that would benefit from further input as time goes on!
Welcome to… å
Since the last issue of the bulletin was prepared, 123 new practitioners have joined the register:
- in Argentina, Patricia Viriana Talanda, Liliana Maria Postacchini, Gladys Maria Szewczeniuk, Maria Cristina Martorell, Julia Lidia Ayala, Maria Ines Di Pietro, Lilián Koper, Viviana Laura Spalla and Rita Karen Ryberg;
- in Australia, Margaret Joy Woods;
- in Austria, Herlinde Schickermüeller, Maria Veronika Kriwanek, Marianne Klock and Gerda Ahorner;
- in Belgium, Bernadette Luyten and Catherine Nothomb;
- in Brazil, Gerlene Nascimbene Silva, Mariana Viana Faria De Oliveira, Luciana Silveira Rodrigues De Freitas, Isabel Godinho Garcia Dos Santos, Rosemary Cristina Munhoz Lopes, Tayse Dambros, Inés Beatriz Firpo Diefenthaeler and Nadir Aparecida Domingos Ferreira;
- in Canada, Katharina Helfer;
- in Chile, María Angélica Nightingale Fierro and Alicia Vazquez De Acuna Grundemann Von Falkenberg;
- in Costa Rica, Doris Kandler, Lilliana Ferlini Salazar and Maria Soledad González Nieto;
- in Denmark, Malene Ebert, Tina Estergård Olesen, Henrik Rump and Helen Kjersgaard;
- in England, Leila Khan, Sally-Ann Weston-Scales, Bonnie Ellis, Caroline Thomas, Louise Marsland, Geraldo Nascimbene, Maureen O’Brien, Andrea LG Hood, Christine Ridley, Tracy Gibbons, Catherine Gibbons, Amelia Lucy Ball, Jo Goodall, Sheridan Bird, Deborah Oakley, Dana Prochazkova, Katie Rossi and Shakti Khosla;
- in France, Chantal Brethes, Asse Habiba, Francoise Zubiri, Ann Marichez, Yves Jannot, Sophie Dreyfus-Meunier, Sonia Herrier, Mireille Payen Schneider, Truchot Godard, Marie-José Godart, Mylene Defrance, Yettie Paeleman, Leroy Berangere, Anne Lafarge, Emanuelle Capdeville, Sylvie Merle and Alix Issembourg;
- in Germany, Katharina Reichstaller, Gabriele Minkoff, Sigrid Reinhardt and Ulrike Bleicher-Rapp;
- in Ireland, Nina Quigley and Geraldine Doohan;
- in Israel, Orly Frydlender;
- in Italy, Costanza Magnocavallo;
- in Japan, Shigeyoshi Toyota, Masahiko Tatsumi, Susan Eddie, Yukiko Mikasa and Hiromi Miyake;
- in Mexico, Angelica Lomeli de Morales, Pedro Contreras Velarde, Sofia Perez Chavez, Damaris Naharaim Diaz Gallardo, Yolande Maria Guadalupe Sánchez Gonzalez, Maria Teresa Ramirez Gonzalez, Nora Griselda Pinera Ponce, Cynthia Araceli Pacheco Gallegos, Francisca Josefina Gallegos Santos, Beatriz Perez de Padilla, Patricia Velázquez Escaip and Lucia Martinez Villafranca;
- in the Netherlands, Catharina van Bemmel and Theodora Wilhelmina Lequé;
- in New Zealand, Elizabeth Roe and Dorothee Hay;
- in Northern Ireland, Mary Donnelly, Julie Ann Gordon, Anne Mackenzie, Frances McCambridge, Elaine Beggs and Margaret Taggart;
- in Norway, Bente Bakk
- in Russia, Mikhail Dmitriev;
- in Scotland, Pamela McAllister;
- in Slovenia, Igor Cvetko;
- in Spain, Ina Meijer van den Houten;
- in Switzerland, Annina Lemann, Eva Christine Candrian, Claire-Lise Pasche and Pierre Seydoux;
- in the U.S.A., Nan Deardorff-McClain N.D., Melisa K. Morrison, Karen A Bethel and Sally Lynn Tamplin;
- in Uruguay, Silvia Martinez de Forestier and Karina Alejandra Jantol Santo;
- in Venezuela, Angela Maria Crocco Brito, Maria Fatima Ponte Pestana and Maria Alejandra Chacón Gutiérrez;
- and in Wales, Paul Magness.
There are now 1,797 practitioners on the register.
Bits and pieces å
- The Bach Foundation Teachers Programme is aimed at UK-based BFRPs who want to improve their teaching skills and eventually run Bach Foundation-approved level 1 courses. The programme includes a two-day course at the Bach Centre followed by a period of supervised teaching. The next course takes place on the 20th & 21st June 2007 –coming to the course would be a great chance to see the garden at its best and enjoy the summer sunshine! Contact us for more details and an application form.
- Bach Foundation-approved Level 3 Animal Practitioner courses run every year at the Natural Animal Centre in Wales. The course is in three parts: Stage 1, a two day introduction; Stage 2, a 3-day course; and Stage 3, a 4-day course followed by a period of home study and supervised case studies. For more information contact the Natural Animal Centre, Penhill, Trawmawr, Carmarthen, SA33 6ND, Wales: Email “natural” at globalnet dot co dot uk or phone 0870 991 3334.
- Se habla español – The Spanish version of the Bach Centre’s web site is at www.floresbach.com, or click the link on the Bach Centre’s main home page www.bachcentre.com. Spanish translations of the Bulletin are at www.floresbach.com/found/bulletin.htm.
- Parlamos italiano – a group of Italian practitioners have put up an Italian version of the Bach Centre’s web site. Again, look for the link on the Bach Centre’s web site or go direct to www.bachcentre.it
- Tessa Jordan’s Suffolk-based Bach friendly group will next meet on Thursday 22nd March 2007 at 7.30 pm at the Glendevon Hotel, Bournemouth. For more information contact Tessa via her web site www.tessajordan.co.uk. or phone Tessa Jordan or Mary Marsh on 01202 842601. Go to the web site also for more on Tessa’s supervision sessions.
- The UK’s Bach Practitioner Network North West meets on a regular basis and is open to anybody able to attend meetings in the North West of England. For more information telephone 01253 885512.