Life at the Bach Centre, Mount Vernon.
You will find us in the heart of the Oxfordshire village, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, near the market town of Wallingford. Mount Vernon is the name of the 19th Century cottage where Dr. Edward Bach, who discovered the healing potential of 38 plants known as the Bach flower remedies, lived and worked during the last years of his life. Since his death, Mount Vernon now known as, the Bach Centre, remains the nucleus of his work.
Dr Bach died in 1936, leaving the work in the hands of his assistants Nora Weeks and Victor Bullen. They, along with Mary Tabor, a local resident at the time, held consultations to help people with the remedies. Mary Tabor left the village soon after Dr. Bach’s death, but Nora and Victor continued making the remedies, helping people use them and spreading the word. They promised Dr. Bach that they would honour the simplicity and completeness of the system that is the very essence of his work.
This promise has followed the Bach Centre’s close lineage of successors, from Nora and Victor to Nickie Murray and John Ramsell to Judy Ramsell Howard and Stefan Ball and will continue through future generations. The demand for the remedies eventually outgrew our capacity, so in the early 1990s we moved the bottling and labelling work to a more suitable local facility. Nelsons then took over the management of this facility – a company with which the Bach Centre have had a long-standing relationship since Dr. Bach’s day. We later passed the responsibility for this aspect of the work to them entirely.
Although we no longer make the remedies ourselves, the Bach Centre continues to communicate and remain true to Dr. Bach’s principles and teachings. It is that message of simplicity and completeness that lies at the heart of all we do.
Our work today
After the commercial aspect of the work moved away, the Centre focused on fulfilling the growing need for education. One-day seminars which commenced in 1991 soon generated a growing interest in practitioner training. As a result of that, we now have many thousands of practitioners in all corners of the world. all of whom are committed to respect Dr. Bach’s philosophy, the 38 remedies as a complete system and the simplicity of his original teachings, helping others to understand and use the remedies to help themselves.