The Bach Centre’s heritage

When Dr Bach left London he asked Nora Weeks to accompany him.  Nora remained with Dr. Bach throughout his discovery and was therefore witness to all that Dr. Bach went through during his findings, and he taught her all about the plants so that she could recognise them from their seedlings.  When they settled at Mount Vernon, Victor Bullen had joined the team.  They worked together until Dr. Bach completed his work, leaving the final introduction and publication of his book The Twelve Healers & Other Remedies in their hands.  They promised Dr. Bach that they would continue to make the remedies and teach others how to use them, protecting the simplicity, purity and completeness of the system.

Nora and Victor were later joined by Nickie Murray and her brother John Ramsell and when Victor died in 1975, Nora made Nickie and John her partners and with the promise that they too would continue to uphold the work’s simple message and principles and continue to prepare the remedies as they had taught them.  In 1985 John’s daughter Judy Ramsell Howard joined the team and worked alongside her father and aunt who in turn taught her all about the work and the preparation of remedies.   Nickie retired in the late 1980s, and John subsequently some twenty years later, but the legacy continues to the present day.

Judy is the current Managing Director of the Centre, joined by Stefan Ball her co-director, along with more recent members of the team including her son Sam and daughter Fay.  Although the Centre is no longer directly responsible for making mother tinctures or the commercialisation of remedies, our involvement in them continues through our work as teachers.

Values and change

Simplicity and purity: the Bach Centre exists because Nora Weeks and Victor Bullen and in turn their successors John Ramsell and Nickie Murray and the current team, each promised that they would continue to uphold Dr. Bach’s values.

But times change, people say. Life is more complicated. We have so many other things to worry about now that didn’t exist in Dr. Bach’s day… 

Anyone is free to look for other ways to work with the remedies, or prepare new essences, or build a variety of constructs of their own. Our path is a different one.

In Dr Bach’s day it was possible to read The Twelve Healers and experience directly the simplicity and purity of the original conception. Thanks to the efforts of Dr Bach’s heirs – our predecessors at the Bach Centre – people today have that same opportunity. Our duty now and tomorrow is to make sure that the simple heart of the work beats on into the future.

This means more than keeping Dr Bach’s books in print, and keeping his house open to visitors. It also means being here, as Dr Bach was and as Nora and Victor were, to talk about his work and stress its simplicity in the face of every complication and addition.  It is true, times have changed, but emotions remain the same from one generation to the next – people in Dr. Bach’s day may have been fearful of different things to that which worries us today, but fear is fear, whatever it is aimed at.  There are gurus everywhere for those who want them. Ours is a ‘low church’, with little formality or ritual, where the simple original system remains as it was in the 1930s.

Does this mean that you want time to stand still? That you don’t want to add to the work even though additions may make it more useful?

The secret of great sculptors is that they release the figure that is already in the stone, and once it is released they put down their tools. Like the figure in the stone, the remedies were not created by Dr Bach but discovered by him. He consistently spoke of them not as a personal achievement but as a gift from nature, and from God. ‘Once we have been given a jewel of such magnitude,’ he said, ‘nothing can deviate us from our path of love and duty to displaying its lustre, pure and unadorned to the people of the world.’