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ABOUT US: School of Natural Medicine founded by Farida Sharan 1977 in Cambridge UK, expanded to Boulder, Colorado in 1988, now thrives worldwide online.
School of Natural Medicine was founded by Farida Sharan in 1977. Her daughter, Bonny Casel Melendy directs the School of Natural Medicine UK since 2007. The Colorado State Board of Higher Education Division of Private Occupational Schools approves and regulates Naturopathy, Iridology, Herbal Medicine & Healing Diets Diploma trainings, and Essential Oil, Reflexology and Flower Essence Certification trainings.
“I developed my teaching based on the philosophy of purification, regeneration and transformation after healing breast cancer through natural & mystic Self-Healing in the early seventies. I mentor students to become a living example of the laws of living in life and work — wisdom embodiment — and to share the truth as a teacher and guide for those seeking health and healing.” Farida Sharan
“What a truly inspired being, Farida is. Most teachers exist somewhere between the id and the ego. Farida occupies a space far beyond selfish existence and that made all the difference in my life.” Chris Whyrick, Naturopathy, Washington DC“I am very much enjoying my time at your school. You have a vibrant lovely energy that surrounds you. Having you as a teacher is more than a learning experience, it’s also a spiritual journey.” Necia Betts, Utah
Farida’s first experience with Iridology in 1975 was when she was told her eyes had turned blue!!! She later learned the cleansing that had healed the cause of her breast cancer also released the yellow and brown pigments from her iris. During this healing, her vision improved to the extent that she no longer needed to wear glasses!
Farida Sharan, ND, is the Founder and Director of PureHealth School of Natural Medicine, in Boulder, Colorado, an author, educator, natural physician, mystic dancer and yoga teacher, international lecturer and seminar leader.
Her training includes: Esalen massage, Gestalt Therapy, European Massage & Beauty treatments, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Yoga Teacher Training with Yogi Bhajan & Polarity Therapy. Farida studied Iridology, Naturopathy & Herbal Medicine with Dr. Raymond Christopher’s School of Natural Healing in 1976 and 1981, where she received her Master Herbalist Diploma, and Naturopathy in the United Kingdom. Click Read More below for further biographical and professional information.
‘BONNY’ CASEL MELENDY ND, MH, MIr
Bonny Casel, ND, MH, MIr, FBRI is the owner and Director of School of Natural Medicine UK & PureHealth School of Natural Medicine Online. A major contributor to the research and practice of Iridology and Natural Medicine in the UK, US and Asia, she studied with Dr. Bernard Jensen, Dr. John Raymond Christopher, Dorothy Hall, Farida Sharan, Harri Wolf, Denny Johnson, the Alive Polarity Fellowship, and other notable experts in the fields of Iridology and Natural Medicine.
With more than twenty five years of clinical experience, Bonny directed three high end Natural Healing Centers in Asia, and completed a 5 year in-depth comparative study of constitutional types in Traditional Medicine, including Ayurvedic, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese and Native American traditional medical systems. She integrated this knowledge with research related to the Faridian Iridology Constitutional types. Bonny then created a constitutional and systemic approach to Naturopathic Iridology proved by a remarkable degree of effectiveness in practice.
Bonny Casel is a gifted teacher with a focus on developing personal and genuine teacher/student relationships as the primary tutor at the School of Natural Medicine in Cambridge, in the UK, and a mentor for online students. As the daughter of Farida Sharan, she was raised on the principles of Natural Medicine and thrived on a healthy organic vegetarian diet.
Bonny Casel created the Healing Diets Online Course and assisted Farida in updating and reformatting the Naturopathy, Iridology and Herbal Medicine Online Courses. She also contributed to the illustrations and editing of the revised edition of Iridology – A Complete Guide by Farida Sharan. She is currently writing books and an Online Course, Quantum Botanicals, on Flower Essences and Vibrational Medicine. Bonny lives in Nepal and the United Kingdom.
BRIGITTE MARS Master Herbalist, AHG, author
Brigitte Mars MH, is a favorite teacher at the School of Natural Medicine since 1989.
She contributes teaching to Healing Diets and Herbal Medicine Diploma classes in Boulder, Colorado, inspiring students with her passionate and informed presentations based on years of study, research and practice.
A Master Herbalist and a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, Brigitte offers over 40 years’ experience in natural lifestyles. In the early seventies, she lived for 2 1/2 years, on wild edible plants while living in a tipi in the Ozark mountains.
The author of The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Country Almanac of Home Remedies, Addiction Free Naturally, The Sexual Herbal, The HempNut Cookbook, Rawsome!, Brigitte was the original co-creator of Unitea Herbal Tea Company in Boulder, Colorado.
Brigitte teaches at Naropa University, Bauman College of Holistic Health, School of Natural Medicine, Just for the Health of It School of Reflexology and Healing Arts, Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Esalen Institute, Kripalu, and at an Icelandic healing arts school called Heilsumeistraskolinn that I founded with Icelandic partners.
She also has a private practice, teaches regular classes and wildcrafting hikes and contributes of Boulder’s natural pharmacy, Pharmaca. Brigitte presents a local weekly radio show on KGNU called Naturally and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post.
Brigitte is the mother of Sunflower Sparkle Mars, a dancer and dance teacher, and Rainbeau Harmony Mars, actress, international model, yogini & Lifestyle Coach. (www.rainbeaumars.com).
HEIDI JARVIS, ND, MH, Mir, CA (Clinical Aromatherapist), NAHA & AIA approved, Reiki Master, and Flower Essence Practitioner.
Heidi Jarvis graduated from the School of Natural Medicine in 2000. She manages School of Natural Medicine Herbs of Grace dispensary, providing herbal formulas to Self Healing students and graduates, and filling client orders for graduates. From Earth Pharmaceuticals, an organic farm, on her property in Arvada, Colorado, Heidi grows herbs for Herbs of Grace, and creates formulas and natural body care products from her company, ‘Natur’, which are available in health food stores.
Heidi has a deep knowledge and experience of herbal medicine, wildcrafting, and nutrients, and has been a well loved instructor during the Herbal Immersion and Wildcrafting Campouts for more than 10 years. She is dedicated to helping people take charge of their health and teaching students the true healing of nature.
Prior to her studies with the School of Natural Medicine, Heidi had 10 years of experience in the health food industry and 5 years of experience with gardens. Her extensive experience and skills have been a valuable contribution to the School of Natural Medicine Herbal trainings.
“Emotionally, I felt a great releasing of fear and an opening to the love that I need. The support that I feel from the school helps me to tap into my inner strength and connect to the strength and gifts that this world has to offer. I found Heidi’s teaching to be tremendously powerful and inspiring. I learned an amazing amount of practical information and thanks to the small class I have a chance to learn hands-on and am able to ask many questions. I now feel confident in my instincts and abilities with herbal medicine. I found such a broad and deep level of introspection during the three days of classes. The school encourages a profound level of healing and acceptance of our pain and challenges. Thank you.” Suzanne
Thank you, Heidi, for showing the way. I am grateful to have such an amazing teacher who has opened a new door for me to slowly walk into.” Lauren
“It is great to be surrounded and inspired by like-minded souls with similar goals. I totally appreciate the loving, non-judgmental environment at the School of Natural Medicine that allows for personal emotional exploration and processes.” Jaden
CAROLYN OAKLEY, Computer Design Consultant for Books, DVD’s. website and more!
Carolyn’s contribution to the school over 20 years is rich in laughter, creativity and results! We began nearly 20 years ago with the first edition of Herbs of Grace, then moved on to Creative Menopause, followed by Flower Child, and contributions to DVD covers. Five years ago it was time to make the books available to Amazon so Carolyn and I continued our weekly 2 – 3 hour sessions, transforming Herbs of Grace, DVD’s and creating The Old Man & His Soul book.
Truly, Carolyn is my teacher of all things INTERNET! Nothing like learning to copy and paste to get around a stubborn computer resistance. When we began the shift of www.purehealth.com School of Natural Medicine website to Word Press, I knew I treasured my dear assistant even more.
When she joined a Reflexology class and then Healing Diets, she reported significant health improvements, and her daughter loved the new foods.
Recently, over 2 years, we worked on many aspects of designing and creating the new logo, website pages, including the many visuals, and she helped me learn SEO and Mail Chimp.
Our two year achievement revising and updating IRIDOLOGY – A Complete Guide was accomplished in 2014.
We have journeyed through Microsoft Word, Pages, Quark, In Design, PhotoShop, Excel and other programs and always Carolyn’s gentle patience, calm and sense of grounded presence stilled my impatience and made the day. The School of Natural Medicine could not be what it is without the creative loving contribution of my very dear friend and co-creative assistant, Carolyn Oakley of Luminous Moon Designs. I can never show enough gratitude and when we share a meal or an adventure it is made even more special by the respect and appreciation we share and the memories over the past 20 years.
MARCO CHUNG-SHU LAM, Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Director of the Mandala Integrative Medicine Clinic, Boulder, Colorado
Marco contributed teaching to Herbal Medicine classes during the past 15 years, first welcoming students to his incredible gardens when he was guardian at the Star House in the meadows above Boulder, then taking students on hikes to mountain meadows and streams for wildcrafting and plan recognition, and then later to his pharmacy/dispensary of Herbal Medicines. Marco offers a depth of understanding that awakens students to explore and discover connection with nature and its abundance of valuable plants. Students always rave about his classes!
Marco Chung-Shu Lam draws from his Chinese heritage an affinity for both traditional Chinese medicine and the Taoist world view. The ancient sages believed that health and peace came from being in harmony with the deeper currents of nature.
Marco earned his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara with a thesis on the holistic treatment of immune disorders. His education includes graduate work in both Taoist and Buddhist Studies and time spent practicing Qigong and Chinese Medicine in a Taoist Monastery. Marco was an instructor at the Connecting Point Massage School in Telluride, Colorado where he taught Shiatsu and whole food nutrition. He studied Chinese Medicine at both the Tai Hsuan Monastery and at the Hawaii College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. He received his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Southwest Acupuncture College, a nationally accredited school.
Marco has a gentle touch and works with many patients who are afraid of needles, including children and elders. Marco practices the living system of herbalism and integrates traditional Chinese Herbology with local medicinal herbs that he harvests himself. He invites you to the path of Chinese Medicine and to the fullness of health that you can experience.
LINDSAY PETERS, School Guardian, Apprentice & Farida Sharan’s Personal Assistant
Lindsay is an advanced Naturopathy student at the School of Natural Medicine. After a year of attending nearly all the classes, and devoting herself to online studies, case studies and the Self Healing Module, Lindsay was the perfect choice to step in as school guardian, apprentice and Farida Sharan’s personal assistant.
Lindsay telephoned in March saying she was interested in study, in less than a month she visited, then enrolled shortly thereafter in all the online studies, and even more quickly in classes, and before I knew it she had moved to Boulder for a time of personal study while her family prepared to moved to Boulder. She now resides in Boulder with her family, three children, and continues to devote herself to online studies and related work opportunities.
A dynamic, energetic, positive, intelligent, skilled, and passionate student and support person, Lindsay is a joy to work and play with. Her recent opportunity (4-2015) to work with ZEAL restaurant as co-manager, gives her the opportunity to put her Healing Diets skills to good use. Lindsay is truly destined for great work!
BILL FANNING ND MIR MH, Healing Diets Counselor, Sports Consultant, Iridology Educator
After graduating from the School of Natural Medicine as a Naturopath, Master Iridologist & Master Herbalist, Bill began contributing as an Iridology educator, due to his extensive photography, computer and teaching experience.
Teaching Iris Photography is a rare skill and Bill manages to inspire students to attain superb photographs.
Bill also excels in teaching brain anatomy, so important to understand when studying the iris of the eye and its unique connection to the brain as the only original brain tissue that meets the outside world!
Bill lives in the mountains near Nederland, around 6500 feet, with his family and enjoys raising his son Jamal.
Bill created a company, Body of Balance, to focus his Natural Medicine practice, Iridology & teachings, and participates as founding partner in The Nth Degree LLD (turning potential into Performance) and Total Aligned Performance LLC to inspire and support athletes toward optimum performance. We are grateful to Bill for his valuable contributions to Iris Photography classes.
“Our Iridology Photography guest teacher, a School of Natural Medicine Graduate Naturopath, Master Herbalist & Master Iridologist, Bill Fanning ND, of Body of Balance in Boulder, was fabulous. He created a nice change of speed in the class when he demonstrated and took all of our Iris photos.” Juulia, Naturopathy student.
BETH DORSEY, Healing Diets Counselor, Certified Life Coach, Hypnotherapist
Beth enrolled in PureHealth School of Natural Medicine after a career in the corporate world. A Naturopathy student, she graduated as a Reflexologist and Healing Diets Counselor.
In practice in Longmont, Colorado, Beth is a Certified Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner. She now includes Reflexology, Healing Diets and Essential Oils (she makes awesome products) in her practice. Beth contributes teaching in the Healing Diets classes since 2013.
AMY MC CLURE, Owner of Intuitive Enterprises – Accountant, Bookkeeper, Business Planning
Amy plays an essential role in keeping School of Natural Medicine USA up to date with accounting, taxes and bookkeeping. Always a joy to welcome Amy for our accounting sessions. Thank you Amy for all you do to keep School of Natural Medicine thriving.
Amy says: “I started Intuitive Enterprises to offer accounting, bookkeeping, and business planning primarily for the creative professions and other small business owners who like our different approach.
I graduated from Murray State University, in Kentucky with a Masters Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting in 1998. I went straight into the workforce as an auditor at a top national accounting firm in Nashville, Tennessee.
Later, I took a job as an Inventory Accounting Manger at a music company with a perfect opportunity to move to Colorado.
After a few years, I switched to a surveillance equipment company working as the only accountant and office manager.
I then decided that I wanted to combine my skills and strengths of accounting, bookkeeping, and communicating with my passions for healing, performance arts and working with creative types who just needed a little more help with the black and white word of accounting.