Approved and Regulated by the Colorado State Board of Higher Education Division of Private Occupational Schools
ABOUT US: School of Natural Medicine was founded by Farida Sharan in 1977. In 2007, she was joined by her daughter, Bonny Casel Melendy who reopened the School of Natural Medicine UK and created School of Natural Medicine Online in 2013. Over the years, wonderful teachers and graduates have contributed their knowledge, experience and passion to the approved Colorado State Board of Higher Education Division of Private Occupational Schools in Naturopathy, Iridology, Herbal Medicine and 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, Iridology, Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine (MH) with Dr. Raymond Christopher’s School of Natural Healing, and Iridology with Dr. Bernard Jensen. Click on 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 and 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 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.
Bonny 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, ‘Herbs of Grace’ and ‘Creative Menopause.’ She is currently writing an Online Diploma Course on Flower Essences and Vibrational Medicine. Bonny lives in Nepal and the United Kingdom.
BRIGITTE MARS MH
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 seventie, she lived for 2 1/2 years, on wild edible plants while living in a tipi in the Ozarks.
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 also the original co-creator of Unitea Herbal Tea Company.
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.
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 and 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
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.