Dr. Berkowsky Webinars and Home-Study Courses

2018 Spiritual PhytoEssencing (SPE) Training Intensive

Presented by Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., H.M.C.
Founder and teacher of the Natural Health Science System™ and Spiritual PhytoEssencing™

Please note: This is the last live full-spectrum SPE training intensive that Dr. Berkowsky will be teaching. He has been teaching for 45 years and feels compelled to turn much more of his attention to writing and recording in order to expand the collection of available SPE materials and ensure that SPE continues on as a unique healing art in future generations.

He will continue to teach new courses annually, but these will much more limited in scope. On the other hand, this 2018 SPE Training Intensive will provide concentrated study of 3 essential oils, briefer study of several other lesser known essential oils, and instruction in the method for creating an individualized Birth Trauma/Life Traumas Pattern, soul-level healing blend. The course will culminate with the Soular Hero’s Journey guided blending exercise.

Therefore if you would like to have the opportunity to train with Dr. Berkowsky personally in all of these skills, all in one course, this will be your last opportunity to do so.

In this troubled time, characterized by estrangement from the natural world and the light of spirit, SPE provides a way for one to deeply connect with, and hold on to, what is real and eternal within and to operate from inside the precincts of one’s real self and eternal soul nature. In so doing, an individual can, at once, continue to progress along a directional process toward wholeness of being and find a significant degree of shelter from the current storm.

Dr Bruce Berkowsky

Dr. Bruce Berkowsky registered naturopath, master herbalist and classical homeopath, is a master practitioner, and one of the world's preeminent teachers, of deep psycho-spiritual healing work with essential oils. In addition to essential oils providing benefit on a physical level, they also exert a strong influence upon the psycho-spiritual plane. Dr. Berkowsky designed the art of Spiritual PhytoEssencing (SPE) to help an individual overcome the separation from one's real self – a core factor in much of the deep-seated psycho-spiritual disharmony we experience.

The real self is the deepest stratum of the self-structure, the one which directly connects to, and reflects, one’s unique soul essence. The innermost aspect of the real self can be referred to as the inner spiritual self which emerges from one’s soul-borne eternal nature. When one operates from his or her real self as opposed to the ideal self (a compensated state a person constructs based upon the expectations and concepts of others), he or she evaluates life experiences based upon pre-thought level feeling and sensing and connection to spirit.

Operating from one’s real self is the only viable pathway to self-actualization and thus the feeling of inner completion – certainty of Self. On the other hand, charting one’s course based upon the expectations and concepts of others, despite their incongruence with one’s internal feeling, sensing and spirit guidance, obstructs self-actualization and leads to an inertial state of stuckness.

Plants are alive and anything living has being. In other words, plants, like humans and other animals are ensouled. An essential oil is the most concentrated carrier of the soul of the plant. In Spiritual PhytoEssencing, essential oil blends are constructed based upon the archetypal patterns of each oil’s inner soul nature.

Accordingly, essential oils are selected for inclusion in a customized essential blend on the basis of their congruence with certain aspects of a specific person’s soul nature/real self archetypal pattern. Thus, when properly prepared, the completed blend represents a portrait in oils of that mirrors a person’s true identity.

It is the encounter with soul-level congruence between the personalized blend and one’s real self that encourages the latter to reassume its natural leadership role regarding the guidance of one’s life course. Living totally moored within the artifice of the ideal self fosters an ongoing state of conflict. This conflict arises from the incongruence between one’s instinctive evaluations of personal experiences via inner feeling, sensing and spirit connection and the opposing tendency to defer to the ideas and expectations of others when reacting to those experiences. This state of continual incongruence must invariably lead to a state of chronic discontentment.

In the 2018 Spiritual PhytoEssencing Training Intensive, you will be taught how to construct these customized, life-enhancing, and even life-changing, blends.

If you would like to study with Dr. Berkowsky personally without ever having to leave your home, consider this year's webinar-based training course.

Spiritual PhytoEssencing

Webinar Course Begins April 10th and Ends June 5th


As noted above, as the popularity of Dr. Berkowsky's Spiritual PhytoEssencing (SPE) and Natural Health Science System has grown, so have the demands on his time. The development and presentation of this annual training intensive is extraordinarily time-consuming. Therefore, the 2018 Spiritual PhytoEssencing Training Intensive, which begins April 10th, is the final, annual (this is the 22nd year of these training intensives), comprehensive course that covers a broad spectrum of the SPE skill set. Future SPE courses will be much more limited in scope.

Accordingly, if you would like to take advantage of this rare opportunity to be trained by Dr. Berkowsky in the SPE art of customized layered blending (using oils that he has personally sourced from around the world) and other aspects of soul-level healing work with essential oils, do not miss this opportunity to do so.

Specific Course Details

Dr. Bruce Berkowsky's 2018 Spiritual PhytoEssencing

Webinar Training Intensive

Presented by Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., H.M.C.

Founder and teacher of Spiritual PhytoEssencing

– Deep, soul-level healing work with essential oils

This in-depth training features:

1) In-Depth Exploration of the Inner Nature of Three Essential Oils

The 2018 Training Intensive will feature in-depth exploration of the inner nature of three lesser known, yet extraordinary essential oils (students will receive the three complete oil chapters from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils) – Greenheart Wood (distilled from the wood of a powerfully medicinal African tree – Warburgia ugandensis), Nagarmotha (distilled from the rhizomes of Cyperus scariosus indigenous to India), Tuberose (the preternaturally lovely oil of the flowers of Polianthes tuberosa)

Greenheart Wood

Greenheart Wood





Dr. Berkowsky will also discuss certain other lesser known, but very important, oils (all six of these oils are included in the course oil set) and provide monographs featuring the important keynotes for:


Leleshwa (Tarchonanthus camphoratus)
aka Camphor bush
from East Africa


Saro (Cinnamosma fragrans)
from Madagascar

Wild Plai

Wild Plai (Zingiber cassumunar)
A wild ginger from Thailand

Dr. Berkowsky will also be discussing Petitgrain bigarade and copaiba as well.

Aa noted: All students will receive the complete Greenheart Wood, Nagarmotha and Tuberose chapters (each chapter is typically 15 to 30 pages long) from Berkowsky's Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils as well as the briefer keynotes monographs for the other oils listed above.

2) Blending Training Exercise – Soular Hero’s Journey Blend

An important feature of this course will be an in-depth blending exercise during which Dr. Berkowsky will guide the students in the preparation of a layered blend using the oils in the class oil set. All SPE blends are built in layers (one layer per day) to greatly increase the inner dynamics of the blend.

For this final blending exercise, Dr. Berkowsky has formulated a blend called Soular Hero’s Journey inspired by his study of the work of the great mythology scholar Joseph Campbell.

Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell

Spiritual PhytoEssencing (SPE), features the use of two types of essential oil blends: constitutional and situational.

The SPE constitutional blends include the: life history constitutional blend, birth trauma/life traumas pattern blend, chakra animal imagery blend, sensory animal imagery blend, gemstone mantra blend, astro-synthesis blend and astro-modal blend.

All of these blends are customized to reflect the unique inner soul nature of one particular individual. When these blends are properly prepared they represent a portrait in oils of a given individual’s inner soul nature and real self.

This mirrored image of one’s authentic self and the eternal soul nature from which it emerges, when viewed by the individual for whom it was prepared, initiates, through deep self-inquiry, a directional process toward real self-actualization and soul fulfillment.

In SPE, two drops are taken from the finished constitutional blend to prepare a homeopathic style high-dilution that is used internally, while the blend itself is used externally in a variety of ways.

On the other hand, situational blends are prepared to illuminate and activate key psychospiritual perspectives regarding specific life situations such as illness challenges, divorce, encountering a pivotal crossroad in one's life, dying, grieving, etc. Situational blends, while customized to a situation, are more limited in personal scope than constitutional custom blends, and can be formulated to be relevant for many people, rather than just one.

Given the current disturbing sociopolitical situation in this country (which is having a rippling effect upon the rest of the world), Dr. Berkowsky, will be providing a formula and blending instructions for a situational blend called Soular Hero’s Journey. This blend will help spiritually sensitive individuals acknowledge and understand their own hero’s journey. Furthermore it will help the individual successfully navigate on an inner self level this dark period in our history, so it does not inhibit the progress of one’s soular hero’s journey.

soular hero’s journey

Joseph Campbell’s ideas on how to achieve wholeness of being are described in The Hero with a Thousand Faces. His seminal theory grew out of his observation of the common journey of the archetypal hero featured in a wide spectrum of ancient myths from many different cultures.

Campbell’s most important and enduring point about this monomyth (i.e., the common template within ancient myths that involve a hero who proceeds on an adventure, then in a crisis wins a decisive victory, and, as a result of all this, comes home transformed) is not the scholarly detail regarding the mechanics of the mythical hero’s journey, but rather the purpose these hero-myths served in ancient cultures.

Campbell writes: “It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward, in counteraction to those that tend to tie it back. In fact, it may very well be that the very high incidence of neurotic behavior among ourselves follows the decline among us of such effective spiritual aid.”

The hero’s journey has three basic phases: “a separation from the world, a penetration to some source of [inner] power, and a life-enhancing return.”

The hero’s journey of any spiritually sensitive person who is driven towards actualization of his or her real self follows this same pattern. Campbell states: “the hero is symbolical of that divine creative and redemptive image which is hidden within us all, only waiting to be known and rendered into life…The adventure of the hero represents the moment in his life when he achieved illumination – the nuclear moment when, while still alive, he found and opened the road to the light beyond the dark walls of our living death.”

The Soular Hero’s Journey blend will be prepared from the oils contained within the course oil set, which every student will have the opportunity to purchase. Details about the course oil set are found below. Dr. Berkowsky has spent 4 months sourcing the oils for this set from distillers and wholesalers around the world. His goal is to create a profoundly mystical oil set with the understanding that penetration into the vibrating core of one’s Soular Hero’s Journey requires deep mystical connection.

He has named the method of blending that he has developed for this particular blend the Mystical Triangle Blending Method.

Mystical Triangle Blending Method

In this SPE blending method, the base of the triangle represents spirit consciousness, full presence of being, the pure consciousness (what Otto Rank refers to as the “embryonic state”) of the child within the womb.

The left side of the triangle represents separation and the process of becoming (striving to achieve and become). The right side of the triangle represents returning from becoming back to being; sharing with others the knowledge and light that one has received.

The internal angles of the triangle represent: (lower left angle)- the birth trauma (the primal separation); (the apex angle) – represents illumination and self-actualization; (the lower right angle) represents wholeness of being, soul fulfillment and crossing to the next stage of soul existence as a soul that has experienced the realization that, in the words of Joseph Campbell: “the seeker and the found are understood as the outside and the inside of a single, self-mirrored mystery, which is identical with the mystery of the manifest world. The great deed of the hero is to come to the knowledge of this unity within multiplicity and then to make it known [to others].”

In this blending exercise, specific oils from the course oil set will be identified with each of the sides and angles of the triangle as well its precise center point. Thus, using both the power of the oils and the power of sacred geometry, each student will be able to create a blend that will serve as an invaluable aid along the pathway of his or her own soular hero’s journey.

3) Birth Trauma/Life Traumas Pattern Blend Development Training

This will be the first time that Dr. Berkowsky will be presenting in-depth instructions for creating this type of personalized blend. Development of customized, deep-acting, soul-level healing blends is the core focus of SPE work.

Otto Rank

Otto Rank

In 1924, in his work, The Trauma Of Birth, psychoanalyst Otto Rank, an early disciple of Sigmund Freud, presented his hypothesis that the anxiety experienced during birth was the template for all successive anxiety experienced during the course of a person’s life.

Rank postulated that a child’s separation from the mother at birth, and subsequently once again via weaning, is the platform upon which neuroses of all kinds are constructed. Rank views the birth trauma as the “primal trauma.”

As Rank's understanding of the human psyche evolved, he became convinced of the reality, and profound influence, of birth trauma and so proceeded to develop a form of psychoanalysis (which involved an individual's re-experiencing of the trauma of his or her birth) that focused directly on the ramifications of the birth experience.

For Rank the very “nucleus of the unconscious mind” was the birth experience, during which an infant passes from a state of contented union with the mother to a violent dissolution of that union.

Rank writes: “In thoroughly investigating the conditions under which a child’s anxiety arises, we find that the anxiety experienced at birth really continues, undisposed of, to influence the child. And every opportunity, which somehow reminds the child of the birth trauma is used as a mechanism for the expression and consequent release of that repressed and undisposed-of anxiety…Just as the anxiety at birth forms the basis of every anxiety or fear, so every pleasure has as its final aim the reestablishment of the intrauterine primal pleasure.”

The fact that this separation from the mother, who has housed, protected and nourished the child since the inception of his or her physical existence, also commonly features an oppressive sensation of asphyxiation as well as buffeting, constriction and confinement within the vaginal canal exacerbates the trauma of separation and deepens its impression upon the psyche.

Accordingly, a person's struggles to compensate for this traumatic, anxiety-filled, experience of birth, and avoid similar experiences, contributes mightily to the character of one's post-natal inventory of fears, anxiety and other neuroses.

One of the central features of the 2018 SPE Training Intensive will be complete, in-depth instruction in the method for creating a SPE Birth Trauma/Life Traumas Pattern Blend. This is a fully individualized blend, meaning that the component oils for the blend will differ according to whom the blend is being prepared for.

In order to focus in on the actual birth trauma event, the blender uses the individual’s sun sign, moon sign, rising sign, descendant sign and north and south moon nodes in very specific ways. All of this astrological data is inextricably linked to the time and place of a person’s birth and so can serve as a focusing mechanism. Therefore oils associated with the various birth signs, when accurately selected and proportioned, can precisely focus the blend in on the birth trauma event.

Also, when a child is born, it moves from one elemental context to another. Accordingly, it transitions in a somewhat shocking way from the predominance of the Earth, Water and Warmth elements in the prenatal milieu into an Air- Light- and Wood (growth)-filled outer world. Thus, strategically selected oils associated with the six elements can also be used to help recreate some of the element dynamics associated with the birth trauma - the memory of which is stored deeply within the archives of consciousness.

If indeed the birth trauma is the primal trauma that serves as the template for all the traumas experience during life, then the life traumas pattern component of the blend has to be effectively tied into the person’s primal trauma. In other words, within the blend structure, the traumas of life and the trauma of birth need to be linked into a circular loop.

In this way the blend accurately mirrors the inherent connection between the birth trauma and the pattern of traumas the person has experienced during the course of his or her lifetime. By so doing, it opens the pathway to profound self-inquiry that leads the person inward to his or her true nature and establishes a degree of self-understanding and self-acceptance that was previously unattainable.

To accomplish this linkage between the birth trauma and the life trauma pattern, the SPE Birth Trauma/Life Trauma Pattern Blend utilizes the six archetypal life traumas including: abandonment, abuse, betrayal, grief, rejection and denial (including self-denial).

In the 2018 course, students will be taught how to identify the oils associated with their own birth trauma experience and the oils associated with the unique traumas pattern that characterizes their own "hero's journey.” Dr. Berkowsky believes that this blend, if properly prepared, is the deepest acting, soul-level healing blend he has ever developed for the art of Spiritual PhytoEssencing.

4) Class Oil Set

Class Oil Set

Each of the annual SPE Training Intensives has included the option of purchasing an exquisite oil set. The 2018 SPE Training Intensive will be no exception. These oils, personally sourced by Dr. Berkowsky from around the world, are all of superb, precious, soul-level healing quality. The sets, made available to students at a very reasonable price, is not included in the tuition fee. The oils Dr. Berkowsky makes available are of extraordinary, rare quality and most students are eager to work with them.

The eligibility to purchase the class oil set is one of the central attractions of this course. While the cost of this set is separate from the tuition fee, Dr. Berkowsky does the best he can to keep the pricing remarkably reasonable so that everyone can afford to participate in the blending exercise.

Dr. Berkowsky spends 4 to 5 months sampling oils from different distillers and wholesalers before finalizing the composition of the class oil set. He will only include oils that not only are grown or wild-harvested in an ecologically sensible manner, but also are particularly rich in the plant-soul forces required for deep soul-level healing work with essential oils. Many students remark that the oils Dr. Berkowsky provides are the finest and most spiritually vibrant they have ever experienced.

As the sourcing process is still ongoing, the composition of this set of approximately 15 oils (5 ml each) will not be finalized until late February. The following oils will definitely be in the set: Tuberose, nagarmotha, frankincense, juniper berries, leleshwa, greenheart wood, saro, petitgrain bigarade, African tea tree, wild plai, ruby red grapefruit, elemi and wild lavender.

Other oils under consideration include: copaiba, kunzea, cistus absolute, hinoki, ocean pine and Kangaroo Island eucalyptus.

As noted above, this will be a profoundly beautiful and mystically powerful set of oils.

5) Class Recordings

All classes will be recorded and so those who have scheduling conflicts and miss a class, can review the entire presentation whenever they like, at their own pace. The recordings also allow those who did attend the class the chance to review the class material as often as desired. The recordings are made available for download approximately 4 days after each class.

Schedule of Classes

There will be 6 classes in all (plus a free bonus Q&A/student feedback class).

The course begins on April 10th and concludes in mid-June. This provides a casual pace that allows for more extensive between-class study and review and blending time.

First Class: Tuesday, April 10th @ 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (8:00 p.m. Eastern Time). All classes are presented on Tuesdays at the same time.

The scheduling of classes for the remainder of the course is as follows:

Class #2: Tuesday, April 24th
Class #3: Tuesday, May 1st
Class #4: Tuesday, May 15th
Class #5: Tuesday, May 29th
Class #6: Tuesday, June 5th

Additionally, there will be a bonus Q&A and student feedback class scheduled after the course has ended.

Continuing Education Credit and Certification

Those who complete the entire course, including the blending, will be eligible to receive a letter recommending the issuance of 15 CE credits (class attendance only) or 24 CE credits (if student completes the blending exercise and submits a 7 drop sample of his or her blend).

Certification Exam

Those students who participate in the 2018 SPE Training Intensive can sit for an optional certification exam. There are different levels of Spiritual PhytoEssencing certification. Those students who pass 3 certification exams are awarded the credential R.SPE.P. (Registered Spiritual PhytoEssencing Practitioner). For students who are interested in going on to earn a diploma in Spiritual PhytoEssencing and receive a Di.SPE (Diplomate of Spiritual PhytoEssencing) credential, passing the certification exam is necessary for this course to count as one of the six required Diploma Course (a tutored independent-study course) study modules.


Dr. Berkowsky is well aware that these are still difficult economic times for many people and so keeps tuition rates unusually low.

Tuition covers: all 6 classes, the class recordings, the layered blending exercise as well as all class study exercises (Dr. Berkowsky designs unique, optional study exercises that the students receive between classes), 3 chapters from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis ofEssential Oils plus keynotes monographs for oils in the oil set for which he has not yet written chapters and miscellaneous reference and study materials.

Individuals who cannot afford to pay the full tuition in one payment can contact Dr. Berkowsky to set up a comfortable, monthly installment payment plan. If you require a payment plan contact Dr. Berkowsky and he will e-mail the details to you.

Contact: drbruceb @ cnw.com

The cost of the class oil set, required for participation in the layered blending exercise, is not included in the tuition. Considering the rare and exquisite quality of all the oils (approximately 14 to 15 oils; 5ml of each; personally sourced by Dr. Berkowsky), the set will be very reasonably priced in order to allow anyone who wants to participate in the blending the exercise to be able to afford to do so. The oil set can be added to a student’s installment payment plan.

Note:As this is the last comprehensive SPE Training Intensive that Dr. Berkowsky will be presenting, this is also the final course oil set that he will source and make available to his students.

Early-Bird Tuition (offer ends March 1st): $275.00

Discounted Tuition – (offer ends March 31st): $295.00

Full Tuition – (after March 31st): $325.00


Dr. Bruce Berkowsky, a registered naturopath, master herbalist and classical homeopath—is President of Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc. He is the founder/teacher of both Spiritual PhytoEssencing (deep, soul-level healing work with essential oils) and the Natural Health Science System which he designed following many years of research and clinical practice, and includes traditional naturopathy, herbology, nutrition, homeopathy, aromatherapy, exercise, as well as East/West healing arts/bodywork.