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
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
would like to study with Dr. Berkowsky personally without ever having to leave
your home, consider this year's webinar-based training course.
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
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)
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:
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
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
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.
PhytoEssencing (SPE), features the use of two types of essential oil blends: constitutional
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
journey has three basic phases: “a separation from the world, a penetration
to some source of [inner] power, and a life-enhancing return.”
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.”
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
He has named
the method of blending that he has developed for this particular blend the 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
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].”
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
4) 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.
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.
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.
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.
under consideration include: copaiba, kunzea, cistus absolute, hinoki,
ocean pine and Kangaroo Island eucalyptus.
noted above, this will be a profoundly beautiful and mystically powerful set of
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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.