Heartwood Course Leaders

Project leader: Dr Nic Rowley

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Nic Rowley, MA, PGCE, MRCS, LRCP, BAc, trained in medicine at Cambridge University and the Royal Free Hospital, and has practised as an holistic doctor in the UK, France and Denmark. He is a past Dean of Studies at the School of Herbal medicine and past vice-principal of the European School of Osteopathy, and author of 'Hands On, a Manual of Clinical Skills' and also of 'Basic Clinical Science' (both originally published by Hodder and Stoughton).

Nic is an experienced teacher and lecturer and holds a PGCE from the Institute of Education in the University of London. He has given workshops and seminars at Diploma, Higher Diploma, Degree and Masters levels for The University of Surrey, The University of Chichester, and many colleges of alternative and complementary medicine, and has also been a consultant to a wide range of institutions on course development and degree validation at Bachelor and Masters level.

He has comprehensive experience of curriculum design, and of representing institutions at successful validation events (with the Universities of Surrey, Wales, Glasgow, Middlesex, Greenwich and Chichester). He also served for some years as an assessor for the University of Wales' external degree validation panel and was involved in validation events for a variety of UK and European institutions. He has written a number of self-help health books and has contributed articles to various journals in the UK and Denmark.


Director of Studies: Dr Guy Waddell

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Guy Waddell, PhD, BSc(Hons), BA(Hons), fHEA, MNIMH. It was the stories that Guy heard from herbalist Christopher Hedley in the early 1990s that drew him into herbal medicine and eventually into teaching and research.

Guy gained a diploma before completing a degree in herbal medicine at the University of Westminster, graduating with first class honours. Also, at the University of Westminster, Guy undertook doctoral research combining his interests in narrative and in herbal medicine, arguing that herbalists’ relationships with plants and herbal medicines help to sustain them in their work and allow diverse influences to be brought into practices.

Guy taught herbal medicine at the University of Westminster between 2011 and 2019 where he was awarded a fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and was a member of several research groups. He was a lecturer, clinic supervisor and module leader, with a particular interest in materia medica, therapeutics and pharmacy, teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, until joining Heartwood in September 2019.

In his clinical practice he works with patients to find solutions to chronic and complex health conditions using an approach that is always as simple and personalized as possible. He has learnt much from his students and patients. Guy has authored ‘The Enchantment of Western herbal medicine: herbalists, plants and nonhuman agency’ (Aeon books). He is also working on an edited collection of the teachings of Christopher Hedley and Non Shaw.


Study Centre Manager: Kirsten Hartvig

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Kirsten Hartvig, ND MRN MNIMH DipPhyt, is a registered naturopath and a medical herbalist specialising in the use of food and native plants as medicine.

She trained at the School of Herbal Medicine from 1986 to 1990 and gained the Diploma in Phytotherapy and Membership of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She continued her training at the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy and gained the Naturopathic Diploma and membership of the General Council and Register of Naturopathy. She is a former member of the Danish Health Authority's Council for Alternative Medicine (SRAB), and has been in private practice in England, France and Denmark since 1992.

Kirsten is the author of 15 books on natural health and writes and lectures widely on the healing power of plants. She teachers and organises herbal medicine day workshops and short courses at Emerson College, and materia medica on the online Professional Course.

Kirsten also runs the Heartwood Botanic Study Centre at Emerson College, which comprises an apothecary garden and a complementary medicine library, and she is curator of the Biodynamic Botanic Garden at Emerson College which includes the ornamental garden, the vegetable garden, woodland and orchards, as well as the apothecary garden.

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