Ireland’s first ever holistic health academy holds graduation

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

IRELAND’S first ever full-time academy of holistic therapy, which his based in Murroe, has held its inaugural graduation.

IRELAND’S first ever full-time academy of holistic therapy, which his based in Murroe, has held its inaugural graduation.

Since last September the Holistic Centre of Excellence has been teaching students everything from reiki and acupuncture to reflexology, and last week the college’s first crop of ten graduates received diplomas which will enable them to go out and practice holistic medicine privately.

The founder of the college, Anna Gibson-Steel, said that holistic health care is a rapidly growing field with real career prospects for graduates.

“As this field expands into new sectors, there may be a shortage of adequately trained therapists. Holistic health care is one of the few growth markets, and as a career is incredibly rewarding.”

Ten students from the college’s 2011/2012 class were awarded their diplomas at a function at Croker’s Bar in Murroe last week, an event which also included many of the 27 expert tutors who had taken part in courses over the past year.

The main speaker was Catherine McGeachy, who told the students that energy medicine and holistic therapy is becoming an integral part of care worldwide.

The Holistic Centre of Excellence, which is based in the grounds of Glenstal Abbey in Murroe, was set up last year by Ms Gibson-Steel, a practitioner of holistic medicine with twenty years’ experience. The college aims to provide graduates with professional, certified training in a field which is still unregulated in Ireland.

As part of last week’s graduation ceremony a scholarship for a teacher training diploma worth €7,000 was awarded to Sharon Collopy, who was also named as the college’s highest achieving student for 2011/12.

As part of its programme, the centre of excellence takes part in community outreach schemes for a broad range of local groups, from St Vincent’s Lisnagry and Adapt House to Rathfredagh Cheshire Home.

The centre of excellence is currently accepting enrolments for the 2012/13 academic year. For more information, log on to www.holisticcentreofexcellence.com.