Gaia School of Natural Health

Gaia School of Natural Health

Gaia School of Natural Health

Welcome. The Gaia School, located on the Wirral, North West England, is well known for its excellence and high standards in Reflexology, Reiki and Continuing Professional Development training.

Explore the website and see what inspirational life changing reflexology courses and CPD opportunities are available.


Level 5 Practitioner training in Reflexology

If you fancy a career change or want to learn from the best then consider Gaia School of Natural Health for your Level 5 training needs. The next course starts Thursday 10th May 2018, so sign up and join in. The closing date for application forms is the Thursday 26th April, so hurry to secure your place.

Level 5 Reflexology OPEN Morning - Saturday 23rd June 2018 10.30-12.30 Women's Institute Thornton Hough to receive a reflexology treatment and find out more about the course. NB. You must book in advance to attend this morning.

“A very well run and organised course by tutors that demonstrate great support and encouragement to their learners.” – Centralia External moderator March 2017.

GAIA AromaReflex

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A range of postgraduate courses are available for qualified reflexologists and complementary therapists such as:

  • Thursday 26th April 2018. GAIA AromaReflex
  • Thursday 3rd May 2018. Supporting the maternity journey using reflexology
  • Thursday 12th July 2018. GAIA Meridian Foot Reflexology

All these courses are accredited by Professional Reflexology Association.

Introduction to Reflexology

Introduction to Reflexology

Are you a reflexology novice thinking about a career in reflexology but not sure what is involved, or simply interested in learning more about this wonderful therapy – then join us on a one day workshop and enjoy learning something new!

GAIA Meridian Foot Reflexology

Upcoming Events:

  • Working with subtle energy techniques in reflexology - These amazingly powerful techniques could transform your reflexology practice, join us on Friday 27th April 2018 to discover more.
  • Facial Reflexology - Dien Chan Zone Operator Two day course led by Helen Black, on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July 2018
  • Adapted Reflextherapy (AdRx) - After a very well received course last year, Gunnel Berry has confirmed a further opportunity to learn about ADRX in spinal pain including whiplash this coming October. Follow the link for further details.


Reiki Practitioner Course (including Reiki 1 and 2) verified by the UK Reiki Federation as meeting the Reiki Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards, and meets the requirements of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

  • Reiki 1 2 day course begins on Thursday 24th May 2018
  • Reiki 2 3 day course begins on Wednesday 27th June 2018

Congratulations to Vicki, Jackie, Suzy, Nicole, Joanna, Nia, Tracey, Sarah, Sharon and Maureen on recently finishing the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology course in July 2017.

Congratulations to Lisa, Adam, Jenny, Cheryl, Nikki and Kirsty on finishing the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology course in March 2017.

Well done to Lisa, Charly, Helen, Anne, Suzy, Laura, Nikki, Cheryl, Jane, Helen and Debbie on the completion of their Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy in March 2017.

We are based in South Wirral on the border between Cheshire and Merseyside, and within easy reach of Chester, Wrexham, North Wales, Warrington, Liverpool and the Isle of Man.

The Principal and Main Course Tutor of the School is Carolyn Roberts MSc MAR PRM CRM L5 Tutor, who has been a qualified and practising reflexologist and aromatherapist since 1999. She is also a qualified adult education teacher, Reiki Master Teacher and holds a MSc in Holistic Health.

Assistant Tutor, Debbie Hurst, has a busy holistic therapy practice. She has an interest in working with autistic children and has worked as a reflexologist in a special needs school and a children's hospice.

Level 3 QCF Diploma in Aromatherapy

Note – Our qualifying body, ABC Awards, is ceasing offering the L3 Diploma in Aromatherapy, therefore our final intake for this qualification will be this September 2016.

This fully accredited QCF Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy will enable you to join the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) as your professional body, and the national register of complementary therapies, the CNHC.

Level 3 Aromatherapy group 2015-16

Training takes one academic year and you will cover the following modules:

  1. Principles and practice of complementary therapies.
  2. QCF Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies.
  3. Provide aromatherapy.
  4. Business practice for complementary therapies.

Within the Provide aromatherapy module, we will cover:

  • Aromatherapy: history, philosophy, uses.
  • Essential oils: botany, chemistry, blending and uses.
  • Practical: full body massage, aromatherapy facial, seated back, head and shoulder massage, pregnancy massage.

Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence and 60 treatments to perform and record outside of class time. There will also be an assessed clinic where you will conduct an observed practical session.


Where individuals have attained or are in the process of attaining/studying a Level 3 or 5 Diploma in Reflexology then exemptions may apply for modules 1, 2 and 4 of the Level 3 QCF Diploma in Aromatherapy.

Gaia School offers the specific "Full aromatherapy diploma - "Provide Aromatherapy" module" in such instances for a reduced course fee (noted in the "Other Info" section).

Why should you choose to study Aromatherapy at Gaia ?

But don't take our word for it, see what the external course inspectors views are along with those of Gaia Graduates

ABC Awards External Moderation report (April 2015) it was reported

“This Centre has an obvious commitment to quality and excellence and this is reflected in the learner comments. A consistent and strong quality assessment rationale is being applied.”

Please read some of the testimonials of Gaia Graduates on the Testimonial's webpage.

Course Dates

The next course 2016/17 Level 3 QCF Diploma in Aromatherapy - covering the "Provide Aromatherapy" module will start in September 2016. Location: South Wirral.

  • Thursday 29th September 2016
  • Friday 30th September 2016
  • Saturday 1st October 2016
  • Friday 2nd December 2016
  • Saturday 3rd December 2016
  • Friday 20th January 2017
  • Saturday 21st January 2017
  • Friday 24th March 2017
  • Saturday 25th March 2017

  • If you are interested in studying the full Level 3 QCF Diploma in Aromatherapy (i.e. all four modules), then the additional five dates are as follows:

  • Day 1 Tuesday 18th October 2016
  • Day 2 Wednesday 19th October 2016
  • Day 3 TBC
  • Day 4 TBC
  • Day 5 TBC

Please note the closing date for applying for a place on the course is Monday 19th September.

Entry requirements

  • You must be over 18, and have sufficient ability to be able to perform the aromatherapy techniques
  • You must have regular access to email, the Internet and word-processing and printing facilities.
  • You must have the interest, energy, enthusiasm (and time!) necessary to complete the course.


Full aromatherapy diploma

(including all four modules and all registration fees etc) is £1400. Non-refundable deposit of £150, followed by a single payment at the start of the course of £1250 or subject to agreement 5 monthly standing order payments £250 per month.

Full aromatherapy diploma - "Provide Aromatherapy" module alone

(including registration fees) is £900. Non-refundable deposit of £150, followed by a single payment at the start of the course of £750 or subject to agreement 5 monthly standing order payments £150 per month.

In addition you will also need to purchase:

  • a massage couch with cover and towels, which you will need to bring with you to some of the classes
  • Textbook approx. £46.00
  • Aromatherapy essential oils, carrier oils, face creams and equipment such as spatulas etc.

Application forms

Please complete the attached booking form which should be returned with your deposit for £150 made payable to ”Gaia School of Natural Health“. The deposit is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by the Gaia School.

Please note the closing date for applying for a place on the course is Monday 19th September 2016.