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Wednesday 4th of April 2023

happy colonicAs part of the training IPCH requires models for their students to practice on. This is an opportunity for volunteers to receive a Colonic Hydrotherapy (Colonic Irrigation) treatment from a trained nurse or CAM practitioner who is in the process of adding Colonics to their set of therapeutic skills.

  • A practice session will usually last 90 minutes (2 hours if a more detailed nutritional consultation is included as part of the practice).
  • The session is entirely supervised by Anne-Lise Miller from the taking of a thorough medical history to the completion of the Colonic treatment.
  • Only one other trainee might be observing.
  • The treatment is gentle and the practitioner is taught to be aware and to regularly communicate to ensure that the model receives a treatment that is both pleasant and effective.
  • Contraindications to the treatment are listed here and the medical form that you will be requested to fill at the beginning of the session is here.

The price for the treatment is £40.

There is no difference between a treatment done by a student and a qualified practitioner other than that the student will be coached as they are administering the treatment. This is an opportunity to receive a professional Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment at a reduced cost at the same time as learning more about the body, food, digestion and the connection between the gut and health.

Colonic Hydrotherapy is a cleansing experience that enhances wellbeing. It can be done as part of an elimination diet or a juice fast. Discussion on the topic of detoxing, fasting, and cleansing with herbs are included in the trainee’s learning and will be shared as part of the session.

For answers to the frequently asked questions on Colonics see the FAQ here.

Colonic hydrotherapy is essentially an adjunct to natural healthcare.

The course is suitable to:
a) Those already trained in conventional medicine (e.g. doctors, nurses, etc.)
b) Those who are graduates of a recognised body based complementary healthcare / beauty therapy course which must include in depth anatomy and physiology.

Applicants without prior experience in healthcare can still do the course but will have to complete a course in Anatomy and Physiology prior to the beginning of the course. They will also be requested to take additional training as part of their course. This may include an introductory course in NATUROPATHIC NUTRITION and/or training in a body-based therapy (e.g. massage, reflexology, yoga, osteopathy, Bowen therapy etc.)

See Course Critical Path for more details

Copies of certified evidence of A&P to Level 3 minimum and Emergency First Aid must be submitted prior to being accepted on the course.

Applicants must also be familiar with colonic hydrotherapy.

Course content :

  • History and philosophy of colonic irrigation
  • Basic principles of hydrotherapy
  • The naturopathic principles and the mind-body connection
  • Various cleanses, fasts and detoxification with their associated physiology
  • Contra-indications and red flags for colonic irrigation
  • Specialist Anatomy and Physiology of the Colon and Gastro-Intestinal Tract, Autonomic Nervous System and Enteric Nervous System
  • The Gut-Brain-Immune Axis
  • Digestion, absorption, enzymes and PH control
  • Basic GI tract pathology and clinical features of GI diseases
  • Actions and side effects of the major classes of drugs used for GI disorder and those with direct action on GI function
  • Interactions between foods, drugs and (herbal) supplements
  • Clinical nutrition in relation to Constipation, Bloating, Toxicity, Parasites and other infections, Candida, SIBO 
  • Client handling and improving communication for better compliance and healthier diet/lifestyle
  • Colonic practice and techiniques including: Herbal Implants, Visceral Massage, Colonic Reflexes, Acupuncture Points, Probiotic Post-Colonic Implants 
  • Stools interpretation and laboratory testing
  • Sterilisation and safe hygiene using disposable speculum and tubing
  • Room lay out, equipment and regulations
  • Ethics and professional practice requirements
  • Support and guide-lines on obtaining Insurance
  • Record keeping

The course is divided into three distinct sections

  1. Practical training
  2. Supervised clinical experience
  3. Home study and written assignment


The Practical Training Course

This consists of eight days of intensive training spread over two long weekends (module 1 and 2) and taught on set course dates. The weekends are usually held a month apart to allow for compulsory reading and study time in between. See Course Dates for more details

As part of the course the student will have the opportunity to give a minimum of FIFTEEN supervised colonic hydrotherapy treatments and experience at least two treatments themselves.

The number of students is deliberately kept to a minimum of four to allow for personal attention while covering the extensive syllabus. See Course Content for more details

Clinical Practice Development Period

On completion of module 1 and 2, students are ready to work while developing their clinical practice. This period is flexible enough to accommodate each student's particular situation and is a natural continuation from the course. It is designed to support students embed their practice and academic experience in readiness for the final examination. 

As part of their clinical practice period, students are requested to seek supervision from a tutor (or local professional colonic therapist) for a minimum of FIVE Colonic Hydrotherapy treatments on three different individuals.

Written Assignment and case study requirements (Pre-exam homework) 

Before applying for their final Diploma Exam, students are required to complete an extensive written assignment and collate three full case studies. The case studies are collated by the student on willing volunteers and are submitted for feed-back. A case study consists of a course of two treatments minimum.

On submission of the above assignment and case studies an additional, tutorial and supervision day is made available to the student in order to prepare for their exam This can be done through distant communication and is a final opportunity for the student to gain confidence and support prior to their Diploma completion examination 

Examination is independent from the training and set out by the regulator (The Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapist ARCH)See Examination for more details

Students can apply to take their final exam once they have completed their course, course assignment, supervised practices and case studies.

The final Examination is with the Association and Register of Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH). It is booked and paid for separately from the course.

Examination consists of a two hours written theory paper and an independently assessed treatment.The exam is set out to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and understanding that are set out by The National Occupational Sandards.

A "Diploma in Naturopathic Colon Hydrotherapy" is awarded by IPCH on successful completion of the examination.

The Diploma is validated by the Association and Register of Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH) and fully recognised by all major Colonic Organisations.

It gives access to membership with the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC) and enables the student to advertise their services within the parameters set out by CNHC.

Before making a formal application to the course, please ensure that

  • You are fit to receive colonic hydrotherapy. Please see CONTRA-INDICATIONS
  • You have experienced at least one treatment from a QUALIFIED AND REGISTERED THERAPIST
  • You have consulted the RECOMMENDED READING LIST and you understand the need for supplementary reading to support your training
  • You hold a current Emergency at Work First Aid Certificate. If this is not the case you will need to enrol on a training before the end of your course.
  • You have applied for a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to get a copy of your criminal record.  This can be obtained from:

England and Wales https://www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record

Scotland https://www.mygov.scot/basic-disclosure/apply-for-basic-disclosure/

Northern Ireland https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/accessni-criminal-record-checks

Republique of Ireland https://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/Northern_Ireland_Archive/ni-criminal-checks.aspx 

Please fill the following:

 Please return both, together with your £500 deposit, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to the address on the form.


The courses are held in East Sussex and London.

The East Sussex purpose-built training venue is conveniently accessible from Gatwick and London by train.

The London (clinical practise) venue is based at North London Colonics, West Hampstead. It is easily accessible and well-appointed, with hotels, cafes and restaurants nearby.

A list of affordable accommodations can be provided on demand.

It is also possible to hold the courses at your own venue or clinic as long as there is a fully plumbed colonic treatment room and a minimum of 3 students. Room set-up can be organised ahead of time with remote support.

There are no restrictions on travelling distance but if you live abroad it may be possible to modify the course structure in order to make it fit inside a fortnight stay in London. This will depend on the prior learning and qualifications of the student.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss any questions you might have.  Anne-Lise Miller +44 (0)7502 222 269.

For student groups of 3 or more willing to travel to London for their practical course, a 10% discount on the course fee applies. Courses are taught in English but can also be taught in French.

Module 1 (London)


(Please contact us for dates)

Friday TBD
to Monday TBD
Module 1 (East Sussex)


(Please contact us for dates)

Friday TBD
to Monday TBD


Followed by 15 Zoom Modules

From Tuesday [Date TBD], 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

Module 2 (2 days) and Module 3 (1 day) are made up of 10 additional supervised clinical practices taking place at our North London colonic clinic on clients.

The dates are agreed with the student after completion of Module 1.


Training in Professional Colon Hydrotherapy represents an investment £2250.

This is inclusive of Module 1, Module 2 and Module 3 of the course, all Zoom tutorials, copious course notes, the course manual, business support and professional mentoring with practice set-up.

Completion of Modules 1 and 2 gives access to a completion certificate and student insurance. Those make it possible for the student to practice on volunteers during the time it takes to complete their home study, and any additional training required to access the ARCH external examination leading to the full qualification and Diploma. 

The Diploma examination day is booked and paid separately and the fee is £450.

Homework supervision, Professional Development Modules (some of which may be compulsory) and case study supervision are not included in this fee. This is because those depend on the student's prior learning and experience.

A £500 deposit is required prior to the start of the course to secure a space. The remaining course fee is due at the beginning of the course. More flexible payment terms can be arranged if necessary but must be agreed prior to enrolling on the course. 

The course is on the UK Register of Learning Providers for the benefit of those students who may be eligible for financial support. 

Please note that application to the course includes a recommended reading list, with compulsory reading that should be studied prior to the onset of the course. This is not included in the course fee.

As part of their professional development experience, students are encouraged to seek professional supervision from their local registered therapist(s). Depending on the student's abilities and prior learning, supervised practices may be required in order to access the final examination and Diploma.

Coaching and supervision of treatments are also available on demand in North West London and East Sussex. The fee for this service including materials etc. is £100 per treatment.

Booking procedures

For a booking to be valid it will first have to be agreed by the organiser at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the course. Spaces are attributed on a first come first served basis and the course organiser reserves the right to assess of the suitability of an individual to participate. Booking refusal is without recourse.

A booking becomes valid on reception of a completed application form and a deposit of at least 30% of the total value of the package.

A booking confirmation will be sent via email when a booking forms and deposit are received. A reading list and set up information will be sent out after this.


Course content and timetable may have to be modified due to unforeseen circumstances. If this is the case an equivalent alternative will be offered. If this is not possible a refund will be given

An invoice or a confirmation of attendance can be obtain after completion on request.

Cancellation and substitutions

If a participant chooses to cancel the deposit is non-refundable. In case of no-show or leaving before the end of the training the total price is owed. It is the responsibility of the participant if he or she wishes to get insurance against such an eventuality.

Within a period of no less than 21 days, deposits can be transferred to another date, depending on availabilities.

Alternatively, a notice of at least 10 days is required for a substitute to take a space at no additional cost. Suitability of the individual replacement will have to be established first.

If a course must be cancelled, all participants will be informed as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the participant to ask for either a transfer or a refund of any deposit already paid. There will be no compensation for any additional cost already incurred.

More generally the organiser is in no way responsible for any prejudices directly or indirectly related to the above conditions or the behaviour of other participants


Training is insured by Balens Limited, Bridge House, Portland Road, Malvern, Worcs., WR14 2TA, UK, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. While they are in training students are covered by the school's policy but are requested to arrange their own insurance with Balens insurance as soon as they complet part I of the training.

Privacy and copy rights

All available written information related to the course and treatments are the sole property of the author and cannot be reproduced, handed over or published without her express written agreement.

All personal data and information will remain confidential. Written medical history etc. will be destroyed after 5 years.