UK College of Holistic Training

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in Western Esoteric Traditions

(Dip. West. Esot.)
A distance learning course


   College accreditation:
   International Association for Distance Learning


A distance learning course for anyone interested in choosing a Western esoteric spiritual path or simply curious about comparative religion or spirituality. This course will also interest the counsellor or therapist who encounters clients with alternative spiritualities.


Total recommended period of study: approx. 3 to 6 months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.

Cost: 165.00  (165 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see www.xe.com )

(A FREE textbook will be sent to UK students. Non-UK students will normally have to purchase the book on-line from an internet bookstore.)

Method of study 

Textbook study. Written assignments based on textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by email.

Course overview

This course provides a thoughtful and clear overview Western esotericism in its diverse forms, including disciplines influenced by non-Western traditions that found their place in Western metaphysics. The fields explored and discussed are:

Jung and the archetypes,
Esoteric Christianity,
The Kabbalah,
Witchcraft and Neopaganism,
Secret Societies,
The New Age. 

The key text also contains comprehensive suggested reading lists for those who wish to explore individual topics further.

No specific religious conviction is necessary in order to study and enjoy this course, and those of any faith or none are welcome.

Required Text:

Smoley, Richard and Kinney, Jay.  Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions.  Wheaton, Illinois: Quest Books, 2006 (revised edition).


Entry criteria and suitability 

No particular qualifications are required for entry. 



Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Western Esoteric Traditions awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning.


Further information

Please see our FAQs page for general information.

We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at any time.

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Our new URL is www.ukcht.uk  (Note: this is a "dot UK" not a "dot co.uk" address)
(Our courses are by distance learning/ home study only - we have no classes in London.  All enrolments must be made by email or post)
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