in Western Esoteric Traditions
(Dip. West. Esot.)
A distance learning course
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.
recommended period of study: approx.
to 6 months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£150.00 (150 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
(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
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
Jung and the archetypes,
Witchcraft and Neopaganism,
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.
Smoley, Richard and Kinney, Jay. Hidden
Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions. Wheaton, Illinois:
Quest Books, 2006 (revised edition).
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
This diploma is accepted by
Calamus International University (a
non-UK, private distance university with private accreditation) for credit towards
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