About us

About Holistic Therapies Training Academy

Why choose us?

We are a unique training school who put emphasis on the high quality of contact time. We teach to the learners unique learning style and mentor them with business advice to give them the confidence to start out in their chosen field.  We teach up to 6 learners to 1 tutor (dependant on venue) to ensure each learner finishes their course with a high standard of competence.

We offer a variety of courses in the following fields:


Beauty & Nails

Sports Therapy & Fitness

Complementary Therapies

Business studies

Customer Services

Our learners range from:

Qualified therapists adding to their skills

Nurses / Midwifes / Doula’s / Healthcare professionals

Mum’s with young families wanting to get back to work and work the hours to suit their family life

People wanting a career change

Fitness instructors

Equine / animal therapist

To name a few .

We are friendly and approachable, as well as adaptable.  We make the training fun and enjoyable.  We also offer our wealth of knowledge as therapists, becoming their mentors in business.


We can offer one to one training and will never cancel a course due to lack of minimum numbers.  We also have the flexibility of dates throughout the year and can offer weekdays and weekends dependant on venue. We have been established since 2007, and bring with us a vast experience of knowledge, with an ever growing team, we have training locations all over the South West and beyond, our head office being in Bideford, North Devon.  Many of our training locations are in beautiful areas of the South West, and we often have students travel from far and wide to attend training and incorporate a mini break at the same time.

Our courses have been formulated for flexibility to our customers, so they are able to fit their studies in around their own work / family schedules and lifestyles, which much of the study taking place at home, in their own time, followed by fast track practical training, where applicable, to ensure they learn everything they need to know in that therapy, without the need for regular classroom attendance. This caters for all that have busy lives, all that they need is the self-motivation to take themselves through the homes study aspects, with tutors at hand throughout the entire course, available for any queries or questions they may have.  Our tutors are available by email / telephone / skype throughout the course, so no student need to feel they are studying alone or are unsupported.

Many of our learners suffer from varying learning difficulties or mental health conditions and we have supported these that would struggle in a mainstream college environment. Their conditions ranging from dyslexia, anxiety / depression, lack of confidence.

We offer 100% customer satisfaction and will strive to improve on our services and products continually with the help of our customer feedback.  We aim to respond to emails and messages within 24 hours of receipt, but often sooner, in between teaching and assessing.  We have a FREE student & Therapists resources section on our website, where students can view and share lots of free resources to help with your studies and businesses.

To sign up to this FREE student and therapist resources, follow this link – https://holistic-therapies-training.teachable.com/p/student-resources-free 

We send out newsletters with information and special offers every month for anyone interested in keeping up to date with what is going on in our world.  To join the mailing list, click here http://eepurl.com/dusKF9

Our Facebook page is – www.facebook.com/holistictherapiestraining please like and share our page and spread the love.

Karen Ashton (formerly Kilminster)

Karen Ashton (formerly Kilminster) the founder of Holistic Therapies Training

Karen Ashton (formerly Kilminster) is the founder of Holistic Therapies Training, and built the business from scratch based on observations of previous training attended by herself and what her students want from their learning experience.  Karen writes all the training material for Holistic Therapies Training which are all very comprehensive and written to comply with industry standards regardless of whether it is an online course, accredited course or a VTCT course. The content the student will learn is of the same quality and standard. The business originated from Swindon, Wiltshire, and in 2011, Karen relocated with her two boys back to her hometown in Bideford, Devon to build a life there with her family, and hasn’t looked back. The business, now in North Devon, has grown from strength to strength and was originally devised from the ethics of a single mum of 2, wanting to build a better life for herself and her children and to be able to work around caring for her children and getting a good work / family life balance, often taking time off during school holidays to spend time with her boys. Now Karen’s boys have left school and starting to build their own lives, one of which is working part time within the business.  All those years ago, Karen strived to become financially independent and it was this drive that gave her the determination to succeed. Now today, Karen mentors others in starting their own businesses as therapists and enjoying their work / life balance.  For herself, Karen, as the business has gone from strength to strength, she is now back to working on her own work / life balance again 😉

Current climate means that many have a vision of becoming self-employed or to grow their therapy business, as many, don’t have the funds or resources to make their dreams / aspirations / goals come to fruition.  This is where we have worked to offer as many options as possible to help our students to achieve their goals and are able to offer:

Holistic Therapies Training offer payment plans for some of our larger priced courses.

We are constantly evolving the business to bring new courses to our growing list to offer a variety of subjects for our students to choose from, ranging from beauty, nails, massage, complementary therapies, sports therapies, fitness, business management and finance, customer services, first aid, teacher training and assessing and more.

As well as teaching from our centres we offer on site training to spas and salons, and have many contracts with spas and salons around the UK to provide bespoke training to their staff.

For businesses to grow, it is often needed to collaborate with other businesses, to offer a broader range of services and expertise.  Holistic Therapies Training, work in partnership with the North Devon Hospice

North Devon Hospice

Holistic Therapies Training work in partnership with the North Devon Hospice to offer volunteer therapist opportunities to our students and to support fund raising events

Holistic Therapies Training Academy work in affiliation with:


ABT Insurance

Professional Beauty Direct



Westminster Indemnity

Balens Insurance


Let us guide you in your journey into the world of therapies and make your own unique business mode or to become the best therapist you could possibly be 🙂

” Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

” Aspire to inspire before you expire.”

” You have to believe in yourself.”

” Success is the good fortune, that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.”

” Create your own style, let it be unique for yourself, and yet identifiable to others.”

” Be yourself, because an original is worth more than a copy.”


What else do we offer?

* Full tutor support before, during and after the course. You will be assigned a coursework tutor throughout your course in addition to your tutor for the practical training.

* Coursework is marked by our experienced team who are on hand to answer and assist with any queries.

* Experienced tutors who are passionate about their work.

* Our tutors are also self-employed therapists which means they totally understand the needs of the students and are able to assist them in all aspects of setting up in the beauty / holistic industry.

* All our courses are accredited, enabling the student to practice professionally and to gain insurance on successful completion of the course.

* Bespoke training offered to cater for specific learner needs and professional membership requirements, where needed.

Who can attend our courses?

Our courses are suitable for anyone looking to start up in the industry and existing therapists adding to their skills.

Are you:

* Facing redundancy and looking for a career change?

* A mum, who’s children are starting school or about to fly the nest and need a part time career to fit around your childrens schooling or to keep you busy and earn a good income at the same time?

* A therapist who is looking to increase the choice of treatments you can offer to your clients?

* Someone who trained in beauty / holistic therapies a while ago and want a refresher to get you started again?

What can you do with your skills?

There are many ways in which you can make use of your skills in the beauty / holistic industry, here are some suggestions:

* Work in a beauty / hair salon

* Open your own beauty salon.

* Rent a room at a beauty / hair salon, local gym, hotel, spa, chiropractic clinic.

* Offer corporate on site treatments to local businesses.

* Work mobile, visiting clients in their own homes.

* Set up a treatment room in your own home

* Offer pamper parties

* Work on a Cruise ship

Students are taught in small tutor groups or on a one to one basis using intensive teaching methods. All theory is provided in a comprehensive course manual which is emailed to the student to study at their own pace prior to attending the practical training. Case Studies are also required. You can become competent in a module after only one or two days’ of practical training, and will be awarded a professional accredited diploma on successful completion of your chosen course. The courses are approved and accredited by some or all of the following accrediting bodies & / or insurers: The CMA (Complementary Medical Association), Professional Beauty, Associated Beauty Therapists, IPHM, Westminster Indemnity, Towergate, Balens & IICT (International Institute for Complementary Therapies) and are all valid for professional insurance as well as awarded with points for continual professional development.

What makes us unique to other Training Providers?

The Tutors at Holistic Therapies Training pride themselves in offering a unique and personalised training experience to each individual students. We recognise that everyone has their own preferred methods of learning and aim to tailor our courses to meet those individual needs. We are dedicated to each individual students and will provide any additional training that the student needs in order that they finish their course confident in their knowledge to go away and work on the public. All of our tutors are self-employed therapists also, and can pass on their wealth of knowledge in the setting up and running of a business in the therapy industry, giving the students a full range of information to assist them in their line of work. This is why we offer on site training, as well as one to one training to ensure the student receives the exact training they require.
For more details on what our students think, please check out our testimonials page from the menu – https://holistic-therapies-training.teachable.com/p/testimonials 

Here at Holistic Therapies Training we pride ourselves in having experienced members, who are also passionate about their work, in our team.

Check out our tutors on their individual training venue pages from the top menu.