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Career Profile

Dr Richard Steele BA, HDE (PG) Sec, M Tech (Hom) is a homeopath in private practice, and a part time lecturer in Clinical Homeopathy at the Department of Homeopathy, Durban University of Technology.

Career History

Prior to beginning the journey of studying for and qualifying as a homeopath (1993), I was a fieldworker based in Durban for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. In that capacity I conducted many workshops and training events related to peace, justice and nonviolent direct action. I was a conscientious objector to military service (1980) and active in the End Conscription Campaign. I was detained without trial for a period in (1985), and helped train peace monitors for the election in (1994).

Current work

These are the three areas of work I am engaged in:

  • Private practice as a homeopath;
  • Education for personal/organisational development via workshops on wellbeing;
  • Editing of academic dissertations and theses, and general editing.

The premises underlying my work as a homeopath and an educator/facilitator are those of intrinsic wisdom and interconnectedness. Our genetic material (DNA) has lived through the lifetime of our parents, and their parents, and their parents etc. So the DNA in each of our cells now is actually very old, having been on this incredible journey through history, and very wise and clever as a result of all this experience.

And we are all one family because we share the same original genetic material. Even now, 99.9% of our DNA is the same, no matter what our race or current geographical origin is. And we are all African! Research shows us that some of the oldest genetic material found in living humans is found in Khoisan populations of the Kalahari. Thus, there is strong evidence from genetic data to claim that the origins of our species lie here in Southern Africa.

Homeopathic Practice

Homeopathy is a gentle and safe form of medicine that treats the whole individual. It is equally concerned with maintaining good health and aiding recovery from ill health, and relies for its effects on the body's own powers of self-regulation and self-healing.

I regard my work as a homeopath as a contribution to peace in society. My observation is that much of the violence, hatred and extreme fear manifested by many people is a product of them being unbalanced within themselves biologically, emotionally and spiritually. This imbalance (dis-ease) can lead to alienation from self, others and nature. Such alienation makes it easier to use violence, and be more susceptible to fear. People who are healthy biologically, emotionally and spiritually are more likely to be at peace with themselves and practice peace with others and nature. I recognise that often an individual's primary imbalance is because of external factors such as trauma, injustice or discrimination, so health work also involves addressing the structural imbalances in society as well.

Wellbeing Workshops

Workshops are one day 8.30 – 4.30, although can be expanded and adapted as needed. Methodology is experience based – drawing out existing knowledge and experience and building on that. A variety of learning methods are used including individual reflection, group work, and interaction with nature.


How Well is your Well?

Using a water well as an analogy, participants analyse their internal well levels and become aware of what contributes to low water levels (exhaustion, irritability, burnout, inefficiency) and high water levels (enthusiasm, clarity, efficiency) in relation to their work, family and relationships. Ways of opening up to refreshment and replenishment from the water table are explored. Issues of post traumatic stress disorder, love, safety, boundaries, workaholism, personal meaning, sense of purpose, intuition, synchronicity, spiritual intelligence, nutrition and exercise are discussed and worked on.



Strong Centre, Clear Boundaries

Taking ownership of our lives - how core stability can help us say "Yes" and "No" as appropriate. Any confusion of responsibility and ownership in our lives is a problem of boundaries. Just as homeowners set physical property lines around their land, we need to set mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual boundaries for our lives to help us distinguish what is our responsibility and what isn't. This workshop encourages assertiveness - assertive communication is the ability to speak and interact in a manner that considers and respects the rights and opinions of others while also standing up for your own rights, needs and personal boundaries.




Spiritual Intelligence - What is it and How can we Improve it?

How can we apply principles of spiritual intelligence to our work and our relationships? Spiritual intelligence (SQ) is the capacity to make sense of events in our lives and to experience connection with others, nature, God/Creator/Great Spirit/Higher Self, the Universe. Religious affiliation is not necessary, although such affiliation can help (or hinder).

This workshop will also examine the neurobiological correlations to SQ - when brain cells collate and process individual items of information in order to make sense of them (such as looking out the window in the morning and deciding what clothes to wear), the cells in all the different locations involved oscillate simultaneously at about 40 Hz. Such coherent oscillations unify our perception and place individual experiences into a context of meaning and value, thus rendering them more effective. When individuals pray or engage in any actions or thoughts which engender unity and transcendence, they manifest 40Hz neural oscillation rates in the region of the thalamus.



See Change / Sea Change

Noticing change, looking for the transformation it brings. Change is nearly always initiated by external, unpredictable factors. This can be destabilising, resulting in apparent chaos and confusion. This effect is often the case even when change is deliberately chosen. How can individuals and organisations surf the wave of change, open to new elements that provide coherence and new patterns help us adapt in such a way that we end up functioning more effectively than before? How people and organisations respond to change




I also offer editing services, specialising in academic texts. In my capacity as a part-time lecturer in Clinical Homeopathy in the Department of Homeopathy, Durban University of Technology, I have supervised up to 8 students a year since 2001 in completion of their Master's degree research orientated mini-dissertations. My first degree was a BA with majors in English and Psychology, and I then obtained a post-graduate diploma in education, with English and Guidance and Counselling as my teaching subjects

To seek an appointment with me as a homeopath, or to arrange a workshop, or to arrange for me to do editing work for you, you may contact me at Cato House, 110 Cato Road, Glenwood, Durban 4001. Telephone: 031 201 6508 or cell: 082 928 6208; fax: 031 201 4989; e mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it