Transforming Our Lives in Peace

The International  School of Healing Arts
North County Seasons Branch




We are Dedicated to a life embracing compassionate awareness and action.  We support  and inspire ourselves and those around us to fulfill their life path and destiny. We focus on balancing the body, heart and mind. We commit to practice Skills of Right livelihood in several areas, such as physical well being,  Mental health, financial stability, a balanced  diet approach for each individual along with a personal movement practices such as Yoga, Tai Chi , Chi Gong or movement of the students choice to utilize in both instructor and students  role as evolving practitioners in the health field. Work, Nutrition or other modalities and degrees one may have already attained.  Each class compliments the growth of the individual and gives group support.



Our School’s commitment  is to practice within the modalities we teach. As we grow together as a community we witness  an unfolding process of synergy.  Our goal as instructors of ISHA is to evolve human consciousness skills of Loving Kindness, Compassionate and Empathic communication and touch, and the promotion of internal and external world Peace and equanimity. We work with our speech and actions towards others that demonstrates these skills in our classroom, community and  environment. With this intention we look towards sending good will towards all inhabitants of our the planet, seeing it has a whole organism for safe, loving and non toxic living.


We believe how we relate to ourselves and our close intimate relationships shows us where we need to develop our empathic skills.  In developing empathy we form intimacy, which increases our capacity to assist others in healing.  Basically we want to practice what we teach.  Techniques and information taught in our courses are taught with loving kindness. We encourage students to focus on their "way of being" in the world regardless of the techniques they learn or profession developed. Working in the moment, with our body sensations and emotions in our bodywork, tai chi and yoga, and other health classes, we recognize the fleeting nature of time and impermanence. We reflect in our work with others, just how quickly our lives pass by. We aspire in our teachings, that when it is our time to die, we would hope we can look back to lessons well learned, a live of love and relationship in which we practiced forgiveness and giving more than we take.  A great accomplishment is a life that becomes an abundant overflow of joy out of right action in our lives. We find after attending the International School of Healing Arts that we build a foundation for the use of Metta practice, known as the "Brahmaviharas" of Loving Kindness, Compassion, Equanimity and Joy. When these attributes are developed they enhance everything we do personally and professionally. Come join us for a journey into developing wisdom and compassion in your self and your work at the International School of Healing Arts.


The School of Healing Arts offers courses and certification programs, approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (CaBPPVE),  Yoga classes and a 100 hour Yoga State Certification by Mike DeRyckere, a Zen Touch Massage 100 hour Course by the Founder of The first School of Healing Arts, Seymour Koblin. Combined these two course works fulfill a Yoga Massage Tech 200 State certificate. The 350 Hour Nutrition State Approved Certificate includes training in counseling and communication skills.  The certificate covers several diverse diet orientations such as Macrobiotics to raw food approaches and exposure to traditional and modern diets, herbs, and aromatherapy. Internships are self-developed with guidance from instructors on staff.


Internship programs with the guidance of approved instructors.  This course is offered on line and is supervised by Liza Szabo RDH, MA, CTN and Seymour Koblin and Mike De Ryckere.   A basic nutrition course is offered in house for those interested in attending locally. Overall the focus, yet variety and flexibility we provide to our students is an innovative format combining intuitive skill with practical knowledge tailored to meet each student's individual educational interests. In addition to several other approvals and affiliations, the School of Healing Arts meets the requirements for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) both as an educational institution and for Continuing Education Units (CEU)’s and we are an approved provider with the California Board of Registered Nursing for CEU’s. If you wish to speak to someone regarding our upcoming coursework this Fall-Winter 2007-2008, please Call (760) 603-9642 (yoga) and we can schedule time to address your individual needs.






Our Credentials

The School of Healing Arts has received institutional and course approvals from the State of California through the Bureau of Private Post Secondary and Vocational Education. All of our certification programs are recognized as State-Certified Vocational Training. The Massage Technician, Zen-Touch™ Technician, Massage Practitioner, and Holistic Health Practitioner programs meet and/or exceed the San Diego massage licensing requirements.


State Certification

The School of Healing Arts has received institutional and course approvals from the state of California through the Bureau for Private Post Secondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE). We are in compliance with state standards to operate our school. Our programs are recognized as State Certified Occupational Titles, and State Certified Vocational Training. The Massage Technician, Zen-Touch™ Technician, Massage Practitioner, and Holistic Health Practitioner programs meet or exceed San Diego massage licensing requirements. The Whole Foods Nutritional Counselor and Mind Body Hypnotherapist certifications provide students with practical training in two of the fastest growing fields of holistic health.


Other Approvals/Credentials

We have approvals from the American Board of Hypnotherapy, and Vocational Rehabilitation.  The National Certification Board also approves the School of Healing Arts for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider under category A.  Students of Seymour Koblin’s Zen-Touch™ Practitioner program are eligible for national certification with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  We are authorized to enroll and accept M-1 status non-immigrant students.  The California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 6436, approves us for 30 contact hours and have approval through the Department of Veterans Affairs to train veterans and eligible persons.



Due to the wide variety of course options we offer, we have chosen to affiliate with the most versatile national organizations in the country — the ABMP and AOBTA. We have decided to avoid affiliation with the AMTA (a long-established massage organization), as their guidelines would limit our curriculum parameters and course options.  Students who wish to join the AMTA or any national organization may do so by taking entrance exams, which all our standards of education easily comply with and prepare them for.  The quality education provided at the School of Healing Arts allows students to practice anywhere they choose.


Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) is a membership organization serving the massage, bodywork, and somatic and esthetic professions. ABMP competes effectively for members by providing the best value and most responsive, knowledgeable service. Our business philosophy is summed up by our credo: "expect more"


National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation “Diplomat in Acupuncture (NCCAOM).” NCCAOM Certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the profession. National board certification in acupuncture has been the mark of excellence in acupuncture since the inception of the Commission.


National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Nationally certified therapeutic massage and bodywork practitioners bring you the quality, consistency and trust you deserve.  For millions of Americans of all ages, therapeutic massage and bodywork are the solutions to many of the physical and stress-related problems of our age.


Non-discrimination Policy

Applicants to the School of Healing Arts are considered on the basis of individual merit without regard to handicap, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, and race, national or ethnic origin. This policy applies to admissions, employment, financial agreements, and all other matters within the school.



School Programs


Nutrition Certificate

Liza Szabo is a Board Certified Naturopath in Nutrition by the ANM


Seasons Yoga Certificate

Vipassana Meditation, the Art of insight through stillness, silence and guided walking practice. Taught by master yoga instructor Mike DeRyckere


Zen Touch Massage Technique

Zen-Touch™ is an innovative hybrid of shiatsu, acupressure, and Asian/Eastern bodywork created by Seymour Koblin.



School Program Details



Nutrition Certificate...

Basic Nutrition- A Whole Foods Perspective 20 hrs


Nutrients:  Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats & Oils, Vitamins, Minerals. Quantitative and Qualitative analysis of nutrients and their functions in creating Vital Health. What foods they are found in and different ways to get them based on lifestyle— physical, emotional and philosophical choices?


Digestive System and Related Assisting Organs: mouth, stomach, pancreas, liver, kidneys intestines, how these organs respond to different sources of nutrients.


Food and Mood- Brief introduction to the Energetics of foods and people: e.g. Hot /Cold, Happy/Sad, Smooth /Rough, Introverted/Extroverted, Frustrated/ Mellow, Soft/Hard, Contracted/ Expanded, Upward/Downward. This is a layperson’s perspective using English words (instead of Eastern terms like Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Yin/Yang etc.) to describe the qualities of what a body needs to find a vital life balance and which foods will facilitate health & healing.


Practical Application:  Studying of case scenarios simulated and/or real. Health disclosures, history and recommended forms. Samples are provided so students can create their own forms or use the provided ones.


Final Day- Basic Nutrition Quiz and Assessment/Recommendations with student pairs.



Comparative Nutrition 20 hrs


Discover a variety of Holistic healthy approaches to nutrition. Discover how any combination of the following perspectives will move you and your clients towards vital health —Raw Foods, Ayurvedic, Food Combining, Macrobiotic, Cleansing and Detox modalities…etc



Separate Sections:


Ayurvedic 20hrs

Macrobiotic 20hrs

Chinese Medicine 20hrs

East West Herbs 20hrs

Raw Foods 20hrs


Students take a minimum of 100hrs of Nutrition and /or 100 hrs of Herbs depending on past experience if transferred in.




100 hrs Nutrition and

100 Herbs

4 hrs communication

4 hrs Art of Speaking

6 Ethics

90 A&P

20 hrs Internship


Seasons Yoga Certificate ...


Mike DeRyckere

Master Yoga Instructor + Meditation Teacher


Mike was originally trained in India in the Iyengar system.  He has studied yoga since 1973, a time when the two root yoga sources were Iyengar and Astanga Systems.  Having practiced yoga extensively, Mike blends his experience of  hatha postures and alignment in the basic to advanced poses.  He integrates the flow of movement with the needed basics of Iyengar alignment. He is able to teach the beginning to advanced students details, form and depth in the practice of yoga.  With his love of nature, lifetime of surfing the ocean, and his poetry and art work, Mike  brings a mastery of creative expression to his teaching.  His students find an opening to a higher peace, awareness and healing in his classes and training. Mike attributes the Healing people experience to the meditation they practice in the class.  An opening to Overflowing energy once the body and mind move through resistance, and into silence and stillness.  Mike appreciates the Integration of his many years of meditation practice  into the timing and core of the yoga courses. “ It’s a moving stillness that  deepens beyond the physical or mental body”.   Mike has studied with both yoga and meditation teachers such as Iyengar in India, Pujari and his work with  Osho, Stephen Smith- Insight meditation and Vipassana, as well as world Vipassana teacher, Sayadaw Upandita of  Burma (Myanamar) . Come experience a lifechanging and inspiring yoga and meditation practice with Mike at the International School of Healing Arts.  Vipassana Meditation, the Art of insight through stillness, silence and guided walking practice.

Taught by master yoga instructor Mike DeRyckere.



Class Schedule


September 27 to November 15 - Thursdays 7 to 10 pm and Sunday 7 am to 3 pm for 9 weeks.



Zen Touch Massage Technique ...


Seymour Koblin is the founder and director of the International School of Healing Arts in San Diego. He has been presenting classes and workshops in Zen-Touch™ Shiatsu and Eastern Healing since 1984. Humor, intuition and a modern day perspective to traditional Holistic Health practices make his presentations an inspiring experience


Seymour is the author of 3 books on Holistic health, the creator of Zen-Touch™ and Nutri-Journey™ and the founding director of the School of Healing Arts. He is well known for his intuitive, nurturing and light- hearted approach to healing.


Seymour Koblin-NCCAOM Diplomate ABT, HHP:

Seymour Koblin began his career as a Holistic practitioner and educator in 1978 in New York City. He moved to San Diego in 1987 when he began his role as an instructor and the eventual director and founder of the School of Healing Arts. He is the creator of Zen-Touch™, a health balancing system that incorporates traditional Asian philosophy and healing methods into a flowing system of bodywork, and assessment/recommendation counseling. Known for his uncanny ability to intuitively understand a person’s most relevant life issues, he guides people to integrate their health with the cycles of nature. Exercise (based on Tai Chi), Nutrition, and Way of Life Recommendations are included in his work. As an educator Seymour creates an interactive environment where participants experience many different facets of themselves through humor, movement, music, touch, intuition, art and poetry.


Seymour Koblin: HHP Nationally Certified Diplomate of OBT NCCAOM has been practicing and teaching Holistic Health since 1978. His ability to demystify Eastern philosophies and present them in an entertaining- easy to understand way makes him a highly appreciated facilitator of the Healing Arts. Because of the experiential nature of his workshops, participants are usually amazed at the insights they have learned and embodied after attending any of his inspirational classes. Always incorporating, modern day and hands-on application examples, music, movement and humor, Seymour’s classes are events that will be long remembered and treasured. Seymour is the Author of Food for Life, The Art of Zen-Touch™ and Shaping Our Destiny.


Zen-Touch™ Shiatsu

Zen-Touch™ is an innovative approach to traditional shiatsu/acupressure and Oriental bodywork created by Seymour. Praised by many as the ultimate bodywork experience, Zen-Touch™ evokes deep health regenerating effects by balancing the body’s life force energy. This form of bodywork allows the client to remain comfortably clothed during sessions and can be done on a massage table or futon mat. Applying pressure while stretching limbs in a gradual, nurturing fashion enhances energy flow and stimulates vitality. Every touch combines body assessment with therapy as the practitioner sensitively responds to the unique condition of each client.


Benefits of Zen-Touch™ include relief from neck and back pain, increased flexibility, stress alleviation, improved digestion, posture, and concentration. Zen-Touch™ is unique in its benefit to the practitioner—it evokes a state of being where one enjoys giving as much as receiving. In the class, students will learn how to make their session flow by improvising with clients in a way that opens the body while maintaining sensitivity and reverence. Participants will discover moves that are best suited to their personality and body frame.


Zen-Touch™ is an innovative hybrid of shiatsu, acupressure, and Asian/Eastern bodywork created by Seymour Koblin. Practitioners apply pressure while stretching limbs gradually. The attitude of compassion, respect and "energetic empathy" that accompanies the work, serves to stimulate "chi" flow, circulation and vitality.  Every touch combines health assessment and therapy as the practitioner sensitively responds to the unique condition of each client.  A dual journey in healing for both client and practitioner.  The versatility of light energy balancing, deep holding, stretching, elbow, foot and knee techniques or stimulating hand movements provide the practitioner with a vast repertoire of methods to affect profound changes with clients.


Class Schedule


September Weekdays: 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 - 7 to 10 pm (27 hours)

September Saturdays: 8, 15, 22, 29 - 10 am to 5 pm (24 hours)

October Weekdays: 2, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 - 7 to 10 pm (18 hours)

October Saturdays: 6, 13, 20, 27 - 10 am to 6 pm (28 hours)

Final November Saturday 3 - 9 am to 6 pm (8 hours)






Liza Szabo RDH, MA, ND Phone: 760-603-9642 Liza Szabo  Copyright © 2015 Transform . All Rights Reserved.