Spero has been practicing homeopathy for 15 years. He has studied with many of the world’s great homeopathic teachers. Over the last 10 years, he has primarily focused upon learning the Sensation method directly from Dr. Rajan Sankaran and Dr. Jayesh Shah, both in Mumbai and in America. Spero Latchis has taught and lectured at homeopathic schools in North America, Japan and India. At SHRI Free Clinic, he makes use of all aspects of classical homeopathy and is currently re-discovering the joys of repertorization. He is also carefully studying the works of H. Farrington and other masters from the generation after Hahnemann. Currently, he finds the work of Dr. Farokh Master a great inspiration.
Spero has enjoyed a long and diverse work life. After graduating from St. Paul’s School, and the University of Vermont in 1977, he plunged headlong into the world of Tibetan Buddhism, studying and practicing with Chogyam Trunpa Rinpoche, at his Vermont center, Karme Choling. Until 1985, he learned and practiced the craft of fine woodworking, studying with the esteemed English furniture maker, David Powell.
In 1983, he returned to his hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont and undertook the extensive, 20 year long, restoration of his family property, the historic (Art Deco / Greek Revival) Latchis Hotel and Theatre. During that time, he learned gourmet cooking and beer brewing in his restaurant, the Latchis Grille, which was featured on a TV Food Network segment.
In the early 1990’s, Spero became interested in homeopathic medicine and began an informal, personal study of the subject. In 1996, he began serious study, with Julian Jonas L.ac., in Brattleboro. He studied with Julian for five years, while completing a correspondence degree program with the School of Homeopathy in Gloucestershire, UK. His further studies included time with Massimo Mangialavori. In 2001, he began studying with the Bombay homeopaths, under the direction of Rajan Sankaran. In 2002, Spero began attending the November Seminars in Mumbai with Dr. Shankaran. He subsequently traveled to India each fall, to attend Dr. Shankaran’s seminars and to work privately in local clinics.
Between 2006 and 2010, Spero taught many homeopaths the Sensation Method of case taking. He has been invited to teach and lecture in Japan, Canada, the United States and India. His primary focus has been to work with individuals, and small groups of homeopaths, helping them to understand the subtleties of the case taking process. In 2008, he decided to move to India to pursue further homeoapthic training and development. In 2010, he and his partner Robin Jameson opened Shantideva Homeopathic Research Institute (SHRI) in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India. As of June 2013, SHRI Free Clinic has served over 3,000 Indian residents and Tibetan refugees.
While in India, Spero has focused mostly on furthering his skills in classical homeopathy. He pays much attention to the works of Herring, Farrington, and, of course, Hahnemann. His practice embraces the old Masters work, as well as the insights and techniques learned from 10 years of Sensation Method practice. He continues to practice Tibetan Buddhism and is an avid, amateur farmer, inspired by the work of Masanobu Fukuoka. He has a weakness for Kashmiri carpets and classic, Japanese films.
Robin began her exploration of the healing arts in response to chronic pain and ailments, resulting from a major auto accident. Thus, she has spent the last 15 years studying & implementing various systems of healing through diet, herbs, yoga, qigong, acupressure & massage. Robin began her formal studies by apprenticing in 5 Element (Worsley style) Chinese Medicine with Eliot Cowan, Lic. Ac. and Niki H. Bilton, M.Ac. She then studied a monastic lineage of Chinese Medicine & Qigong with John Edward Clauss, Lic. Ac. During this time, she also managed a multi-disciplinary health care center in Hadley, Massachusetts. While studying and traveling in Sichuan, China, she established a deep connection with Tibetan Buddhism and Medicine. Upon returning to the U.S., she enrolled in the Shang Shung Institute of Traditional Tibetan Medicine in Conway, Massachusetts. She completed two years of study under the direct supervision of Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo. In 2010, she co-founded Shantideva Homeopathic Research Institute with Spero Latchis. She currently resides in Bir, Himachal Pradesh and devotes her time to all aspects of SHRI’s charitable activities.