The Forager's Path - School of Botanical Studies

The Importance of Regular Attendance

Regular attendance in any of the longer programs at the Foragers Path is essential to gain as much benefit as possible.
The curriculum is cumulative – meaning that each meeting is built upon what was shared in previous meetings.
Past experience has shown that being absent for the topics presented during a given class makes it more difficult to have a working understanding of topics shared in later meetings.
The reduced benefit has also been seen for people arriving late or leaving early on a given day.

Attendance also refers to being mentally present during class.
At its core, learning herbal medicine is learning to become a healer.
Healing requires our full attention during both the learning and application stages.
Being distracted by outside obligations or texting during class has a noticeable negative effect on how much one takes away from this program.

One of my goals as the instructor is to provide an environment with as few distractions as possible so that people can be fully present with the plants.

In recent years, there is a trend in the US for people to be busier and busier.
I see folks trying to cram infinite activities into finite time frames.
The trendy word is multitasking but in reality it is simply overwhelming.
People are burning out and the quality of any specific experience is diminished.
For these people, taking a course in herbal medicine becomes just one more should to cram into an already overbooked schedule.
It is important to take a realistic look at your life in 2023 and determine if you have the time and energy to devote to this craft.

Regular attendance – Arriving on time – Creating space in your life to grow into becoming a healer and herbalist – A minimum of outside distractions
These all go a long ways to achieving the goal of being able to support your own health and the health of your community.


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