This post specifically refers to the Foundations of Herbal Medicine
program at our school. The main page is here.
Regular attendance in the Foundations program is essential to gain as much benefit as possible from this program. The curriculum is cumulative – meaning that each weekend is built upon what was shared in previous meetings. Past experience has shown that being absent for the topics presented during a given weekend 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. Arriving on time, regular attendance and a minimum of outside distractions all go a long ways to achieving this goal.