Forgive me for the long absence. I just decided I didn’t want to use my thinking cap over summer break. I wish I could tell you I spent the time relaxing in the garden, but Steve was gone for most of the break. I was doing well just to keep up with the mundane household tasks and get some research done. Now I am home from my fall residency at Goddard and it is time to get back to work. I am feeling recharged by my time in Vermont, but at the same time I have a lot to do.
I am finishing up my undergrad work in the next year which means, among other things, that I have a hundred page thesis to research and write. I also have a couple of other half-finished projects (Hi Todd I am a Vata, afterall) that I want to have complete before I move on to my Master’s program. So this year is going to be really about pulling back and focusing on my studies. I believe in a sabbatical, of sorts, is in order.
I have decided not to take on new clients or new students this fall. While I have been keeping up with my current clients, I haven’t been doing my best work as a teacher, recently. There is only so much one can do, well. I will be putting together a few local workshops and offering some free classes, as my time permits. My apprentice, Adrian will be seeing new clients. So if you need a local practitioner, we still have you covered.
I’ve been doing some soul searching on another issue, as well. I’ve received quite a few e-mails about doing distance consults and online classes. I’d really rather not. I am a bioregionalist at heart. I believe pretty strongly on feeding my energy into local systems.
There is also the fact that I just don’t want to be a hypocrite. A lot of my research right now is focused the ways in which folk herbalism better meets the social and ecological wellness needs of a community. While I am happy to write about this, or present my ideas at conferences, I don’t feel morally right about luring away clients, or students, from local practitioners.
I believe someone who has a thorough understanding of the community in which you live is going to be the best fit for you to work with on a full-time basis. One of my downtime projects was to compile a list of teachers and clinicians all over the country and I will be happy to refer you to good people in your area.