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Before you start with your first learning unit, there are a few important things that I need to mention …

This is a “Living Course” and you have Lifetime Access

We regularly update and expand the contents of all our online courses. Whenever we do that you’ll get a short email alert. For as long as the two of us are around you’ll have access to this course.

Create a Study Program

The learning units in this course are presented in a specific order. To get the most from this course, doing them in this order is critical.

If you are aiming for the Certificate of Completion you must hand in your two written assignments and do the final course test within 28 days from your enrolment date.

It’s important that you create a study program to achieve that goal.

Create a Little Possibility Consciousness

Before you take that first tentative step in your quest to become a family herbalist I have one simple request that will help you optimize your progress: create a little possibility consciousness in your mind. Our conscious minds are always questioning and evaluating, filtering information through our current viewpoints and beliefs.

While this is a great benefit in life generally, it can also be a huge drawback, because if you prejudge the information you are receiving and decide that it is of no real relevance, you will filter out sections of value and you may miss something of great importance.

I therefore request that you create a space in your mind for possibility and place all the information, ideas, principles, concepts and tools that you are about to receive into this space. Then once you reach the end of each unit, you will be in a better position to evaluate how the information will best serve you.

“A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension.”  – Oliver Windell Holmes

“WORK” the Course!

You will only get value from this course if you ‘work’ it!

Knowing about herbalism in our heads doesn’t get us anywhere. It is only when we put what we learn into practice that the insights come and our quest for developing into the family herbalist actually happens.

I want you to develop not only your knowledge, but also your attitudes, actions, behaviours and habits – your very healthy living approach. I also want you to experience the most natural and effortless transformation from failure to success possible.

Also keep in mind that the course material is NOT a ‘handbook’. It does not always provide all the ready answers. It’ll take you to unexpected places; and then leave you there. For logical thinkers, and that includes most of us, this may be challenging and even frustrating.

Getting the Most from Each Unit

  1. Skim through the entire unit to get an idea of its content. Then slow down and take your time to study it in-depth.
  2. Get a note pad and make a note when you encounter “Aha! Ideas” (Eureka moments) that challenge your existing beliefs and behaviours about herbalism.
  3. Take time to pause and reflect. Remember, this is about you developing into a family herbalist! After reading each topic, stop to review your “Aha! Ideas”. Ask :“How could knowing or applying this concept or idea improve my approach to herbalism?” Be specific. Jot your ideas in the margin or in you journal/notebook.
  4. Summarise your “Aha! Ideas” and reflections in your family herbalist journal. Craft your own system by including ideas, action steps and plans on how you can apply what you are learning.
  5. Work the material. Do all the activities and answer all the questions. Regard each unit as a workbook to be played with, not a novel to get lost in.
  6. Share with others what you have learned. The best way to learn is to teach. After you have summarised your “Aha! Ideas” and completed your activities, share them and your action steps and plans with a loved one or friend. Use your family herbalist journal as your teaching guide.
  7. Set specific goals. Don’t just profess to be a family herbalist. Words alone cannot improve your basic botany skills. Set a specific goal to include the skills in your repertoire. Be specific. Then go into your garden and implement your action steps and plans.

If You Need Help:  If something comes up and you are having problems with the material please talk to us. Never be too shy to ask. We would love to hear from you.

 If Your Study Skills Needs Polishing

As an adult learner your approach to learning will be different to that from your school days: you will choose what you want to study, you will have professional and/or personal motivation for doing so and you will most likely be fitting your study activities around other professional or domestic responsibilities.

Essentially you will be taking control of your learning environment. As a consequence, you will need to consider issues related to time management, goal setting, etc. Perhaps you will also need to reacquaint yourself in areas such as note taking, textbook reading, doing assignments, and using the web as a learning resource.

Your most significant considerations will be time and space i.e. the time you dedicate to your learning and the environment in which you engage in that learning.

I recommend that you take time now—before starting your self-study— to familiarize yourself with these issues. There are a number of excellent resources on the web. To start you on your way visit at

And Remember Di-Di… HAVE FUN!!!

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