What a way to kick off a weekend – peruse the fine work of fellow Chinese medicine students and practitioners!
As you know, I teach Chinese herbs at my alma mater, NCNM. I teach differently at both places, but in each scenario I try to drive three things home:
1. Quality of understanding is more important than quantity of herbs known
2. Sensory & energetic engagement with the herbs as plants (or animals, or minerals) is at least as important as data
3. Classical information, particularly that from the Han dynasty and previous, trumps anything that’s been revealed over the last 75 years
We have fun with Chinese herbs, we explore them, we get to know them.
You know, relationally. It’s a wonderful experience, probably even moreso for me than for the students, and incredible projects are produced. The projects are less common with the online courses, mostly because I’ve not found a way to effectively encourage students to take part. In the live class at NCNM, the projects are required.
These projects delve deeply into a single Chinese herb and seek to understand it using both analytical and creative faculties. At NCNM, I require students to stick with a single herb all year. It becomes their best friend and confidant. Well, sometimes.
Want to see some examples of student projects? Just click here.
What you find on the page of student projects is just a bare snippet of all the amazing work that’s been done in my classes. I hope to share more as I get more permissions from creators. If you’re a student of mine, reading this, and are interested in sharing your work with the world, let me know by email!