limited number of particularly apt and devoted students to work closely with, not only instructing them but giving them assignments that test the extent of their progress. Disadvantages: Usually requires extensive commitment, physical relocation, labor on tasks unrelated to herbalism, and often financial payment as well. Only a very limited number of apprenticeships available. Provides no credentials other than a certificate of completion, and credit by association (“I studied with so-and-so”). Advantages: As intimate a teacher/student relationship as is possible, close monitoring and support. 3. Home Study Courses Other than self-educating or apprenticing, an herbal school is the primary way to learn an intense amount of information in a reasonable amount of time. This form of distance learning is perfect for folks who don’t live near an instructor, but have access to a computer and take advantage of a home study course’s digital, audio or video components. Some schools include online conferencing. Disadvantages: Less student/ teacher interaction than when attending personally, and thus potentially less oversight and feedback. Cost. Advantages: Having an instructor, while studying in the comfort and privacy of one’s own home. A coherent curricula. 4. Attending a School Besides apprenticing, the best way to get a maximum amount
of personal instruction is to physically attend a school. Sometimes this means folks from the immediate area commuting to classes, other times it many mean living at or near the school site, and involve students relocating for a period of weeks or months. Disadvantages: May require taking time off from a job to attend. Increased cost, in tuition, transportation and housing. Sometimes provides teaching from only a single perspective, tradition or methodology.