This project is great because I get to do what I really love, follow my interests, and (hopefully) really help others! It draws on my experiences of the last several years, the study I have been doing, and the perspectives I have been, and am, developing. I am integrating my interests in herbal medicine, human development and well-being, an integral (or holistic) approach, and sustainability and self-reliance.
Sustainability and self-reliance I think is a really important issue: the signs as I read them are that issues that we are facing across the globe, such as financial instability, environmental problems, and a looming energy crisis, are not going to go away in a hurry. Therefore I believe that what we can do to increase our own self-reliance, and the sustainability of our communities and culture, we should do. This is true in many areas, not least in healthcare. What we can do to improve our health and well-being, and to manage simpler illness ourselves, will decrease the burden on our healthcare system so that it is better able to help us when we really need it. Of course, improving our health and well-being and treating simple conditions naturally is a good thing in its own right, and it is something I highly encourage no matter what the rest of the world is doing!
It is still early days for my project, but part of it is up and running and I am continually developing it. I will be running some online courses in the near future, with the first one being ready in a few weeks. What is up and running already is my blog, and a mailing list through which you can learn a new medicinal plant and practical tool for developing your well-being every month, and as part of that I have just started a free mini-series called Little Acts of Wellness.