Speakers: Lily Panyacosit
Lily Panyacosit: My name is Lily and I'm in the School of Herbalism in the Land of Verse in their Clinical Herbalist program.
What is your experience of community and connection in your program?
Lily Panyacosit: So I have to admit I was a little bit skeptical about creating community online only because we've never really done anything like this before, the pandemic, and I have to admit that it's been um, it's been a really beautiful process and I was in the Apprentice program last year and I'm in the Clinical Herbalist program this year and through both of those programs. So the time that we spent online with our teachers and with the other students, I have felt this real sense of community grow amongst all of our classmates, um, to the extent that we actually make the effort to meet each other outside of class also. So I'm lucky because I live in San Francisco and I have a couple of classmates that aren't so far away from me and um, the classmates that are not so far away, we actually try and meet on a, on a semi regular basis. So just about a month ago, I actually spent the entire day with one of my Apprentice Herbalist classmates and we spent the entire day having lunch and making medicine and just thinking about how we'd love to expand upon this and have more classmates come and join us. And tomorrow I'm meeting one of my Clinical Herbalist classmates and we're going to do some medicine making homework together and have some lunch together also. So it's been a really wonderful experience to um, to create community and connection with my other classmates and even also with my teachers and I'm looking forward to doing that more