Theoretical aspects of Neijing Nature-Based Medicine are taught through distance learning on our Canvas LMS platform, in both live and recorded formats. Our training is divided into four academic semesters, with winter and summer seasonal breaks. After the first several introductory lectures, the course content is divided into two-week study blocks, each focusing on a specific topic of Neijing Nature-Based Medicine.
At the start of each study block, students are provided with access to a one-hour pre-recorded lecture on a particular topic, which they can view at their convenience based on their schedule and time zone. During the first week of study, students and teachers engage in online discussion forums to discuss the course content. In the first Sunday class, students and teachers meet in person for live discussions, mentorship, and to review the week’s material. This class also includes weekly reading of classical texts.
The second week of the study block is dedicated to integration, based on the specific needs and desires of the student. Students are encouraged to select a topic from the week’s lecture to investigate more deeply. Some examples may include observing patterns in nature, reflecting on a specific classical text passage, exploring a new concept in their clinical practice, exploring the meaning of a specific character, or working on a creative project. Students with busy schedules can also use this time to manage their time and keep up with the course material without falling behind.
During the second Sunday class of the study week, students meet to discuss their experiences and reflections as their understanding of the current topic deepens. All course material is recorded and available for viewing at later times to accommodate students living in different time zones or with different schedules.