We all have questions about the way things work, why the world is the way it is, and how we can help not only preserve but increase its health. Gaia college's Organic Master Gardener course presented simple yet detailed explanations of biological cycles here on earth. Between my classmates and I, we all agreed that there was one thing we were all doing too much of in our gardens, and that was simply just doing too much. There is no landscape crew that manages the rainforests, yet they seem to be doing alright. I will continue to study with Gaia College and further my knowledge in organic growing because there is a need for humanity to step up and correct our mistakes on this planet.
The OMG beautifully illustrated fundamental relationships within all systems on this living planet. It made me feel like I belonged to the earth and knew how to love it. I tell everyone, to take the course.... just take it! I would even take it again in a few years.... because I feel like there is so much more I could learn from it... again! I really enjoyed the experience... that I know is clear. I also really enjoyed you, your passion, your humour, your deeply intuitive knowledge. The OMG has inspired me...
The teachings of Gaia College could not be more timely than it is now and I truly hope that one day there will be Gaia "centers/colleges" sprinkled all over North America and beyond. My heartfelt congratulations go to you and your husband for this college and the courses you have created. I would just like to say that as much as I enjoyed learning the course, it was Connie that made it. She was an excellent instructor, passionate about her work and a joy to learn from. I think she's an excellent, inspiring role model for us all and a real asset to Gaia College.
It was great to hear about dowsing, paramagnetism, biological transmutation, and plant consciousness, which are barely talked of and generally unaccepted by the mainstream. It is truly miraculous how the soil food web functions in symbiosis with plants. I find it endlessly fascinating, and now realize how much respect the soil deserves. So thank-you! This has been a very valuable learning experience!
My husband and I recently attended the 3 day Organic Soil Management Course, with Heide Hermary instructing. It was the most amazing three (full!) days. Many questions were answered and new ones formed. I know I will continue learning through additional courses and the online resources and research made available through Gaia. It was an absolute privilege to be taught by Heide. Her knowledge and passion for the program were palpable through every topic. She reminds us to question, and to pay attention. That we never stop learning is a given. After taking this course, I sincerely doubt I will look at anything, never mind soil, the same way again. Doors and windows have been opened and the path is clear. A remarkable gift. Thank you.
Michelle and Steve White
I have to tell you how much I am enjoying these classes. Up to now I've taken other courses which have covered much of the same material, but this time things are really clicking. I'm understanding more and retaining more of the information. I'm more aware of the implications of going organic not just in gardening but in other aspects of my life. It's like an epiphany. It sounds silly when I write it down, but it's made me so much more aware. Thank you.
Barb Bancroft, Vancouver
I have purchased both of your books and have subscribed to the online text and just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying the materials. I have studied horticulture at the college level and I am a master gardener but your material has answered many nagging questions that I was left with. I also love that you offer online certificates. I am planning to enroll in the certificates when work quiets down. You should be commended for the work you are doing to foster the organic landscaping movement! You are a role model for the gardening world!
Jason Teare, Organic Gardener
The course has given me a larger vision: the ability to stand back and assess those practical aspects of drainage, soil structure, irrigation needs, compaction concerns, site features and utilization, plant health and landscape protection. These practical aspects must continuously be related to the ever-present consideration of nature's need to strive towards a more balanced approach.Working with nature has more meaning for me, and, I hope, for those students with whom I interact.
Laurie Hardy, College Instructor