Vocation Vocation Vocation....
Ministry, Mission & Medicine
3 words that all share one thing in commmon: "vocation".
A sense of calling seems to seems to be associated with each. Until recently I'd spent my life focusing on the first two. Any childhood notion of becoming a doctor vanished in and around the time I dropped Chemistry as one of A'levels and took a gap year to serve the church.
In 2009, that changed. Having spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals, my mother informed me of a dream she had of me wearing a white coat. I laughed it off as a fanciful idea; aspirations of a parent wanting her child to suceed. The idea of 7 years training also contributed to my lack of enthusiasm at such pursuit. I had after all been to University twice by this stage and the thought of a repeat venture was certainly not something I would relish.
10 years later this dream has taken on a new meaning as I come to a close of my first year's training as a Medical Herbalist. Forget the 7 years of training to become a doctor. I'm in the slow reader's group! It took 9 for me to be coaxed and cajouled into something I absolutely love.
Its interesting that on reflection, my decision to do Biology, Geography and R.E may slowly be revealing itself as the smartest thing I could possibly have done. I seem to have pursued all three paths in the vocational calls of Ministry, Mission and now as a Herbalist, Medicine.
Having spent the last twenty or so years working for the Church, and mission financing the course is an issue, with that in mind, "The Wild Sage" was born.
The Wild Sage is my Crowdfunding project. A way to raise funds for an education I hope to use in the future to help those around us. To sustainably raise enough money each month to pay for my course inbetween college and clinical hours. I've never really been someone who found it easy to ask for money so I've tried to offer something to people who would like to support us whilst blessing them with good health in the interim.
The idea is to offer a monthly subscription of wonderful herbal goodness that are organic, seasonal and very very tasty. I'm offering 4 teas packed and posted to your doorstep in reusable and compostable packaging. You get to sit back, relax, receive the herbal benefit of a cuppa in your hand whilst knowing that you are also supporting our little family as we take the next step in our vocational path to serve the people we love.
We will be selling teas individually to people who cannot support us with a subscription as it will also promote "The Wild Sage" for when I do start practicing. In the interim however a subscription service is the easiest way to maintain an effective and efficient stock contro. It also permits me to buy herbs in bulk for a specific number of clients.
Further, I'm offering anyone that takes up a full years subscription of teas the opportunity to consult from a trainee medical herbalist during these next two years of training. I will not offer diagnosis at this stage but can prescribe a treatment plan for pre-diagnosed illness's and would love the opporunity to bless those already supporting us. The consultation would be free; the medicines are not - though you might find that the tea subscription could be tailored better to your needs!
So, here is to the next two years of study. I would love it if you might share in our adventure and consider supporting us with a monthly tea subscription.