I haven't blogged about my classes before, but today I thought it would be a good idea. Maybe this will be a trend for me.
This past weekend I ran a 2 day workshop I called "Tarot Boot Camp". It is the first time that I have run my tarot class this way, and the students I had seemed to gain a lot from this method.
My Tarot Boot Camp is a 2-day, 12 hour intensive and interactive workshop which incorporates all of my basics workshops, and a little bit more. One thing that I learned through the experience is that I could add another couple of hours to this method to be sure I have time to include everything that I would like to. My typical basics class is 5 weeks long - 2 hours per class, but there is ample time for homework to be worked on during that time. With the boot camp method, there are more exercises to replace the homework... and yes, even though it's held over a weekend - I still give homework! (just a little bit, I promise)
When I first learned how to read the tarot, I tried the usual method - reading the pamphlet that comes with the cards - then I tried reading a book and memorizing the meanings of the cards... then I gave up. It was too much like school, and too much like work - and for something I wanted to learn for pleasure, it just seemed to much of an effort to put out. (I was also in high school at the time, and who wants more homework / work in high school?)
When I picked up the tarot again, I realized that I didn't have to memorize very much - I just had to let the cards do the work. The way I finally learned the tarot, is the way I teach others to work with the cards. It has worked very well for me, and I am always thrilled to see the responses in my students, it is like they are seeing the tarot for the very first time, and falling in love.
I will be offering this boot camp method again over the summer - and this time, I will extend the time. If you have ever thought you wanted to learn to read the tarot, if you have ever struggled to try and read the cards, thinking you would never "get it", I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to study with me and embrace the tarot, and fall in love with it all over again.