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  • Thank you for a wonderful weekend. The perspective of case taking that we learned this weekend was exactly what we needed at this stage of our homeopathy training. I will always appreciate and be grateful to you for showing me this path.

  • Lisa is a wonderful presenter and a fabulous teacher! Always a joy to attend anything she teaches about Homeopathy! Thank you, Virginia

  • "The more you learn in homeopathy, the more you discover there is to learn. I was approaching the end of my final year of homeopathic education, and as much as I had learned, I was eager to maintain my momentum, extend my learning and application of this powerful medicine, and...
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  • You are so fortunate to have  Dr. Kellerstein as faculty; CCHM is a place for quality study of homeopathic medicine and I refer my chiropractic students to your college for advanced study in homeopathy. I am always so excited when I can touch a student in the chiropractic program to look...
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  • The online Teaching Clinic has enhanced my learning curve, raised the bar, challenged my way of thinking as a distance student in a fun and exciting manner. Must say this is an excellent way to hone your skills in preparation to becoming a successful homeopath. Highly recommend and encourage students...
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  • This was one of the most amazing lectures offered by CCHM (Kanan Patel’s Post Grad lecture, 2018)! I wasn't bored for 1 second; it was interactive, integrative, informative and absolutely mind-blowing...

  • Thank you for this most exceptional experience (as I wipe my tears..). I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for this privilege to study with such exceptional teachers, students and administration. What a gift and a blessing. As Voltaire said “with great privilege comes great responsibility”. I...
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  • I am quite impressed with the program at CCHM. I was able to catch up easily with the online format and join my class before the end of the first term. Homepathy is exactly what I was looking for to fill the gap in my practice, it will allow me...
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  • I wanted to email you to let you know that i am FINALLY a registered homeopath! It took awhile, but I finally made it. I just wanted to thank you so much for all your support, encouragement and kindness. The constant support you gave me through the years I was...
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  • “I absolutely loved my time there studying, some of the most enjoyable time of my life. The kindness and generosity extended to everyone has always stuck with me”?

Turkey Experience

Last April, after lecturing at the NCH conference in Washington, a smartly dressed lady in her 60’s approached me in a very business-like way and asked me to join her for a coffee.

She told me her name was Cigdem and that I had lectured to her in the mid 90’s during her homeopathic education at CCHM. Cigdem now runs a school in Turkey and she asked that I come speak to her community of Homeopaths in Izmir. I think it was about one breath later that I agreed!

I arrived in Turkey in late September. The experience was remarkable in several ways. Firat of all Izmir and especially its surrounding towns is lovely. The area is full of olive and fruit trees studding a rolling and hilly countryside, framed by the Aegean sea.

Izmir was once called Smyrna and is said to be the birthplace of Homer (not Simpson).  At one point during our stay we were lying on a beach with the imposing silhouette of a large island in the misty distance. I asked Cigdem what it was and the response came that this island was Samos. Samos was the birthplace of Pythagoras. So in front of us was Pythagoras and behind us was Homer-wow!

Izmir itself is a huge and complex feeling city-but lots of fun and with much diversity. Most of the tourist action centers on the oceanside cafés and shopping.

What immediately struck me especially was the overwhelming warmth and hospitality that was showered on us. Cigdem and the executive of her group had meticulously planned each day’s itinerary down to the retaurants we ate at and the places we stopped for tea.

It seems that Turkey is becoming in many ways the new Europe. Many of the picturesque small towns have renovated their seaside areas into successful and bustling tourist zones, as have the towns not bordering the water. Old narrow streets with accompanying buildings are now trendy interesting lanes full of shops, bakeries and café’s. Not only does Turkey have the advantage of the sea and fun, but the price tag is far less than the more well known destinations in the rest of Europe.

Much of ancient Greek history (including Troy) is located here so it is ideal for beach, shops and ancient ruins. Cigdem lives in Urla- a very pretty village about 45 minutes from Izmir on a beautiful slope facing the sea and surrounded by 4 acres of fruit trees. Not hard to take!

Lecturing occurred on the last 2 days of our stay. I was stunned to see that people had come from all over Turkey - from Antalya to Istanbul (about 500km away).

There was a great diversity of occupations: from MD’s, Dentists and Vets, Lawyers and Architects, to one lady whose passion was to roam the world studying the baking of sourdough bread.

I think there were about 62 people present. Probably one third spoke English. For the rest there were a group of volunteers to do the translation.

I had planned the days to be broken up in thirds. Organon in the morning, followed by materia medica, and then case studies. In my experience people usually prefer doing cases. I teach the Organon in the morning because that’s when the caffeine we all ingest has the most boost power – that way we encounter fewer sleeping casualties!

I didn’t know how to calculate the translation into the timing of my speaking. Soon, however, it was clear that it slowed me down - at least by one third. I had over prepared and could not cover all material I had hoped to. I put to a vote what the group felt was most essential for the lecture. To my surprise, the overwhelming majority wanted to focus on Organon. They were interested in the philosophical nuances and wanted a discussion to more clarify their thoughts.

After two days of teaching, there were many kind words and talk of returning. I was so happy to see such a large group of people so interested in Hahnemanian studies. It was also nice to hear that most of the proceeds of the lecture would go toward the translation of materia medica into Turkish.

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