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June 1991 - Editor's Notebook

A wealth of workshops, seminars and retreats are being offered, some of them quite expensive.
There is no doubt that this kind of special teaching format can be very valuable. But how do you tell if a workshop is worth the tuition and travel money and the time away from home?
Research it as best you can.
If the publicity for a workshop sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Try for “work” shops rather than “talk” shops.
You should also research yourself to find out what you really want to learn. Some things you can only learn from practice. Major forms can be difficult to retain. If you go for ego satisfaction, that is all that you may get.

Keep your expectations in line. Many disappointments stem from expecting to learn too much in a short amount of time or expecting to learn “secrets.”
Generally, it is a good policy to accept what the leader has to offer once you get there. Sometimes, you only get one thing that will help with you insight or practice. But that could be worth your while.
Put yourself in the place of the instructor while you are there. He or she will be dealing with many people they have never seen before and whose capabilities and needs are hard to judge and may be harder to satisfy.

Sometimes you will not know whether it was a good workshop until afterwards, possibly long afterward.
And if , afterward, you decide it was not a good choice, accept some of the responsibility yourself. It was your selection.
You can learn something from everybody, even if it isn’t really something you expected to learn.

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