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  1. How can you offer consulting - even group consulting - for such a low price?
  2. How does group consulting differ from the quarterly chats and Earthschooling member forum?
  3. Can I really get the same service in a Group Session that I can in a Private Session?
  4. Don't Lifetime Members get free consulting with their membership?
  5. So if Group Consulting is an extra service what is the member forum? What are the member chats and seminars? Aren't those included with membership? Are they the same thing as group consulting?
  6. Why do I need group consulting if I already have access to the forum and the seminars?
  7. Your end of the year sale - only $5.00 a month - is a really low price. Do I really receive all those member benefits for that price or is there some "catch"?
  8. I am seriously pondering this. It *is* an awesome deal! But as it is live chat, I am not often able to join in at the times so far specified (the 2 hours diff between us is having an effect). Are the topics archived at all?
  9. In giving details about the Group Consultation Chats, you have referred to a "private chat" button you can click to chat privately with you. I have looked for that option the last 2 chats I participated in, but did not see it. Where is this option located?
  10. Where are the Group Consulting Chats archived?
  11. I went to the forum page and could not get in with my password. Also, just wanted to mention that it is hard for me to see. Brown back ground and black print. My monitor is not great with color. Thanks for your help.
  12. Where can I find the archived Group Consulting? I am a member.
  13. I don't have the link to the group consulting any where. I have the passcode, but no link to go to. here is the code I have: March 7: XXXXXX (code deleted for privacy). thanks, joan
  14. Kristie, I was disappointed to not be able to attend the Dream Interpretation yesterday. Will there be a recording available? Thank you, Adrianne



  1. How can you offer consulting - even group consulting - for such a low price?
    Consulting on a schedule is easier for me because I am able to know in advance when the sessions will be and thus it is more efficient for me. In addition, being able to speak to many people at once allows me to use all the time in that hour (the time that happens between pauses in our conversation where you need some time to think or I need some time to find the resource I want to share with you) so I am actually able to be more efficient when more people are in the session. In addition, conducting the sessions as IM sessions allows me to set a specific start and stop time and eliminates the need for extra e-mails and follow-ups (because these can all happen in future group sessions). I can also convey more information when typing than I can when I am speaking to you on the phone. All of these "little differences" add up to savings for Group Consulting Members.
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  2. How does group consulting differ from the quarterly chats and Earthschooling member forum?
    Quarterly seminars/chats happen four times a year and are on a specific topic of my choice. They provide the option for limited public questions on the topic but do not allow for private questions. Member forums are for chatting between members only and do not involve me.
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  3. Can I really get the same service in a Group Session that I can in a Private Session?
    The answer is - YES! However, this is not an ability all consultants have. I've cultivated this ability over many years of practice in different areas. I would not advise everyone to use this method with their clients. These sessions are only possible because I can type extremely fast (from my years of work as a journalist and online writer) and am used to focusing my attention at individuals in small bursts (with three kids and numerous classrooms and years of online consulting experience with an international magazine). I am also trained to "turn off" and "turn on" my focus between different topics and completely focus on one topic in any given moment (as part of my IET training). These sessions have received a lot of praise and wonderful feedback! This is a wonderful way to receive ongoing health and home-school consulting ALL YEAR for the price of one private session. And the best part is that you can have a private session during the Group Consulting Sessions! All you need to do is click on the "private chat" button and we can chat privately. During the last meeting I had four group discussions at the same time I was also holding two private chats.
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  4. Don't Lifetime Members get free consulting with their membership?
    You might be thinking of the tech support or materials support consulting. This is free with the Lifetime Membership. It is also free to ask "material support consulting" questions that are directly related to the Earthschooling materials like "where is that story?" or "How do I use this lesson? Am I supposed to read it or tell the story?" etc....I used to call this "consulting" but then I quickly realized it was creating misunderstandings so I explained to people that I was offering free "material support consulting" but that personal consulting needed to be done in private sessions through www.HerbnHome.com However, this did not fit everyone's needs either as some questions only needed about 20-minutes and not the entire hour and most people had smaller questions throughout the year instead of one set all at once. So the new Group Consulting Board was created.
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  5. So if Group Consulting is an extra service what is the member forum? What are the member chats and seminars? Aren't those included with membership? Are they the same thing as group consulting?
    The Member FORUM - everyone has access and can post to it (this is just re-opened but was closed for some time) and this is just for members to chat back and forth when they want to - this is free for everyone and does not involve my participation (although I host it on the site). These are not live sessions and I do not visit the member forum boards. Member SEMINARS - four times a year I will host a seminar/forum/chat on one topic of my choice. I will be able to take a limited number of questions during the seminars but no personal consulting questions. The first of these seminars will be in January and I will be talking on the topi of "How to Get Started/How to Organize and Use Online Materials". The next seminar after that will be in April. The GROUP CONSULTING Membership is completely different and new. It offers people personal consulting in a group setting at pre-designated times. During these sessions you can post questions to the board or you can talk to me personally.
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  6. Why do I need group consulting if I already have access to the forum and the seminars?
    THE FORUM is attended by students and members only and I do not participate in the forums. GROUP CONSULTING Sessions offer you professional assistance. THE SEMINARS happen only four times a year and are on specific topics. For example, "How to Organize and Use Online Materials" (January 2011). These seminars are speeches I give online. After each seminar there is a short limited amount of time for topic-related general questions. GROUP CONSULTING offers you two sessions a week (and you can attend as many as you want), four days a week of "open live chat with Kristie" and allows you to ask questions about any topics. This NEW Group Consulting goes beyond simple "tech support and materials support consulting". As time went on I found that more and more people wanted personal consulting for their family. People have questions about the temperament of their child, how they can adapt the lesson plans to their own family or how they can manage a problem with the lessons because of the needs or desires of their child or how they can manage the age groups they have together, etc. People also have many questions about health and were often torn between deciding if they wanted a health or a home-school consultation. This consulting allows members to ask any questions they want - health, home-school, temperament or Earthschooling related.
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  7. Your end of the year sale - only $5.00 a month - is a really low price. Do I really receive all those member benefits for that price or is there some "catch"?
    The only "catch" is that I want to make sure we start the new year with at least a small group as the sessions are often more fun for members when they get to meet other people during the sessions, too :) Of course private chat options are always available but the group chat is fun for many members and they have really been enjoying the company and the opportunity to meet others with common interests. In addition, many of the people who attend the sessions are educators and healers themselves so everyone has something to offer.
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  8. I am seriously pondering this. It *is* an awesome deal! But as it is live chat, I am not often able to join in at the times so far specified (the 2 hours diff between us is having an effect). Are the topics archived at all?
    The chats are all archived and sorted according to topic. In addition, I schedule the times based on requests. If there are no requests I just randomly choose a time. You can make a request for a topic and time any time during the year - even multiple times. And if something happens and you can't show up that is OK, too :) Just because you requested a time does not mean you need to be pressured into showing up. I want this to be relaxed for everyone. So be sure to make a time request! I just need something to base my times on and so far I've just been doing it by random choice ;)
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  9. In giving details about the Group Consultation Chats, you have referred to a "private chat" button you can click to chat privately with you. I have looked for that option the last 2 chats I participated in, but did not see it. Where is this option located?
    You need to click on the "down arrow" to the right of the person's name you want to chat privately with and a little box will come up on the left for you to type in. You can chat privately with anyone - including me.
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  10. Where are the Group Consulting Chats archived?
    When you log into your account you will see it as an option under Group Consulting Members. You can also link directly to: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/archivedconsults
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  11. I went to the forum page and could not get in with my password. Also, just wanted to mention that it is hard for me to see. Brown back ground and black print. My monitor is not great with color. Thanks for your help.
    The password for the forum is here: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/memberbasics Thank you for letting me know about the color. I will go change the settings now. I just used the default settings. However, those are not always ideal :)
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  12. Where can I find the archived Group Consulting? I am a member.
    First you will need to sign in. Once you sign in you can go directly to: You can view the archives at: http://thebearthinstitute.memberlodge.com/Archivedconsults
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  13. I don't have the link to the group consulting any where. I have the passcode, but no link to go to. here is the code I have: March 7: XXXXXX (code deleted for privacy). thanks, joan
    It is always located on the website on the private group consulting page. You can link directly from there. The passcodes are also on that page :)
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  14. Kristie, I was disappointed to not be able to attend the Dream Interpretation yesterday. Will there be a recording available? Thank you, Adrianne
    You can find it in the group archives. I always put all sessions into the group archives within a day or two of the session.
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