Holistic Herbalism Programs
"The classes reflect back to us the essence of being human – care for the Earth, self-reliance, and a deepened cooperative relationship with Nature." ~ Natalia C., 2018 Clinical Mentorship graduate
Here's everything you need to get started with herbalism! This beginner's bundle includes the complete "herbal toolkit" Materia Medica course, where you'll learn more than 85 individual herbs and how to work with them, as well as the step-by-step Medicine-Making course, which teaches you how to make each herbal preparation and when each one is applicable.
Our flagship "first year" program is available as online video instruction, teaching everything you need to take care of yourself and your family with herbs and holistic health interventions. Take it piece-by-piece at your own pace, or dive in and get it all. Beginning and intermediate students who are looking for a strong foundation should start here!
We also have a hybrid online/in-person option for those who live in the Boston area!
For students who are ready to move beyond personal practice, our professional training programs prepare you with the skills you need to serve your community, the challenges you need to fulfill your potential, and the support you need to grow your own herbal profession.
My passion to learn was matched by Katja and Ryn’s passion to teach, and now I am successfully helping my family and friends begin to explore the wonderful world of plants, as well as what lifestyle and dietary changes can do to improve their well being. It’s such a wonderful and rewarding experience!
~ Jaime T., 2013 Foundations & 2014 Advanced Studies graduate
Browse a Complete Library of Online Courses on Holistic Herbalism
Choose individual courses according to your interest, or enroll in complete programs for all levels, which will guide you in building your own practice of holistic herbalism.
Our online course platform gives you the flexibility to learn anywhere you have an internet connection, and to pick up right where you left off across all your devices. You can track your progress, download additional resources, and even chat with Ryn and Katja in the discussion thread for each video!
We’re committed to supporting your progress as a student, so we also check in with you by email every week, offer live Q&A video sessions, and reply to your questions within 24 hours!
Professional Instruction at CommonWealth
If you’re feeling called to offer your herbal skills in the service of your community, let us help! For the past 8 years, we’ve been developing our advanced and professional training programs to empower herbal practitioners to take their work to the next level.
These programs provide in-depth training on advanced topics in holistic health and clinical skills as well as a full 9-month clinical mentorship.
In addition, we have a complete business program for herbal and holistic businesspeople – because business skills aren’t something you’re born with!
We’re proud to share and celebrate the successes of our previous students, and we welcome you to join them – make your herbal dreams a reality!
Our online and in-person professional programs do have pre-requisites, and are open to the public by application.
This biweekly, live interactive program is a chance to receive guidance and supervision as you start seeing clients. Join this close-knit program to hone your skills and start your practice with confidence!
Even the best herbalist still needs business skills. Whether you’re starting a clinical practice, a product line, or any other holistic endeavor, this 9-month program will take you from zero to a self-standing business - we'll be with you every step of the way!
Sprout, Sapling, or Sentinel...
When is a tree "done" growing?
Learning herbalism is like the growth of a sentinel pine - every year is another opportunity to branch out.
It doesn’t matter how new you are to herbalism or how long you’ve been practicing, there’s always new light to discover if you stretch for it.
The study of herbalism may start as a means to improve your health, but it goes deeper: holism isn’t just about your personal herbal strategies, it’s also about your place in the broader community of this green planet.
The deeper we dig our roots, the taller we can stand, and the further we can see - allowing us to shelter and guide others, working together to develop a resilient ecosystem of thriving individuals.
Do you have a question about a program?
If you want help choosing a program, feel free to contact us at any time. We'd love to hear more about your journey, learning goals, and whether or not our programs would be a good fit.
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