So You Want To Be An Herbalist

Katja Swift and Ryn Midura
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 8:00pm EST

Herbalism in America today is wild and weedy, a hodgepodge of various traditions, philosophies, practices and plants that is endlessly diverse – and continually evolving – in a way not found in places where greater acceptance of herbalism has led to greater standardization of it.  While this eclectic (some might say "mongrel") nature makes it resolutely resilient and vibrantly vital, it does present the budding herbalist with a number of questions whose answers are not immediately apparent.  A few examples:

- What is an herbalist and how can I become one?
- What kinds of job prospects exist for an herbalist today?  Can I make a living as an herbalist?
- What kind of education, experience, or "certification" do I need? 
- How can I find the right teacher for me?
- Which skills and aptitudes make for a good herbalist, and how can I cultivate them?

In this class, we'll try to answer those questions and others as candidly and completely as we can, dispelling doubts and encouraging action.  You can be an herbalist!  Let us help you get started.

Katja Swift and Ryn Midura are one of the few husband & wife teams in the herbal world. Together, they founded the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, in Boston MA, where they teach family and community herbalism, clinical herbalism, and herbal business classes, as well as serving as adjunct faculty for Massachusettes College of Pharmacy and Northeastern University. They have recently launched a complete online learning program as well! You can learn more about Ryn and Katja, as well as their school and programs, at

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