Herbal energetics is the key to understanding how to match herbs to people.

Get beyond "this-for-that" herbalism into a more nuanced, individualized approach.

Have you ever researched an herb, tried it, and found it "didn't work"? What's going on?

Herbs are not one-size-fits-all.

Discover the system herbalists have used through history and across the world to make sure they're getting the right herb for the specific person they're working with. Without this system, herbal application is basically just guessing the answer on a multiple-choice test.

Don't guess! Be sure.

This course will show you how.

What does "energetics" mean?

Energetics is a weird word (honestly, i think it sounds a little goofy and i wish we'd pick a new one, but this is the one that is standard so i think we're stuck with it 🙃 ) that basically means:

what type of action (function) do herbs have


what kind of presentation do illnesses have


how do we successfully match the right herbal action to the right dis-ease presentation?

A very easy example is that fevers are hot - they are presentations of heat. Another example is a red swollen sprained ankle - hot and in that case damp. 

You can feel both of these yourself - you feel the swolleness of the extra fluid in the sprained area, and you feel the heat from the inflammation. You don't have to google it - you can feel it right with your hand just by touching the sprained ankle.

An herbal example is Cayenne - it's hot too! You don't have to look it up in a book, you know it on your tongue.

The study of energetics is learning each of the types of action/presentation, learning to figure it out for yourself, and then learning how to take the right herbal action to counter the things that you see out of balance. For example, in a case of edema (damp - too much fluid stuck in one place), that you need to get fluid moving again, and what types of herbs can do that. 

Some situations are very obvious: edema is obviously a bunch of fluid hanging around. Some situations are a little less obvious, but when you learn to think about the body - and about the herbs - in this manner, it becomes easier to see over time. 

This type of observational science is how our ancestors were able to manage illness and dis-ease before we had microscopes and laboratories. They weren't guessing - they were using science! We can develop those observational skills too, and apply them in an organized and systematic manner, so that the choices we make will be successful in our journey towards better, more resilient health.

Base YOUR herbal practice on the system our ancestors built.

What you'll learn:

This course includes more than 9 hours of video content. You’ll learn how to:

  • identify the constitution - the baseline state - of the person you're working with
  • identify the state of their current health issues
  • confidently choose the appropriate herbal actions
  • identify exactly the right herbs for what you're working on

The practice of health care throughout history was not based on guessing or getting lucky. There is a system built on logic, and when you learn it, suddenly everything makes a lot more sense!

40 in-depth videos, downloadable quick guides, and live Q&A sessions - all for $120!

But wait, there's more! 🙂

In addition to the videos, we provide features to accommodate all the different ways people like to learn, so you can internalize the information easily!

  • Lifetime access - so you can review the content as many times as you like, forever!

  • Weekly live Q&A sessions with Katja and Ryn - to ask your questions directly, live and in person! (They're even archived, in case you miss one!) This course has 1 year live Q&A support

  • Ask questions anytime - we're always just a click away: you can ask any questions in the integrated discussion forum, and we're committed to personally answering your questions, usually within 24 hours

  • Printable PDF materials - if you like to follow the videos along on paper, or keep them handy for a quick reference

  • Downloadable MP3 files - so you can review the content while you commute, workout, garden, ... anytime!

Energetics is the key to understanding herbalism on the deepest levels.

Improve your herbal practice

  • Certain

    Put an end to "Google and Guesswork".

  • Connected

    Clearly see the connections between the person you're working with and the herbs that can help.

  • Precise

    Build protocols and formulas that are specific and personalized.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to Energetics & Holistic Practice!

    2. Live Q&A sessions twice a week!

    3. Mountain Rose Herbs + Foster Farms discount codes

    4. How many hours is this course?

    5. How to use this platform

    6. How to use Closed-Captioning

    7. The "What's New" button on your dashboard

    8. How to use the Discussions feature

    9. Meet our Friends!

    10. Chatting in the Community Space

    11. Use of Course Material (Intellectual Property)

    12. Every Body is Different

    13. Course Outline

    1. Cycles

    2. Cycles [audio]

    3. Journal Prompt: Cycles

    4. Discomfort and Evasion

    5. Discomfort and Evasion [audio]

    6. Journal Prompt: Discomfort and Evasion

    7. How is this illness serving you? You are responsible for your own health.

    8. How is this illness serving you? [audio]

    9. Journal Prompt: Service and Responsibility

    10. Reflection

    11. Reflection [audio]

    12. Journal Prompt: Reflecting on New (or not!) Ideas

    13. Quick Guide: Not-So-New Ideas

    1. What is Good Health?

    2. What is Good Health? [audio]

    3. Resource: Breaks increase productivity

    4. Journal Prompt: What is good health?

    5. The Whole Person

    6. The Whole Person [audio]

    7. Journal Prompt: The Whole Person

    8. Everything is Connected

    9. Everything is Connected [audio]

    10. Resource: Robot Bees are Real

    11. Journal Prompt: Everything is Connected

    12. Vitalism: Life is smarter than you.

    13. Vitalism [audio]

    14. Resource: Jim McDonald on Fever

    15. Journal Prompt: Vitalism

    16. Quick Guide: Caring for Humans

    1. The Vital Force

    2. The Vital Force [audio]

    3. The "Stressor Bucket"

    4. The "Stressor Bucket" [audio]

    5. Journal Prompt: Stressor Bucket

    6. Germ and Terrain Theory

    7. Germ Theory and Terrain Theory [audio]

    8. Journal Prompt: Germs and Terrain

    9. The Symptoms Are The Resistance

    10. The Symptoms Are The Resistance [audio]

    11. Journal Prompt: The Symptoms Are The Resistance

    12. Support the Body

    13. Support the Body [audio]

    14. Journal Prompt: Support the Body

    15. When to Ask for Help

    16. When to Ask for Help [audio]

    17. Journal Prompt: When to Ask for Help

    18. Quick Guide: Thinking Like A Holistic Herbalist

    19. Thinking Like A Holistic Herbalist Quiz

    1. Energetics Overview

    2. Energetics Overview [audio]

    3. Constitutions

    4. Constitutions [audio]

    5. Journal Prompt: Constitutions

    6. Tissue States: Hot & Cold

    7. Tissue States: Hot & Cold [audio]

    8. Tissue States: Damp & Dry

    9. Tissue States: Damp & Dry [audio]

    10. Tissue States: Tense & Lax

    11. Tissue States: Tense & Lax [audio]

    12. Journal Prompt: Tissue States

    13. Progression of Tissue States

    14. Progression of Tissue States [audio]

    15. Constitution vs. Tissue State - a great student question

    16. Tissue States Quiz

    17. Herbal Actions, part 1

    18. Herbal Actions, part 1 [audio]

    19. Journal Prompt: Herbal Actions

    20. Herbal Actions, part 2

    21. Herbal Actions, part 2 [audio]

    22. Applying Herbal Actions

    23. Applying Herbal Actions [audio]

    24. Printable: Herbal Actions Glossary

    25. Herbal Qualities Quiz

    26. Quick Guide: Energetics

    27. Herbal Actions Quiz

    1. Introduction & Sweet Herbs

    2. Introduction & Sweet Herbs [audio]

    3. Mucilaginous Herbs

    4. Mucilaginous Herbs [audio]

    5. Salty Herbs

    6. Salty Herbs [audio]

    7. Oily & Umami Herbs

    8. Oily & Umami Herbs [audio]

    9. Pungent Herbs

    10. Pungent Herbs [audio]

    11. Aromatic Herbs

    12. Aromatic Herbs [audio]

    13. Bitter Herbs

    14. Bitter Herbs [audio]

    15. Sour & Acrid Herbs

    16. Sour & Acrid Herbs [audio]

    17. Astringent & "Tingly" Herbs

    18. Astringent & "Tingly" Herbs [audio]

    19. Journal Prompt: Herbal Tastes & Actions

    20. Quick Guide: Herbal Tastes and Actions

    21. Herbal Tastes and Actions Quiz

About this course

  • $120.00
  • 129 lessons
  • 9.5 hours of video content

Your Teachers

Two heads are better than one!

Katja & Ryn
Katja & Ryn

Katja & Ryn almost always teach together. They each have particular talents and areas of interest, and their perspectives on certain issues are quite different! Together, they convey a fuller picture of the realities of herbal theory & practice than either one could do alone.

Katja is an herbalist and teacher working to help people rebuild their relationships with their bodies and their own ability to heal. She’s been in practice for nearly 20 years, but it all began with a desire to make her own “fancy tea” at home instead of paying high prices for imported blends at specialty stores. She’s kept that do-it-yourself ethic close to her heart.

Ryn has been a practicing herbalist since 2010. He came to herbalism by way of martial arts, where his first experiences with herbs were focused on getting back into the game and becoming more flexible, adaptable, and resilient. Passing that experience on to others is what keeps him motivated every day.

Together, Katja and Ryn teach everyone from children to elders, as well as pharmacy students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, where they both serve as associate faculty. Ryn and Katja are also the creators of the weekly Holistic Herbalism Podcast.

Zero-Risk Return Policy

Teaching isn't just about conveying information - there's also an aspect of being someone's "cup of tea".

So we want you to take the first 14 days to really decide if you love it or not. If for any reason you feel like this program isn’t right for you - if we're just not your cup of tea - we’ll give you a full refund. You don't even need a reason - just please let us know within 14 days of purchase.