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.
I want to be sure!

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

and

what kind of presentation do illnesses have

and

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.

Yes!

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!

This is no ordinary online course...

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!

  • No-risk money back guarantee - no questions asked!

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

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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

    Introduction Information (00:00)

    • Welcome to Energetics!

    • How to use this platform

    • How to use the Discussions feature

    • Prior Energetics & Holistic Practice Discussion

    • How to use the Notification Beamer

    • Chatting in the Community Groups

    • Course Outline

  • 2

    Not-So-New Ideas About Health and Care (54:41)

    • Cycles

    • Cycles [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: Cycles

    • Discomfort and Evasion

    • Discomfort and Evasion [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: Discomfort and Evasion

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

    • How is this illness serving you? [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: Service and Responsibility

    • Reflection

    • Reflection [audio]

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

    • Quick Guide: Not-So-New Ideas

  • 3

    Caring for Humans (62:34)

    • What is Good Health?

    • What is Good Health? [audio]

    • Resource: Breaks increase productivity

    • Journal Prompt: What is good health?

    • The Whole Person

    • The Whole Person [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: The Whole Person

    • Everything is Connected

    • Everything is Connected [audio]

    • Resource: Robot Bees are Real

    • Journal Prompt: Everything is Connected

    • Vitalism: Life is smarter than you.

    • Vitalism [audio]

    • Resource: Jim McDonald on Fever

    • Journal Prompt: Vitalism

    • Quick Guide: Caring for Humans

  • 4

    Thinking Like A Holistic Herbalist (57:01)

    • The Vital Force

    • The Vital Force [audio]

    • The "Stressor Bucket"

    • The "Stressor Bucket" [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: Stressor Bucket

    • Germ Theory and Terrain Theory

    • Germ Theory and Terrain Theory [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: Germs and Terrain

    • The Symptoms Are The Resistance

    • The Symptoms Are The Resistance [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: The Symptoms Are The Resistance

    • Support the Body

    • Support the Body [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: Support the Body

    • When to Ask for Help

    • When to Ask for Help [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: When to Ask for Help

    • Quick Guide: Thinking Like A Holistic Herbalist

    • Thinking Like A Holistic Herbalist Quiz

  • 5

    Energetics (176:04)

    • Energetics Overview

    • Energetics Overview [audio]

    • Constitutions

    • Constitutions [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: Constitutions

    • Tissue States: Hot & Cold

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Tissue States: Hot & Cold [audio]

    • Tissue States: Damp & Dry

    • Tissue States: Damp & Dry [audio]

    • Tissue States: Tense & Lax

    • Tissue States: Tense & Lax [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: Tissue States

    • Progression of Tissue States

    • Progression of Tissue States [audio]

    • Tissue States Quiz

    • Herbal Actions, part 1

    • Herbal Actions, part 1 [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: Herbal Actions

    • Herbal Actions, part 2

    • Herbal Actions, part 2 [audio]

    • Applying Herbal Actions

    • Applying Herbal Actions [audio]

    • Herbal Qualities Quiz

    • Printable: Herbal Actions Glossary

    • Quick Guide: Energetics

    • Herbal Actions Quiz

  • 6

    Herbal Tastes and Actions (55:12)

    • Introduction & Sweet Herbs

    • Introduction & Sweet Herbs [audio]

    • Mucilaginous Herbs

    • Mucilaginous Herbs [audio]

    • Salty Herbs

    • Salty Herbs [audio]

    • Oily & Umami Herbs

    • Oily & Umami Herbs [audio]

    • Pungent Herbs

    • Pungent Herbs [audio]

    • Aromatic Herbs

    • Aromatic Herbs [audio]

    • Bitter Herbs

    • Bitter Herbs [audio]

    • Sour & Acrid Herbs

    • Sour & Acrid Herbs [audio]

    • Astringent & "Tingly" Herbs

    • Astringent & "Tingly" Herbs [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: Herbal Tastes & Actions

    • Quick Guide: Herbal Tastes and Actions

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Herbal Tastes and Actions Quiz

  • 7

    Other Traditional Energetic Systems (146:24)

    • Introduction to Traditional Systems

    • Introduction to Traditional Systems [audio]

    • The Four Humors: Introduction

    • The Four Humors: Introduction [audio]

    • The Four Humors in Detail

    • The Four Humors in Detail [audio]

    • Writings on the Four Humors by Rebecca Altman

    • Ayruvedic Doshas

    • Ayurvedic Doshas [audio]

    • Traditional Chinese Energetics

    • Traditional Chinese Energetics [audio]

    • Native American Traditional Medicine

    • Native American Traditional Medicine [audio]

    • Southern Folk Medicine

    • Southern Folk Medicine [audio]

    • The Energetics of Other Traditional Systems: Wrap-up

    • The Energetics of Other Traditional Systems: Wrap-up [audio]

    • Journal Prompt: Other Traditional Energetic Systems

    • Quick Guide: Other Traditional Energetic Systems

    • Traditional Energetic Systems Quiz

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

We’re here for the plants and the people, not the money.

We’re confident we can teach just about anyone, but if for any reason you feel like this program isn’t right for you after you’ve started, we’ll give you a full refund.

You get 14 days to try it out after signing up. If at any point within those two weeks you decide it’s not right for you, just let us know and we’ll issue a refund, no questions asked.