From daunting to do-able!
The purpose of this mentorship program is to ACTUALLY BUILD your business.
This is not a workshop where we'll talk about theory or things you maybe could do someday...
We are literally going to go through every step you need to take and DO IT TOGETHER!
You don't have to have any previous business experience, all you need is your herbal skills and a good idea.
Support and Accountability
During this mentorship, we are going to ACTUALLY BUILD your business - which means, you'll need a few things settled before we get started:
If you want to launch a products business, you will need:
- enough herbal education to formulate and create great herbal products
- some products that you have already perfected and tested on your family and friends - at least 3 is a good place to start.
Don't worry about labels, packaging, your website, marketing, GMP - we'll do all of that and more together in the Business Mentorship!
If you want to launch a clinical practice, you will need:
- a thorough clinical education - this is typically at least 800 hours of instruction, and about 400 hours of observation and supervised practice.
Don't worry about technology, insurance, office space, your website, etc - we'll do all that and more together in the Business Mentorship!
If you want to open an herb shop, you will need:
- enough herbal education to stock your products and help your customers make good choices.
- it's extra helpful if you have enough skills to offer workshops, because this is a great way to build community around your shop and bring in customers!
Don't worry about a location, a website, accounting - we'll do all that and more together in the Business Mentorship!
Do you need more herbal education before you start your business? We can help!
You can find our educational recommendations for starting a product business or opening your own herb shop here.
You can find our educational recommendations for clinical practice here.
Do you have a different idea?
Just let us know and we will help make sure you have the herbal education you need to make it happen!
A Community of Support
YES! Let's build your business plan together!
YES! Let's get your website built!
YES! Let's market your business together!
YES! Let's make sure you have all of your GMP compliance set up if you're making products!
YES! Let's make sure you have insurance set up if you need it!
YES! Let's take all of the steps needed to get you up and running!
The Business Mentorship is a live-online program that kicks off every year in late January. By the end of October, your business is up and running!
You are welcome to register at any time for the next session.
In addition to our live video conference sessions, there are pre-recorded videos and lots of resource material to help get the job done, but the real core of the program is the time we spend working together. Because of this, we ask students to commit to attending all of the live video-conference sessions unless there's an emergency.
The dates for the 2021 are:
February 3 & 17
March 3 & 24
April 7 & 21
May 5 & 19
June 2 & 23
July 7 & 21
August 4 & 18
September 1 & 15
October 6 & 20
makeup session: November 3
Sessions will take place from 7-9pm eastern time by video web conference. You do not have to be local to Boston to participate!
You can pay tuition monthly or in full.
The monthly payment option is $200/month
If you would prefer to pay in full, tuition is $1700.
*Because this is a live intensive mentorship, we cannot currently accept scholarship coupon codes for this program.
Tuition includes all of the pre-recorded videos and references, as well as live video conference sessions every other week - each session is 2 hours.
Your business expenses are not covered: you should plan funding to cover the cost of your materials (ie, herbs, containers, labels, etc) and other fees (ie, rent for your office space or the cost of your insurance). Keeping things simple, your starting business expenses might range from a couple hundred dollars to about a thousand dollars, depending on what you're building. You don't need to have it all at once, we'll be working on each startup task one at a time.
Our philosophy is that if you don't need a business loan and you grow at a pace you can afford, you're always ahead of the game: so we teach strategies to keep your costs down!
This course does not guarantee that your business will succeed, and it's important to point out that being self-employed is a lot of work. But you won't ever know what you can do until you try - and you don't have to try alone!
You can be more successful if you have the right support!
Achieving my Goals
Steph studied for two years with us and then created Herbstalk, Boston's own local herb conference. It's grown to a twice-a-year event that provides high-quality herbal education as well as a popular herbal marketplace!
Sydney at Root + Kettle Apothecary makes beautiful skin care products in the Atlanta area. She took our Business Mentorship in 2018.
Marisol at Esperanza Herbals took Family Herbalist and Community Herbalist, and then in 2018 took the Business Mentorship to start her herbal products business here in Boston.
Heather studied with us in 2015 and started Plant Soak to share herbal bath teas for folks who don't love to drink tea.
Kinsey studied with us in 2015 and then opened CroseNest Apothecary with a brick & mortar store here in MA and a beautiful online shop too!
Cara had just started selling herbal products at her local farmer's market when she took the Business Mentorship, and now Bear Wallow Herbs supports her and her young son - and she is home to pick him up from school every day!
Brighid took the Business Mentorship in 2019 to transition from helping her friends and doing some local workshops to launching an Solidago Herb School, an herbal educational center with everything from online programs to herbal escapes.
Ray at Sovereign Birch Herbal took the Family, Community, and Clinical Herbalist programs with us, and the Clinical Mentorship and Business Mentorship in 2019. They are a talented clinical herbalist who helps us out with student questions when we need an extra hand!
Brooke was already an herbalist and needed help navigating the starting-a-business part of the process. During the Business Mentorship, she and her partner transformed Sovereignty Herbs from an idea with occasional workshops to a full clinical practice and herbal learning program.
Emma O'Brien of Lavandoula is a very talented Doula and Herbalist. She trained with us from her very first herb courses and now is offering her own training to the Birth-worker community.