Few factors are as important to health maintenance and disease resolution as is good nutrition.

A holistic approach to health will always involve nutritional interventions.

In this course, we'll address foundational, universal principles of nutrition which can apply to any diet type, while identifying particular diet adjustments that can help with common troubles. 

We'll also look at herbs as nutritive in their own right - as providers of mineral, vitamin, and phytonutrient compounds that can bolster a diet that's otherwise lacking.

You'll learn:

  • what does "healthy diet" mean, and why is it different for different people
  • practical ways to eat healthy in a world filled with processed foods
  • how food impacts our health, especially in terms of systemic inflammation
  • how to make sustainable changes to your eating habits
  • how to handle food allergies and sensitivities without going bananas

And especially: 

  • how can we blend dietary changes and herbalism to help a person become more resilient and vibrant?

This course includes 18+ hours of video instruction, as well as PDF handouts, quizzes and homework assignments, and more - plus weekly Q&A discussions where you can talk directly with Ryn and Katja.

Nourishment is healing.

It's not easy to change how we eat, but the rewards can be great. Understanding how to begin and what to focus on will simplify the problem and clarify your path forward.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to Holistic Nutrition!

    2. Live Q&A sessions twice a week!

    3. Mountain Rose Herbs + Foster Farms discount codes

    4. How to use this platform

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

    6. How to use the Discussions feature

    7. Meet our Friends!

    8. Chatting in the Community Space

    9. Use of Course Material (Intellectual Property)

    10. Every Body is Different

    11. Introduction

    12. Introduction [audio]

    13. Course Outline

    14. Action Prompt: What are you eating?

    15. Thought exercise: Moving forward in compassion

    1. Why Food Matters

    2. Why Food Matters [audio]

    3. What is Real Food?

    4. What Is Real Food? [audio]

    5. Quick Guide: Real Food

    1. Cravings

    2. Cravings [audio]

    3. The Bitter Taste

    4. The Bitter Taste [audio]

    5. Blessed Bitters, by jim mcdonald

    6. Action Prompt: Bitters before your meals

    7. Quick Guide: Cravings Are A Language

    8. Cravings Quiz

    1. How far back is "traditional"?

    2. How far back is "traditional"? [audio]

    3. The Archaeological Study on Herder/Gardners vs. Agriculturalists

    4. The Middle Ages to the Green Revolution

    5. The Middle Ages to the Green Revolution [audio]

    6. Nutritional Anthropology

    7. Nutritional Anthropology [audio]

    8. The murky science of what is "good" for you

    9. More on "Traditional"

    10. Quick Guide: Traditional Nutrition

    11. Traditional Nutrition Quiz

    1. Avoiding Food Dogma

    2. First, be easy on yourself.

    3. Intro & Fats, part 1

    4. Intro & Fats, part 1 [audio]

    5. Fats, part 2

    6. Fats, part 2 [audio]

    7. Meats and Protein

    8. Meats and Protein [audio]

    9. What about the studies that say meat is bad for you?

    10. Full Study Text: Meat and All-Cause Mortality

    11. Meat and calcium

    12. Studies on Meat and Calcium

    13. Are plant sources of iron enough?

    14. Understanding iron absorption from plant source vs. meat sources

    15. Can meat be sustainable?

    16. Cows and Climate Change

    17. Fish and other Animal Proteins

    18. Fish and other Animal Proteins [audio]

    19. How much protein do i need daily?

    20. Offal: It's Not Awful!

    21. Bone Broth Demystified

    22. Humans are omnivores

    23. How we digest food (The UC Davis article)

    24. Mushrooms

    25. Mushrooms [audio]

    26. Plant Foods

    27. Plant Foods [audio]

    28. The critical role of (plant) fiber in digestive (and all-around) health

    29. The Fiber PDF

    30. Nutritive Herbs Materia Medica

    31. 🌿💊 Herb-Drug Interaction notes for Holistic Nutrition

    32. Mineral Content of Selected Nutritive Herbs

    33. Grain-Free Granola!

    34. Seaweed as Food and Medicine

    35. An Open Letter on the topic of Invasive Seaweeds

    36. An Update on Invasive Seaweeds

    37. Fermented Foods

    38. Fermented Foods [audio]

    39. Grains and Beans

    40. Grains and Beans [audio]

    41. The Archaeological Study on Herder/Gardners vs. Agriculturalists

    42. Processed Foods

    43. Processed Foods [audio]

    44. Ultra-Processed Foods Increase Cancer Risk

    45. Refined Sugar

    46. Refined Sugar [audio]

    47. WHO sugar intake guidelines

    48. Muffin Madness!

    49. Paleo Pumpkin Muffins!

    50. Organic, Conventional, and GMO

    51. Organic, Conventional, and GMO [audio]

    52. Refined Salt

    53. Refined Salt [audio]

    54. Salt Resources

    55. Vitamin-enriched Products

    56. Vitamin-enriched Products [audio]

    57. Super-local eating

    58. Small Farms can Feed the World

    59. Quick Guide: What Should I Eat?

    60. What To Eat Quiz

    1. Veg on a Budget

    2. Veg on a Budget [audio]

    3. Meat on a Budget

    4. Meat on a Budget [audio]

    5. More ideas for food on a budget

    6. How to freeze vegetables

    7. Info Sheet: Low-Cost, High-Quality Food

About this course

  • $180.00
  • 225 lessons
  • 20.5 hours of video content

Our Courses are Different

Our program is taught with pre-recorded videos you can watch on your own schedule, as many times as you want. 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!

Certificate Information

You will receive a certificate for the successful completion of this course. 

This course has 57 credit hours.

This represents the actual time of video instruction and live Q&A, as well as the time allocated for your capstone assignment, quizzes, and other assignments & activities required for completion of the course.

It is reasonable to plan about twice that much time to complete the work: this is because most students like to watch the videos more than once, review their notes, and many students complete more than the required activities. You might also enjoy joining a study group in our Student Community, and you might choose to work on extra activities together as a group to help you internalize all that you've learned. 

Regardless of how long it takes you, there is never any pressure! You have access to this material for life, and in fact, when we add updates and new materials, you receive it all for free, automatically!

If new material is added after you have received your certificate, we are happy to send you a new updated certificate to document the additional time when you complete the new material.

See what our students are saying!

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So much excellent information and things to think about!

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I thought this course would be mostly review, but there was so much new information and so many different ways of looking at things. Katja and Ryn's down-to-earth, empowerment-focused approach was a breath of fresh air. Thank you both for creating this awesome, very informative course! I can't wait to take other courses from Commonwealth!

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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 25 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 the authors of Herbal Medicine for Beginners, and 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.