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Classes on ADD, Asperger’s and Herbalism Held at Herbstalk

May 21, 2014 11:23AM

Katja Swift and Ryn Midura, of CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, will be presenting two classes on June 7 at Herbstalk, a community conference intended to inspire and educate diverse people about the craft of herbalism, at Arts at the Armory, in Somerville.

The first is an important class, titled A New Approach for Asperger’s and ADD, and is based on Swift’s article on the topic published in Plant Healer magazine this past winter. In their presentation, Swift and Midura will address ways to make integration and fitting into society easier and more comfortable for people living with these conditions. “Asperger’s and ADD is so wide-reaching in our society, and many people look at the situation as something that needs to be ‘fixed’,” says Swift, “but integration shouldn’t be confused with ‘fixing’.”

The second class, So You Want to be an Herbalist, will focus on options that are available in this country to become educated in herbalism, professions that can be built on that education and how to blend matters of business with integrity in practice. Both classes are appropriate for herbalists of any level or newly interested people.

“In this country there isn’t a clear path to becoming an herbalist,” says Swift. “Whether you want to take care of your family and friends, sell herbal products, become a clinical herbalist, or teach local classes, this class will help you find your way.”

Location: Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. For more information on Herbstalk, visit Learn more about CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine at

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