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Natural Awakenings Greater Boston - Rhode Island

Raising Funds to Build a Classroom for Herbal Studies

The CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism is raising funds to build a classroom on 25 acres of wilderness land recently acquired by the school in Royalston, Massachusetts. The total amount needed is $21,850 to purchase a yurt, shed and supplies for an outdoor kitchen and composting toilets. The land abuts 1,000 more acres of conservation land, about a 90-minute drive from Boston.

“This will allow our school to expand and offer fantastic weekend workshops, class trips, longer residency programs, retreats, primitive skills and natural movement programs, and much more,” says director Katja Swift. “We have the first classes scheduled for July, and the fundraiser is helping to get the classroom yurt built along with other infrastructure.”

To support the campaign, learn more about the plans and view the progress, visit CommonWealthHerbs. com/fundraiser. “Our Boston school remains on St. Mary’s Court, in Brookline, but this additional location will allow us to expand the types of programs we offer and bring people out of the city for a different perspective,” says Swift. “The land in Royalston is home to many species of medicinal plants and mushrooms, deer and other animals, making it a wonderful living classroom.”

For more information, call 617-750- 5274 or visit