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Cedar Mountain’s apprenticeship programs put the WILD in Wildcrafting!

Did you hear? We have a Referral Program where former apprentices can get a $250 discount on continuing another full program, all for bringing new apprentices to the fold! Former apprentices can also receive a $100 discount when registering for a new (full) program, even if they don’t have a referral (contact Suzanne to receive your discount code!)

PLUS we now offer payment options for the apprenticeship and Roots to Tips programs to ease the financial burden. Choose to to pay in 1, 2 or 3 monthly installments!

Our Herbal Apprenticeship Programs in the Seattle area and Sandpoint, Idaho are field based, designed to expand students’ working knowledge of local medicinal plants, nutrition and plants’ effects on the body systems.

The programs cover identification, materia medica, sustainable harvesting methods, medicine making, plant constituents, basic anatomy and physiology, formulations, and so much more. Apprentices gain a deeper understanding of the wild medicinal and edible plants of the Pacific and Inland Northwest and acquire valuable experience in making and using herbal medicines for home or business!

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“It’s a big leap to go from making tinctures from purchased and pre-prepared herbs to making medicine with plant material you picked or dug yourself. Working with my hands while wildcrafting with Suzanne brought the knowledge from my head down to my fingertips. Touching, tasting, and truly noticing herbs took that tangible knowledge to my heart. Apprenticeship at CMHS integrated my head, heart, and hands in my endeavor to learn plant wisdom and develop herbal intuition.”

— Charis K. (2021 and 2022 apprentice)

“Suzanne’s Herbal apprenticeship is a must for anyone who wants to learn how to harvest herbs ethically and make their own medicine. She has a kind and generous spirit and is a passionate teacher. I’m very grateful for her teachings and time with her in the field. I’m looking forward to applying my new knowledge to my practice.”

— Sharona C., PharmD (2022 apprentice)

“I’m beyond thrilled with all I learned this year during my apprenticeship with CMHS. Suzanne’s passion for herbs, holistic health and education is infectious. I’ve taken several in-person and virtual herbalist courses in the past, but this program was unique in its focus on practical field work – learning where to find, how to ID and how to harvest the medicinal plants growing all around us – and finally, how best to prepare them to ‘get the medicine to the people.’ I can’t recommend CMHS highly enough to anyone seeking a well-rounded herbal education, while expanding their tribe of nature-loving friends along the way!”

— Kim H. (2022 apprentice)

Upcoming Apprenticeship Programs

North Idaho Apprenticeships
Student with long blonde hair wildcrafting roots

Sandpoint Area Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2024

When: May - September 2024
Location: Sandpoint, ID
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Suzanne Tabert

Our 16-week Herbal Apprenticeship Program in Sandpoint is for those who have a strong desire to strengthen their skills and fill their herbal tool belts and apothecary with plant medicine from both the wild and garden. CMHS delivers intensive in-the-field plant identification with hands-on harvesting, formulation, medicine making and holistic health practices. This program is appropriate for both novice and advanced students and meets on Thursdays May through September.

Student in blue sweater wildcrafting plants

Roots to Tips Sandpoint Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2024

When: April - September 2024
Location: Sandpoint, ID
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Suzanne Tabert

The Roots to Tips apprenticeship program meets the last weekend of the months April through September in Sandpoint. It's designed for those who cannot attend the weekly program, yet have a strong desire to strengthen their skills and fill their herbal tool belts and apothecary with plant medicine from both the wild and garden. CMHS delivers intensive in-the-field plant identification with hands-on harvesting, formulation, medicine making and holistic health practices. Going beyond foundational herbalism, this program is appropriate for both novice and advanced students.

Seattle Apprenticeships
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Seattle Area Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2024

When: March - August 2024
Location: Seattle, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Heather Bruno

Our 16-week Herbal Apprenticeship Program in the Seattle area is for folks who have a strong desire to gain and strengthen herbal knowledge and skills specific to plants in the Pacific Northwest and build an apothecary with plant medicine from both the wild and garden. Students experience intensive wildcrafting and herbal medicine making with in-the-field plant identification, hands-on harvesting and processing. Our approach centers on supportive practices for natural health and healing of body, mind and spirit, and is grounded in both herbal science and tradition. This program is appropriate for both beginner and continuing students. Classes meet on Fridays. The course begins in March and ends in August.

All About Our Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship programs are taught by Suzanne Tabert in North Idaho and Heather Bruno in Seattle, WA

You’ll learn more about wild plants, the microbiome of your body and macrobiome of the world around you, how plants work in our bodies on a cellular/tissue/organ/system/total body level, and about yourself than you ever thought possible. Out in the world, where we sometimes feel excluded or looked at as that “weird herb person,” it can be hard to find our place. I’ve created a school where everyone is welcome! That means you! What we are told by so many of our students is that their lives changed for the better during their time in the programs, and they’ve finally found the community they’ve been searching for. Sometimes very surprising decisions are made, paths take turns, and new directions are found. We meet everyone where they are.

Begin to build a very impressive apothecary, standing at the ready for just about any issue that arises.

photo by Lindy Lewis

Everywhere from deep in the woods, to the mountain tops and over the passes, in fields, gardens, and urban settings, to the ocean and rivers….plants are here, vital and waiting to be introduced. They have so much to offer and are so willing to teach, heal, and nourish. Students will delve into creatively using herbs as medicine, in body care, meals, smudging, treats, and so much more! As the months progress, plants will easily become part of daily life in ways that are beautiful, healthful, and nourishing. At the Cedar Mountain Herb School, our motto is “Get the medicine to the people in ways that they’ll delight in taking so that healing can occur!”

We offer 2 different types of Herbal Apprenticeship Programs for 2024:

The Sandpoint Herbal Apprenticeship Program is in-person and in depth, focusing on both the wilderness plants and hardy garden plants of North Idaho. This program is structured with four 4-week modules with a week break between each module and meets on Thursdays. Taught by the Queen Bee, Suzanne Tabert

 

The Sandpoint Roots to Tips Herbal Apprenticeship Program meets the last weekend (both Saturday and Sunday) of the months April – September. The is the perfect program for returning apprentices who wish to deepen their learning, for novices and advanced students alike and for those who cannot attend a week day program. Both programs are taught by the Queen Bee, Suzanne Tabert.

 

The Seattle Herbal Apprenticeship Program is in-person and in depth, focusing on the wild plants of the Pacific Northwest. This program is structured with four 4-week modules with a week break between each module and meets on Fridays. Heather Bruno teaches this program.

Attention Past Apprentices!

We LOVE to reward our apprentices who recommend our amazing programs to others!

Any former apprentice who refers a new student who signs up for one of our apprenticeship programs will receive a $250 coupon code toward another year of harvesting, learning and being part of the CMHS community! The reward may only be used for a full apprenticeship program. We so appreciate word of mouth referrals. In plain language:

  1. Alice, our beloved apprentice, tells Jim how much fun and informative it is to do our program.
  2. Jim signs up for a program and adds Alice’s email to the post-registration form.
  3. Alice then receives her discount that is applied to a program to continue her herbal education. ♥

Make 2024 YOUR year by joining one of our apprenticeship programs. The time is now to kickstart your dream of herbal competency and independence from dream to reality!

Apprenticeship competencies & objectives:

Botanical Identification

100% correct identification is key to harvesting wild plants safely. Identify vascular plants in botanical Latin and colloquial terms using standard botanical identification methods and by closely observing plant identifying classifications such as leaf and flower structure, bark, growth patterns, inherent smell of the plants, and life cycles. Organoleptic method of identification is our specialty here at the Cedar Mountain Herb School – learn when it’s ok to put an unknown plant in your mouth and when it’s not!

Cultured Foods

Probiotics in cultured food and existing in nature replenish the microbiome in our small and large intestines, which lead to better digestive, immune, and nerve health. Students will gain an understanding of the gut flora/mental health connection, how consuming an overabundance of fermented foods can lead to inflammatory diseases.

Medicine in the Herb Garden

Culinary herbs are medicinal! Advance the ability to grow medicinal plants in gardens, pots, on acreage, and utilize their medicine in a way that everyone will enjoy.

Herbal First Aid

Preparedness for emergency situations. Integrate the best choice of plants and first aid techniques to use and correct applications in emergency situations – whether at home, on the road, or in the wilderness, to heal wounds, infections, muscle trauma; soothe rashes and stop allergic reactions, shock conditions, heat exhaustion. This comes in handy as the apprentices are out in a myriad of environments and conditions.

Herbal & Lifestyle Support

Students focus on eliminating the stressors of healthy immune responses such as stress, and emotional issues and their impact on the immune system, and discuss herbs and practices to strengthen and heal to create a robust immune system that can deal with what comes our way.

Support Strategies for Body Systems

Participate in discussions of the role of medicinal plants for building strong immune, endocrine, reproductive, respiratory, cardiac and digestive systems, and for health issues of each system. Included is basic anatomy and physiology.

Medicine Making

Prepare medicinal, edible, or technological plant products including —but not limited to— medicinal oils, tinctures, salves, elixirs, tea blends, herbal vinegar, poultices, liniments, herbal infused honeys, oxymels, and witch hazels. Distinguish appropriate applications and dosages for the remedies. Students will need to provide their own menstrua – including honey, alcohol, apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, jars, tools, etc for medicine making.

Plant Formulas

As students acquire knowledge of the medicine of individual wild plants, they will recognize the formulas plants create in living in community with each other. This will enable them to design highly effective herbal products for home and business.

Plant Monographs

The plant monographs are the start of an herbarium. An herbarium is a record of plants that is a useful resource when harvesting for reference, for adding to as students learn over the years, to pass down to future generations. It includes botanical and common name, habitat, description of the plant and samples, when to harvest, medicinal constituents, physiological effects, drug interactions, preparations and menstrua, tools needed to harvest, personal experiences.

Phytochemistry

Phytochemistry is the study of the constituents in plants that cause physiological changes in the body. Knowing the actions and needs of constituents to fully extract and preserve each group or individual constituent will give the medicine maker a clear view on pairing constituents with the correct mentrua to ensure high quality remedies.

Materia Medica

Describe the useful properties of at least 100 plant species with a working knowledge of making medicinal remedies.

Wildcrafting Ethics

Define and describe wildcrafting within the context of legal gathering, ethics, and sustainable harvesting. Students learn how to find and steward their own plant sanctuaries.

Field Trips

We’ll go to amazingly beautiful places to harvest wild plants for food and medicine. Getting out in nature is healing in and of itself, becoming comfortable in nature takes us even further in our mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Herbal Lore & Ethnobotany

Recognize the need for passing on the knowledge of how peoples of the past and present use/d local plants for food and medicine. Students accomplish this through stories, hands-on training, and using new skills to pass on to future generations.

Aromatherapy

Each plant has its distinct identifier scent, which is part of their medicinal value. Achieve a working relationship with essential oils, their healing benefits, appropriate usage. Hydrosol distillation class will be included in each program.

Forage a profoundly life changing relationship with nature and become a part of the community that you’re so welcome in. Our extensive knowledge of plants and their medicines is based on a deep relationship to the land, place and home.
We are delighted to partner with you on your herbal adventure! 🌿
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