Autumn Botanical Primer - Sandpoint

  • WHEN: September - October 2021
  • TIME: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • FEE: 575 USD
  • INSTRUCTOR: Suzanne M. Tabert
  • SETTING: In-Person
  • LOCATION: Sandpoint, ID (details & directions provided after enrollment)

This event has 4 dates:  September 23rd, September 30th, October 7th and October 14th.


Autumn mini apprenticeship geared towards herbally preparing for the winter months!

Whether you are just getting started in the amazing world of herbal medicine or a seasoned herbalist desiring to go deeper in herbal studies with hands-on field work, the Botanical Primer is an excellent opportunity for a deeply rooted exploration of wild plants, with a focus on ethical harvesting practices, constituents and why knowing them is vital to making effective healing remedies, plant energetics, and the positive impacts plants have on our anatomy and physiology!

Students will acquire skills to support their own health and wellness and that of their loved ones by creating and using hand-crafted herbal remedies. There will be many opportunities to sample herbal remedies throughout the course as well as building a well equipped herbal apothecary. It’s transformational!

“Getting herbs to the people in ways they will delight in taking them so that healing can occur” is a motto here at the Cedar Mountain Herb School. This is a thread that weaves throughout the entire primer and will entail tips, treats, and more!

Students will work deeply with, but not be limited to, the following herbs:

  • Elderberries the CMHS way
  • Ceanothus Red Root
  • Arrowleaf Balsamroot
  • Hawthorn
  • Ashwagandha
  • Mullein
  • Douglas Fir
  • Ponderosa Pine

Each week, we will work with a specific body system, learning a bit of anatomy and physiology, and plants to provide support and healing. Our focus is on the immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems.

“We go where the plants grow!” Apprentices will travel to exquisitely beautiful places to commune with nature and each other, harvest plants in their natural habitats, and create medicine in the field. Each weeks’ lessons follow the season and will focus on what is growing in abundance. We will also have a day at the Cedar Mountain Herb School farmlet to harvest plants on the land there. Learn to listen to the plants and accept the gifts that nature offers as nature’s timing is always perfect!

A detailed supply list and itinerary is provided each week in plenty of time to be prepared for the lessons. Registered apprentices will receive an invitation to join the group. This is where all communication will occur.

Before registration, students will be asked to create a Student Account, where each lesson is posted along with a supplies list for each week, and where questions can be asked, assignments received and uploaded, get answers, make friends, ask for carpooling, and get tons more herbal info! Create your student account then return to this page to submit registration and payment. We do not send out individual course related emails to each student; your Student Area is where all communication happens.

Meet new herbal friends, both plants and people, and be prepared to have your world changed! Get ready for The Best Thursdays Ever!

What you’ll need:

Tools and Equipment

Bear in mind that students may not need everything every week, but the following are good to have on hand. Half pint (8 ounce) and one-pint (16 ounce) wide mouth jars with screw top lids either plastic or metal. Plastic is preferred.

  • Sharp chopping knife, scissors and cutting board
  • Hand clippers (Felco is a good brand)
  • Fabric grocery bags or basket (also these)
  • Camp chair or blanket to sit on
    • Low-sitting
    • Small/tripod
    • Normal-sized
  • Water/snacks/lunch
  • Notebook and pencil/pen
  • Masking tape or stick on labels and sharpie pen

Remedy Making Ingredients

This list will help students to get an idea of things might be needed to have on hand for medicine making. See below for a list of sources. Each week students will be notified in advance what to bring for each particular lesson.

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) 151 proof alcohol (unflavored). Vodka or rum. Do not purchase 190 proof.
  • 1 bottle (750 ml brandy (80 proof)
  • 1 pint olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 quart apple cider vinegar (unpasteurized)
  • 1 quart raw, local honey (not creamed)
  • 16 ounces witch hazel (unscented – for making topical remedies)
  • 6 ounces beeswax or shea butter (for making salves)

Request This Workshop

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WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY: Refunds will gladly be given minus a 20% processing fee up to 14 days before a community workshop. We have a no refunds policy for cancelling 14 days or less before a workshop and for no-shows. No exceptions can be made. Thank you for understanding. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have before registering.