Fall Botanical Primer - Seattle 2021
- WHEN: September - October 2021
- TIME: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- FEE: 575 USD
- INSTRUCTOR: Heather Bruno
- SETTING: In-Person
- LOCATION: Seattle, WA (details & directions provided after enrollment)
This event has 4 dates: September 17th, September 21st, October 1 and October 8th.
Autumn mini apprenticeship geared towards hands-on field work and learning about plants where they grow!
Learn to prepare for herbal wellness during the cold season!
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, understanding 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!
Students will work deeply with, but not be limited to, the following herbs:
- Wild Rose
- Douglas Fir
- Oregon Grape
Each week, as we learn about the plants we will also focus on a bit of anatomy and physiology to better understand how plants work with our bodies to provide support and healing. Our focus will primarily be 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 week will follow the season and what is growing in abundance.
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 discussion boards. 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.
In this amazing four weeks you will gain new herbal friends, both plants and people, and experience the most blissful and exciting Best Fridays 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
- 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)