Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2023

  • WHEN:  May - September 2023
  • TIME:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • FEE:  $2250 for all 4 sessions when purchased
    as the complete program or $625 per session
    when purchased separately. You get a $250
    discount for the complete program! The
    benefits of participating in the complete
    program are multifold, however students
    may wish to attend only one or two sessions.
  • INSTRUCTOR:  Suzanne Tabert
  • SETTING:  In-Person
  • LOCATION:  Sandpoint, ID

(details & directions provided after enrollment)


May 18th and 25th
June 1st and 8th

Early Summer Session:

June 22nd and 29th
July 6th and 13th

Mid Summer Session:

July 27th
August 3rd, 10th and 17th


September 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th

The herbal apprenticeship program here 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.

Take a deep dive into herbal self-reliant autonomy! The road to becoming a competent herbalist is long but the payoff is huge in terms of independent health and wellness for you and your family. Take the time to dive in deeply to reap the many life changing benefits!

Vital Course Educational Objectives

Our apprenticeship program is a skills-based harvesting adventure, hence, the principal goal is for the students to develop the ability and skills to identify plants through organoleptic identification, foster strong earth stewardship and create effective herbal remedies for home or business.

By completion of the program, students will have the confidence to:

  • Identify medicinal plants native and non-native to the North Idaho using botanical Latin and common terms with standard and organoleptic botanical identification methods.
  • Distinguish the medicinal uses of plant species both native and non-native in the wild and garden ~ materia medica
  • Participate in legal and sustainable plant harvesting and processing.
  • Gain an understanding of phytochemistry and constituent groups, actions, and needs of constituents or groups to give the medicine maker a clear view on pairing them with the correct mentrua. Previous chemistry is not required.
  • Using critical thinking, design and create a wide variety of highly-effective herbal remedies by recognizing the formulas plants create when living in community with each other and knowing when to harvest for optimum strength.
  • Discern appropriate applications and dosing for the remedies and contraindications.
  • Understand the basics of anatomy and physiology and how plants act on/in the body.
  • Delve into creating and maintaining an herb garden for high medicinal yields. Students may take home plants from the CMHS medicinal herb garden to add to or create their own medicinal garden.
  • Gain an understanding of “getting the medicine to the people in ways they’ll enjoy taking, so that healing can occur.”

“The apprenticeship I did with Suzanne was transformative. I went in thinking I’d learn a lot about plants and I did but more than that I walked away with a new community & a new path to my healing journey. The time we shared in the woods foraging and making medicine was its own kind of therapy. While learning about constituents amongst the vastness of the woods or on a trail identifying plants, I found myself finding parts of myself that I had lost. It was a homecoming through nature, community, shared stories & love. It changed my life. Suzanne’s knowledge of plants & medicine is a treasure and she has created an apprenticeship program that conveys that. It’s a journey like no other, take the plunge!!”

— Meridith S. (Sandpoint, ID)

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

Each sessions’ weeks bring unique lessons. Students will be engaged in an array of holistic botanical experiences that will take them deeper into the practice of herbalism. Students must make the commitment to be available and present each week.

  • Field trips
  • Wild and garden plant harvests
  • Preparation and medicine making
  • Hydrosol distillation
  • Flower remedies
  • Botanical skin care
  • Herbal crafting projects
  • Food as medicine
  • Herbal support for body systems
  • Holistic healing practices

Important details:

(read before enrolling)

Housing Information

Housing is not provided. Students must make their own housing and travel arrangements. Students will need to acquire the tools, equipment, jars and menstrua needed for harvesting and making medicine.

Apprentices must procure basic supplies and texts before the start of the program:
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Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have before registering.