Last weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of the months April through September:
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.
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, your family and potentially, your business. 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.”
“Taking your class was one of the best decisions of my life. Seriously. Being a part of the lovely, wise world of plants has brought me back to who I am. I realized a few months ago, that the Emily I’m most happy with and the one who feels right is the Emily that gets up early every Tuesday and drives up to your homestead and is home. The space that you create and nurture and fill with the magic of herbal medicine is such a glorious place to be and learn and grow in. You, as a person and strong badass wildcrafter, are an inspiration. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
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
We meet all day Saturday for intensive herbal studies, students will return home Saturday night, and then come back for another full day of herbal medicine on Sunday. Students will complete projects that will take approximately 12 hours per month, which may include study, research, creating monographs to add to their herbarium, quizzes, creating remedies and writing short papers.
Students who complete all assignments and miss no more than 2 days throughout the program will receive a certificate of achievement at the end of the course. Fulfillment of the requirements for the apprenticeship program may be applied to continuing education credits.
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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:
Every apprentice must procure copies of the following books before the start of the program:
- Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia and the Inland Northwest Central WA and Idaho Plant Guide