Welcome to the Cedar Mountain Herb School’s Roots to Tips Wildcrafting Training Program! We’re so glad that you chose us for your herbal instruction. It’s going to be a very fun, very “wild” ride.
Roots to Tips Dates:
April 24-25 | May 22-23 | June 26-27 | July 24-25 | August 28-29 | September 25-26
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 and safe place where everyone is welcome! That means you! What I am told by so many of my 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 and practice boundaries with kindness.
The Wildcrafting Apprenticeship Programs here at CMHS 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 Northwest, and acquire valuable experience in making and using herbal medicines for home or business.
At CMHS, we strive to harvest away from the public eye, in places where few people go, which means that there is very little footprint from the casual harvester/hiker/other herb schools. I hold the land and plants very dear, as the wealth of herbal medicine on the land is exquisite. It’s an amazing feeling to harvest without worrying whether others will come behind to take as well. Precious plants need to be protected. Wildcrafting places are sacred to the person who took the time to find them. It’s a privilege to be in these place, and I welcome the opportunity to take the few who have a passion for harvesting wild plants who come to CMHS for instruction.
Heads up! We often travel to wild places where there may gravel roads. These roads can have potholes and fairly steep terrain at times. There is vegetation growing on the sides of the roads, and on occasion, we may travel up a narrow road. This means that there is always a chance that vehicles can get scratched. Please make sure that your vehicle can traverse these types of roads, and that you are comfortable with the above info. Low slung vehicles are not appropriate. We will carpool always. Plan to carpool with others if your vehicle will not accommodate conditions. Take note that a full car means a heavier load and lower vehicle, and students must share fuel expenses each harvest day. It may be that travel time may be an hour or more each way as “We go where the plants grow!”
Registration for complete program is mandatory. Registering for partial program is not an option. Please do not register if you cannot attend each and every valuable class, so that someone who can will be able to receive the valuable teaching.
The Roots to Tips Wildcrafting Apprenticeship Program is an excellent weekend option for those who wish to have a completely in-person herbal experience in the Seattle area. The dates are the fourth weekend of each month April – September.
What we’ll accomplish:
- The goal each month is to focus on building health, support strategies, and alleviating issues of the major body systems. Of course, there will be an emphasis on wildcrafting. Each weekend, we will travel to amazingly beautiful herb sanctuaries for learning, harvesting, making field medicine, and soaking in the beauty that is all around.
- Students will play an active role in identifying and wild harvesting plants relevant to the chosen subject each month. 110% correct identification is key to harvesting wild plants safely, by identifying 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. Students will recognise and define wildcrafting within the context of legal gathering, ethics, and sustainable harvesting.
- Apprentices will practice the fine art of herbal medicine making and formulation, and learn why specific remedies will work better than others in certain situations. Each month, they’ll make remedies to add to their ever-growing apothecary. Students will develop problem-solving skills by discussing case studies, asking pertinent questions in order to assist in ferreting out helpful clues for the best possible health outcome. This gives experience in answering the “what is a good herb for…” question so often asked.
- Everywhere from deep in the woods, to the mountain tops and over the passes, in fields 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 in body care, meals, smudging, treats, deco, and so much more! As the months progress, plants will easily become part of daily life in ways that are beautiful, healthful, and nourishing.
- In addition to the curriculum, students will have the opportunity to create an herbarium. An herbarium is a valuable record of plants that is useful when harvesting, 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.
- The program runs 110+ hours of time with the instructor. In addition to the curriculum, students will be required to create an herbarium, and continue to add to it. There will be assignments and projects to be fulfilled throughout the program. 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.