Seattle Roots to Tips Wildcrafting Training Program 2022
- WHEN: March - July 2022
- TIME: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
- FEE: 2150 USD
- INSTRUCTOR: Heather Bruno
- SETTING: In-Person
- LOCATION: Seattle, WA (details & directions provided after enrollment)
Welcome to the Cedar Mountain Herb School’s Roots to Tips Wildcrafting Training Program! We are so glad you have chosen us for your herbal instruction. It’s going to be a very fun, very “wild”, and very enriching journey!
Seattle 2022 Roots to Tips Dates (in-person classes):
March 19-20 | April 23-34 | May 21-22 | June 18-19 | July 16-17
The Roots to Tips Wildcrafting training Program in the Seattle area is an excellent weekend opportunity over a 5-month period, a perfect option for you to expand your herbal knowledge and skills and to go deeper in learning about the plants of our own unique bioregion!
Nature has the answers…we show you how!
Each weekend, we will travel to amazingly beautiful places for learning, harvesting, making field medicine, and soaking in the beauty that is all around.
Each class is field based, designed to expand and enhance your knowledge of local medicinal plants, nutrition, and plants’ effects on the body systems. The programs cover plant identification, materia medica, sustainable harvesting methods, medicine making, plant constituents, basic anatomy and physiology, formulations, local ecology, 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. Our approach is holistic, grounded in both science and tradition, and you will learn more about your body and how plants work with your body, mind, and spirit to support health and healing than you ever thought possible.
At CMHS, we hold the land and plants very dear and so practicing and teaching ethical and sustainable wildcrafting is at the heart of what we do. Wildcrafting places are sacred to the person who took the time to find them. You will learn how to care for and preserve these precious plants and ecologies. It is a privilege to be in these places with like-minded wildings with a passion for learning about and harvesting the exquisite healing medicine the earth provides.
Our school is a safe place where everyone is welcome! That means you! We are told by so many apprentices 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, new directions are found, lifelong friendships are forged. Apprenticeships at CMHS are truly enriching and positively life changing!
What you can expect
You will participate in identifying and wild harvesting plants relevant to the chosen subjects 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, organoleptic (sensory) identification, and life cycles.
You will define and practice wildcrafting within the context of ethical, legal and sustainable harvesting.
The fine art of herbal medicine-making and formulation will be explored, along with the “why” specific plants might work better than others in certain situations. Each month, you will make remedies to add to your ever-growing apothecary and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills by discussing case studies and engaging in inquiry-based learning.
Everywhere from deep in the woods, to the mountain tops and over the passes, in fields and urban settings, to the ocean and rivers…. Plant allies are here, vital and waiting to introduce themselves to you. They have so much to offer and are so willing to teach, heal and nourish. As the months progress, plants will easily become part of your daily life in ways that are beautiful, healthful, and nourishing.
Just as we work to create protected places for plants, we create protected spaces for people. This means that our time together is a sanctuary away from daily life stressors, politics, controversies and tensions. We emphasize being together in harmony and shared purpose and our time is focused on the plants and what they have to teach us. Respectful and kind interactions are expected always.
The program runs 110+ hours of time with the instructor. In addition to the field work and curriculum, apprentices will enrich and expand their knowledge through various assignments and projects, including the opportunity to create an herbarium, a valuable record of plants that is useful when harvesting and documenting your learning. An herbarium can be adding to over the years and passed down to future generations. It includes botanical and common names, habitat, descriptions of the plants and samples, information about when, where and how to harvest, medicinal constituents, physiological effects, drug interactions, preparations, proper menstrua, and personal experiences.
Those 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.
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.
The following is a list of supplies to acquire in order to successfully harvest plants and make effective herbal remedies. Students will be given a “what is needed” list for each lesson, whether for in-person harvesting and medicine making or homework to be done outside of the lessons. Not all supplies will be needed for each lesson.
Tools and Equipment for Outings
- Sharp chopping knife, paring knife, scissors and cutting board
- Fabric grocery bags or basket
- Camp chair
- Lunch, water/nonalcoholic beverage, snacks
- Notebook and pencil/pen
- Masking tape or stick on labels and sharpie pen
- You will need a Discover Pass and a Northwest Forest Pass if your program is in Washington State.
- Hand sanitizer.
Menstrua and Other Remedy Making Ingredients
Students will be advised what will be needed for each lesson. Not all supplies will be needed for each lesson, but it will be good to have everything on hand.
- 151 proof alcohol (unflavored) vodka or rum
- 100 proof alcohol vodka
- 80 proof brandy of choice
- Olive oil and any other fixed oils of choice. Note that fixed oils and their attributes will be discussed during programs.
- Witch hazel (unscented) – with alcohol. Alcohol free is not appropriate.
- Apple cider vinegar (unpasteurized)
- Raw, local honey (liquid, not spun)
- Spring or filtered water
- Food grade vegetable glycerin (optional)
- Beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil
- 70% isopropyl alcohol
You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to get started, however, having a stocked working environment makes remedy making fun. Feel free to improvise as you learn!
- Wide mouth jars with screw top lids – plastic or other non-metal lid preferred. You will need both pint and half-pint size jars. Expect to use a couple of dozen each during your program. Only rarely will quart jars be used.
- Metal sieves (for straining)
- Wide mouth funnel
- Small funnel for pouring remedies from big jars into little bottles.
- Functional (sharp) chopping and paring knives.
- Spoons, chopsticks
- Bowls (with spouts are handy)
- Filters such as nut bags for straining herbs from menstrua
- Blender or food processor
- Dedicated coffee grinder or mortar and pestle
- Measuring cups, spoons for both dry and liquid ingredients
- A kitchen scale that measures ounces, grams and liquid milliliters
- Crockpot, instapot or yogurt maker (for macerating oils)
- Dehydrator with fan and adjustable temperature control.
- 1/2 or 1 oz dosing bottles with droppers (amber or colored glass)
- 2 oz spray bottles (clear for hydrosols)
- 1, 2, or 4 ounce salve jars (amber or colored glass)
- Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar and McKinnon
- Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore
Other books and resources will be recommended to you throughout the program.
For those wishing to go deeper in understanding plant constituents:
- Phytochemistry and Pharmacy for Practitioners of Botanical Medicine by Eric Yarnell
- Herbal Constituents, Foundations of Phytochemistry by Lisa Ganora
- Herbal Contraindications and Drug Interactions Plus Herbal Adjuncts w/Medicines by Francis Brinker