Spring Botanical Primer 2021

WHEN: Fridays April – May 2021
TIME: 9am – 4pm
FEE: 575 USD
INSTRUCTOR: Heather Bruno
LOCATION: Seattle area


Botanical Primer Dates:
April 23rd | April 30th | May 7th | May 14th

Spring is a time of renewal and reawakening. Reawaken your passion for medicinal plants and become part of the centuries-old legacy of herbal medicine. Renew your connection with nature to build strong health in every cell of your body!

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, 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 build 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:

  • Willow
  • Nettle
  • Wood Violet
  • Dandelion
  • Rose
  • Hawthorn
  • Arrowleaf balsamroot

“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 weeks’ lessons follow the season and will focus on what is growing in abundance. Learn to listen to the plants and accept the gifts that nature offers as nature’s timing is always perfect!

A detailed supply list and itinerary is provided for each week in your Cedar Mountain Student Area. Registered apprentices will receive an invitation to join the group. This is where all communication will occur. Get ready to meet new herbal friends, both plants and people, and experience for The Best Fridays Ever!

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.

Meet new herbal friends, both plants and people, and be prepared to have your world changed, and get ready for The Best Fridays Ever!

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.

Sharp 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
You may need to have a Discover Pass and a Northwest Forest Pass
Hand washing station and sanitizer for each outing will be supplied.

Remedy Making Ingredients
This list will help you to get an idea of things you might need 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 quart olive oil or avocado oil
1 quart apple cider vinegar (unpasteurized)
1 quart raw, local honey (not creamed)
16 ounces food grade vegetable glycerin (optional)
16 ounces witch hazel (unscented-for making topical remedies)
6 ounces beeswax or shea butter (for making salves)

You can find canning jars at most grocery or hardware stores. You can also use clean recycled jars with screw top lids. Costco is a great place to source raw honey (they carry local WA honey!), apple cider vinegar (ACV) and oils in larger amounts such as olive, coconut or avocado. Places like PCC, Marlene’s Market, Whole Foods, and other natural grocers carry smaller amounts of organic oils, apple cider vinegar, and local honey. They often carry dropper bottles and salve jars as well and sometimes beeswax. You only need a small amount to get started. Fred Meyer carries witch hazel. Look to liquor stores like BevMo and Total Wine for alcohol, as most grocery stores don’t carry the higher proof alcohols.

Important things to know

Here are some vital details you should take into consideration before signing up:
APPRENTICESHIP REFUND AND MISSED CLASSES POLICY: There are absolutely no refunds, transfers, or make-up days for missed classes or dropping the programs 1 month or less from the start of the program, and/or once the program begins. The responsibility of attending each valuable class rests solely upon the student. Students who attend CMHS apprenticeship programs take coveted places in the program that other students would be thrilled to utilize. If a student drops out 1 month or more before the start of the program, they will receive their fee minus a 20% processing fee. No exceptions will be made.
LIMITED ENROLLMENT: There are many who wish to attend our programs and enrollment is limited to keep our wildcrafting footprint light. The apprenticeship programs at CMHS are for students who are committed to be present each day of the program/s and completing all assigned work. We reserve the right to terminate the teacher/student affiliation at any time without refund for disruptive behavior, creating undue drama, disrespect towards instructors or students, not completing required work, and/or missing 2 consecutive classes in a program, with no exceptions. Please read the entire program offerings carefully, including what you will need to acquire for the programs and our refund policy, in order to make the right decision for you. Thank you for understanding.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have before registering.

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