Welcome to the first Cedar Mountain Herb School Thursday Summer Apprenticeship Program in Sandpoint, Idaho! We’re so glad that you’ve chosen us for your herbal instruction. It’s going to be a very fun, very “wild” ride. You’ll learn more about wild and garden plants, their work in the body, and yourself than you ever thought possible!

The Thursday program runs 11 weeks, May 13 – July 22
Fee for the Sandpoint summer program: 1975.00 USD
Times: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm each Thursday we meet

American Herbalists Guild members get a 10% discount on the Sandpoint apprenticeship program!
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North Idaho has a long and proud history of rugged self-sufficient people; attending the 11 week summer program will further – or begin – your journey to self-reliant herbalism. Suzanne is excited to bring her over 30 years experience working with local plants to the Sandpoint region. This is a rare opportunity not to be missed!

Gain the skills needed to feel confident knowing how to safely identify herbs, when to pick plants at their strongest whether in the garden or in the wild, and how to process them to ensure effective herbals in a working apothecary.

The program runs 100+ hours of time with the instructor. We will spend time both in the wild up in the mountains and at the rivers, and in the garden at the Cedar Mountain Herb School. There are so many plants to explore in North Idaho, for both food and medicine!

Please note: There will be bi-monthly assignments and projects to be completed 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.

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 those who have a passion for harvesting wild plants who come to the CMHS for instruction to these amazing places.

Heads up! We often travel to wild places on rugged 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. Plan to carpool with others if your vehicle will not accommodate the conditions. Students who carpool 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!”

Important things to know

Here are some vital details you should take into consideration before signing up:
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.
HOUSING: Housing is not provided. Students must make their own housing and travel arrangements. Students will need to acquire the tools, jars, and menstrua needed for harvesting and making medicine. This will include half pint and pint jars, a variety alcohol including 80, 100, and 151 proof alcohol, honey, witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, extra virgin olive oil, castor oil, glycerine, apple cider vinegar. Cutting boards, chopping knives, clippers, painters tape for labels, and camp chairs will be needed as well. Each week, the apprentices will be notified what they’ll need to bring to that particular class.
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.

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

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