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Wild Harvest Intensive ~ Willow by the River

Wild Harvest Intensive ~ Willow by the River

  • WHEN:  May 18, 2024
  • TIME:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • FEE:  $125.00 USD
  • INSTRUCTOR:  Suzanne Tabert
  • SETTING:  In-Person
  • LOCATION:  Sandpoint, ID

(details & directions provided after enrollment)

You’ll learn to identify willow, how to harvest it at just the right time and I will share my knowledge and tips for how to make the most effective willow remedies. We will cover more than you thought possible about this amazing medicinal plant. Best of all, the workshop takes place in a beautiful setting where you will process the willow bark as you watch the river flow peacefully by!

Let’s celebrate the arrival of spring in a memorable way! Willow is a powerful symbol of spring, rebirth, and renewal and of hope, resiliency, and strength. It is a powerful herb that contains natural constituents that work together with our bodies to bring about relief and allow healing to occur.

It’s bark peeling time! Did you know that there are over 90 species of wild willow growing in the Pacific and Inland Northwest?

Willow is an excellent pain reliever, fever reducer, and anti inflammatory herb, and it can be used in a toner to reduce and eliminate acne breakouts and soothe ingrown hairs.   Being a bitter herb, willow is supportive of digestive, immune and nerve health. Its very bitterness makes willow so valuable.

CMHS’s motto is “Get the medicine to the people in ways they’ll enjoy taking so that healing can occur.” Students will make an alcohol or apple cider vinegar tincture, a willow infused honey and willow skin toner, and learn ways to utilize these remedies.


We will meet at Suzanne’s farmlet in Sandpoint (address and directions will be emailed after enrollment). The workshop is open to registered students only. Please do not bring unregistered guests, pets or children.

What to bring? How to prepare?

  • 3 small (half pint) jars with lids (NO larger sizes please!)
  • Small clippers
  • A small towel or sheet for processing the bark
  • Paring knife
  • Sturdy scissors or kitchen shears
  • Camp chair or something to sit on
  • Masking tape or labels and a sharpie pen
  • Lunch/water/a thermos of something warm to drink
  • Dress for the weather! Bring warm layers (rain gear!) and sturdy shoes! It can be chilly by the water!
  • Sunblock, hat, umbrella
  • Hand warmers are recommended
  • For infused honey: 1/2 pint of honey (unpasteurized, local honey is best – liquid honey only, not creamed)
  • For tincture: 1/2 pint 100 proof alcohol-unflavored (vodka or brandy are good choices) OR 1/2 pint apple cider vinegar
  • For toner: 1/2 pint unscented witch hazel
WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY: Refunds will gladly be given minus a 20% processing fee up to 7 days before a community workshop. We have a no refunds policy for cancelling 7 days or less before a workshop and for no-shows. No exceptions can be made. Thank you for understanding. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have before registering.