Classes &
Workshops

“We tend to eat what we’re familiar with, let’s become familiar with the weeds!” ~ Suzanne Tabert

Welcome to the Cedar Mountain Herb School

We’re so glad you’ve chosen us for your herbal education!

We’re back in the saddle and would love to see you in our in-person and online workshops! CMHS Herbal Classes and Workshops are specially designed to help you learn about all-things-herbs, whether for your own personal use or for professional work. Reconnect with nature, community, and yourself!

COVID-19 NOTICE: We practice common sense in regards to avoiding the covid virus, which includes physical distancing, available warm water and soap hand washing station, and wearing masks at each workshop. We are so excited to meet with you all again and hope to see you in these so important workshops! Build your herbal apothecary and be prepared for what comes your way! xoxo Be blessed and be healthy!

Suzanne is a brilliant teacher that meets the diverse needs of her students with grace and ease. She is impressive at capturing both the science and subtleties of plants with harmonized precision. I was inspired every week in learning so many different skills within the herbal medicine realm. Truly, Suzanne is more than just a fabulous teacher, she is an extraordinary human being. She has a heart of gold and generously shares with her students, the wisdom of countless years in her craft with wit and humor that would make anyone delight to be in her presence. Getting to spend time with Suzanne every week was the best part of my summer! I am forever full of gratitude for the incredible experiences and knowledge that Cedar Mountain Herb School brought me! —Morgyn V

Upcoming Workshops

Seattle-Area Workshops

Wildcrafting: Hawthorn Intensive Spring 2021

Saturday May 15, 2021

Location: Seattle, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Heather Bruno

Hawthorn is considered a primo herb for supporting overall cardiovascular health. We’ll delve into plant constituents to learn the “why and how” hawthorn is working with our anatomy and physiology to improve the health of not only the cardiovascular system, but of the nervous system as well. We will discuss protocols for the use of hawthorn and adjunct therapies to manage anxiety and panic attacks and relieve the effects of stress.

Wildcrafting Harvest Intensive ~ Yarrow at the Beach!

Saturday June 5, 2021

Location: Camano Island, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Heather Bruno

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium,  is a simply beautiful yet incredibly complex plant that works with the body’s needs to support health and well-being. Its unique and often contradictory actions go beyond physical uses to support us emotionally as well.

Wildcrafting: Eastern Washington Wild Plant Ramble!

Wednesday June 16, 2021

Location: Cle Elum, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Heather Bruno

We may visit with goldenrod, wild cherry, ponderosa pine, elderflower, wild rose, mullein, arrowleaf balsam root, yarrow, hawthorn, willow and more! We will harvest what is bountiful and make medicine with what we are gifted!

Wildcrafting Harvest Intensive - St. John's Wort for Summer Solstice!

Saturday June 19, 2021

Location: Tacoma, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Heather Bruno

St. John’s Wort has an all-around sunny disposition and it aids in resolving pain on both physical and emotional levels. St. John’s signature, perforated leaves, like tiny windows, and bright yellow flowers bloom around the time of Summer Solstice and can literally let in the light when we are experiencing sadness or depression as it elevates our spirits, helps us regain energy and motivation, reclaim joy and a positive outlook on life!

Foods That Heal ~ Anti-inflammatory Cooking

Saturday July 10, 2021

Location: Seattle, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Amanda Lovett-Jones

This class teaches the necessary basics of going gluten, dairy and refined sugar free as well as: 5 simple recipes to cook and share with clients and/or loved ones, Break down natural sweeteners, which are healthy, and which are not, What are the most common inflammatory ingredients, How to bake gluten free vegan, and How to menu plan.

Wildcrafting: Mullein in Eastern WA!

Wednesday July 14, 2021

Location: Ellensburg, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Heather Bruno

Its fuzzy leaves are full of healing, soothing mucilage that is beneficial to the respiratory system. Mullein is a gentle, yet powerful expectorant, moistening stuck mucus to help coughs be more productive, but it can also quiet down a spasmodic cough. It is an excellent remedy to have on hand for dry, hot summers and smoky skies as well.

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Wildcrafting: Hawthorn Berry Intensive

Saturday September 18, 2021

Location: Seattle, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Heather Bruno

Hawthorn, the "everything is going to be ok" herb is so needed now more than ever! Hawthorn is considered a primo herb for supporting overall cardiovascular health. We’ll delve into plant constituents to learn the “why and how” hawthorn is working with our anatomy and physiology to improve the health of not only the cardiovascular system, but of the nervous system as well.

Northern Idaho Workshops

Herbal Apothecary ~ Self Reliant Herbalism

Saturday June 12, 2021

Location: Sandpoint, ID
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Suzanne M. Tabert

Gain the skills needed to feel confident knowing when to pick plants at their strongest and how to process them to ensure that the remedies will be high quality herbal medicine that really works!

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Gut Health ~ Building Robust Immunity and Mental Health Summer 2021

Saturday June 19, 2021

Location: Sandpoint, ID
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Suzanne M. Tabert

Gut health is the cornerstone to healthy nervous and immune systems. Go beyond fabulous digestive health to reversing chronic inflammation and creating mental and immune health using bitter herbs. Learn the relationship that the gut has with stress and immunity and how to heal and maintain this connection.

The Medicinal Herb Garden and Hydrosol Distillation

Saturday July 10, 2021

Location: Sandpoint, ID
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Suzanne M. Tabert

Planting and tending a medicinal herb garden is a meditation practice! Herbs, bees, birds, sun, water, and soil combine to create a sanctuary for both plants and people.

Wild Harvest Intensive ~ Hawthorn Berries (Sandpoint, ID)

Saturday September 18, 2021

Location: Sandpoint, ID
Setting: In-Person
Instructor: Suzanne M. Tabert

This wildcrafting intensive is for those who wish to dive deep into all things Hawthorn and is suitable for both beginning and advanced students. No prior herbal knowledge or experience needed! We will spend the day identifying and learning all about hawthorn, proper harvesting time and techniques, and abundant medicine making!

Online Workshops

Herbal Medicine for Inflammation Relief

Saturday June 26, 2021

Location: Zoom Video
Setting: Online
Instructor: Amanda Lovett-Jones

Inflammation is a massive problem in society. Whether from injury, allergy, or presenting disease, inflammation can cause premature aging, tissue damage and secondary disease states.

Herbal Apprenticeships

Would you like to take your herbal skills to more advance levels? Sign up for our intensive, field-based  Herbal Apprenticeships. Expand your knowledge of local medicinal plants, nutrition, and plants’ effects on the body systems.

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All About Our Workshops

Based in Sandpoint Idaho and Seattle Washington, CMHS is one of the longest-running herbal schools in the Pacific Northwest. Community workshops are held at a variety of locations in Western and Central Washington and Sandpoint, Idaho, and will be plainly noted in the workshop descriptions.

During the harvest intensives and apprenticeship programs, students gather wild herbs, process plant matter, and make appropriate remedies for the topic. Each workshop covers medicinal uses for the plants harvested, case study stories, anatomy and physiology, with best preparations for extracting and preserving the medicinal constituents, and appropriate applications.

We are SO thrilled for the workshop offerings this winter! We’ve got an amazing ONLINE lineup for everyone, with a focus on successful herb gardening, immunity building, phytochemistry for beginners,  and practical steps to overcome covid and day-to-day anxiety! Really, check out the workshops, we are confident that what we have on offer is exactly what YOU need! And best yet, you can learn in the comfort and safety of your home.

Suzanne and the 2020 apprentices navigated the program online for the first few weeks, then were able to get together (with physical distancing) halfway through in order to harvest plants and work one on one with them! They learned SO MUCH about how to get healthy and stay healthy and calm and now have tools to share with others. Alison, one of the amazingly resilient apprentices, noted that Suzanne taught them about the medicine of 105 plants! Wow! Plus they learned so much more than simply plant medicine. They learned that they could bend, stretch and sail through difficult situations with remedies in their herbal and healthy lifestyle toolbelt.

Make 2021 YOUR year by  joining one of our 3 apprenticeship programs starting in April! The time is now to kickstart your dream of herbal competency and independence from dream to reality!

Taking your class was one of the best decisions of my life. Seriously. Being a part of the lovely, wise world of plants has brought me back to who I am. I realized a few months ago, that the Emily I’m most happy with and the one who feels right is the Emily that gets up early every Tuesday and drives up to your homestead and is home. The space that you create and nurture and fill with the magic of herbal medicine is such a glorious place to be and learn and grow in. You, as a person and strong badass wildcrafter, are an inspiration.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart —Emily B.

I have so many favorites I have learned from you. Most recently, I used the cold/ flu tincture just last week when I was sick – Cottonwood buds, spruce tips, salal, fir tips, honey, ginger and brandy. I think what really cured me was remembering the “salal chew test” and the cold crisp morning hike to gather the plants to make it. Thank you, Suzanne —Thea R.

Suzanne is a boss and she is offering us all access to the extensive knowledge she’s accumulated over a lifetime. Come as you are, and learn about this medicine that is growing in our backyards, and on our walks through the city, and in our mountains. This is information for the people, to heal them and make them happy and comfortable and well. She’ll take you there and enable you to make it for yourself, and for everyone else you know. — Hailey M.

I’m so grateful that you’ve dedicated your life to learning about plant medicine and that you’ve chosen to share your vast knowledge with students. This apprenticeship has been a dream come true and I can’t thank you enough for all the time, energy, and heart you put into it. – Emily M.