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Nature has the solution… We’ll teach you how! 🌿

Welcome to the Cedar Mountain Herb School!

Our Herbal Empowerment Workshops are specifically designed to help you learn all-things-herbal, whether for your own personal health or herbal business. Reconnect with nature, community, and most importantly — yourself!
Join Suzanne and Heather as they take you to their favorite wildcrafting sites in the Pacific and Inland Northwest to learn about plants hands on and in-person! 🌿

All About Our Workshops

In-Person 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.

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.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Online Herbal Fireside Chats

Regardless of where you live, we’ve got an amazing ONLINE lineup for everyone! Online workshops focus on how to heal from leaky gut and adrenal fatigue and get a great night’s sleep, explore the wisdom of the elders and the role epigenetics play in our health, navigate perimenopause and menopause (taught by 2 postmenopausal women!), dive deep into how to gather herbs at the correct time and craft highly effective herbal remedies.

Check out our online workshops lineup – we’re confident that what we have on offer is exactly what YOU need! And best yet, you can learn in the comfort of your home.

ONLINE HERBAL FIRESIDE CHATS

Upcoming Workshops

North Idaho
Student with long blonde hair wildcrafting roots

Sandpoint Area Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2024

May - September 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Sandpoint, ID
Setting: In-Person
Instructor(s): Suzanne Tabert

This apprenticeship program is full, and we have begun our herbal adventure! Our 16-week Herbal Apprenticeship Program in Sandpoint is for those who have a strong desire to strengthen their skills and fill their herbal tool belts and apothecary with plant medicine from both the wild and garden. CMHS delivers intensive in-the-field plant identification with hands-on harvesting, formulation, medicine making and holistic health practices. This program is appropriate for both novice and advanced students and meets on Thursdays May through September.

Student in blue sweater wildcrafting plants

Roots to Tips Sandpoint Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2024

April - September 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Sandpoint, ID
Setting: In-Person
Instructor(s): Suzanne Tabert

The Roots to Tips apprenticeship program meets the last weekend of the months April through September in Sandpoint. It's designed for those who cannot attend the weekly program, yet have a strong desire to strengthen their skills and fill their herbal tool belts and apothecary with plant medicine from both the wild and garden. CMHS delivers intensive in-the-field plant identification with hands-on harvesting, formulation, medicine making and holistic health practices. Going beyond foundational herbalism, this program is appropriate for both novice and advanced students.

Wild Harvest Intensive ~ Willow by the River

May 18, 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Sandpoint, ID
Setting: In-Person
Instructor(s): Suzanne Tabert

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!

Garden Apothecary

June 22, 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Sandpoint, ID
Setting: In-Person
Instructor(s): Suzanne Tabert

The garden is in full bloom at the CMHS farmlet! We’ll tour my garden to see what’s been planted there - you’ll be inspired to make a variety of remedies to take home in community with the bees, geese and chickens. Perhaps you'll take home a plant start or two as well!

Hugelkultur Guilds & Straw Bale Gardening

July 13, 2024

Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Sandpoint, ID
Setting: In-Person
Instructor(s): Suzanne Tabert

Hugelkultur is German for “hill culture.” One hugelkultur hill or several hills, aka “guilds,” create high-yielding low-maintenance food/herb gardens using native forests as a model. Straw bale gardens are unique and versatile in that they can be installed just about anywhere and provide a matrix for healthy lush plants.

Seattle

Devil's Club Harvest Intensive & Medicine Making (Spring)

May 19, 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Seattle, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor(s): Heather Bruno

This is a unique and rare opportunity to learn more about and harvest Devil's Club. To work intimately with this special plant and make a variety of medicines that are deeply and profoundly healing to the body, psyche and spirit. Every person will have their own experience with Devil's Club. It is a plant that is highly communicative!

Hydrosol Distillation

June 16, 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Seattle, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor(s): Heather Bruno

Hydrosols are a magical transformation of fresh plants and living water, thoughtful intention fire, metal, and steam that produce a gentle, ethical and accessible alternative to essential oils for aromatherapy. They can be used alone or be incorporated into other natural plant therapies. In this AMAZING workshop you will learn all about the workings of a traditional copper alembic still and participate in the process of distillation! All students will take home some of the hydrosol we will make!

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

June 30, 2024

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Seattle, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor(s): 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!

Desert Sage Intensive & Field Hydrosol Distillation in Eastern WA

September 10, 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Seattle, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor(s): Heather Bruno

Desert Sage is a powerful protector of the psyche, a dream herb, a banisher of negative energy, a spiritual touchstone on a journey of self revelation and acceptance... oh, and it is also highly medicinal in the physical sense, too! I can tell share so much with you about Desert Sage, but it is a plant you truly must experience for yourself. This is a full day intensive workshop that combines learning about and experiencing Desert Sage, blissfully wildcrafting it to make remedies AND participating in a hydrosol distillation using a traditional copper alembic still!

Wildcrafting Intensive: Wild Cherry Bark

September 14, 2024

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Seattle, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor(s): Heather Bruno

Autumn is the season to prepare our home apothecaries with natural herbal remedies that prevent and alleviate common illnesses and keep us healthy during the winter months. In this Autumn Wellness Series class, you will be introduced to our native cherry trees and learn how to harvest and prepare the bark for crafting simple and effective remedies!

Wildcrafting Intensive: Douglas-Fir Trees

September 21, 2024

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Seattle, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor(s): Heather Bruno

Be prepared for the colder months ahead by learning about and making remedies from one of the most prolific, health-giving trees in the Pacific Northwest! The citrusy-pine redolent needles and bark of the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, make good medicine! Conifers have a special affinity for the respiratory system, opening up the lungs and sinuses, easing the breath, and allowing for more efficiently oxygenated cells throughout the body, promoting healthy vitality! This generous tree even supports immune system function and promotes a relaxed state of calm energy!

Devil's Club Harvest Intensive & Medicine Making (Fall)

October 20, 2024

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Seattle, WA
Setting: In-Person
Instructor(s): Heather Bruno

This is a unique and rare opportunity to learn more about and harvest Devil's Club. To work intimately with this special plant and make a variety of medicines that are deeply and profoundly healing to the body, psyche and spirit. Every person will have their own experience with Devil's Club. It is a plant that is highly communicative!

Student wearing a cowboy hat wildcrafting plants

Seattle Area Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2024

March - August 2024

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

Our 16-week Herbal Apprenticeship Program in the Seattle area is for folks who have a strong desire to gain and strengthen herbal knowledge and skills specific to plants in the Pacific Northwest and build an apothecary with plant medicine from both the wild and garden. Students experience intensive wildcrafting and herbal medicine making with in-the-field plant identification, hands-on harvesting and processing. Our approach centers on supportive practices for natural health and healing of body, mind and spirit, and is grounded in both herbal science and tradition. This program is appropriate for both beginner and continuing students. Classes meet on Fridays. The course begins in March and ends in August.

Student collecting hawthorn berries

Intro to Autumn Wildcrafting & Herbal Home Apothecary Course 2024

Sept - Oct 2024

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

Autumn is a wonderful season for learning to wildcraft and make medicine with roots, fruits/berries, barks, & seeds. It's the time to prepare for the colder months, build our herbal apothecary and ourselves by working with herbs that support wellness, build up resilience to stress and illness, prevent and address infection and aid in recovery from illness! In this 4 week introductory course, you will learn about wildcrafting and be introduced to self-reliant, place-based herbalism. You will also learn to identify, harvest and make a treasure chest of herbal medicine from key plants that grow in the Pacific Northwest. We will also cover holistic practices that are appropriate for managing stress, preventing illness and building immunity.

2-Day Seasonal Series: Basic Herbal First Aid (Summer)

June 22 - 23, 2024

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

Develop and add to your Herbal Tool Belt with First Aid knowledge, skills and hand-crafted apothecary staples with plants that are available in each season. This course is taught by an herbalist and wildcrafter trained in Advanced First Aid. You will learn basic first aid responses, protocols and preparations that address a wide variety of emergency topics and situations. And you will develop your own Materia medica and herbal first aid kit! Beginners warmly welcomed and encouraged!

2-Day Seasonal Series: Basic Herbal First Aid (Autumn)

October 12 - 13, 2024

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

Accidents Happen! Did you know that there are plants growing right at your feet and above your head that can be quickly used in a pinch when an emergency situation arises to stop bleeding, reduce pain from burns, cuts and sprains, ease an allergic reaction, treat an insect sting or bite, and more? Not only that, but often these plants are preferred remedies, often achieving better results than anything you can buy! Beginners warmly welcomed and encouraged!

Online

Our Fireside Chats for the 2024/2025 winter season start up again in November.

We are super excited for the lineup this year!

In the meantime, our past fireside chats are available as recorded webinars. With the recorded webinars, you can stop the recording, take notes, go back to hear an interesting nugget, skip ahead as you like. Learn cool things about herbs and healthy lifestyle on your own time, when it’s convenient for you!

There’s something beautiful that happens when we make commitments – to our health, our growing wisdom and our community. We believe in YOU and are so happy to welcome you in!