Herbal Empowerment Workshops

Nature has the solution ~ We’ll teach you how!

Welcome to the Cedar Mountain Herb School!

Our herbal workshops and programs are specifically designed to help you learn about all-things-herbs, whether for your own personal health or herbal business. Reconnect with nature, community, and most importantly – yourself!

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Upcoming Workshops

North Idaho Workshops

Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2022

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

The herbal apprenticeship program here 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.

Willow Harvest Intensive

Saturday May 21, 2022

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

You’ll learn more than you thought possible about amazingly versatile willow and spend the day out in nature in the fresh air harvesting and processing your bounty right on the sandbar next to a peaceful creek.

Herbal Fun ~ Making Wild Rose Beads

Saturday June 18, 2022

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

The vibrational medicine of roses is that we are held and comforted in our grieving and injured hearts. When we feel loss, we can wear the rose beads and take in the love and comfort so readily given and so needed.

Self Reliant Herbalism classes

Herbal Apothecary ~ Self Reliant Herbalism

Saturday June 25, 2022

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

Gain the skills needed to feel confident knowing when to pick plants at their strongest medicinal and nutritional value and how to process them for effective herbal remedies.

The Medicinal Herb Garden and Hydrosol Distillation

Saturday July 9, 2022

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

A medicinal herb garden is a meditation practice with herbs, bees, birds, sun, water, and soil combining to create a sanctuary for both plants and people. Join us in the CMHS garden, won't you?

learn about Hawthorn Berries

Wild Harvest ~ Hawthorn Berries

Saturday September 3, 2022

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

For those who wish to dive deep into all things Hawthorn. We will spend the day identifying and learning all about hawthorn, proper harvesting time, medicine making. Go beyond “hawthorn is good for the heart.”

Seattle Area Workshops

Spring Botanical Primer 2022

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

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!

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Wildcrafting: Nettles in the Park Spring 2022

Friday March 18, 2022

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

Nettle is bursting with beneficial goodness! The lovely stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, is a micro-nutrient rich green that our bodies recognize as food and medicine. Good nutrition is the crucial foundation for building a healthy body, mind and spirit!

Wildcrafting: Willow By The River

Friday April 8, 2022

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

Come celebrate the arrival of Spring in a magical and memorable way! Willow is a powerful symbol of spring, rebirth, and renewal and of hope, resiliency, and strength… It’s time to re-fill our cup from the deep wells of Mother Earth!

Wildcrafting: Hawthorn Intensive Spring 2022

Saturday May 14, 2022

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

Online Workshops

Stress Less with Herbs, Meditation and Yoga ~ A Half Day At-Home Retreat

Saturday January 15, 2022

Location: Zoom Video
Setting: Online
Instructor(s): Suzanne M. Tabert & Sita Tocco

Stress less using your body's and mind's naturally inborn ability for building resilient emotional health.

herbal garden

Creating An Herb Garden For Health and Beauty ~ Part 1 ~ What Makes a Fertile Garden?

Saturday January 22, 2022

Location: Zoom Video
Setting: Online
Instructor(s): Suzanne M. Tabert

“Watching something grow is good for morale. It helps us believe in life.” Myron S. Kaufman

Happiness grows in the garden! Explore what makes a garden, whether it be a plot of land, a window box, container garden, indoor jungle, hugelkultur, and/or straw bale gardening. The possibilities are endless and can be adapted to suit your lifestyle.

herbal garden

Creating An Herb Garden For Health and Beauty ~ Part 2 ~ Choosing Your Herbs

Saturday January 22, 2022

Location: Zoom Video
Setting: Online
Instructor(s): Suzanne M. Tabert

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Audrey Hepburn

We don’t have to ingest plants to be healed by them. Those of us who spend time in our gardens know this.

Before we pick our first leaf or flower, we are brought into the exquisite beauty of nature. It’s the peace and quiet that first draws attention. The utter calm that is so pleasing. We begin to notice the sounds of the area: birds calling, bees buzzing, wind rustling leaves and branches. As we brush up against lavender, spearmint, basil, our nose takes in the restorative aromas. The garden heals us by simply being.

Phytochemistry for Beginners

Saturday February 5, 2022

Location: Zoom Video
Setting: Online
Instructor(s): Suzanne M. Tabert

Phytochemistry is the study of the constituents (phytochemicals) in plants that cause a physiological change in the body. Gain a firm understanding of the solubility of constituents and the menstrua - alcohol, water, vinegar, oil, honey, glycerine, etc - that best extract and preserve each group or individual constituent.

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

COVID-19 NOTICE: We practice common sense in regards to avoiding the Covid virus. If anyone has symptoms before a workshop, we would expect that the person will stay home and get a Covid test. As we have workshops in both Washington and Idaho, we follow the mandates of each state.

We are so excited to gather together as we delve into these valuable workshops! Gain confidence and build your herbal apothecary as you become prepared with self-reliant herbalism.

Herbal Apprenticeship Programs

Would you like to dive deeply to take your herbal skills to more advanced levels? Sign up for our intensive, field-based apprenticeship programs. Expand your knowledge of local medicinal plants, remedy making, and plants’ effects on the body systems.

VIEW UPCOMING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS

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, starting in January 2022! We’ve got an amazing ONLINE lineup for everyone, with a focus on successful herb gardening, building robust immunity, 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 of your home.

Make 2022 YOUR year by  joining one of our  apprenticeship programs starting in the spring! 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.