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Happy birthday Queen Bee
I don’t know how I will ever keep all this straight.
The Drums, the Moore’s, the Dukes.
The constituents, the roots, the leaves, the flowers, the barks.
The oils, the tinctures, the oxymels, the elixirs, the honeys, the vinegars.
The medicine to the people!
The vodkas, the proofs, the brandys, the isopropyls, the witch hazels, the honeys, the apple cider vinegars, the menstrua.
The cutting boards, the knives, the scissors, the chairs, the empty jars, the notebooks and pens, don’t forget your lunch.
The soaps, the butters, the toners, the hydrosols, the fire ciders.
The mugworts, the Sitka valerians, the willows, the high desert sages.
The storytelling, the answering our questions, the life lessons, the love and dedication, the plant walks, the sitting in the sun near our plant and harvesting and chopping chopping. The opening the doors and windows to let the medicine out.
The fresh air and trees perfuming the air.
The talking and listening. The queen bee.
The whirlwind of knowledge.
The best Tuesday ever, best summer ever, best teacher ever.
The essence of Suzanne – being outdoors and making the medicine and teaching us and that is how I will keep it all straight.
The medicine to the people in a way that they will want to take it…
Thank you Suzanne!
(She turned sixty during a pandemic! )”
–Nancy D.

Thank you for being an amazing teacher!!! You have blessed me so much and I have learned so so much from you. Love always –Charmian T.

I just wanted to thank you again for sharing your time and plant wisdom with all this weekend. It was really a treat to learn from you, and to spend time with somebody so obviously thriving in their gift (of teaching plant medicine). As a soon-to-be Bastyr grad, I feel the fatigue that has come from the last 2 years of super-intense-college life. To learn from you was sincerely refreshing and encouraging. What you had to say about Mugwort yesterday really resonated with me. I generally like to take pictures of badass women doing cool shit in the woods, and let’s just say you fit my criteria quite nicely 🙂  —Laura B.

To share with you the results of the elderberry knowledge I have received with your training and the things I have learned on my own. My youngest son came home last week really congested and goopy gross from work. Everyone caught the sickness. He followed my simple protocol that I received while training in your apprenticeship class and was the last to get the cold and the first to get over it. Everyone was so surprised at how quickly he got better and now are asking him how to fix it because they have contracts and can’t afford to miss out on work. Thought you would like to know how the knowledge you are passing on is working in the real world. –Deanna H.

Your mini apprenticeship was tremendous! The amount of learning, and the way that you teach, was perfect. Every week I would drive from Tacoma and return later that evening with jars of tinctures, decoctions and a feeling of delight that would last all week until the following Saturday. My herbal experience was at a novice level and now I am much more confident in plant identification, uses of various herbs, and want to do more classes so I can incorporate herbals into my private practice, and not exclusively for my personal use. Finding your program was a Godsend! I appreciate you imparting your knowledge to others and incorporating the art & science of herbal medicine as well as the craft of making medicine. The timing of this class was exquisite and provided me lots of comfort in a very challenging, and unexpected, life transition. I already miss the group members, the energy, and long for the next class that I can attend. Much gratitude! —Erin J-K.

Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of the Tuesday Apprenticeship program. It has truly been the highlight of my first months in Seattle, from the amazing new landscapes to the gorgeous plants to the stunning vistas and even more stunningly fabulous women!! You are truly the Mother of the Plant People, to be sure. Thank for for all you have taught me and I look forward to more this summer! —Jen S.

Thank you for all you’ve been, all you’ve taught, all you’ve shared over this past year! So grateful for your knowledge, your love and encouragement, your generosity and all the wonderful adventures this year has brought!! Love and appreciate you greatly! Going to miss the fun times, the treasures, the laughs and all the beautiful wealth of knowledge you constantly give. –Amethyst G.

Thank you for the wonderful learning experience. You have taught me so much about Mother Earth and the body. I will treasure each journey I had with you and our herbal tribe! You have so much wisdom; I would gladly take another apprenticeship from you again. —Aliya S.

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.

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

I am so grateful that I found CMHS, Suzanne’s teaching style empowers your mind, body and soul. Her teachings transformed the way I look at the plant world, it helped me look at the intricacies of our planet, our bodies and their systems. She brings science, vulnerability, strength, and a lifelong devotion to the wisdom of herbs, trees and flowers. This course goes beyond the sharing and learning of true medicine, it helped bring focus to a world I did not know how to navigate. She goes above and beyond to ensure the information we learn in this complex world of plants is clear and concise…wow so many notes!!! If you want quality mentorship, you will find it in her apprenticeship program. You are here because you’re supposed to be! —Suji A.

This Apprenticeship is intoxicating. You just want more..and more…Suzanne is engaging and really knows her plants. She encourages questions and discussions with a dose of sassiness and humor. It’s great to learn the science behind the medicine! I would highly recommend this class and will soon be going through withdrawals til next apprenticeship begins! —Julie W.

Wonderful information, beautifully presented! —Connie P., Snohomish Garden Club

Suzanne’s wildcrafting courses have been a source of reconnecting to nature, community, and super good times! Being out in nature as you are being taught about the plants is a really great learning tool… you get way more information! —Allison H.

I have always been interested in health and wellness and, in recent years, became fascinated with herbal support. This lead to an apprenticeship with Suzanne which opened a brand new world of natural medicine, much of it right outside my backdoor. In an increasingly toxic planet, learning about healing plants becomes a critical piece of knowledge on the path to wellness. However, there are many “experts” sharing information on this subject so choosing a worthy and experienced teacher is equally critical. I very much enjoyed my time learning from Suzanne and would recommend her to others like myself. —Catherine M.

I took my first class with Suzanne over 20 years ago, and recently circled back around, and found my way into her apprenticeship. Working with Suzanne has been like coming home. She provides a supportive, nurturing, and fun environment to learn, and to grow as an individual, in multiple ways. The apprenticeship provided community, and a welcome opportunity to explore, and celebrate, who you truly are. She knows her stuff, and also happens to be a truly kind person. I would recommend this for anybody with a serious interest in and connection to herbs, and a willingness and desire to dive deep and immerse themselves in the work. —Juliana T.

Suzanne’s warmth, her wildness, her ferocious love have opened my eyes and my being to the world of herbal teachings. I am taken away by her relationship with plants, by her knowledge of their identity, and her growth beside them. When we are wildcrafting, I feel happy, I am reminded by all that is to come. Suzanne’s teachings have empowered me to intuitively and comprehensively heal myself and others. With patience and deep pockets of wisdom, she makes me feel welcome and confident to live well. Beside her, I am learning to think like a mother. What a gift! I am grateful to be her apprentice and her friend. —Nina B.

I wanted to tell you again that I love you and am so thankful for everything you have taught & will continue to teach me about medicine. Not just plant medicine but also the medicine we get from each other & from our challenges in life. I am so grateful the universe brought me to you. —Cat R.

It’s been a life changing year, thank you so much! You have given me the most precious gifts of knowledge, strength, and friendship. I will cherish these for the rest of my life. —Heidi S.

THANK YOU! Your apprenticeship was life changing and absolutely the “Best Tuesday Ever!” I am grateful for it all… your knowledge is invaluable, you’ve fueled my fire to continue learning in and staying close to nature, brought me back to center and to my purpose… I can not thank you enough! Your knowledge, care, and sustainable practices are so needed in our world today – a more intimate knowledge of nature and its power and fragility. What a gift you have! Thank you for sharing with us all. As long as you teach, the world will benefit. —Karis B.

I feel like going places is it’s own medicine. —Alan N.

Thank you so much for offering this course. I had such a wonderful time exploring the outdoors, the beautiful plants, and their healing properties. It was enjoyable to learn so much and spend quality time together making our tinctures and medicines. I have never experienced a class like this one and I honestly enjoyed it so much. You are so kind, charming, and humorous. Thank you so so much! 🙂 —Julia N.