The wild plant training programs at CMHS are field based, designed to expand students’ working knowledge of local medicinal plants, nutrition, and plants’ effects on the body systems. The programs cover identification, materia medica, sustainable harvesting methods, medicine making, basic anatomy and physiology, formulations, and so much more. Gain a deeper understanding of the wild medicinal and edible plants of the Pacific Northwest, and acquire valuable experience in making and using herbal medicines for home or business.
You’ll learn more about wild plants, the microbiome of your body and macrobiome of the world around you, how plants work in our bodies on a cellular/tissue/organ/system/total body level, and about yourself than you ever thought possible. A common thread that is said by the apprentices is that lives are changed. Sometimes very surprising decisions are made, paths take turns, and new directions are found. At Cedar Mountain Herb School, we put the WILD in wildcrafting! And best yet, you’ll be with people from your tribe, and things get real! How cool is that?!?!
Roots to Tips Program Details
2019 Second Saturday and Sunday each month, April through September:
April 13-14 | May 11-12 | June 8-9 | July 13-14 | August 10-11 | September 14-15
2019 registration is open! If the registration form is present, there is space for you. If there is no form, then all spaces have been filled and you may email to be put on the waitlist.
Times: 9:30am – 5:30pm. The fee for the Roots to Tips program is $1750.00.
At CMHS, we strive to harvest away from the public eye, in places where few people go, which means that there is very little footprint from the casual harvester/hiker/other herb schools. I hold the land and plants very dear, as the wealth of herbal medicine on the land is exquisite. It’s an amazing feeling to harvest without worrying whether others will come behind to take as well. Precious plants need to be protected. Wildcrafting places are sacred to the person who took the time to find them. It’s a privilege to be in these place, and I welcome the opportunity to take the few who have a passion for harvesting wild plants who come to CMHS for instruction.
Heads up! We often travel to wild places where there may gravel roads. These roads can have potholes and fairly steep terrain at times. There is vegetation growing on the sides of the roads, and on occasion, we may travel up a narrow road. This means that there is always a chance that vehicles can get scratched. Please make sure that your vehicle can traverse these types of roads, and that you are comfortable with the above info. Low slung vehicles are not appropriate. We will carpool always. Plan to carpool with others if your vehicle will not accommodate conditions. Take note that a full car means a heavier load and lower vehicle, and students must share fuel expenses each harvest day. It may be that travel time may be an hour or more each way as “We go where the plants grow!”
Registration for complete program is mandatory. Registering for partial program is not an option. Please do not register if you cannot attend each and every valuable class, so that someone who can will be able to receive the valuable teaching.
The goal each month is to focus on building health, support strategies, and alleviating issues of the major body systems. Of course, there will be an emphasis on wildcrafting. Each weekend, we will travel to amazingly beautiful herb sanctuaries for learning, harvesting, making field medicine, and soaking in the beauty that is all around.
Students will play an active role in identifying and wild harvesting plants relevant to the chosen subject each month. 100% correct identification is key to harvesting wild plants safely, by identifying vascular plants in botanical Latin and colloquial terms using standard botanical identification methods and by closely observing plant identifying classifications such as leaf and flower structure, bark, growth patterns, inherent smell of the plants, and life cycles. Students will recognise and define wildcrafting within the context of legal gathering, ethics, and sustainable harvesting.
Apprentices will practice the fine art of herbal medicine making and formulation, and learn why specific remedies will work better than others in certain situations. Each month, they’ll make remedies to add to their ever-growing apothecary. Students will develop problem-solving skills by discussing case studies, asking pertinent questions in order to assist in ferreting out helpful clues for the best possible health outcome. This gives experience in answering the “what is a good herb for…” question so often asked.
Everywhere from deep in the woods, to the mountain tops and over the passes, in fields and urban settings, to the ocean and rivers….plants are here, vital and waiting to be introduced. They have so much to offer and are so willing to teach, heal and nourish. Students will delve into creatively using herbs in body care, meals, smudging, treats, deco, and so much more! As the months progress, plants will easily become part of daily life in ways that are beautiful, healthful, and nourishing.
In addition to the curriculum, students will have the opportunity to create an herbarium. An herbarium is a valuable record of plants that is useful when harvesting, for adding to as students learn over the years, to pass down to future generations. It includes botanical and common name, habitat, description of the plant and samples, when to harvest, medicinal constituents, physiological effects, drug interactions, preparations and menstrua, tools needed to harvest, personal experiences.
The program runs 95+ hours of time with the instructor. There will be hands on and short take home quizzes and projects to be fulfilled throughout the program. Students who complete all assignments and miss no more than 2 days throughout the program will receive a certificate of achievement at the end of the course. Fulfillment of the requirements for the Roots to Tips program may be applied to continuing education credits.
A word about missed classes: There are absolutely no refunds, transfers, or make-up days for missed classes or dropping the programs 1 month or less from the start of the program, and/or once the program begins. The responsibility of attending each valuable class rests solely upon the student. Students who attend CMHS apprenticeship programs take coveted places in the program that other students would be thrilled to utilize. If a student drops out 1 month or more before the start of the program, they will receive their fee minus a 15% processing fee. No exceptions will be made.
The apprenticeship programs at CMHS are for serious students only. We reserve the right to terminate the teacher/student affiliation at any time without refund for continued disruptive behavior, disrespect towards instructors or students, and/or not completing required work. One conversation regarding these issues will be had; after that expulsion will result if not rectified by the student. There is a long waitlist each year for the programs.
Housing is not provided. Students must make their own arrangements. Students will need to acquire the tools, jars, and menstrua needed for harvesting and making medicine. A list will be provided after registration.
Please read and follow all registration information to ensure your place in the program.
Enrollment is limited to 10 students. As many students vie for premium spaces in the program, please register only if you are certain you will be able to commit to attending each valuable class. Students will need to keep the apprenticeship day free so that they will receive the full benefit of the program. Please clear your calendars, arrange childcare, etc. on Tuesdays. As spaces are limited with a long waiting list of hopeful apprentices, we need to fill the program with those who can be present. Students who attend CMHS apprenticeship programs take coveted places in the program that other students would be thrilled to able to utilize. There are no refunds or make up days for missed classes or dropping from the program. No exceptions will be made.
CMHS requires each student to sign a Liability Waiver in order to attend the programs. Please fill out and sign the online waiver to ensure your space in the group. Failure or unwillingness to present the signed waiver excludes the student from the programs.
Payment must be accompanied with the student registration info form. Note that this is for informational and contact purposes only. Please answer all questions honestly. There are no prerequisites for taking the CMHS apprenticeship program. We will not sell or lend out any information given.
As soon as we receive your registration for the Roots to Tips apprenticeship program, we will need to add you to the private classroom group app TBA (I’m working on researching the right app for this.). I do not send out individual emails to each student. The group app is where students find out what they’ll learn each week, what to bring, post questions, take quizzes, get answers, make friends, and get tons more herbal info!
If you have questions, please email Suzanne@cedarmountainherbs.com or call 360-540-5651.
Roots to Tips Apprenticeship Program is full. Please email Suzanne@cedarmountainherbs.com to be put on the waitlist. Thank you!