Welcome to the Cedar Mountain Herb School!

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

Based in Bothell, Washington – a short jaunt from Seattle – CMHS is one of the longest-running herbal schools in the Pacific Northwest.

Community workshops are held at a variety of locations in Washington and Idaho, and will be plainly noted in the workshop descriptions. The 2019 apprenticeship programs will be held in Washington at the Bothell location.

We are thrilled to have partnered with 21 Acres Farm in Woodinville, Washington, where we will hold many classes during the fall, winter, and early spring seasons! The 21 Acres Center for Local Food & Sustainable Living is a leader in sustainable and regenerative practices, serving as a living laboratory center for conscious consumers who want to learn new, more sustainable ways of living. Our apprentices have spent time at the farm over the past couple of years, learning about the weeds and farm practices, and the collaboration to open up the farm for community workshops will help both us and 21 Acres to further spread the word about healthy sustainable living. Win/win!

At CMHS, we strive to harvest wild plants 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. I would love to show you my treasures!

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


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.

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 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.

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.

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. 

“The plants are always teaching us; all we need to learn is to open our senses to them.” Suzanne Tabert

“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. 

“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. 

“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.

“I loved learning about Hawthorn from you Suzanne. It is one of my plant allies and one that has benefited my family’s health directly and dramatically. I literally stumped doctors with its results.” – Deanna H.

Learned so much! Grateful to you and Erin for sharing a wealth of information (and your experiences) with us. Bonus: love, laughter and wonderful community. Departed with many tools in my tool belt. So blessed to spend a day with a group of truly amazing women!” – Joanie H.

2019 COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS CALENDAR IS IN PROCESS! Please stay tuned as we navigate the back end website stuff. 

Workshops will be added in both Washington and Idaho as the seasons progress. In the meantime, please check out our amazing apprenticeship programs. The Tuesday Spring 2019 apprenticeship and Roots to Tips programs are full. The Summer 2019 program is open!

*Please note: We will gladly give refunds minus a 15% processing fee up to 7 days before a community workshop. We have a no refunds policy for cancelling 7 days or less before a workshop and for no shows. 

Community workshops at CMHS are super fun and packed full of valuable herbal information!

January:

Saturday the 12th: Herbal Bitters
Location: 21 Acres Farm, Woodinville, WA
Bitters go far beyond digestive health to weight loss, reversing chronic inflammation, and much more. Students will learn how to make bitter simples and the beautiful complexity of creating formulas that join potent medicinal plants with aromatics to create one-of-a-kind blends.

Saturday the 26th: Winter Remedies for Strong Immunity
Location: 21 Acres Farm, Woodinville, WA
Sail through the winter healthy and ready to enjoy the season with this winter remedies workshop. You can stay healthy when everyone around you gets sick. Adaptogenic herbs and lifestyle adjustments can make all the difference! The first part of the workshop will focus on building a strong immune system. Then we’ll delve into herbal remedies!

February:

Friday the 1st: Nature’s Amazing Remedies
Location: 21 Acres Farm, Woodinville, WA
Let’s take the confusion out of the conflicting advice on the internet, and whittle it down to practical, down-to-earth information! We’ll examine specific plants and their interactions in the body, and we’ll discuss remedies, supplements, essential oils, and common-sense practices for help with common ailments such as aches and pains, stress and anxiety, fungal infections, and allergies.

Saturday the 16th: Healing Chronic Inflammation
Location: 21 Acres Farm, Woodinville, WA
What causes inflammation in the body; how can we find relief and stem the genesis of disease? After a short discussion on the causes of inflammation, we’ll delve into the myriad ways to contend with it and lead a life that is healthier.

Friday the 22nd: Medicinal Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest with Anna Sitkoff
Location: 21 Acres Farm, Woodinville, WA
Explore medicinal mushrooms on multiple levels through the eye of ethnomycology, biochemistry, pharmacognosy, and the most current research. We’re super excited to bring locally renowned Anna Sitkoff on board to share her mushroom wisdom!

March:

Friday the 8th: 10 Most Wanted PNW Medicinals
Location: 21 Acres Farm, Woodinville, WA
The most frequent request I get from my students is to reveal the herbs and remedies that I use in my personal daily life. I’ll unpack the medicine of my 10 most wanted wild plants of the Pacific Northwest for 2019, with best preparations for extracting and preserving the medicine, and appropriate applications. I’ll even throw in geeky science stuff like the specific chemicals found in each plant that will give you the “how and why” of what the plants do in YOUR body. We’ll dive deep inside the plants to go beyond simply “this herb is good for this issue.”

Saturday the 16th: Foundations of Herbal Medicine Making
Location: 21 Acres Farm, Woodinville, WA
Why buy herbal products when it’s so fun and empowering to make them on your own? Making herbal medicine is a fun exploration into learning about herbal preparations while saving money! 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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To hire me to speak to your group or organization, click on House Calls.

Feel free to email 
Suzanne@cedarmountainherbs.com
for 2019 workshop suggestions!

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