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 2018 apprenticeship programs will be held in Washington at the Bothell location.

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. 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 medicine, and appropriate applications.

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

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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.

What a lovely way to spend the 1st day of Summer: harvesting medicine in the sun by a beautiful river. Thanks, Suzanne! – Valerie W.

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. 

Thanks so very 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. You are the Mother of the Plant People, to be sure. Thank you for all you have taught me & I look forward to more this summer!” – Jennifer S. 

“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.

2018 COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS CALENDAR

Workshops will be added in both Washington and Idaho as the seasons progress. Stay tuned! In the meantime, please check out our  amazing apprenticeship programs.The Spring and Summer Tuesday and Roots to Tips programs are full. 2019 apprenticeship programs will be available to register by late October.  

*Please note: We will gladly give refunds minus a 15% processing fee up to 3 days before a community workshop. We have a no refunds policy for cancelling 72 hours or less before a workshop and for no shows. 

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

February:

10: Nature’s Remedies
Location: Studio Beju in Duvall, 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.

24-25: Bastyr University Wildcrafting elective
Available to current Bastyr students and alumni only. This elective is full. Please contact Bastyr registrar to be put on the waitlist.

27: 10 Most Wanted Pacific Northwest Plants
Location: Dandelion Botanical Company in Seattle (Ballard), 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 uncover the medicine of my 10 most wanted wild plants of the Pacific Northwest for 2018, 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 and our body to go beyond simply “this herb is good for this issue.”

March: 

3-4: Bastyr University Wildcrafting elective
Available to current Bastyr students and alumni only. This elective is full. Please contact Bastyr registrar to be put on the waitlist.

9: Nature’s Remedies
Location: Dandelion Botanical Company in Seattle (Ballard), WA
Seattle location for those who can’t travel to Duvall. 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.

31: Wildcrafting: Nettles in the mountains
Location: Studio Beju in Duvall, WA
A common wild plant with powerhouse medicine and rich nutrients! With its positive effect on traumatized skin, anti-inflammatory actions, the “go-to” herb for UTIs, specific treatment for anemia, and so much more, nettles are a must in YOUR medicine cabinet!

April:

10: Spring Tuesday 11 week Wildcrafting Apprenticeship Program begins
Best Tuesday wildcrafting adventure ever! Includes field study, plant identification, harvesting, anatomy and physiology, and so much more every time we meet. Register by December 31st to get a $100 discount; register by January 31st to save $50 on the fee!!! Space is limited to 10 apprentices.

14-15: Roots To Tips 6 month Apprenticeship Program begins
Second weekend each month: April – September. The perfect program for those who yearn for the weekly program, yet cannot take weekdays off. One weekend a month of wildcrafting fun! Includes field study, plant identification, harvesting, anatomy and physiology every time we meet! Register by December 31st to get a $100 discount; register by January 31st to save $50 on the fee!!! Space is limited to 10 apprentices.

25: 10 Most Wanted Plants in the Pacific Northwest!
Location: Bastyr University in Juanita, WA
I’ll uncover the medicine of my 10 most wanted wild plants of the Pacific Northwest for 2018, with best preparations for extracting and preserving the medicine, and appropriate applications. We’ll dive deep inside the plants and our body to go beyond simply “this herb is good for this issue.” Open to Bastyr students, alumni, and the public. All are welcome!

May: 

5: Wildcrafting: Medicinal Uses for Hawthorn
Location: Bastyr University in Juanita, WA
You’ll harvest Hawthorn on Bastyr University grounds. Learn how to apply hawthorn medicine for various health conditions and how and when to make best use of the plant. Common knowledge says that hawthorn is “good for the heart.” 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 heart, but aid digestion, treat anxiety and panic attacks, relieve the effects of stress and insomnia. As hawthorn has a strong relaxing effect on the central nervous system, it is particularly helpful for those who are going through life transitions and dealing with grief. Open to the public, and may be applied for CEU credit!!

19-20: Bastyr University Wildcrafting elective
Available to current Bastyr students and alumni only. This elective is full. Please contact Bastyr registrar to be put on the waitlist.

26:Wildcrafting: Willow by the River
Location: Monroe, WA
Common knowledge is that willow is an excellent pain reliever, fever reducer, and anti-inflammatory herb, however, its medicine reaches much farther! Among the many constituents in willow is apigenin, a naturally occurring plant flavonoid shown to possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties. As always, we’ll discuss the specific chemicals found in willow that will give you the “why and how” of what they’re doing in the body. As a bonus, you’ll harvest and process your willow on a sandbar right next to the beautiful Skykomish River!

June: 

2: Bastyr Herb and Food Fair
This year’s theme is Foraging Community Health. I will be speaking on wildcrafting and leading a wild medicinal plant walk. The fair is free and all are welcome!

16: Wild Medicinal Plant Walk
Location: Bastyr University, Juanita, WA
Before harvesting or making herbal remedies, the first step is meeting the plants in their happy environment. In our wild medicinal plant walk, we begin to solve the mystery of Nature’s “green blur.” From the tallest tree to the deepest root, medicinal plants are all around us. We’ll explore flowering plants, deciduous trees, conifers, and ferns in varying ecosystems. Open your eyes to the medicine and food in Nature! Open to Bastyr students, alumni, and the public. Come one, come all!

23: Herbal Medicine Making Intensive in Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Location: The beautiful Tabert homestead in Bonners Ferry, ID
Get ready for an action packed day of herbal medicine making! Students will gather wild and garden plants, learn best techniques for processing the plant matter, extracting and preserving the medicine. Included in the intensive is instruction for medicinal uses of the plants harvested, case study stories, dosing, and crowd-pleasing ways to use the remedies.

July:

10: Summer Tuesday 11 week Wildcrafting Apprenticeship Program begins
Best Tuesday wildcrafting adventure ever! Includes field study, plant identification, harvesting, anatomy and physiology every time we meet. Hang out with really cool like minded people! Register by March 31st and save $100; register by April 30th and save $50! Space is limited to 10 apprentices.

August:

4: Herbal Medicine Making Intensive
Location: Herb sanctuary in Duvall, WA
Join herbal enthusiasts at the Cedar Mountain Herb School for a day of wild plant ID, harvesting, and medicine making! This intensive is a micro apprenticeship for those who wish to dive deep into wild plants and medicine making. It’s important to know how to make the basics and to have many options to accommodate preferences. The goal is to get the medicine to the people in a way that they’ll be happy to take so that healing can occur! Please come ~ I have so much to teach you!

18: Herbal Support for Stress and Anxiety Relief
Suzanne is pairing up the Erin Vanhee of The People’s Medicine Herb Clinic to bring helpful information for those wishing to move easier in this crazy world we live in. Managing stress and anxiety is easier than you think!

23-26: Northwest Herb Symposium
A unique opportunity that both inspires and enlightens individuals new to herbalism as well as fosters a deeper depth of understanding of advanced plant applications for practicing herbalists. See you there!

September:

29: Hawthorn Harvest Intensive
Fall is the perfect time to delve into hawthorn berries’ many medicinal attributes. Learn how to apply hawthorn medicine for a variety of health conditions including hypertension, relieving anxiety and panic attacks and the effects of stress and insomnia.

October:

13-14: Bastyr University Wildcrafting elective
Available to current Bastyr students and alumni only. This elective is full. Please contact Bastyr registrar to be put on the wait list.

20: Healing Chronic Inflammation
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.

November:

10: Gifts from the Heart and Kitchen
Handcrafted gifts give an “I really care about you!” vibe that a store bought gift just can’t project. And truly, the way to just about everyone’s heart is through their stomach! We’ll make herb infused vinegar and oils, herbal truffles and salts. Bath and body wares made with high quality natural ingredients really step up the game to help you, your friends, and family glow with good health! Hot process soap, lotion bars, cocoa butter milk baths, fizzy bath bombs, and more!

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Feel free to email 
Suzanne@cedarmountainherbs.com
for autumn 2018 workshop suggestions!

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