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 Western and Central Washington and will be plainly noted in the workshop descriptions.

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.

2020 community workshops will be updated by end of week 2 in December. In the meantime, please check out our amazing 2020  apprenticeship programs. Registration for them is open. The spring program is full, however the Roots to Tips and summer programs have openings.

The community workshops below reflect the 2019 year. 

PLEASE NOTE:  We will gladly give refunds minus a 15% processing fee up to 14 days before a community workshop. We have a no refunds policy for cancelling 14 days or less before a workshop and for no shows. No exceptions. Thank you for understanding. 

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

January 2019:

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 2nd: So You Want To Start A Soap Business!
Location: 21 Acres Farm, Woodinville, WA
I’ll share with you some of the many tools I’ve acquired as a business owner for over 30+ years. The wealth of information that will be given in the workshop is everything a person needs to start a lucrative business. It’s also for those who wish to go deeper into their current soap business to make it even more successful. Those who have any herbal business will find the information in this workshop can easily be translated into beneficial info for their biz.

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!

Saturday/Sunday the 23rd and 24th: Bastyr Wildcrafting Elective
Open to Bastyr students and alumni only. Please contact Bastyr’s registrar’s office to connect.

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!

Saturday the 23rd Harvest Intensive: Nettles
A common plant with uncommon medicine! Powerhouse anti-inflammatory, astringent, and decongestant to all mucosa. I have a different take on nettles and look forward to sharing my perspective of this amazing plant.

Loved the Nettles class!!! You have so much knowledge. When you talk it’s like reading a book that I am frantically highlighting all over the place! – Zach B.

Saturday the 30th: Harvest Intensive ~ The Magic and Medicine of Dandelions
Location: 21 Acres Farm, Woodinville, WA
Dandelion goes far beyond being a primo liver healer and strengthener. It’s an immuno-modulator, protects DNA, is anticancer, reduces intestinal inflammation and so much more. Explore dandelion’s myriad healing constituents, dig some roots, pickle some flower buds, and make medicine!

April:

Tuesday the 2nd: Spring Wildcrafting Apprenticeship begins!
A wild wildcrafting adventure that strengthens the students’ knowledge of plant medicine and changes lives for the better!

Tuesday the 13th and 14th: Roots to Tips Wildcrafting Apprenticeship begins!
The perfect program for those who yearn for the weekly program, yet cannot take Tuesdays off. One weekend a month of wildcrafting fun! Includes field study, plant identification, harvesting, anatomy and physiology every time we meet!

Friday the 19th: Making Medicine with Medicinal Mushrooms with mushroom diva Anna Sitkoff
Location: 21 Acres Farm, Woodinville, WA
Making medicine with mushrooms is truly a thing of magic and beauty. From teas and tinctures to syrups and lotions, this hands on workshop will provide a better understanding of mushroom medicine through working with the mushroom!

May:

Friday the 3rd: Herbal Support for Stress and Anxiety Relief
Location: 21 Acres Farm, Woodinville, WA
Helpful information for those wishing to navigate with greater ease in this crazy world in which we live. Managing stress and anxiety is simpler than you think; I have lots of tips and tricks!

Saturday/Sunday the 4th and 5th: Wild Kitchen!
Location: Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA
2 fabu days of harvesting in the Bastyr garden and surrounding woods on campus and making food that is not only delicious and nutritious, but medicinal, too!

Saturday/Sunday the 18th and 19th: Bastyr Wildcrafting Elective
Open to Bastyr students and alumni only. Please contact Bastyr’s registrar’s office to connect.

June:

Saturday the 1st: Bastyr Herb Fair
Herbal talks and walks, booths, plant sale from the fabulous Bastyr garden crew! I’ll will be one of the speakers. Free to the public. All are welcome!

Friday the 7th: Wild Medicinal Plant Walk
Location: St. Edward State Park, Kenmore, 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!

Saturday the 29th: Medicinal Plants in the Garden
Location: My pea patch in Woodinville
We’ll explore the folklore, medicine, care, and feeding of these herbs plus chives, monarda, fennel, horseradish, chamomile, catmint, lavender, oats, ashwagandha, lovage, and more medicinal plants that can be easily added to your garden to build your herbal apothecary.

July:

Saturday the 27th: Stress and Anxiety Relief with Erin Vanhee and Suzanne Tabert
Location: St. Edwards State Park, Kenmore, WA
So helpful to many students last year, Suzanne and Erin are returning to bring their combined 60+ years of developing strategies for dealing with stress, anxiety, and the many emotional, mental, and physical manifestations.

August: 

Saturday the 3rd: Wild Medicinal Plant Walk
Location: St. Edward State Park, Kenmore, 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!

Saturday the 17th: The Magic and Science of Hydrosol Distillation
Location: Studio Beju, Duvall, WA
The ancient art of hydrosol distillation made from fresh flowers, leaves, roots, bark, seeds, and even fruits is one that deepens our relationships with plants. They are safer than essential oils, gentle, easy to use…and so much fun to make!

September: 

Saturday the 21st: Douglas Fir Harvest Intensive
Location: My herbs sanctuary near the Snoqualmie area – address will be given in confirmation email
The days are getting shorter and the temperatures becoming colder! Brrr! As the season of abundance turns to the season of preparation, autumn is the perfect time to make medicine for cold and flu season! What natural herbal remedies will you have on hand for yourself, family, and friends? Douglas-fir trees are the most easily recognized trees in the PNW. Redolent with a citrusy-pine smell and taste, the needles and pitch of the Doug fir are astringent and anti-microbial. Join Heather Bruno and I for this amazingly fun and informative harvest intensive!!!

November:

Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th: Botanical Skin Care, Naturally!
Location: Phinney Community Center, Seattle
We’ll unpack what makes up skin care products, the healthful ingredients and the ones we just don’t want to use and why, and begin a journey towards a healthier, more beautiful you. Layering skin care is so important to beautiful, healthy skin. Students will take home beautifying skin products made during the workshop. Feel confident in the skin you’re in!

Friday the 15th: Home Hydrosol Distillation
Location: Tapestry Garden and Farm in Olympia, Washington
Due to popular request – we added another hydrosol workshop! The ancient art of hydrosol distillation made from fresh flowers, leaves, roots, bark, seeds, and even fruits is one that deepens our relationships with plants. They are safer than essential oils, gentle, easy to use…and so much fun to make!

Saturday the 16th: Winter Remedies From the Wild Kitchen
Location: Bastyr University – open to everyone!!!
Get ready to sail through the seasons that bring close contact with those who may be spreading their cold and flu viruses! Make a cough and cold remedy from local wild plants and fire cider with ingredients from the kitchen. Learn *why* these remedies and plants work so well!

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MORE WORKSHOPS TO COME!

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Feel free to email 
Suzanne@cedarmountainherbs.com
for 2020 workshop suggestions!

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