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2022 HGU Apprentice applications now being accepted 2022 Dates coming mid-December 

2021 Health From the Ground Up Apprenticeship (HGU)

9 months 

Tuition: $1999. US paid in full at least 30 days before apprenticeship begins
Saturday: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Sunday: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Health From the Ground Up herbal apprenticeship includes:

  • 18 days onsite instruction + field trips + optional homework

  • + 3 Integrated Earth Medicine Camp bonus days

  • 1 year membership in the HerbWiseWomen online community

  • Fresh herbs for making your take home personal materia medica

  • By the end of the session you will have made many herbal preparations for home use. And, learned to use 10 herbs at least 100 ways 

  • This apprenticeship sets a strong foundation for your lifelong journey with plants

Each apprentice weekend with EagleSong includes a talking stick ceremony, an herb walk, 2 local food lunches and all instruction. With prior arrangement, apprentices may tent camp overnight at RavenCroft Garden. 

Health From the Ground Up HGU

HGU is a 9-month herbal apprenticeship, meeting one weekend each month March through November.  The curriculum is dynamic and changes with the seasons. New material is continually added and following nature's lead, the old is composted providing nourishment for generative growth.

HGU runs concurrently with RavenCroft Weekend Herb Workshops and three 3-day Integrated Earth Medicine Camps

As an apprentice, you will have an opportunity to learn to:

  • Craft a foundation for using herbs safely, effectively and wisely in your daily life

  • Identify, harvest and use common weeds, wild plants and dooryard herbs

  • Grow plants as food & medicine using generative practices

  • Tend gardens with small birds & animals

  • Create optimum nourishment inspired by global traditions through time

  • Make and use effective herbal remedies 

  • Cultivate the skills of a naturalist

  • Recognize 3 traditions of health and 6 steps of healing the wise woman way

  • Create a personal materia medica you can use and expand for the rest of your life 

  • Develop an understanding of health using energy woven through seasonal cycles 

  • Practice deep listening and "seeing" through the veil

  • Access the Wise Healer within

  • Approach listening to hear the "language of the land" 

  • Engage outside projects and extensive reading 

"I'm new to herbs and natural health and feel called to nature and healing. Is there a place for me in this program?"


People of all levels are encouraged to participate. Through curiosity and willingness...learning becomes a reciprocal agreement with life. HGU meets you wherever you are and grows from there.


"Being in circle with the Talking Stick every month was

certainly one of the unexpected highlights of my year." Jennell 


Does this sound like what you're looking for? 

Registration is a 3-step process

  1. Send a letter of intent (see below) and a $100. non-refundable application fee

  2. Phone interview

  3. Upon acceptance proceed with tuition payment as agreed in phone interview


Send letter of intent and application fee to:

EagleSong Gardener 

PO Box 837

Monroe, WA 98272

Include the following in your letter of intent:

  • The current date, your name, address, phone number, email, occupation, health concerns and date of birth. 

  • List your educational experiences, work positions and passion relating to herbs and healing. 

  • Tell me what you hope to gain from your apprenticeship with me 

      Include a $100. non-refundable application fee.

  • Upon receipt, I'll schedule a call and talk with you. Afterwards, if we are in agreement, I’ll send you a letter of acceptance, annotated reading list and supplies you will need to bring. ​

  • In the rare event I cannot fulfill your intention, your application fee and letter of intent will be returned.

Tuition Payment Options:

  • Total tuition $1999. + $100. application fee 

  • Pay in full at least 30 days before apprenticeship begins: Cash, check or credit card payment available. Inquire for details...

Work exchange/Barter (WE/B):

Participate in our hands-on crofting practicum whilst reducing your tuition. Requires a commitment of 6 ~ 6 hour days of crofting contribution during your year apprenticeship. Participation is a commitment. Past apprentices have frequently celebrated the vitality and added depth the crofting practicum brought to their learning experience.

Interested? Questions? Email: with WE/B in subject line

Tuition includes:

  • 21 days instruction (150 hours) + optional homework

  • 21 local food lunches 

  • Simple overnight accommodation available for apprentices. Outdoor and tent space available.

  • HGU Herbal Ally Notebook ~ Personal Materia Medica

  • Healing Wise Susun Weed's big green book for everybody. If you already have this book let me know.

  • Access to an extensive library

  • Access to plants and simple tools for natural gardening, herbal medicine making, traditional food preparation and more...

  • Direct experience with a web of life integrating greenhouse, gardens and small livestock

  • Access to an established (30 yr) generative garden with hundreds of herbs, weeds, native and exotic plants, vegetables, fruits, berries, woodlot plants, hedges and edges...and a thriving community of birds, insects, mammals, reptiles & microbes plus a flock of chickens, geese, goats and various cats

  • Access to a living labyrinth changing through time and space

  • Field trips and rambles to local farms, parks and wild places

  • Local artisans and craftspersons sharing their expertise as guest instructors

  • And, perhaps, best of all, a table next to the hearth!

Required Books and Supplies: 

Not included in tuition fee...

  • Common Herbs for Natural Health by Juliette de Bairacli Levi, Gathering the Desert by Gary Paul Nabhan

  • Cost of supplies for medicine making i.e. alcohol, vinegar, honey, jars, etc.

  • Dried Herbs for personal use (approximately 1 lb. per month)

  • Vodka, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, 4 oz, 8 oz, 16 oz jars with tight fitting lids 

  • Cost of supplies for occasional handmade craft projects

  • Additional fees run approximately $200.00



Are you ready to take the 13th Step? 

Are you willing to expand beyond comfortable limits as you perceive them? 

Does this sound like what you are looking for?

Are you ready to liberate your inner herbalist? 

If the answer is yes to these questions...

Take action now:

Send your letter of intent (as outlined above) and a $100. non-refundable application fee via snail mail.  Your deep consideration of this undertaking is appreciated...

EagleSong Gardener  

PO Box 837

Monroe, WA 98272
Questions: 360-794-2938 


2021 HGU Apprentice Meeting Dates

Course content is determined by garden allies in residence, rhythms & patterns in nature and guided by wise woman ways...The following is a general outline of the territory we'll be passing through...each apprentice weekend with EagleSong includes a Talking Stick ceremony, an herb walk, local food lunch and all instruction. Guest presenters may join in. 


Weekend Herb Workshops For descriptions 

March 13-14 | HGU Apprenticeship begins...The Art and Craft of Simpling, Nourishing Herbal Infusions, nettle, willow, hedges and edges. 3 traditions of healing. Springing into health. Grounding and Navigation. Crafting the container. Igniting the central fire. Provisioning for the journey.


April 10-11 | Hands-On Health Spring Tonics. Bite Buds.

May 7-8-9 | 3-Day Garden Camp...Cultivating abundance...with earth.

June 12-13 | Hands-On Health Summer. Zenith.


July 9-10-11 | 3-Day Herbal Medicine Maker's Camp From the garden to the medicine cabinet 

August 13-14-15 | 3-Day Food Camp, Unleashed For the intrepid food explorer...      

September 11-12 | Hands-On Harvest Movement. Happiness.

October 9-10: Hands-On Health: Flexibility. Resilience. 

November 13: Hands-On Health: Magical plants, visioning, love potions, natural scent therapy, dream pillows, flying ointments. Approaching darkness. Falling. Spiraling. Transformation.

November 14: Spring Apprentices Celebration: This is your day...graduation, presentations, optional earthy-green witch initiation, spiraling into the center...Seeds, story, feasting, family, approaching darkness...

Refunds of Apprentice Payments

Due to the nature of the commitment required of apprentices no refunds are offered. Unsure about committing? Check out other options for visiting RavenCroft Garden or working with me, Integrated Earth Medicine Camps, Weekend Herb WorkshopsHerb Walks, Garden Opens, Moon Lodge.

Consider deeply your willingness and ability to commit to adventurous endeavor

in unexplored territory!

"I know that I am different, better, deeper and wiser. I have more internal questions. My eyes are open to the individuality of the green things that grow, the dark of the earth, the rhythms of my life"...Sharyn