2021 HGU Apprentice applications now being accepted...

2020 Health From the Ground Up Apprenticeship (HGU)

March - November

Tuition: $1350. US
Saturday - Sunday 
9:30 am Saturday - 3:30pm Sunday

One weekend per month...

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 camp overnight at RavenCroft Garden to use the library, make medicine, engage in scheduled projects and/or the garden & fire circle, and/or rest.

Health From the Ground Up HGU

HGU is a 9-month 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 is limited to 7 participants and runs concurrently with the Weekend Workshops and three weekend Integrated Earth Medicine Camps

Apprentices learn to:

  • Craft a foundation for using herbs safely and wisely 

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

  • Grow plants as food & medicine using generative practices

  • Tend gardens and 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 for 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...lifelong learning becomes a reciprocal agreement with life. Learning in 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've been looking for? 

Registration is a 3-step process

  1. Send a letter of intent (see below) and $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 $1350. + $100. application fee

  • Pay in full at least 2 weeks before apprenticeship begins: Cash, check or credit card payment available. Inquire for details...(adapted to payment month-to-month until further notice)

Work exchange/Barter (WE/B):

Participate in our hands-on crofting practicum whilst reducing your tuition. Requires a commitment of 9 ~ 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: eaglesong08@gmail.com: with WE/B in subject line

Tuition includes:

  • 18 days instruction (140 hours) 

  • 18 local food lunches 

  • Simple overnight accommodation available for apprentices, please inquire. Breakfast is on your own. Outdoor kitchen available for cooking.

  • 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 (29 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, a flock of chickens, 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've been 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 
Email: eaglesong08@gmail.com


2020 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. 

March 14-15: HGU Apprenticeship begins...Hands-On: 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 17-18-19: Garden Camp...Hands-On Gardens. Cultivating abundance...

     Day 1: Garden design, soils, compost, & mulch. Dig or no-dig? Wild or cultivated? Permaculture?

     Day 2: Propagation: Division, cuttings, seeding. Increasing abundance...

     Day 3: Tending and Harvesting what you're growing. Bringing abundance home.

     The generative principle, earth as source, 'round & 'round she goes...

May 9-10: Hands-On: foraging, wild & cultivated food, hawthorn flower & leaf, roses, alliums, dandelions, cleavers, green allies abound. Approaching summer. Fertility. Collage 1 evening project.

June 13-14: Herbal Medicine Maker's Camp, Hands-On: Herbal Medicine Making.

Please note...The 3 days will be consolidated into 2 days. All topics will be covered...

     Day 1: Water-based preparations, herbal vinegars and alcohol extraction. 

     Day 2: Infusing oils, fats & waxes, salves, creams & lotions, liniments. 

     Day 3: Honeys, electuaries, gob-stoppers and the practical application of herbal preparations...

     2 days Approaching Zenith, settling in, herbal leyes, hitting stride...

July 11-12: Hands-On Health: Immune System care & tending: Echinacea, Lavender, Linden. Cooling fire, soothing, moistening...Mid-Summer: Collage 2 evening project.

August 8-9: Food Camp, Unleashed: Hands-On: Local & global food traditions through time. Each day explores a facet of food preservation, increasing nutrient density, digestibility and the culture & traditions of simple foods from around the world.

Please note...The 3 days will be consolidated into 2 days. All topics will be covered...

     Day 1: Dairy: Yogurt, keifer, cheese. Preservation, nutrient density and the tradition of the "sacred           cow".

     Day 2: Vegetables: Kimchi, Audrey's crock pickles, sauerkraut, tsukemono...bring a quart jar and 2       cabbages for a take home sauerkraut to tend and enjoy...

     Day 3: Beverages & feasting: cider, wine, feasting...foods created through the weekend and before       become Sunday's lunch feast.

     Threads weaving through the Food Camp weekend: Digestion, assimilation, integration and the gut-       brain-earth connection. Understanding microbial life in every day living. Chaos!

     Evening studies. Culture rises from the earth. First Harvest. Digestion deepens. 

September 10-11: Hands-On Harvest: Hearts and How They Work, Circulation, movement, apples, hawthorn fruit, ginger, cayenne, zanthoxylums of the world. Bioflavinoids, free radicals, adaptogens and longevity. Happiness...Collage 3 evening project.

October 10-11: Hands-On: Roots and Seeds with elecampane, comfrey & dandelion roots, bone broth. Harvesting & processing seed.  More rockin' dirt time! An in-depth exploration of joints, ligaments and the sinews that hold you together increasing flexibility & resilience. Collage 4 evening project...

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



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

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