2020 HGU Apprentice applications now being accepted...
2020 Health From the Ground Up Apprenticeship (HGU)
March - November
Tuition: $1999. US
Saturday - Sunday
9:30 am Saturday - 4:30pm Sunday
One weekend per month plus...
3 bonus days and nights: Fridays at Seasonal Herb Camps in April, June and August
Each apprentice weekend with EagleSong includes a talking stick ceremony, an herb walk, 2 local food lunches and all instruction.***Evening meals on weekend workshop days are only open to apprentices and follow a bring and share concept supporting class curriculum. Apprentices stay 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. You can enroll at any month and continue through to the following year to complete the 9 month cycle. The curriculum is dynamic and changes with the seasons. New material is 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, naturally
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" by putting your "ear to ear*th"
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
Send a letter of intent (see below) and $100. non-refundable application fee
Upon acceptance proceed with tuition payment as agreed in phone interview
Send letter of intent and application fee to:
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 2 weeks 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org: with WE/B in subject line
21 days instruction (140 hours)
21 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...
PO Box 837
Monroe, WA 98272
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 12-13-14: Herbal Medicine Maker's Camp, Hands-On: Herbal Medicine Making.
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...
3 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 7-8-9: 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.
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