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changing the meaning of medicine...

2020 Apprentice applications now being accepted...

2019 Healing From the Ground Up (HGU 1)

March - November

Tuition: $1999. US
Saturday - Sunday 
9:30am - 4:00pm each day

One weekend per month plus...
3 bonus days: Fridays at Seasonal Herb Camps in April, June and August

Each weekend workshop with EagleSong includes a Talking Stick ceremony, an herb walk, local food lunch and all instruction.

Level 1: Beginning: Being Human 

HGU 1 is a 9-month apprenticeship meeting one weekend each month March through November. 

HGU 1 is open for women and men, limited to 12 participants and runs concurrently with the three weekend Seasonal Herb 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 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

  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 $1999. + $100. application fee

  • Pay in full or in 3 payments. Cash, check or credit card payment available. Inquire for details...

  • February 2020: Apprentice tuition must be paid in full or have a payment agreement in place and 1st payment paid

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 between January 2020 and October 2020. 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:

  • 20 days instruction (140 hours) 

  • 20 local food lunches 

  • Simple overnight accommodation available for apprentices, please inquire. For full immersion it's recommended apprentices spend the night. Dinner and breakfast are 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

  • 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 (28 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 kitchen 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)

  • 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  


EagleSong Gardener  

PO Box 837

Monroe, WA 98272
Questions: 360-794-2938 
Email: eaglesong08@gmail.com

Thank-you for your consideration...



Watch for 2020 HGU 1 Apprentice Meeting dates coming in November 2019: 


2019 HGU1 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 weekend workshop with EagleSong includes a Talking Stick ceremony, an herb walk, local food lunch and all instruction.  Guest presenters may join in. 

March 9-10: HGU Apprenticeship begins. Grounding. Crafting the container. Igniting the central fire. Provisioning for the journey. Hands-On The Art and Craft of Simpling, Nettle, Willow, Hedges and Edges. In the garden: divide to multiply.

April 12-13-14: Garden Camp...Healing From the Ground Up...Generative Garden design, healing gardens, nutrient cycling, mulch, seeds, cuttings and so much more...dirt rocks! 3 days

May 11-12: Approaching summer, Sno-Valley Plant Ramble. Hands-On: salads, hawthorn flower & leaf, roses, green allies abound

June 7-8-9: Herbal Medicine Makers Camp, Hands-On Herbal Medicine Making for everyone. Water, vinegar and alcohol extraction; infused oils, salves and liniments; Honeys, electuaries, gob-stoppers...what? 3 daysApproaching Zenith, settling in, herbal leyes, hitting stride

July 13-14: Mid-Summer Echinacea, Lavender, Linden cooling fire, soothing, moistening... 

August 9-10-11: Food Camp, Hands-On local ~ global food traditions. What is nourishment? Fermentation, microbes, bubble and spark! Plus the Gut and brain connection. Yup...Culture rises from earth. You can do it! 3 days

September 14-15: Hands-On Harvest, Hearts and How They Work, Circulation, Movement, Apples, Hawthorn Fruit, Happiness...

October 12-13: Hands-On Roots and Seeds with Elecampane, Comfrey, Dandelion, bone broth. More rockin' dirt time here! An in-depth visit to joints, ligaments and the sinews that hold you together.

November 9: Apprentice Celebration: graduation, presentations, optional green~earth witch initiation (ask) 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