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Herbs from the Ground Up Apprenticeships


2024 Herbs From the Ground Up Apprenticeship (HGU)



9 months March - November (scroll down for dates)

Saturday: 9:30am - 4:30pm


$1333. US paid in full by February 29, 2024  Is this the year you'll leap into chronic health?

Herbs From the Ground Up Herbal Apprenticeship includes:

  • 10 days onsite instruction + field trips + homework

  • + 3 weekend Integrated Earth Medicine Camps

  • +1-year membership in the HerbWiseWomen online community Core Program ($139. value)

  • + Fresh herbs monthly for making your take home personal materia medica (participants supply menstruums & containers)

This apprenticeship sets a strong foundation for your lifelong journey with plants, earth and community.

Each apprentice day with EagleSong includes a talking stick ceremony, an herb walk, a local food lunch and all instruction. 

Herbs From the Ground Up = HGU

HGU is a 9-month herbal apprenticeship, meeting in-person the second Saturday each month, March through November + 1 - 1.5 hour online monthly Q&A Wednesday evening

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 on-going generative growth.

HGU runs concurrently with RavenCroft Saturday Herb Workshops and three 2-day Integrated Earth Medicine Camps

As an apprentice, you will:

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

  • Learn to identify, harvest and use common weeds, wild plants and dooryard herbs

  • Grow plants as food & medicine using generative methods, including no-dig & permaculture principles

  • Tend gardens with diverse species including poultry, small livestock and multitudes of ever-present microbes

  • 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 use 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 well-being using energy woven through seasonal cycles of nature and engaging the spiral of life

  • 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...YES! There is homework!

"I'm new to herbs and natural health and feel called to nature. 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."



Does this sound like what you're looking for?



Send a letter of intent and a $100. non-refundable application fee


Participate in a phone interview with EagleSong


Upon acceptance, proceed with tuition payment as agreed in your phone interview

Send your 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, gardens, kitchens, and apothecary!

  • 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. Afterward, if we are in agreement, I’ll send you a letter of acceptance, annotated reading list, and the 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.




Total tuition $1333. + $100. application fee 


Pay in full by February 29, 2024: You may pay by cash, check, or credit card (CC + service fees.) Payment plan? Inquire...


Work exchange/Barter (WE/B):

Participate in the 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. You will receive a refund for practicum hours as they are worked.  Past apprentices frequently celebrated the vitality and depth the crofting practicum brought to their learning experience.

Interested? Questions?

Email with WE/B in subject line



  • 13 days instruction (91 hours) + homework 

  • 8 -1.5 hour Online Q&A sessions (12 hours)

  • 12 local food lunches 

  • 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 covering herbs, gardening, farming, goddess & women's studies, recipes, remedies & more

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

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

  • Access to an established (33 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 poultry, goats and various cats

  • Access to a living labyrinth changing through time and space

  • Field trips, foraging rambles to local farms, parks, commons 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)

  • 100 proof Vodka, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, 2 oz, 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

"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"



Are you ready to take the 13th Step & Leap into a new you? 


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...

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 

2024 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 Saturday with EagleSong Gardener includes a Talking Stick ceremony, an herb walk, local food lunch and all instruction. Guest presenters may join in. 


Learn more about our Saturday Herb Workshops 

March 9

HGU Apprenticeship begins...The Art and Craft of Simpling, Nourishing Herbal Infusions, nettle, willow, hedges and edges. 3 traditions of healing. Spring tonics. Bite buds. Green medicine. Springing into health. Grounding and Navigation. Crafting the container. Igniting the central fire. Provisioning for the journey.


April 13-14 

Garden Camp  Cultivating abundance...From the Ground Up...Come earth & air, Come fire & water bring us the power to heal...


May 11

Hands-On Herbs  May bounty. Spring Gardens. Wild foraging.


June 8

Hands-On Herbs Summer. Zenith. Soothing. Moistening. Hydration. Nourishing Immunity.


July 8-9

2-Day Herbal Medicine Maker's Camp  From earth to apothecary...

August 10 | 

Hands-On Herbs & the Heart Summer Fire. Movement. Harvest Happiness. 

September 14-15 

Food Camp: Unleashed  For the intrepid food explorer...Gut. Intelligence. Intuition. Connecting outside/inside.

October 12

Hands-On Health: Sinews.Flexibility. Resilience. Holding yourself together.

November 9

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

November 10

HGU Apprentice 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 Fees


Due to the nature of the commitment required of apprentices, all apprentice fees are non-refundable but may be used at any time.

Unsure about committing? Check out other options for working with me...


In Person

Integrated Earth Medicine Camps ~ Saturday Herb Workshops ~ Herb Field Days ~ National in-person conferences, symposiums, gatherings


Online at HerbWiseWomen

Garden Opens ~ Seasonal Celebrations ~ Moon Lodge ~ Courses

Please consider deeply your willingness and ability to commit to adventurous endeavor
in unexplored territory!
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