CSCH is thrilled to continue the process of creating an Herbal Healing Center at Elderberry’s, our beautiful 4-acre farm in Paonia, Colorado! Experience traditional Nature Cure and Vitalist therapeutics among the gardens, herb beds, fruit trees, and wildlands nearby. For the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2018, the farm will be hosting workshops, apprenticeships, immersions and events to help you reconnect with the healing powers of Nature and to expand your knowledge of earth-based medicines. Elderberry’s is a place to rest, learn, heal, rejuvenate and connect in community.


The Farm

Elderberry’s is home to a charming, periwinkle-blue 1908 farmhouse, graced with Peach, Plum, and Apple trees, where chickens free-range among organic vegetable and herb gardens. Our botanical sanctuary is on the edge of town, in a quiet, peaceful, varied landscape with huge Cottonwood trees shading the lawns. It’s the perfect place to shed the chaos of city life and recharge your vitality. Eat fresh food right from the plentiful gardens and rest in the camping meadow under brilliant stars! Find yourself at home among healing waters, where the Minnesota creek and mountain snowmelt converge to nourish the land and soothe the mind, body and spirit.

The Land

This breathtaking landscape is surrounded by an expanse of mountains and mesas, with clear air and pure mountain water. Sage and Juniper grow in wild abundance among other fragrant plants and wildflowers. Elderberry’s is located on the edge of Paonia, in the North Fork Valley, an area known for its fertile, volcanic soil that supports the abundant growth of organic fruits and vegetables. This unique micro-climate is often compared to the Provence region of southeast France, as the valley mimics coastal Mediterranean terrain. Paonia is home to the highest concentration of organic farms in the state – truly a haven for plant-lovers, gardeners, herbalists and healers!

2018 Workshops at Elderberry’s

Join us on our farm for another summer of learning and reconnecting with the healing powers of Nature! Camp out by the creek, or stay in one of the new tiny houses …

Check back! We will be updating this page with links to each workshop as we get closer to these wonderful events.


May 11-13: Medicinal Herbal Meads

Learn to make a traditional honey extraction of various medicinal herbs and berries, then turn it into exquisite semi-sweet and dry mead using the cold, slow-aged processes. We’ll work with Elderberries, Tart Cherries, Cacao, Ginger, Spruce tips, Juniper berries, and other medicinal herbs and spices. You’ll get to experience all of the stages of mead-making, including extracting honey, pitching yeast and fermentation, racking, aging, bottling, and sampling the herbal meads we started last May! With Lisa Ganora and … ?  Check back soon for registration …


June 1-3: Wild Foods and Herbs

Foraging with author Briana Wiles and primitive skills teacher Kat Mackinnon. A weekend of harvesting, preparing and cooking with native foods and local herbs of the Western Slope.


July 27-29: Wise Woman Weekend

with Maria Hodkins, Alicia Michelsen, & Lisa Ganora
Join us on the Full Moon to celebrate and learn the healing powers of traditional plants! We’ll learn from the Green teachers themselves and harvest and prepare our own medicines and healing foods.


Aug 25-26: Essential Oil Distilling weekend

with Eric and Amber from House of Aromatics in Boulder, Utah. Harvest, prepare and distill magical essences while connecting with the spirit and energies of the local Conifers.


Oct 5-7: Experience Nature Cure with teachers from CSCH

Immerse yourself in the healing powers of Nature and prepare for Winter with traditional nourishing tonics, herbs, hydrotherapy, meditations, and movements to build Qi.