Experience Nature Cure

October 5-7, 2018 at Elderberry’s in Paonia, CO



There’s something profoundly healing about being on the living land as the season of Autumn deepens. Under the warm sun of the shortening days, and the sparkling stars of the growing nights, we reconnect with the inward-turning, downward-rooting energies of Nature’s life, plants and animals. Come join us for a weekend of Earth-rooted healing, rejuvenation, and experiencing the powers of traditional Nature Cure. With a combination of traditional Vitalist practices and moving meditations, strengthening foods and ferments, medicinal tonic mushrooms, and tonifying Autumn roots, we’ll build our immune systems, cultivate grounded life energy, and learn how to sustain health and vitality throughout the Fall and Winter seasons. Together we’ll feast on seasonal tonic soups with medicinal mushrooms and rooty herbal stock: food as medicine!

Let Earth be our healer as we join together to heal the Earth at Elderberry’s …


Friday, 6 pm

Community Potluck: Free and open to all – come see what we’re about and register for the rest of the weekend if you’re inspired! Bring your favorite healthy Fall dishes, and please label vegan, paleo, gluten- or dairy-free, etc. Elderberry’s will contribute some tasty fermented and tonic foods, hot drinks and fall root infusions! Mulled Sassafras Cider, anyone?

Friday, 7:30 pm

Free talk: Living Nature Cure. Explore Nature Cure practices from around the world. We’ll introduce traditional Earth-based Vitalist practices including cultivating restorative sleep, building GI health with prebiotic herbs, ferments, and foods; natural exercise and Chi-building, toning and sound, water therapy, barefoot Earthing, and more.

Saturday Sunrise

Welcome the day and wake up your Vitality with traditional movement, sounding, and energy-building exercises. Barefoot in the Dewy Grass moving meditation and Earth-based Chi-moving exercises. Experience what Coffee would like to be when it grows up.


Learn and love the fall roots. Harvesting and medicine-making with Burdock, Chicory, Dandelion, etc. Learn how to make a prebiotic inulin-rich decoction & traditional mineral tonic. Join us in creating lactic fermentations to build immunity and GI health … Rooty recipes and tonic mushrooms to strengthen the immune system and build deep/sustained energy in the body.

Saturday night

Singing, stories and earthy fun at the Firepit by the creek and under the stars. Turn loose of those grown-up stresses, embrace your inner wild-child and play in the dark!

Sunday Sunrise

Welcome the day and wake up your Vitality with traditional movements, sounding, and energy-building exercises. Earth, Air, Fire and Water active meditation. Mud will be available … glorious clay-mud.


Learning about & creating tonic foods (wild and domestic), lactic ferments, and seasonal recipes for building and grounding life energy and vitality as we move into the cooler and darker days of Fall and Winter. Fall herbal observation walk. Closing Circle at 3 pm.

Our warming, nourishing breakfasts and lunches offer vegan and paleo choices, with gluten- and dairy-free options. Locally sourced organic foods!

We have camping platforms and a new outdoor bath-house for your Fall comfort.


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Lisa Ganora is the director of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism and has lectured and taught classes at numerous schools and conferences around the U.S. Lisa began studying herbs in the Wise Woman Tradition back in 1986 and fell profoundly in love with medicinal plants and natural healing. While studying wildcrafting and medicine-making with traditional herbalists from New England to the Appalachian Mountains for ten years, she began creating herbal products and traveled the festival circuit with an herb booth and as a workshop presenter. In 1997 Lisa decided to study botany, chemistry, and health sciences at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and graduated with highest honors and several awards. Lisa combines a deep and intuitive understanding of traditional Vitalist herbalism and nutrition with a scientifically-integrated and holistic approach to natural health. At the Friday night potluck & talk, Lisa will share the evolution and practices of traditional Vitalist healing. On Saturday & Sunday, she’ll help lead us in exercises to reconnect with the healing powers of Nature and the tonic herbal roots and mushrooms, and guide us in making potent tonic recipes and herbal decoctions. On Saturday night she’s likely to be howling around the Fire and on Sunday, squishing her toes in the mud as a spiritual practice.

Maria Hodkins is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a Certified Traditional Foods Instructor.  She believes as Hippocrates did, in food as medicine, and loves the plant kingdom for all it offers in nutrition and healing for the body. She lavishly endows her cooking with the phytonutrient-rich herbs from her culinary herb garden, and makes herbal tinctures and oils from the medicinal plants she grows. Maria teaches classes in vegetable fermentation, probiotic beverages, fermented condiments & tonics, and more. She inspires a love of healthy food and cooking, the fun of kitchen alchemy, and exploration of the historical-cultural evolution of foods.  She specializes in Traditional Foods—whole, straight from the earth, nutrient-dense, prepared in the wise ways of our ancestors, with an emphasis on seasonal, local, and organic. Maria is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and the Nutritional Therapy Association.

Maria is also an artist, writer, and naturalist, and keeps illustrated field journals celebrating nature and natural history.  She is a former interpreter-naturalist for Colorado State Parks, and has taught Illustrated Journaling, Nature Sketching, and Bookbinding in places such as Yellowstone National Park, Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Illustration Program, and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.  Illustrated Journaling is Maria’s meditative practice and passion, her way of celebrating the ordinary miracles of life.  She makes all her own journals, and her beautiful illustrated journals accompany her in all sojourns into nature and her travels near and far.  Maria resides in the North Fork Valley.

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