Experience Nature Cure

Let Nature be your Healer, October 5-7, 2018 at Elderberry’s in Paonia, CO



As the inward season of Autumn deepens, join us for a weekend of healing, rejuvenation, and re-connection with the powers of traditional Nature Cure, seasonal tonic soups, mushrooms, and herbs. With a combination of Vitalist practices and moving meditations, strengthening foods and ferments, and tonifying herbal 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.



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!

Friday, 7:30 pm

Free talk: Living Nature Cure. Explore Vitalist Nature Cure practices evolved from the ancient Egyptians to the classical Greek/Arabic tradition to Western European health practices to Physio-Medicalism and early North American Naturopathy. We’ll introduce Earth-based Vitalist practices including cultivating restorative sleep, building GI health with prebiotic herbs, ferments, and foods, natural exercise, water therapy, and more.

Saturday Sunrise

Welcome the day and wake up your Vitality with traditional movements, sounding, and energy-building exercises. Barefoot in the Dewy Grass moving meditation and Earth-based Chi-moving exercises.


Learn the fall roots. Harvesting and Medicine-Making with Burdock, Chicory, Dandelion, etc. Learn how to make a prebiotic inulin-rich decoction & traditional mineral tonic. Flavoring tonics with Sassafras, Ginger, Licorice … Rooty recipes and tonic mushrooms to strengthen the immune system and build deep/sustained energy in the body.

Saturday night

Singing, stories and fun at the Firepit by the creek and under the stars.

Sunday Sunrise

Welcome the day and wake up your Vitality with traditional movements, sounding, and energy-building exercises. Power of Water active meditation.


Learning about & creating tonic foods (wild and
domestic), lactic ferments, and seasonal recipes for
building life energy and vitality as we move into the
Fall and Winter. Fall herbal observation walk. Closing Circle at 2 pm.

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


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. and New Zealand. 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 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 history, evolution and methods of traditional Vitalist practices. 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.

Visit her website and check out her textbook Herbal Constituents at herbalconstituents.com

Work-trade or barter considered. Rooms in farmhouse may be available, please inquire.