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, 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. Flavoring tonics with Sassafras, Ginger, Wild Cherry and Elderberry syrups … 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 2 pm.

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


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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.

TBA another awesome Vitalist teacher will be joining us … stay tuned

Partial work-trade or barter considered. Rooms in farmhouse or tiny house may be available, please inquire.