Wise Woman Weekend

Join us at Elderberry’s for a long weekend of deep connection with the Green Teachers, learning how to craft traditional healing foods and herbs, celebrating and renewing our Wild Hearts and Spirits!


Merging tradition, sensory experience, spirit, art and science, the Wise Woman Weekend is all about cultivating your herbal instincts and connecting with the healing plants as our direct teachers. Learn about edible and medicinal uses for wild & domestic herbs and foods from both the plants as teachers and we who listen to and love them. We will taste, touch, smell, observe, draw and learn with our hearts, minds, and bodies, tuning in to the unique medicine of the plants as our ancestors have done for generations.

 Through the practice of sensory connection, we experience the profound relationship between people and plants: understanding the language of the natural world through direct experience … a down-to-Earth method of plant communication! You will also learn practical skills of plant identification, harvesting, and preparation to make infusions, tinctures, oils, salves and more.

Join in for an early morning walk to sing up the Sun, learn Vitalist practices to awaken your life energy, cultivate your intuition, and enjoy the healing and cleansing powers of herbal smudging. Create beautiful experience journals that guide us to observe, record, and remember our intimate connections with the herbs. We will also join together to cook medicinal meals with health-promoting, nutrient-dense foods and spices. At night, we’ll celebrate our connection to the Green world with song and story around the creekside firepit.

Camping (we have tent platforms now!) and meals are included in the regular price. Please email us if you’d like to reserve a tiny house at Elderberry’s for the weekend.
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Meet The Teachers!

Alicia Michelsen, Maria Hodkins, and Lisa Ganora




Lisa Ganora

Lisa Ganora is the Director of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder, CO, 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 and Moonlodge leader. 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 with a scientifically-integrated and holistic approach to natural health. When not busy with nerdy things like Herbal Constituents, she likes to howl with Wolves, sneak around in the dark, sing to the Moon, and dance dance dance.


Alicia Michelsen

Alicia Michelsen is a village herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition. For over 20 years Alicia has been growing medicinal herbs, making plant medicines and teaching students of all ages how to enjoy the bounty of the green nations. Currently she is the Director of The Learning Council (an educational NGO utilizing the Gift Model for community supported education) and sits on the board of Viva la Vida, a foundation for developing spiritual agriculture in the traditions of Biodynamic and Trinium methods. Mother of three boys, Alicia has worked in Waldorf-inspired education since 2000 and has brought two groups of students all the way through the elementary grades. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and now lives in the North Fork Valley, where she is beloved for her generous herbal healing skills and her amazing, delicious food.



Maria Hodkins

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.

“To enter into a conversation with nature is to explore beauty and mystery of ancient origins, revealed in the complexity of a leaf, the exquisiteness of a flower, the pattern of ridges in a landscape. Within these simple observations and recordings lies a quiet power, a sturdy harbor of wildness, and a true connection with the magic of life. ”   –Maria Hodkins