Workshops & Events

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Current Offerings in Boulder
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Nourish your Nervous System

(Clinician-taught Class!)

Presentation by Meghan Pivarnik, Certified Herbalist


November 6th, November 7th, and November 13th, 2017


5:30-7:30 pm




Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont, Suite F-1 Boulder, CO 80301 (Zarlengo Plaza,  south-side lower-level of building, off 29th St.)

To Register, contact Meghan at:

Join clinician Meghan Pivarnik for her 3-part series as she unpacks the nervous system and the gentle ways we can take care of it. You’ll learn the foundations of this system as well as nutritional, supplemental, herbal, and flower essence therapeutics.

Each is a stand-alone class.

Monday, November 6th

Nourish Your Nervous System Part 1: The Foundations


Tuesday, November 7th

Nourish Your Nervous System Part 2: Mixed Theraputics


Monday, November 13th

Nourish Your Nervous System Part 3: Flower Essence Support and Vitalist Practice






Fundamentals of  Ayurvedic Medicine

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Taught by:

Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., RYT(E-500), C-IAYT, National Ayurvedic Medical Association-registered practitioner

Dates & Times:

Jan 26-28 2017, and Feb 16-18 Fri-Sun 12:30-6:30 pm


$225 per three-day weekend; $425 for both; discount for CSCH students


Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont, Suite F-1 Boulder, CO 80301 (Zarlengo Plaza,  south-side lower-level of building, off 29th St.)

More Information or to Register:

Contact Dr Buhrman at 303 443 6923.


Ayurveda is the oldest continuously-practiced herbal medicine system in the world.  While India’s early human inhabitants are believed to have used specific local plants for healing several thousand years ago, ancient India’s first written records of herbal medicine lore are found in the Rg Veda and may date to 1600 BCE or earlier.  Fully developed medical texts may have existed as early as 200 BCE.  A thousand years later, Ayurvedic ideas of the human body and its health would provide the basis for the Yoga system known as “Hatha Yoga.” Today, Ayurvedic medicine is a recognized, government-supported health care system in both India and Nepal, and an increasingly popular complementary medicine modality in the west. A number of modern research studies have borne out not only the efficacy of the herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine, but also several of its basic health principles.

Ayurveda is an excellent healing modality for addressing preventative health care concerns, digestive disorders and food sensitivities, allergies and sinus problems, depression and anxiety, chronic degenerative disorders, and menstrual and menopausal issues, as well as certain common infectious illnesses. It utilizes foods-as-medicines and dietary principles, herbology, and lifestyle principles.

Join us for a two-weekend introductory workshop on the fundamental principles and treatment options in Ayurveda including: Ayurvedic definitions of health, causes and symptoms of imbalances,  development of disease, assessment of constitution (prakriti) and imbalances (vikriti) including symptomology, pulse, and tongue diagnosis. A beginning understanding of the basic healing modalities of the Ayurvedic medicine toolkit will be presented, including: lifestyle, diet, therapeutic Yoga, panchakarma cleansing practices, and properties and uses of 40 Ayurvedic herbs and foods as medicine. The course is intended for herbalists and health care professionals as well as those seeking to enhance their health through practical preventive principles and home remedies for common ailments.

 About the Instructor

Dr. Buhrman is a National Ayurvedic Medical Association-recognized Ayurvedic Medicine practitioner and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists who has been in private practice since 1986.  She holds degrees in Biology (College of William and Mary) and Anthropology (University of Colorado).  She was trained and qualified in Ayurvedic Medicine by Dr. R.P. Trivedi of Benares Hindu University and has studied classical Yoga with North Indian Yoga Master Baba Hari Dass since 1976.

She has worked as a carcinogenesis geneticist at Stanford Research Institute, and has taught as an adjunct professor at Naropa University, Metropolitan State College, Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, Ananda Seva Meditation Center in California, European Yoga Therapy in Finland, and CSCH. Her published articles are available on her website  She can be reached at 303 443 6923; please call her with any questions.


 Some of our Previous Workshops

Healing Trees of Ireland


Sunday 12 November






Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, Boulder, CO


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Thirteen trees comprise the ancient Ogham lunar calendar, each offering medicine, myths and folklore.  These trees were so important to our ancestors that they brought them with them to the new world and all are common to Colorado as well as Ireland.  We will circle the wheel of the year, learning which tree represents each lunar month, its Ogham letter, the medicine for body and spirit of each tree.  We will create a hazel cough remedy (using the 4th great Celtic healer, whiskey!) and a hawthorn infused honey.

Taught by Tonja Reichley  

Herbalist (BS, MBA) Tonja Reichley spends her time in the urban alleyways of Denver and on the windswept coast of western Ireland foraging for wild herbs to nourish, healand revitalize the whole self.  She loves the power and connection of ritual and ancient Celtic monastic traditions. She practices alchemy through the sychronicities of the natural world and her own connection to the healing arts, inspired by Brighid of Kildare, Irish goddess and saint.

Tonja created MoonDance Botanicals, a herbal boutique near downtown Denver, which includes an extensive line of artisan bath and body products and herbal remedies.  All products are handcrafted onsite by a collaborative herbal community using organic and pure ingredients.  Tonja sold the shop in May 2016 to move to Ireland and pursue long-held dreams in that mystical land.

Tonja teaches classes on Irish spirituality and herbs in Denver and in Ireland. Her classes inspire the senses by learning-by-doing and focuses on the use of herbs and aromatherapy for living a more connected and radiant life. She leads sacred journeys to Ireland three times a year, inspiring pilgrims with the holy landscape, deepening through ritual, prayer, intention, opening to the mysteries of ancient sites and herbal thresholds.

Creating Culture: Kraut, Kombucha and Cashew Cheese

(Clinician-taught Class!)


November 4th, 2017


11 am – 1 pm (Class), 1 pm – 2 pm (Potluck)


$20 ($10 for current CSCH students)


Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism

2900 Valmont Road, Unit F-1

Boulder, CO


This class we will highlight the benefits of fermented foods. I will demonstrate how to make kraut, kombucha and cashew cheese and there will be samples to enjoy! You will experience how making ferments allows us to express ourselves creatively,  nourish our bodies and delight our communities.

Lifecycles: Honoring the Rhythms of Women – 3 Class Series

(Clinician-taught Class!)


October 25th, November 1st, and November 8th, 2017


6:00-8:00 pm (all classes)


$15 per class (general public), $5 per class (CSCH student)


Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont, Suite F-1 Boulder, CO 80301 (Zarlengo Plaza,  south-side lower-level of building, off 29th St.)

To Register, contact Cristina at:

Class 1: Honoring the Natural Rhythm of Your Menstrual Cycle, October 25, 2017

Class 2: Supportive Therapeutics for Prenatal and Postpartum Pregnancy, November 1, 2017

Class 3: Stepping into Menopause with Ease & Grace, November 8, 2017

Join us for this series of classes on how to better connect to the rhythms of our cycles as women. We will explore herbal and nutritional therapeutics and how to create more balance and ritual in our lives. Tea and snacks included!


Fatigue: Pathophysiology, Natural Therapeutics, and Adaptogens with PAUL BERGNER


Saturday, October 28th & Sunday, October 29th, 2017


10 am – 4 pm each day


$249 ($199 for current CSCH students) includes all materials


Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism

2900 Valmont Road, Unit F-1

Boulder, CO


Paul Bergner is a respected elder, teacher, herbalist and naturopath who established the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder in 2004 (currently operating out of Portland, OR) and is the original founder of CSCH. We are delighted to welcome him for his annual visit to Boulder to present this important seminar in Vitalist healing of one of the most common problems we face today. If you’ve never had the opportunity to learn from him in person – don’t miss this inspiring and profound exploration of how the help heal the most common chronic health complaint in America today.

In this course you will learn the tools and skill set to assess and address the client with a primary complaint of fatigue. We’ll cover the pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, and root causes of fatigue, and learn methods for using herbal medicine and formulation to improve sleep and correct sleep debt. The categories of adaptogens and Chinese tonic herbs are covered in depth. Included is a critical view of the contemporary concept of the adaptogen, with illustrations of how the misuse of this herbal category can promote burnout rather than relieve it. Included are sections on the right use of Chinese tonic herbs for the Western herbalist, and Chinese herbs to enhance athletic training and performance.

  • Review the pathophysiology and differential diagnosis of the client with fatigue as their chief complaint
  • Learn the role of key nutrients in fatigue
  • Learn the role of dietary selection and food intolerance in fatigue
  • Learn the basic science of sleep, sleep cycles, and sleep debt
  • Learn a method of lifestyle intervention to improve sleep time and quality
  • Learn a complete Materia Medica and formulation approach to improve sleep
  • Learn to critically evaluate claims made for herbal adaptogens
  • Learn the legitimate uses and the most important adverse effects and potential harms of adaptogens as a class, and of 18 specific herbs
  • Learn how to use 18 Chinese tonic herbs appropriately in the context of Western herbalism


Learn to Guide your Clients through an Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Gut Healing Program

Presentation by Erin Livers, Nutrition Therapist
Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 30th & October 1st, 2017

Time: 10am – 5pm Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sunday

Cost: $395 ($195 for current CSCH students)

(Cost includes an 80-page client guidebook)

Location: Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont, Suite F-1 Boulder, CO 80301 (Zarlengo Plaza,  south-side lower-level of building, off 29th St.)

“All disease begins in the gut.” Hippocrates was thought to have said this about 410 BC, so we’ve known for a very long time that digestive health is critical to the health of our entire being. As clinicians, healing digestion is a critical first step in resolving every clients’ symptoms and their response provides us with important information. Because it’s thought that 80% of Americans today have intestinal permeability or “leaky gut,” we know this is a common area of dysfunction.

Six years ago, in my practice as a nutrition therapist, I created a powerful combination of an anti-inflammatory diet, an elimination-challenge diet and a 4Rs gut-healing protocol that provides powerful benefits to both you, the practitioner, and your clients in a very short 30 days. I’ve now used this program with over 500 clients.

In this seminar, you can share in my experience and see these results, but more importantly, I help you master this tool. Learn:

How to guide your clients through the 30 days, step-by-step
How to avoid many issues with a proven program
Effective gut-healing herbs & supplements (including brands)
How to troubleshoot a variety of symptom scenarios
How to support clients with the supplied recipes & other recommendations
Review client Case Studies
Discover how to offer this program to your clients immediately after this seminar

This program eliminates or reduces inflammation, heals the gut using Functional Medicine’s 4Rs protocol (now 6Rs!), guides clients through a 21-day elimination/challenge diet to determine food sensitivities, jumpstarts weight loss if necessary, and teaches clients how to eat to balance blood sugar every day. All in 30 days! Supplements are recommended to eliminate bacterial, yeast and parasitic infections, heal the gut, and support healthy populations of beneficial bacteria. This program accommodates the GAPS diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, low FODMAPS diet and removes the need for one-size-fits-all autoimmune diets. Learn why this program is so important for autoimmune clients.

Herbal Constituents Intensive

Cover_Herbal_ConstituentsWith Lisa Ganora, Director of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, Author of the textbook Herbal Constituents, and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Date: Begins Monday, October 17, 2016

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm (M-F, 10/17-21)

Cost: $495 (Student discount: $250) Includes notes, materials, and a free copy of Herbal Constituents!

Location: Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont, Suite F-1 Boulder, CO 80301 (Zarlengo Plaza,  south-side lower-level of building, off 29th St.)

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This October, Lisa Ganora will be teaching an Herbal Constituents intensive at CSCH, open to students and the public! In this 30-hour, 5-day intensive, Lisa will explore in-depth the art and science of practical phytochemistry for herbalists and holistic health practitioners. Learn about therapeutics, safety, extractions, synergy, active molecules in medicinal plants and how they contribute to herbal actions and energetics, and more. Using a combination of illustrated lectures, demonstrations, and herbal pharmacy activities, participants will explore the interface between traditional wisdom and contemporary science with medicinal plants and their fascinating phytomolecules!




Sam Coffman - WFA Course

Herbal Wilderness First Aid and First Responder Certification

Course with Sam Coffman

Taught in Boulder, Colorado at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, the Wilderness First Responder 80-hour certification course is a great place to start for anyone who wants to be much more medically self-sufficient!


     Session 1: Monday, December 5th-Friday, December 9th, 2016

     Session 2: Monday, February 13th-Friday, February 17th, 2016

Times: 9:00am-5:00 pm


     Wilderness First Aid Certification (1 session) $550

     Wilderness First Responder Certification (includes both sessions) $900

Location: CSCH Classroom, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit H-1, Boulder, CO, 80301

For more information and to Register, contact The Human Path!

The usage for this material ranges from being able to take care of your own family in a home emergency, to backpacking, hiking or camping trips, to living in a more rural area, to being stranded in a remote location, to a hurricane Katrina (or worse) type situation.

The Wilderness Herbal First Responder certification course is a 10-day, 80-hour course that is taught on-site.  The curriculum for the on-site portion of the course is a complete Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification.

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-12-39-14-pmMedicinal Mushrooms: Unraveling the Mystery

(Clinician-taught Class!)

Presentation by Danielle Ryan, Certified Herbalist

Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017

Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Location: Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont, Suite F-1 Boulder, CO 80301 (Zarlengo Plaza,  south-side lower-level of building, off 29th St.)

To Register, contact Danielle at:

Discover the depths of the fungal world, from their place on the taxonomic tree of life, to the astounding medicinal benefits of many fruiting bodies (mushrooms), and become part of a hands-on demonstration on how to cultivate these incredible allies in your own home. You will leave with an in-depth understanding of the nature, properties, uses, and growing techniques of fungi and its subgroups: mycelium and mushrooms. We will be discussing the following mushrooms in detail: Reishi, Shitake, Maitake, Lion’s Mane, Pearl Oyster, and Turkey Tail. Be prepared to leave with a new-found awe, excitement, and love for the most mysterious species on planet earth.

Doug ElliottDoug Elliott, Appalachian Storyteller & Herbalist

Pre-registration is closed.  This event is full! We may have some availability at the door, but we are expecting a full house. Availability isn’t guaranteed.

If you pre-registered and haven’t sent payment,  please arrive early to pay. Your seat isn’t reserved until payment is received. Come early, or you may be turned away at the door. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you tonight!

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Cost: $25 ($20 for students)

Location: Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont, Suite F-1 Boulder, CO 80301 (Zarlengo Plaza, rear of building, off 29th St.)


 Link to our flyer.

Whether he’s pointing out poison ivy, pontificating on poke sallet, crooning about creasy greens, jiving about ginseng, extolling the virtues of dandelions, or demonstrating botanical pyrotechnics, herbalist, author and storyteller, Doug Elliott is known for his lively presentations as well as his broad, practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of useful wild plants. He will be presenting a lively, informative program of traditional and contemporary plant lore, photographs, and scientific information, as well as stories, songs, and outrageous personal narratives celebrating some of America’s favorite, edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful wild plants. He flavors his program with regional dialects, lively harmonica riffs, and more than a few belly laughs. Doug Elliott is an herbalist, naturalist, basket maker and author. He lives in the southern Appalachian mountains. He has spent a great deal of time with traditional country folk and indigenous people, learning their stories, folklore and traditional ways of relating to plants. For many years Doug made his living gathering and selling herbs. In recent years he has performed and taught from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough,TN and has conducted workshops and programs at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught regularly at the International Herb Symposium, the Green Nations Gathering, and Omega Institute. He has trained rangers for the National Park Service and guided people on wilderness experiences from east Maine to the Florida Everglades. He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler’s Grove Festival in Union Grove, N.C. In recent years he has received a variety of honors. The International Herb Association presented him with the Otto Richter Award honoring his work with herbs and useful wild plants. The National Storytelling Network (the largest storytelling membership organization in the world) inducted him into their Circle of Excellence for “exceptional commitment and exemplary contribution to the art of storytelling.” He will be in Denver to receive the Master Front Line Interpreter Award presented by the National Association for Interpretation (the professional organization of park rangers, naturalists, museum curators, etc.) given to him for his “mastery of interpretive techniques, program development, and design of creative projects” celebrating the human connection to nature and wild plants. He has authored five books. His first book, WILD ROOTS, An Underground Botany and Forager’s Guide, has been around for thirty-some years and is considered an “underground” classic. In 1995 it was given a new cover and re-released by Healing Arts Press. Doug has produced a number of award winning recordings of stories and songs, and is occasionally seen on PBS-TV, as well as the History and National Geographic Channels.