Workshops & Events

*The content of these workshops or classes does not necessarily represent or express the views of CSCH.*  

Current Offerings

Artisan Essential Oil Distilling

A weekend intensive with Eric and Amber from House of Aromatics. At our farm, Elderberry’s, in Paonia, Colorado. August 25-27, 2017.

Paonia is located West of Aspen in the beautiful North Fork Valley, home to Colorado’s highest concentration of organic farms and orchards. It’s been called the “Garden of Colorado” where abundant cultivated and wild plants and herbs thrive on the fresh air and mountain snowmelt water. Leave the noise of the Front Range behind and bask in the quiet of an unspoiled mountain town for a weekend of learning, fun and relaxation!


We’ll begin with a potluck at 5:30 Friday night (open to all), and a discussion of the art and science of craft essential oil distilling. Come learn about the history, mystery, and techniques of capturing the essence of medicinal herbs and trees. Please bring something ready to eat – we’ll provide a hearty pot of soup.  The evening will wrap up at 7:30 so everyone can get to their accommodations for an early to bed.

Saturday and Sunday we will meet at 9:00 AM, and our days will finish at 6:00 PM. We will share a hands-on journey into the art, science and magic of essential oil distillation. Afterwards,  join us at the Firepit by the creek and under the stars …

What we’ll do: 20150613_121841

  • Gather Conifer tree branches in the forest and prepare them for distillation
  • Distill the prepared Conifer material. Saturday we’ll distill a single species; Sunday we’ll create a “Co-distillation” of multiple species
  • Learn distiller’s terms like retort, charge, decanter, fraction …
  • “Decant” essential oil
  • Learn indications and applications of Conifer essential oils
  • Take part in a “guided inner journey” to facilitate intuitive aspects of learning from Trees and Plants
  • Journal our experiences and insights
  • Share and dialog
  • Take home essential oil and hydrosol of each distillation!

For more information and to register, go to House of Aromatics.

$300 includes workshop, all meals & 3 nights camping at Elderberry’s. Locals and CSCH student discount $250. Contact Eric for possible barter opportunities.

The Alchemy of Fermentation

A weekend intensive at our farm, Elderberry’s, in Paonia, Colorado. August 4-6, 2017.

Paonia is located West of Aspen in the beautiful North Fork Valley, home to Colorado’s highest concentration of organic farms and orchards. It’s been called the “Garden of Colorado” where abundant cultivated and wild plants and herbs thrive on the fresh air and mountain snowmelt water. Leave the noise of the Front Range behind and bask in the quiet of an unspoiled mountain town for a weekend of learning, fun and relaxation!

We’ll begin with a potluck Friday night (open to all), with a group discussion of how our symbiotic microbiota work to support health, not only of the digestive system, but of our entire bodies. We’ll look at the latest scientific discoveries and how to put them into practice using naturally fermented foods and herbs.

Saturday and Sunday are devoted to making and tasting a variety of recipes including herbal sauerkrauts, sourdough breads, non-dairy cheeses, traditional beet kvaas, sparkling lacto-fermented sodas, coconut ‘kefir’ and more!

Presentation by Valerie Blankenship, RH AHG, Elias Davis, CCH, CN, and CSCH Director Lisa Ganora
Date: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 4-6, 2017

Sign up here

Camping & meals (allergen-free, paleo and vegan) available at Elderberry’s. Other lodging and dining options abound in Paonia. See the registration page above for details.



Revitalize for Practitioners

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.

Some of the consistent results my clients have achieved:

•    Heal leaky gut and eliminate a variety of digestive issues
•    Eliminate gut infections
•    Improve energy levels and relieve brain fog
•    Reduce or eliminate headaches, sinus issues, skin issues
•    Reduce or eliminate chronic pain that hasn’t responded to other treatments for years
•    Lowered auto-antibody levels in those with auto-immune disorders
•    Improved menstrual cycle symptoms
•    Weight loss: up to 8 pounds for women and 12 pounds for men who need to lose weight
•    Improved diet and dietary compliance where necessary (gluten, dairy, etc.)
•    Experience symptom relief, then see symptoms return with reactive foods challenge
•    When symptoms persist post-program, practitioners receive diagnostic information

This seminar teaches practitioners step-by-step how to implement a successful program. You will learn how to introduce this to clients regardless of their current diet, what herbs and supplements to recommend and why, the recommended diet to use and why, how recipes and a detailed guidebook increase compliance, and how to provide support every step of the way.

Each practitioner will receive a client guidebook that outlines the program, includes FAQs, a 21-day meal plan, shopping tips, and over 40 pages of recipes for your clients to use in the future. The book will be available for order online by your clients, but is not a substitute for practitioner support.

You will leave this seminar with everything you need to guide your clients through this valuable program with a clear understanding of how to use it in your practice immediately.

If you have additional questions, contact Erin Livers at


CSCH Paonia Presents




Some of our Previous Workshops

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.)

Register Online at, or email

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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.)


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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.