Valerie Blankenship, RH, AHG has over 24 years experience in the herbal field as a clinician, formulator, medicine maker and educator. She is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. AHG Registered Herbalist membership requires an intensive, peer-reviewed application process through the professional herbalist’s organization, requiring demonstrated herbal knowledge and clinical experience and skills. She holds certifications from Wild Rose College, David Hoffmann’s Therapeutic Herbalism program and The School of Natural Healing. She attends topical herbal intensives yearly through The American Herbalists Guild and Naturopathic Colleges and is a member of the American Herbalist’s Guild. She has completed intensive training in integrative holistic treatments with herbal clinician Donald Yance, through his ECLECTIC TRIPHASIC™ MEDICAL SYSTEM (ETMS). Valerie specializes in supporting vibrant GI health through the use of probiotic foods that nourish and support the microbiome.









Elias Davis, CCH, CN, grew up in the green forests of Maine, where he developed a deep love and affinity for the magic and mystery of the natural world. As he experienced a number of conditions improve with adjustments of diet, lifestyle and herbs, he realized that alternative health practices were much more successful at addressing these things for him than conventional treatments. This, in turn, fueled a passion and curiosity for exploring alternative therapies for more balanced health and well being and led him to the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder.

Elias has been a vegetarian for over 20 years and has cultivated experience in food production and fermentation and how to make healthy and delicious alternatives for those with food intolerances, as well as how to make a variety of unique probiotic foods and drinks for revitalizing and nourishing the gut.








Lisa Ganora is the director of CSCH, an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, 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 understanding of traditional, Vitalist herbalism and nutrition with a scientifically-integrated and holistic approach to natural health. In this workshop, Lisa will share the latest discoveries on the science of the microbiome, how it contributes to our health, and how our inner ecology is influenced by nutrients and phytochemicals in diet and herbs.

Visit her website and check out her textbook on herbal constituents at


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Alchemy of Fermentation Weekend Workshop