Welcome to CSCH’s Herbal Healing Center at Elderberry’s, our beautiful 4-acre farm in Paonia, Colorado! Experience traditional Nature Cure and Vitalist therapeutics among the gardens, herb beds, fruit trees, and wildlands nearby. For the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2019, the farm will be hosting workshops, apprenticeships, immersions and events to help you reconnect with the healing powers of Nature and to expand your knowledge of earth-based medicines. Elderberry’s is a place to rest, learn, heal, rejuvenate and connect in community.

The Farm

Elderberry’s is home to a charming, periwinkle-blue 1908 farmhouse, graced with Peach, Plum, and Apple trees, where chickens free-range among organic vegetable and herb gardens. Our botanical sanctuary is on the edge of town, in a quiet, peaceful, varied landscape with huge Cottonwood trees shading the lawns. It’s the perfect place to shed the chaos of city life and recharge your vitality. Eat fresh food right from local farms and gardens and rest in the camping meadow under brilliant stars or stay in one of our tiny houses. Find yourself at home among healing waters, where the Minnesota creek and mountain snowmelt converge to nourish the land and soothe the mind, body and spirit.

The Land

This breathtaking landscape is surrounded by an expanse of mountains and mesas, with clear air and pure mountain water. Sage and Juniper grow in wild abundance among other fragrant plants and wildflowers. Elderberry’s is located on the edge of Paonia, in the North Fork Valley, an area known for its fertile soil that supports the abundant growth of organic fruits and vegetables. This unique micro-climate is often compared to the Provence region of southeast France, as the valley mimics coastal Mediterranean terrain. Paonia is home to the highest concentration of organic farms and orchards in the state – truly a haven for plant-lovers, gardeners, herbalists and healers!

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2019 Workshops at Elderberry’s

We are currently planning our 2019 schedule – check back later in January! This year we’ll be offering a Wild Foods weekend workshop and feast (with the amazing team of Kat Mackinnon and Briana Wiles, who rocked our socks last year), some one-day medicine-making classes, a Botanical Arts workshop, an expanded Wise Woman Week, Nature Cure experiences, Essential Oil distilling, and more …

Wild Foods Foraging Workshop & Public Feast !

May 31-June 2, 2019

The talented Kat Mackinnon and Briana Wiles have agreed to return in 2019 to offer an expanded version of their wildly popular 2018 Wild Foods Foraging workshop (see below). We’ve just scheduled the dates; more information coming soon …

Herbal Infused Honeys & Elixirs

June 23, 2019  with Lisa Ganora

Learn how to make exquisite herbal-infused honeys and use them to create elixirs with tinctures (stronger medicines than syrups!) with herbal pharmacist and CSCH Director Lisa Ganora. We’ll harvest local medicinal herbs and create several elixirs including Spruce, Elderberry, Ginger, etc.

Botanical Art Journals

July 26-28, 2019  with Mary Barnes and Maria Hodkins

Join two amazing artists / herbalists for a weekend of learning the spirit and magic of healing plants both wild and domestic, through observation, botanical illustration, Nature journaling and more …

Wise Woman Week in the Mountains

Thursday, Aug 29 – Monday, Sept 2, 2019  with Lisa Ganora and TBA

Calling all women who want to reconnect with the wild green powers of Earth! Come join us for five days of learning directly from our herbal allies in the gardens at Elderberry’s and the wild lands of the beautiful North Fork Valley and surrounding mountains. We’ll practice plant communication in the biodynamic gardens, make traditional nourishing & empowering herbal remedies and medicinal foods, and deepen our connection with Mother Earth as we visit a sacred grove for journeying with the Green Spirits. At night we’ll share stories and song around the fire and celebrate the Wild and Wise power of Women as Coyotes sing nearby! Five days of healing, transformation & empowerment … more details coming soon …

Essential Oil Distilling for Autumn Equinox

Sept 21-22, 2019 with Eric Bresselsmith of House of Aromatics

Eric returns for another inspiring workshop in the art, spirit & practical science of essential oil distilling (see 2018 workshop below). More information & registration here.

Nature Cure

Oct 4-6, 2019  with Lisa Ganora and TBA

Come immerse yourself in the healing powers of Nature as we sing up the sun, meditate with the plants, and dance around the fire!

2018 Workshops

What we’ve offered in the past …

 May 11-13: Medicinal Herbal Meads

Learn to make traditional honey extractions of various medicinal herbs and berries, then turn them into exquisite semi-sweet and dry meads using the low-heat, slow-aging process. We’ll work with Elderberries, Cherries, Cacao, Ginger, Spruce tips, Juniper berries, and other medicinal herbs and fruits. You’ll get to experience all of the stages of mead-making, including extracting the herbs with honey, selecting and pitching the yeast, and the stages of fermentation, racking, clearing, bottling, and aging. We’ll also sample the herbal meads we started last May! With Lisa Ganora, CSCH Director, and friends. Lisa has been making herbal meads for more than 25 years and combines her love of all things herbal with her skills as an herbal pharmacist and phytochemist. Click the workshop title above to read more and to register online, or  email us for more information.

June 1-3: Wild Foods Foraging

Join us for an amazing weekend of foraging and wild foods preparation with herbalist, wildcrafter, and author Briana Wiles and Kat Mackinnon, Director of CSCH’s Rocky Mountain Field Botany course and ancestral skills teacher. With these skilled guides, you’ll learn sustainable harvesting and practical techniques for preparing and cooking with native and naturalized wild foods and local herbs of the Western Slope. Come learn how surprisingly delicious Cattail Ash Cakes can be at our Saturday night Wild Food Feast! For more information or to register online, click the link above, or email Lisa.Ganora@ClinicalHerbalism.com.

July 26-29: Wise Woman Weekend

With Maria Hodkins, Alicia Michelsen, & Lisa Ganora
Join us Thursday afternoon through Sunday noon for a long weekend during the July Full Moon. Together we’ll celebrate and learn the healing powers of traditional medicine plants and nourishing medicinal foods. Using ancestral herbal and healing skills from the Wise Woman tradition, we’ll learn directly from the Green Teachers themselves as we harvest and prepare our own medicines and cook health-empowering foods together (including lactic ferments for probiotic health). Explore the intuitive and experiential side of herbalism through plant communication, using our senses and instincts to observe and understand our local herbs and their actions; by making beautiful herb journals to teach us deep observation skills and help us record our experiences; and by joyfully celebrating the vitality and sacredness of life on Earth with the Green People … We’ll share story and song around the Fire, sing to the Moon, a connect with our roots as Wise Woman Healers! For more information or to register online, click the link above, or email Lisa.Ganora@ClinicalHerbalism.com.

Aug 25-26: Essential Oil Distilling with Eric Bresselsmith

Learn artisan essential oil distilling with Eric and Amber from House of Aromatics in Boulder, Utah. At this fascinating workshop, participants harvest, prepare and distill magical essences while connecting with the spirits, energies and medicine of the local Conifers. Eric returns for another popular workshop at Elderberry’s to guide us in harvesting the plants respectfully and sustainably, and experiencing the magic of distilling to capture “the Genie in the Bottle” in the form of essential oils and hydrosols.

Oct 5-7: Experience Nature Cure with teachers from CSCH

Immerse yourself in the healing powers of Nature and prepare for Winter with traditional nourishing tonics, herbs, hydrotherapy, meditations, and movements to build Qi.

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