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Herbal Pharmacy Intensive 5/27-31

May 27, 2021 - May 31, 2021

Elderberrys Lisa Ganora Herbal Education & Retreat Center

Herbal Pharmacy Intensive
May 27 – May 31

Take your medicine-making to the next level with traditional botanical sciences!

Welcome to our five-day hands-on immersion as we delve into the arts & sciences of higher-level Herbal Pharmacy Intensive & Medicine-Making

We’ve designed this Herbal Pharmacy Intensive workshop for herbalists who have a working knowledge of the basics: infusions & decoctions, tinctures (macerations), infused oils & salves, vinegars, etc.

  • To understand & practice with the underlying principles of solubility & extraction so that you can make your creations even more potent & safe
  • To explore the significance of herbal constituents to medicine-making
  • To practice historical pharmacy arts including how to make 19th & 20thcentury style percolations & fluid extracts
  • To demonstrate modern adaptations like making multiple kinds of fresh- & dried-herb extractions with the Vitamix®, Magical Butter Machine® & distilling equipment
  • To practice the art of Action Formulation to create brilliant products for use in the clinic & for the marketplace


Below is a general outline of what we will cover. A detailed schedule & more information are provided when you register. You will receive a complete packet of handouts & worksheets to go with our learning sessions, & you will bring several finished creations home with you.

  • Morning to Afternoon: arrive at Elderberry’s, set up camp / settle in, explore the farm & gardens & breathe some fresh mountain air … relax & unwind in the new aromatic hydrotherapy garden
  • Early evening: orientation, tour of the lab, assignment to action groups, reviewing handouts, preparations & initial steps for your Friday morning projects
  • Community gathering & opening circle at dinner time
  • After dinner presentation: Historical Botanical Pharmacy in North America with Lisa Ganora & Kat Martello. Learn about the Materia Medica & Pharmacy techniques of the Physio-Medicalists & Eclectics. Q & A with your teachers
  • Morning session: understanding & using herbal chemistry – polarity, solubility, variability, & synergy for extractions & how to use these principles to improve & empower your medicine-making. Useful equations, calculations, conversions simplified for herbalists. Demonstrations & lab time
  • Lunch & siesta: organic, whole-foods, nutrient-dense feast with selections available for all dietary needs
  • Afternoon session: set up for percolations & concentrated fluid extracts; initial steps; begin distillations for hydrosols; practical work in the lab with Mary Barnes
  • Community dinner options
  • After dark: gather around the community stone firepit for some Rocky Mountain merry-making or relax under the stars in the aromatic hydrotherapy garden
  • Morning session: continuing with percolations & concentrated fluid extracts – final steps; alternatives to using alcohol; practical work in the lab; planning for & calculating yields
  • Lunch & siesta: organic, whole-foods, nutrient-dense feast with selections available for all dietary needs
  • Afternoon session: harvesting from gardens & wildcrafting for fresh-herb & honey extractions; plant preparation & garbling; calculations & practice with fresh-herb Vitamix tincturing; targeting constituents by adjusting polarity of hydroethanolic extractions; working with modern extraction techniques
  • Dinnertime: Casual community circle
  • After dark: gather around the community stone firepit for some Rocky Mountain merry-making or relax under the stars in the aromatic hydrotherapy garden
  • Morning session: GMPs for the smaller-scale herbalist, sanitary techniques & preservation, labeling requirements & more for the marketplace with Kat Martello
  • Lunch & siesta: organic, whole-foods, nutrient-dense feast with selections available for all dietary needs
  • Afternoon session: learn how to use modern equipment like the Magical Butter Machine® for making concentrated herbal oils, infused honeys, hydroethanolic extracts, double-extracted oxymels & more
  • Dinnertime: Casual community circle
  • After dark: gather around the fire for some Rocky Mountain merry-making or relax under the stars in the aromatic hydrotherapy garden
  • Morning session: finish up all previous projects, final steps, calculations & packaging; pharmacy-oriented herb walk & exploring organoleptics
  • Lunch & siesta: organic, whole-foods, nutrient-dense feast with selections available for all dietary needs
  • Closing circle: pass the talking stick & share your aha’s, uh-ohs, insights & creations
  • Afternoon: pack up & travel home – we’ll miss you & we hope to see you again soon!

Herbal Pharmacy Intensive
May 27 – May 31

The Details…

BIPOC: Update: scholarship has been claimed (One full scholarship available, please email us for details)

Covid Adaptations

Depending on conditions, workshops will be limited to the allowed number of participants & will be held in covered but open outdoor structures &/or outside with social distancing; we follow appropriate sanitation & masking practices


Various indoor options available at the farm or nearby (private or shared tiny house, hostel, AirBnB, studio apartment, etc.). Because options change with the season, we’ll send info upon request; generally, they range from $50-$100/night


$599 includes all workshop activities & supplies, platform or meadow camping (with use of bathhouse), mid-day organic feasts (vegan, paleo, & food intolerance savvy) & evening festivities

Refund Policy

  • Cancel one week or more before the workshop: full refund minus a $99 cancellation fee
  • Cancel less than a week before the workshop: registration transferable to another workshop, minus a $99 cancellation fee

Your teachers have more than 60 years of collective experience in these arts & are excited to share their knowledge!

Herbal Education by Lisa Ganora

Lisa Ganora

Founder of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism & Director of Elderberry’s, Lisa has presented workshops & taught classes at numerous schools & conferences for more than 30 years. She began studying herbs in the Wise Woman Tradition back in 1986 & fell profoundly in love with medicinal plants & Earth-based healing. After practicing wildcrafting & medicine making with traditional herbalists from New England to the Southern Appalachians, she began creating herbal products & traveled the festival circuit with an herb booth & as a workshop presenter. In 1997 Lisa decided to study botany, chemistry, & health sciences at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, & graduated with highest honors & several awards in chemistry & biology. She is the author of Herbal Constituents, a textbook for practitioners, & teaches online classes on practical phytochemistry through Herbal Medics Academy.

Kat Martello

Kat Martello is the lead apprentice & co-creator at Elderberry’s. Working in the herbal supplements business motivated her to earn her B.S. in the Herbal Sciences program at Bastyr University. At Bastyr, Kat was the botanical lab steward, a medicinal herb gardener, & did HPLC research on Cannabis terpenes. Working in herbal apothecaries, she integrated FDA compliance, formulated herbal medicines, & compounded naturopathic prescriptions. While employed in an analytical lab, Kat wrote standard operating procedures & certificates of analysis, processed cannabis samples as a lab technician, & did business-to-business promotions. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, has abundant hands-on experience in microcurrent & photobiomodulation therapy, & is certified as a nursing assistant.

Kat brings many talents to Elderberry’s including gardening, developing the botanical lab & hydrotherapy garden, making medicine & mead, illustrating processes, organizing & teaching workshops & online classes, & developing media for herbal education. A native New Orleanian, she was raised with an appreciation for arts & culture, & channels that into creating illustrations, clinical murals, theater backdrops, live music paintings, & more.  Kat values integrity, symbiosis of humans with the planet, combining scientific rigor with herbal tradition, & uplifting her community through all means possible. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, djembe drumming, dancing, astronomy, martial arts, traveling, practicing wilderness self-sufficiency, & laughing.

Mary Barnes

Mary W. Barnes has practiced Vitalist clinical herbalism since 2000, working as a wellness provider & teacher. She was a member of the faculty at NAIMH for eight years before joining the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism as the Director of the Clinical Herbalism Program from 2012 to 2019. Mary currently serves as a Round Table facilitator & primary case reviewer for CSCH students. She is an experienced herbal pharmacist specializing in advanced techniques including percolation & historical fluid extracts. Her other interests include river rafting, botanical illustration & painting.

Kat Delaney

Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, CCH, CN

Kat’s interest in herbal therapeutics and healing modalities began in 1992 with a focus on Aromatherapy, and later developed into a fascination with herbalism and nutrition. Over the years she has studied the art, science and safety of essential oils, medicine-making and herbalism with various teachers. In 2011, she became certified as a Clinical Aromatherapist through the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy (with Laraine Pounds, RN, MSN, CMT). Kat is a certified Level 2 NAHA member.

In 2015, moved by the plethora of questionable information on the internet and the increasingly unsafe use of essential oils by the public, Kat developed Esenta, The Aromaticum App as a means to provide safe and reliable information on the therapeutic uses and dilutions of EO. Kat then continued her studies in the healing arts at CSCH, where she earned her certifications in Clinical Herbalism and Nutrition. She currently lectures on various topics, writes articles on aromatherapy, and offers workshops to students and the public on topics including medicine-making, EO safety and toxicology, and comparing herbalism with aromatherapy. In addition to her focus on education, Kat offers all-natural body care products, custom natural perfumes, and holistic health support through her business, Roots of Alchemy / Esenta, LLC.


This 5-day workshop is $599

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May 27, 2021
May 31, 2021


Elderberry’s Farm
1978 Harding Road
Paonia, CO 81428 United States
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