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Make Better Medicine: Herbal Pharmacy Intensive 6/9-12, 2022

June 9 - June 12

Elderberrys Lisa Ganora Herbal Education & Retreat Center

Make Better Medicine: Herbal Pharmacy Intensive – Sorry, this class is now full. If you’d like to be on the waiting list in case of a cancellation, fill out the form below but don’t pay for the class. We’ll let you know if there’s an opening!

June 9 – 12, 2022

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

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

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

  • Understand & practice the underlying principles of solubility & extraction so that you can make your creations safer & more potent
  • Explore the significance of herbal constituents to medicine making
  • Practice historical pharmacy arts adapted for the modern medicine maker & using home equipment
  • Demonstrate modern adaptations like making multiple kinds of fresh & dried herb tinctures with a Vitamix®
  • Make infused oils with a Magical Butter Machine®
  • Create double infused oxymels and multiple ingredient elixirs
  • Practice the art of Action Formulation to create brilliant products for your clients or to sell in the marketplace


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

  • Morning: arrive at Elderberry’s, set up camp / settle in, explore the farm & gardens & breathe some fresh mountain air … relax & unwind
  • Afternoon: orientation, tour of the lab & herb gardens, begin set-up for projects in the medicine making lab
  • Community potluck & opening circle at dinner time
  • After dinner presentation: Make Better Medicine with Lisa Ganora & Kat Martello. Bringing together historical botanical pharmacy knowledge with current understanding of herbal constituents, solubility & extraction
  • Morning session: Using herbal chemistry – polarity, solubility, extraction techniques – to improve & empower your medicine-making. Hands-on work in the medicine making lab
  • Useful formulas, calculations, conversions simplified for herbalists. Demonstrations, practice & lab time
  • Lunch & siesta
  • Afternoon session: continue practical work in the medicine making lab
  • Community dinner options
  • After dark: gather around the community stone firepit for some Rocky Mountain merry-making or relax under the stars
  • Morning session: continuing with practical work in the lab with oxymels, elixirs, etc.
  • Lunch & siesta
  • 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
  • Dinnertime: Casual community circle
  • After dark: gather around the community stone firepit for some Rocky Mountain merry-making or relax under the stars
  • Morning session: finish up all previous projects
  • Learn how to use modern equipment like the Magical Butter Machine® for making concentrated herbal oils
  • Lunch
  • 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!
  • Option to camp/stay over one more night

Herbal Pharmacy Intensive
June 9-12

The Details…

Covid Adaptations

Depending on conditions, workshops will be limited to the  number of participants allowed by the health department & will be held in covered but open outdoor structures &/or outside; we follow current sanitation & masking practices


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


$399 includes all workshop activities & supplies, platform or meadow camping (with use of bathhouse), mid-day organic light lunch & 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: No refund, but Registration transferable to another workshop or can be applied to future Apprenticeship

Your teachers have more than 40 years of collective experience in these arts & are excited to share their knowledge!

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, 2nd. Ed., a popular textbook for practitioners, & teaches online classes on herbal constituents, advanced medicine-making, & phytochemistry.

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.

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.


Sorry, this class is now full. You can fill out the form, but don’t pay. We’ll let you know if there’s a cancellation.

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1978 Harding Road
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