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Make Better Medicine: Honey Pharmacy Intensive 6/8-11, 2023

June 8, 2023 - June 11, 2023

Make Better Medicine: Honey Pharmacy Intensive in Paonia, Colorado

June 8 – 11, 2023

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 next-level Elixir Pharmacy & Warm-Infused Herbal Honeys

We’ve designed this Honey Pharmacy Intensive for herbalists who have a working knowledge of the basics and want to make even better medicines

  • Understand & practice the underlying principles of solubility & extraction so that you can make potent herbal infused honeys and multi-tincture elixirs
  • Explore the significance of herbal constituents to elixir making
  • Practice historical pharmacy arts adapted for the modern medicine maker & using home equipment
  • Learn modern herbal pharmacy adaptations like emulsifying your elixirs with a Vitamix®
  • Make beautiful herbal-infused honeys in just hours using the gentle warm process
  •  Craft advanced multiple ingredient elixirs using different tinctures – and end up with exactly the right ethanol %
  • 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 or trails & breathe some fresh mountain air … relax & unwind!
  • Afternoon: orientation, tour of the lab & herb gardens, harvest herbs and begin set-up for projects in the medicine making lab
  • Community potluck & opening circle at dinner time
  • Morning session: Review of solubility & extraction principles that apply to herbal infused honeys & elixirs. 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; planning & charting elixir projects
  • Community dinner options
  • After dark: gather around the stone firepit for some Rocky Mountain merry-making or relax under the stars
  • Morning session: continuing with practical work in the lab with infused honeys, simple elixirs, etc.
  • Lunch & siesta
  • Afternoon session: practicing more complex elixir formulas with Medicine Math calculators
  • Dinnertime: Casual community circle
  • After dark: gather around the stone firepit for some Rocky Mountain merry-making or relax under the stars
  • Morning session: finish up all projects
  • Elixir Materia Medica & formulation
  • 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 next time!
  • Option to camp/stay over one more night

Honey Pharmacy Intensive
June 8-11, 2023

Registration opens January 2023

Covid Adaptations

You are welcome to mask or unmask as desired. We respect all practices!


Camping is free and included with your registration. Various indoor options available at the farm or nearby (private or shared tiny house, hostel, AirBnB, studio apartment, tipis, yurt, 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  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 programs

Your teachers have more than 45 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 & researcher 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.

Kathryn Delaney

Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, CCH, CN

Kathryn’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). Kathryn is a certified Level 2 NAHA member.

Kathryn next 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.


Make Better Medicine Registration Form 2023
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June 8, 2023
June 11, 2023


Elderberry’s Farm
1978 Harding Road
Paonia, CO 81428 United States
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720-722-4372 text please

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