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Nature Cure Retreat 10/7-10/11

October 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - October 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

Nature Cure Retreat
October 7-11, 2021

The Nature Cure Retreat is rooted in the simple yet profound healing powers of reconnecting the human body, mind, heart & spirit with Nature

Welcome to our five-day Nature Cure Retreat where we will step out of the hectic pace of modern life & into the timeless healing realm of Nature & the Elements: embracing Earth, Water, Air & Fire

Throughout the Nature Cure Retreat, you will be reconnecting your body, mind, heart & spirit with:

  • Earth & Sun
  • Healing power of fresh Air
  • Hydrotherapy with pure Rocky Mountain Water
  • Balanced cycles of rest & activity – natural time
  • Individually tailored diets of nutrient-dense organic foods & local herbs
  • Meditation & mindfulness of the body
  • Simple exercises to fully inhabit & honor the Life Power that moves through all beings


Below is a general outline of what we will cover – a detailed schedule & more information are provided when you register

  • Afternoon: set up camp or settle into lodging, orientation, tour of the farm, relaxing into being here in the beautiful North Fork Valley of the Colorado Rockies … breathe our pure mountain air!
  • Evening: community gathering & opening circle to introduce ourselves & the plants & animals who share these mountains. Outdoor dinner on site (delicious local organic options: respecting vegan, paleo, food intolerances, etc.)
  • After dinner presentation: Introduction to Nature Cure. Lisa Ganora takes us on a lively tour of the European & American roots of Nature Cure & follows the lineage back through Arabic, Greek & Egyptian traditions. We’ll introduce the Four Directions model for healing & self-care as a foundation & pattern for our Nature Cure experience
  • Morning session: Earth. Exercises, experiences & meditations to regenerate the Life Power by connecting to the energies of Earth. Grounding, earthing, experiencing the soil & bones of the planet, journeying down under. Community talking stick circle to conclude
  • Siesta – lunch on site, then relax in Nature or catch up on some healing sleep (2 hours)
  • Afternoon session: Air. Exercises & experiences to regenerate the Life Power by connecting to the energies of Air. Breathing, toning, chanting, moving the Qi. Connecting to the breath of the Green People (plants). Talking stick circle
  • Friday after dark: Dinner. Gather around the community stone firepit for some Rocky Mountain merry-making or relax under the stars
  • Morning session: Exercises, experiences & meditations to regenerate the Life Power by connecting to the energies of Fire. Singing to the Sunrise, Sun meditations, cultivating the Inner Fire. Talking stick circle
  • Siesta – lunch, then relax in Nature or catch up on some healing sleep (2 hours)
  • Afternoon session: Water. Exercises, experiences & meditations to regenerate the Life Power by connecting to the energies of Water. Moving & meditation to connect the water within to the waters of the Earth. Singing with the water. Learning to honor Water. Getting to know the live waters of our creek
  • After dark: Gather around the community stone fire pit for a fire & water ceremony. Or relax under the stars
  • Morning session: Bringing the Elements in balance. Moving meditation for the Four Directions. Creating the Four Directions mandala of experience, connections, intentions & calling
  • Siesta – lunch, then relax in Nature or catch up on some healing sleep (2 hours)
  • Afternoon session: Continue with the work of the morning. Creating the Four Directions mandala. Ceremony to honor the Balance of the Elements & Interdependence Day!
  • After dark: Silent group hike to experience the Night, Stars, Sky, Moon & the quiet within. Time for the integration of all the Elements
  • Morning session: Crafting our Nature Cure personal healing plans. Intentions & affirmations. Weaving the Future. Gratitude to the Elements & Beings who have been our teachers
  • Lunch
  • Closing circle – pass the talking stick & share your aha’s, uh-oh’s, insights & creations. Sign up for continuing connections
  • We’ll finish in time for all to pack up & travel home – we’ll miss you & we hope to see you again soon!

Nature Cure Retreat

October 7-11, 2021

The Details…

BIPOC: 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 feast (vegan, paleo, & food intolerance savvy) & evening festivities. Weekend only option: $399

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 and 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.

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.


This 5-day workshop is $599

Nature Cure Registration Form
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October 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
October 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm


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

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