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Wise Woman Weekend 9/2-6

September 2 @ 12:00 am - September 6 @ 12:00 am

Wise Woman Weekend 9/2-6

Join us in the beautiful Colorado mountains for five days of deep connection with the Green Teachers, learning how to craft traditional healing foods and herbs, journeying with Plant Spirits in a sacred grove, celebrating and renewing our Wild Hearts and Spirits!

Merging tradition, sensory experience, spirit, art, and science, the Wise Woman Week is all about cultivating your herbal instincts and connecting with the healing plants as our direct teachers. Learn about edible and medicinal uses for wild & domestic herbs and foods from both the plants as teachers and we who listen to and love them.

We will taste, touch, smell, and learn with our hearts, minds, and bodies, tuning in to the unique medicine of the plants as our ancestors have done for generations.

Through the practice of sensory connection, we experience the profound relationship between people and plants: understanding the language of the natural world through direct experience … a down-to-Earth method of plant communication! You will also learn practical skills in plant identification, harvesting, and preparation of herbal medicines.
Join in for early morning walks to sing up the Sun, learn Vitalist practices to awaken your life energy, cultivate your intuition, and enjoy the healing and cleansing powers of herbal smudging. We will also join together to cook medicinal meals with health-promoting, nutrient-dense foods, and spices. At night, we’ll celebrate our connection to the Green world with song and story around the creekside firepit as Coyotes sing in the background.

SCHEDULE

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

Afternoon

  • Arrive at Elderberry’s, set up your tent (or settle in to your tiny house, Air BnB or motel – see list provided)
  • Have a look around – gardens, meadows, trails…
  • Welcome to Paradise!

Evening

  • Dinner/Potluck and Welcome at the farm, meet your fellow participants. Our potlucks are always open to the public, bring friends! Men & kids welcome to attend this event. Please bring a dish with ingredients labeled for our friend with food intolerances.
  • Free talk for the public about the Wise Woman Tradition and Vitalism in Western Herbalism
  • Opening Circle, Talking Stick, and Intention Setting
  • Join us for a short walk by the water to sing up the sun, welcome the new day, and give thanks to Mother Earth! … a great way to energize and set intention for the day.
  • We’ll also share Vitalist practices: movement, barefoot walking, gratitude meditation — these are designed to wake up our Vital energies, relax the mind, and connect us with the natural world.

Morning Session

  • Getting to Know the Green People:  Observing and intuiting, looking deeply and listening … understanding the plants in their natural settings and relationships … learning the fine art of deep seeing and plant identification.

Organic Lunch and Siesta

  • Time to sit by the water, take a walk, relax in the gardens, be with the mountains and relax

Afternoon Session

  • Traditional plant communication — learn to translate the medicines and messages of the plants directly by using your senses and intuition. We’ll practice the traditional “scratch, snort, savor and spit” method (scientific name: organoleptics) of learning directly from the plants themselves and cultivate your intuition with plant spirit medicine – journey with the plants to find your allies and learn to incorporate the consciousness of plants into your herbal practice.

Dinner

Fire Circle

  • Join us around the fire for ancestral stories, Earth-honoring songs, celebration … bring instruments, drums, your wild self … learn the traditional Wolf Clan song.
Sunrise

  • Join us for a short walk to sing up the sun, welcome the new day, and give thanks to Mother Earth! … a great way to energize and set intention for the day
  • We’ll also share Vitalist practices: movement, barefoot walking, gratitude meditation — these are designed to wake up our Vital energies, relax the mind, and connect us with the natural world.

Morning Session

  • Medicine Making in the Wise Woman Tradition – Learn by harvesting and crafting your own local herbal medicine; Working with wild and garden herbs, we’ll make tinctures, vinegars and nourishing herbal infusions and decoctions, and learn how to use them for everyday ailments and to build health.

Organic Lunch and Siesta

  • Time to sit by the water, take a walk, relax in the gardens, look at the mountains and relax

Afternoon Session

  • More Medicine-Making: Oils and Salves – meet and craft with our skin-healing allies including Comfrey, Plantain, Calendula … and learn about the effective use of oils, salves, and other forms of skin medicine.

Dinner

  • Food as Medicine: We’ll make a nourishing, health-enhancing medicinal meal together. Fermented foods included!

Evening

  • Fire Circle
  • Special ceremony and celebration to welcome all into our herbal healer’s circle! Dress up, paint faces, wear feathers & herbs … dance, drum, sing … celebrate the dark starry night!
Sunrise

  • Sleep in, it’s Sunday and we stayed up late!

Morning Session

  • Field trip to the Aspen forest with sketching, organoleptics, and traditional methods of plant ID. We’ll practice our new skills as we meet more green allies from the mountains near Elderberry’s. Learn special tricks to ensure positive plant ID and observational/drawing skills to help us always remember them! We’ll also discuss more ways to work with our wild green friends.

Lunch and Siesta

  • We will enjoy a picnic lunch during our field trip to the Aspen forest.

Afternoon Session

  • Field trip / woods walk to the Aspen forest  with sketching, organoleptics, and traditional methods of plant ID. We’ll practice our new skills as we meet more green allies from the Wild Lands around Elderberry’s. Practice our observation skills to ensure positive plant ID and observational/drawing skills to help us always remember them!  Blessing for our wild green allies.

Organic Lunch and Siesta

  • Time to sit by the water, take a walk, relax in the gardens, look at the mountains and relax

Afternoon Session

  • More Medicine-Making: Oils and Salves – meet and craft with our skin-healing allies including Comfrey, Plantain, Calendula … and learn about the effective use of oils, salves, and other forms of skin medicine.

Dinner

Evening

  • Rest up … no planned fire event tonight, though there may be one to just hang out by for those so inclined
Sunrise

  • Join us for a short walk to sing up the sun, welcome the new day, and give thanks to Mother Earth! … a  great way to energize and set intention for the day.
  • We’ll also share Vitalist practices: movement, barefoot walking, gratitude meditation — these are designed to wake up our Vital energies, relax the mind, and connect us with the natural world.

Morning Session

  • Finish up any medicine-making projects we started, and/or do an infused honey project. Harvesting herbs to take home. Saying farewell to our green allies in the gardens & grounds. Reading cards to crystallize and carry forward our experiences. Weaving the Web.

Elderberry’s “Potluck and Fabulous Left-Overs with Wild Foods” lunch

  • Closing Circle – talking stick circle to share messages from the plants, our journals, and what we’ve learned with each other. Setting our intentions for carrying the teachings out into the world. Together we’ll learn and sing the traditional “Leaving and Coming Home” round – a beautiful way to wrap up our weekend.

Afternoon

  • If you don’t need to leave right away, please stay to help us tend our medicine-making projects, clean up, help with the gardens, etc. Tending the Earth and her gifts takes lots of hands, hearts & time!
  • Campers and tiny house people are welcome to stay over Monday night.

Wise Woman Weekend
9/2-6

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

Lodging

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

Registration

$599 includes all workshop activities & supplies, platform or meadow camping (with use of bathhouse), morning & 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.

Tanya Blacklight

Tanya has been on a lifelong journey of healing that she loves to share with other Wombyn how they can heal themselves with the use of intuitive, vibrational, herbal, crystal, and sacred sexuality modalities from ancient lineages. In this workshop, we will explore the power of Womb Wisdom, through Yoni Steaming, Womb Massage, and a Red Tent.  Tanya is the Director of Blacklight Studios in Paonia, a Multicultural Arts and Healing Center where you can contact her for private healing sessions. Read more about Black Light Studio on Facebook.

Alicia Michelsen

Alicia is a village herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition. For over 20 years Alicia has been growing medicinal herbs, making plant medicines and teaching students of all ages how to enjoy the bounty of the green nations. Currently, she is the Director of The Learning Council (an educational NGO utilizing the Gift Model for community-supported education) and sits on the board of Viva la Vida, a foundation for developing spiritual agriculture in the traditions of Biodynamic and Trinium methods. Mother of three boys, Alicia has worked in Waldorf-inspired education since 2000 and has brought two groups of students all the way through the elementary grades. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and now lives in the North Fork Valley, where she is beloved for her generous herbal healing skills and her amazing, delicious food.

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.

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This 5-day workshop is $599

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Details

Start:
September 2 @ 12:00 am
End:
September 6 @ 12:00 am

Venue

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