NW Montana Herb Farm Retreat

Created and co-hosted by Dr. Sam Madeira and Katya Difani Our intention is to offer this retreat as a respite from your busy life, where you can connect with nature and medicinal plants in their live and vibrant forms in the beautiful setting of SpiritWorks Herb Farm. We will teach you about the healing properties and proper use of some of our favorite medicinal plants, as well as the medicines that you can make from them. We will also guide you in deepening your relationship to plants and integrating them more into your daily life. You will get the opportunity to learn and experience hydrotherapy, participate in yoga and guisaded meditations, and take a plant walk in Glacier National Park!

Who Is This Weekend Retreat For?

This weekend is intended for beginner to intermediate herbal and health enthusiasts. Advanced herbal students and practitioners may benefit from the program as well, as it is a rare opportunity to work with live medicinal plants on an organic certified herb farm in Northwest Montana.

Program Details

The long weekend retreat includes:

  • Herbal medicine identification and herbal medicine-making classes (over 20 hours)
  • Hydrotherapy: two evenings of contrast hydrotherapy experience
  • All organic vegetarian meals
  • Yoga classes: one hour each Saturday and Sunday
  • Herbal medicine-making supplies
  • Completed herbal medicine products to take home
  • Herb walk in Glacier National Park
  • Meditative and contemplative time in nature

When: Friday September 6th (check-in is at 4 p.m.) – Tuesday, September 10th (checkout is at 10 a.m.)

Arrival Time: Friday, September 6th — Check in to rooms and tents from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dinner and opening announcements at 7 p.m.

Departure: Tuesday, September 10th by 10 AM. More details on length of stay: The retreat will be complete by Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. You are welcome to book a full week at the Retreat Center from Friday, September 6th to Tuesday, September 10th to allow more time for exploring Glacier National Park, Whitefish, Flathead Lake, and other surrounding natural wonders.

Price Per Person: $399 (not including lodging)

General Retreat Packing List:

  • Ballpoint pen (or favorite pen) and a journal with plenty of room to take notes
  • Cell phone (It’s fine to record sessions with your cell phone video and camera, but please make sure to keep your phone off or on silent during the teaching sessions.)
  • Toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and other toiletries
  • Bug spray (Please bring natural bug spray.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat or baseball cap and sunglasses
  • Bathing suit, flip flops, and a towel
  • Warm clothes for cold nights
  • Rain coat in case it rains
  • Day pack for hiking
  • Hiking boots for our day hike
  • Two one-quart water bottles for daily use and day hike
  • An excited outlook and readiness to learn!

What to Leave at Home: Pets, children, computers (there is no Wi-Fi in the retreat center or campsites), drones, work stress

Retreat Location Address: SpiritWorks Herb Farm, 127 Hideaway Trail, Whitefish, MT 59937

Glacier National Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana is less than a 20-minute drive from SpiritWorks Herb Farm.

Nearby Sites:

  • SpiritWorks Herb Farm is about a 45-minute drive from West Glacier, Montana, the west entrance to Glacier National Park, which is one of the top 20 most beautiful places in the lower 48 states and has been voted one of the top 20 most beautiful places to visit in the world by some travel blogs!
  • The farm is about a 2.5-hour drive from St. Mary, Montana, the east entrance to Glacier National Park.
  • Downtown Whitefish is a short 15-minute drive north on Highway 93, and downtown Kalispell is about a 22-minute drive south on Highway 93.

Average Weather in September in Whitefish, Montana: Daily high temperatures are expected to be up to 74° F with a low of 40° F at night. Be prepared for a day of 65° F or a day of 95° F, though!

Weekend Itinerary

We will spend the mornings and afternoons (2-hour learning sessions) on Saturday and Sunday learning how to identify medicinal plants and their properties, and you will make your plant medicines (topical creams, salves, teas, and tinctures). You will take your herbal medicine home with you. You will also have scheduled time to sit and meditate with your medicinal plant of choice on the farm. Monday will include a group hike in Glacier National Park to complete the long weekend. Hydrotherapy sessions: Both Saturday and Sunday evenings after dinner, optional hydrotherapy — hot soaks with cold plunges — will be available for all who want to experience a hydrotherapy cleansing experience.

Saturday & Sunday Schedules

Morning yoga Breakfast: Eat together in the kitchen. Morning announcements.
Morning learning sessions: Split into two groups of 10 people each — one group with Katya and one group with Sam.
Lunch: Eat together in the kitchen.
Meditative time with your plant of choice: Sit with your medicinal plant, observe it, and note your observations in your journal. We urge you to sit with the same plant all weekend during these sessions.
Afternoon learning sessions: Groups switch herbal medicine instructors from the morning.
Free time: Sit with your plant or rest and integrate your learnings.
Dinner: Eat together in the kitchen.
Free time: Journal and walk around the farm.
Optional hydrotherapy: At the Oasis with Sam.

Monday Schedule

Leave early in the morning after breakfast together for our Glacier National Park group hike with brown paper bag packed lunches. Dinner together on the farm after the hike, then closing remarks.

About Your Hosts

Katya Difani is a graduate of the Herbal Sciences program at Bastyr University and is the founder of Herban Wellness, an herbal apothecary shop in Kirkland, Washington. She has been a practicing herbalist for ten years, and she compounds herbal formulas in tea, tincture, and powder form and creates custom herbal blends for clients. Katya regularly teaches classes on using herbs in daily life and is passionate about empowering people to use herbs safely and effectively for health and well-being. She is in the process of co-creating a wellness center, a collaborative setting for promoting optimal health for the individual and our communities, while respecting our inherent need to promote the health of Earth.
Dr. Sam Madeira is thrilled to be teaching the first botanical medicine-making course and retreat at SpiritWorks Herb Farm. He looks forward to helping and guiding people to get back to nature and their natural rhythms and getting to know the medicinal plants on the farm intimately. It has been a long-standing dream of his to have a nature cure retreat, just like the old naturopaths from the 1800s in Austria and Germany, with vegetarian whole-food meals, contrast hydrotherapy every evening, and herbal medicine for people to rebalance their bodies away from the hustle of urban living. People often struggle to find peace, calm, and healing while living their day-to-day lives in metropolitan areas in North America, even under the care of the best naturopathic doctors. Dr. Sam Madeira began studying herbal medicine in 2003 in the Arizona high desert. He studied botany in the outdoors of northern Arizona and in the botany lab, and completed a three-month long clinical herbal medicine internship. Dr. Madeira graduated from the Herbal Sciences program at Bastyr University’s Department of Botanical Medicine in 2007, and from the Naturopathic Medicine doctorate program in 2012. While at Bastyr University, he worked in the herbal medicine garden for three years growing, harvesting, and tending to many medicinal plants. He planted and harvested his own crop of medicinal plants, made medicine in the herbal medicine-making lab, and was a teacher assistant for the Botanical Medicine 1 Lab section. Dr. Madeira has also attended countless herbal medicine conferences, such as the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) Symposium, the Medicines From the Earth Conference in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and the Southwest Conference in Botanical Medicines in Tempe, Arizona at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has written blogs on herbal medicines for men’s hormone health for WishGarden Herbs.

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