Herbal Wisdom Retreat

July 9-11, 2021

Learning herbalism hands-on while relaxing in nature 

In Augusta, Wisconsin hosted by  Erin LaFaive of Full Circle Herbals

only 4 mini cabins available + camping


As of 6/1/2021 9 spots left

Registration deadline: June 7, 2021

Save my Spotweekend pass for local participants

Hands-on herbal Experience with Erin LaFaive

Activities at the Herbal Wisdom Retreat

Herbal remedy making

That’s what this retreat is all about, taking the time to make herbal remedies that help soothe and restore wellness – physically and spiritually.

Hands-on experience is the core of this retreat making tincture, salve, herbal oils, flower essences, poultices, tisanes, and more! All supplies included in the retreat fee.

what are we making?
1. Gentle Relaxer tincture (vegetable glycerin)
2. Skin soother salve (fast method)
3. Blast away salve (slow method)
4. Immune boosting tincture (alcohol based)
5. throat soother electuary
6. Nourishing Everyday Tisane blend
7. Herbal Wound Powder
8. Go Away Bug spray
9. Herbal oil for muscle aches
10. herbal food seasoning

Guided meditations

Herbal wisdom comes from many ways of knowing from hands-on learning, spending time with plants where they live, scientific processes, and intuition. We’ll practice the intuitive ways with guided meditations.

herbs in basket
selection of plants and herbs ready to identify

Plant identification

Gardens, woods, and open areas are ready for us at Stargazen Retreat Center. We’ll explore herbs growing naturally and planted. 

You’ll learn plant identification basics, how to identify 10 plants and potential uses of each. 

Plant pressing

Learn tips about making and keeping your own herbarium through plant pressing. 

Campfire time

Bring your drums, flutes, fun witchy/hippy clothes, songs, stories for time around the campfire. Or, take time for yourself wandering Stargazen’s gardens, forests, and streams or relaxing in your dwelling.

Altar making

We’ll make a communal altar on the first day of the Retreat to honor herbal wisdom, the land that Stargazen Retreat Center is housed on, and ourselves. 

New Moon Ceremony

For those interested, Koneta McCabe will facilitate a New Moon Ceremony.

women at campfire

Whether you are new to learning herbalism or practicing a long time, this gathering is for you.

Play with herbs while living in the magical woods for three days drinking herbal tea, communing with plants, and meeting with other plant lovers.



Only 13 spots available


Semi-rustic with electricity and purified drinking water, outdoor private showers, and portable restrooms.


Stargazen Women’s Retreat is the location of the Herbal Wisdom Retreat. It’s in Augusta, Wisconsin with the location surrounded by forests. There are well established gardens throughout Stargazen with unique plants that thrive in the shaded environment. Check out the Stargazen website and Facebook page for more pictures.


Nine mini cabins are available (think tiny house, so cute!) Each dwelling has different options from air conditioning to hammock for sleeping.
Some dwellings have up to 4 sleeping areas.

Camping areas available too. 

cabins still available
Gert’s Grove $700
Secret Garden Bunkhouse $750
Balance $750
Fishack $700
Wilder $600
Keezkeekoni $650

Cabin choices allotted as people register (more details below). 

Covid-19 considerations (as of 4/2/2021)  – People can share a dwelling if they are from the same household or received the vaccinations. We are complying with CDC recommendations at this time.

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Some provided.
Mornings (Saturday, Sunday): bread, jams, butter, yogurt, granola, bananas, apples, oranges, granola bars
Lunch: Sandwich supplies
Evening meal: Salad bar (Friday), baked potato bar (Saturday)

Vegetarian and gluten options will be provided for above items.

Most of the dwellings have mini refrigerators and food preparation areas. Camp sites have access to fire rings, outdoor sink, preparation area, and water.

Inclement weather

In case of inclement weather, an indoor location is available. We’ll abide by the Covid-19 recommendations for indoor gatherings as determined CDC.



Cost of this retreat is from $650-$800. Variation is based on the dwelling provided since each has different accomodations and if the dwelling is shared.

Each dwelling is assigned as people register (first come, first serve basis). 

Click on “Save my Spot!” to pay $500, the rest of the amount is determind based on cabin arrangments. Erin LaFaive will be in contact after the first payment to finalize payment option.


You’ll leave the Gathering with:

Over 10 herbal remedies made by you or the group

A welcome basket full of goodies

Learning Herbalism Workbook by Erin LaFaive
Certificate of completion
Worksheets and handouts for future reference
New friendships!
Expierence and knowledge to make your own herbal remedies at home
Erin LaFaive

Hi, I’m Erin LaFaive, Herbalist and Plant Priestess

I’ve been where you are today – overwhelmed, unsure what to focus on first, lonely in this endeavor  – you don’t have to study alone! (Or be overwhelmed any longer!).

Now, you can have access to the methods I created to help increase my speed and efficiency of learning and utilizing herbal knowledge.

Since my days of gardening as a child in Wisconsin, I’ve always been captivated by plants. During my teen years, I began my self-studies in herbalism – and like you, I was passionate about the topic, but overwhelmed with the information and a bit lost (and lonely) about how to continue.

I’ve been studying and practicing nature spirituality for decades. I believe there are multiple ways to use and experience plant life including the Plant Priestess perspective.

They soothed me in times of trouble. They were always there for me. It’s as if I could sense their encouragement. 

I have experience connecting with plants from experience with gardening, working in three greenhouses, internships at arboretums, cultural healing centers, conducting research as an undergraduate and graduate student. Including 9 years teaching all ages and knowledge backgrounds as a horticulture educator with University of WI – Extension.

registration deadline June 1, 2021









Cost of this retreat is from $650-$800. Variation is based on the dwelling provided since each has different accomodations and if the dwelling is shared.

Each dwelling is assigned as people register (first come, first serve basis). 

Click on “Save my Spot!” to pay $500, the rest of the amount is determind based on cabin arrangments. Erin LaFaive will be in contact after the first payment to finalize payment option.


Frequently asked Questions

Q: Do I have to have a certain level of herbal experience?
A: No, this retreat is meant for all levels of herbal knowledge.

Q: How long is the retreat?
A: 3pm CDT July 9 to 3pm July 11, 2021

Q: Do I have to participate all day of the retreat?
A: No, the retreat will have group herbal remedy making sessions and then make-and-take stations at other times. These stations will have the ingredients needed to make an herbal remedy but some of the items can be taken home and finished there (instructions provided). All make and take stations will have Erin LaFaive available for assistance.

Q: When is the deadline to register for this retreat?
A: June 7, 2021 or when all 13 spaces are filled.

Q: What is the cancelation policy?
A: Before May 15, 2021 cancelations are a full refund; after May 15 – June 1, 2021 $200 cancellation fee; after June 1 no refunds. Extenuating circumstances considered.

Q: Can I bring my pet(s).
A: No pets allowed at this time.

Q: Can my significant other come with me?
A: Yes, they can stay in your dwelling/camping site for additional $200. If participating in the retreat events then cost is based on the shared cabin rate of which you reside.

Q: Can I bring my child(ren)
A: Depends on the ability to not disrupt the activities of the retreat. Please contact Erin LaFaive to discuss further fullcircleherabls @ gmail.com.

Q: Are there airports nearby? I’m traveling out of state. 
A: Yes, there are many options. Here’s a list of them. 

In accordance with Wisconsin law and professional standards, the purpose of Full Circle Herbals, LLC is for educational information about Complementary & Alternative Medicine subjects. It is not intended to take the place of personalized medical counseling, diagnosis and/or treatment by a trained medical physician. Herbs and other botanicals are classified by the Food and Drug Administration as food products, to date. Botanicals are not classified as “medicines”. For information about my contact list privacy policy, please visit the webpage here (also found at the top of website header). 
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