Healing with Plants Summer Retreat

Berne, NY 12023, USA

Abby Paloma
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8 reviews
Aug 2 - 4, 2024
Group size: 10 - 16
Healing with Plants Summer Retreat
Berne, NY 12023, USA

Abby Paloma
  • Email address verified
8 reviews

Aug 2 - 4, 2024
Group size: 10 - 16

About this trip

Healing with Plants Summer Retreat is an invitation for anyone seeking a full immersion into the rhythms of wild nature-scapes and self-care practices. Enjoy walks in the garden to identify and harvest medicinal plants, an herbal medicine making workshop, daily movement and meditation classes, create your own plant-dyed scarf, bonfires, pond swims, nature sounds, and forests to roam.

Nestled into the forested hills of upstate New York, Raven Crest Botanicals is made up of 350 acres of wild and cultivated gardens. It is the perfect place to soak up summer’s sun while relaxing into a simpler way of life. 

Whether you're deeply rooted in the world of herbs and plants or a newbie, this retreat is for you. We invite you to luxuriate into summer and savor all the sweetness and joy it has to offer!  

Who is this retreat for?

All levels of practitioners are welcome and no prior knowledge of herbs is required. This is a retreat  for anyone seeking connection with nature, one’s self and community. 

Opening circle begins at 5pm Friday, August 2nd.

Retreat closes at 12pm Sunday, August 4th.

Dr. Abby Paloma, DACM, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Women’s Health Expert, Movement and Meditation Teacher, Gardener, local food advocate, Dr. Abby Paloma is a compassionate practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the healing arts. Abby meets her patients and students exactly where they are on their path toward health, and integrates acupuncture, hand-crafted herbal formulas and individually curated lifestyle regimens in her practice. Abby offers seasonal classes and retreats throughout the year. Her teaching style reveres stillness and intentional movement as antidotes to our fast-paced and dis-eased modern lifestyles. In 2023, Abby opened Paloma Healing Center in Hudson, NY, where she lives and tends Green Street Community Garden.

Chef Danielle Sheri

Chef Danielle's journey into health and wellness began in high school. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Food and Nutrition from SUNY Plattsburgh, where she also earned her personal training certification. Her career started as a personal trainer, utilizing her nutrition expertise to guide clients to better health. Transitioning to Community Nutrition, Danielle worked at The Open Door Family Medical Centers WIC Program in Westchester County, serving families, women, infants, and children. She's certified in Lactation Counseling and served as a Breastfeeding Coordinator. Passionate about teaching, she pursued culinary arts at The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, founding Garden Groove Kitchen LLC. Danielle has taught cooking classes, delivered meals, and completed a graduate certificate in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Montclair State University. She now works with families and individuals, promoting ease, balance, and good health in their kitchens and lives.

Susanna Raeven

Community herbalist, wise woman, medicinal herb grower and owner of Raven Crest Botanicals, Susanna holds in her heart a deep connection to the plant world. She lives and breathes with the plants in her gardens and studies Earth centered spiritual ceremonies and cultures. Her prayers are for the Earth and the precious beings who flourish on her. While practicing Western herbalism, Susanna applies the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine in her work and calls on the wisdom of healing master plants from the Amazon. She offers herbal consultations, leads plant walks, is a guest teacher at Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism and hosts herbal retreats.

Getting There

Raven Crest Botanicals 

842 Canaday Hill Road 

Berne, NY 12023 


From New York City via car

The farm is a 3 and 1/2 hour drive from NYC. For the nicest route from the city take the George Washington Bridge, then Palisades Parkway North to 87-N. Take exit 21 Catskill and follow directions on Google Maps or GPS. Canaday Hill Road is a seasonal single lane dirt road. Keep going! We are the red house with green shutters up the driveway.

From New York City via public transport

We are a 45 minute car ride from Albany train and bus stations.

Amtrak offers a beautiful 2 1/2 hour ride from Penn Station along the Hudson, arriving in Albany-Rensselear. Greyhound and MegaBus take about 3 hours from NYC to Albany.  You will need to coordinate your own car service to the farm

Ride Share

We will share a google document for retreat guests to coordinate ride shares with one another.


Your non-refundable deposit will reserve your spot. 

What’s included

  • Lodging
    Beautiful accommodations on the farm.
  • Facilities
    Outdoor space in the dojo space, yoga deck, temple space, two ponds, and endless gardens.
  • Meals
    Seasonally nourishing meals throughout your stay.
  • Movement Classes
    Daily movement practices, guided meditations and lectures from Abby.
  • Herbal Medicine Class
    One herbal medicine-making workshop with Susanna.
  • Plants & Materials
    Fresh plants from the farm and all materials for medicine making.
  • Plant Walks
    Join Abby for plant walks in the gardens.
  • Free time
    Plenty of free time to roam the wild forests, swim in the ponds, sing, and rest in the summer sun.
  • Bon Fire
    Maybe even roast some s'mores!

What’s not included

  • Transportation
    We can help you communicate with other guests who are interested in ride sharing.

Available Packages

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There are beautiful spots to pitch a tent around the guest houses. Retreat participants will have access to shared bathrooms and kitchen in the Mullein House or Cabin. Retreat participants are responsible for providing their own tent and camping gear.

Deposit: $400
Shared Room - Twin Bed
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The peaceful and beautifully decorated Mullein House has shared rooms with three twin beds per room. 

Deposit: $450
Single Room
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The lovely cabin and the beautifully decorated Mullein House offer single rooms (queen/full bed) with shared bathroom. 

Deposit: $500
Double Room for two
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For couples and close friends our beautifully decorated cabin, the Mullein House offers double rooms with a shared queen or full-size bed and shared bathroom. 

This price is for 2 people.

Deposit: $500

Your Organizer

Abby Paloma
8 reviews
Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Gardener, local food advocate, Cook, Artist, Dr. Abby Paloma is a compassionate practitioner with over a decade of experience in the wellness field. Abby is dedicated to orienting her patients and students towards choosing a life of health, harmony and integrity. Her teaching style reveres stillness and deep rest as antidotes to our fast-paced and dis-eased modern lifestyles. Abby is a healer who meets people exactly where they are on their path toward health.


This was just the peaceful mid-winter respite I was looking for. Abby included a variety of offerings but also incorporated time for chosen stillness - a balance I appreciated! Plus, all of the practices were accessible and enjoyable. I met some really kind folks on this retreat and have stayed in contact with a few of them. Community building outside of the retreat was an unexpected benefit of this time away, and I think it happened because of the group activities we all engaged in on retreat. As far as lodging goes, I stayed in a private single. It was quiet, comfortable, and had an expansive view of Won Dharma's grounds. The shared rooms looked just as lovely, though, so next time (and there WILL be a next time!) I just might try staying with others. If you find yourself considering one of Abby's offerings, I encourage you to go for it!
By Tara Z for W I N T E R I N G: Sound and Stillness Weekend Retreat on Feb 22, 2024
What a magical weekend that was with Abby, Sara and Alex. I have been to a few retreats at other locations/environments and this was truly something special. Abby, Sara and Alex created such a warm and safe space for all their guests to truly be still. I hope to connect with the three of you in the future and it is a weekend that will I hold in my heart for a very long time. Thank you!
By Kristin H for W I N T E R I N G: Sound and Stillness Weekend Retreat on Feb 22, 2024
Abby, Sara and Alex created a deep healing and self discovery retreat in a beautiful, tranquil and restorative setting where time stood still. The weekend program was a perfect balance of togetherness, mindfulness practices, and personal alone time. My husband and I felt deeply connected to the teachings and healing sessions that were shared over the weekend. We late looking forward to the next retreat with Abby, Sara and Alex.
By Nancy B for W I N T E R I N G: Sound and Stillness Weekend Retreat on Feb 21, 2024
The retreat was a perfect mix of sound healing and body movement. It was not overly scheduled, giving time for walking the beautiful grounds of Won Dharma Center and enjoying nature's surroundings. The food was excellent and the accommodations were beautifully designed and comfortable. I loved everything about the weekend.
By Lynn E for W I N T E R I N G: Sound and Stillness Weekend Retreat on Feb 15, 2024
This was a wonderful, enriching and deeply personal retreat. I love Abby's teachings and feel so grateful to have made new friends. I felt held in the container of the retreat, and also had enough space/time to explore on my own. My favorite part of the weekend was the sound bath and teachings about winter from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine. Thank you for such a beautiful weekend Abby! When's the next retreat!?
By Sarah Jane M for W I N T E R I N G: Sound and Stillness Weekend Retreat on Feb 14, 2024
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