First Annual Hemp Symposium

2020 Dates TBA | Hillsboro, WV 

 Learn all about Hemp cultivation, uses, & benefits.

The Experience

Our first annual hemp symposium will be a weekend filled with hemp education, delicious food, nature and plenty of relaxation.

We grew one acre of hemp here at Gesundheit last year and it was a great success! We now want to teach others about hemp cultivation!

While you’re here you will also have plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. There are hiking trails, waterfalls, a large pond and lush forest to explore.

All food we eat will be plant based, grown ourselves or sourced locally whenever possible.



We’ll cover various uses for hemp and its many health benefits and other classes including: 

    • Hemp Cultivation: the process of growing, drying and processing
    • Introduction to Hempcrete
    • Hemp paper making
    • Cooking with hemp & CBD
    • Healing with CBD



Cooking with CBD
with Holly Bradley 3-6p.m.

This will include decarboxylation techniques, equipment needed, dosage, making your own CBD coconut oil to use in treats, drinks, and for cooking. Holly Bradley is an advocate for cooking with whole foods and utilizing food as medicine. She has a knack for creating healthful drinks and tonics as well as wholesome desserts.


Hemp Paper Making
with Eli Shalom 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

In this workshop, Eli will explain the benefits of hemp paper and the process of making pulp with cannabis stalks and demonstrate sheet forming. Eli Shalom founded Artisan Hemp in 2012 to research hemp pulping and paper making and is continuing to develop recipes for pulping hemp from local hemp fibers.

Hempcrete Workshop/Tour
with Clay Condon 3 p.m.-6 p.m

Learn the basics of hemp lime construction, mixing, casting, tamping, and quality control tips & techniques. We will be casting a mock wall that will be used as a display wall in a CBD store near you! At the end we will take a tour of a renovated early 1900’s one room school house that has been insulated with hempcrete.


Growing Hemp: What it Takes
with Adam Craten, David Munse & Erin Rose 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join us for the discussion about what it takes to start a hemp farm from seed to sold. This will be hosted by West Virginia hemp farmers, Adam Craten, David Munsee, and Erin Rose. Each have a background in hemp farming in West Virginia.


Who is invited?

You are! No prior background is required, just concern for the welfare of others and willingness to try things out. Spaces Fill Quick. Register Soon!


General Information

Cost | $300 tuition. Tuition includes three days of meals and lodging as well as shuttle to and from the local airport or train station. Participants will arrive in the afternoon on Friday and leave on Sunday Evening. Day tickets are available for the hours of 9-5 which include lunch $75.00 per day, just in case folks can’t make it the whole weekend. Contact Caren at for more information.

Where? | The program takes place on the Gesundheit Institute’s 320 acres in the rolling hills of Pocahontas County, West Virginia with mountain trails, waterfalls, extensive gardens, and a pond.

Facilities | Gesundheit lays on a pristine tract of farm and mountain land in rural West Virginia. The dacha, with its onion domes and Russian architecture, serves as a residence and meeting place, and has won awards for its unique design.

Meeting Spaces | Gesundheit Institute offers many unique meeting spaces and classrooms. There are quiet spaces for meditation or study and large rooms to house workshops and classes.

Accommodations | You will be staying in one of the many beautiful structures here at Gesundheit. Accommodations are in dormitory-style group settings. Folks will be arranged in rooms in a first come, first serve basis. If you require special accommodations please contact us. There is also the option to camp for a reduced tuition price ($50 discount). All amenities included.

There are laundry machines at Gesundheit that you can use. We offer very slow WIFI (cannot download, cannot use skype, sorry!). However, just down the road at the Hillsboro Library is speedy internet if you need it.

Clean sheets and towels are provided.

Travel | We encourage traveling by car and car pooling unless if you have to come by train or plane. Please plan on meeting us in West Virginia on the morning of April 26, 2019. You can plan to leave on the evening of April 28, 2019.

⇒ Gesundheit staff will only shuttle people to and from the train station in White Sulphur Springs, WV and the airport in Lewisburg, WV on Friday, April 26th and Sunday, April 28th only.


How Do I Apply?

2019 Registration is Closed. 

  1. Registration form: Please take a moment to fill out the registration form and make your payment by Credit Card or Bank Transfer. We are only accepting 20 participants and we suggest you submit your application as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. Be Prepared to pay your $300 registration fee to confirm your participation. Daily Tickets are available for $75.00/day. Register Now ->
  2. Please Send your Final Payment by April 15th to confirm your participation to the course in May.

Questions ?

Programming & Accommodations: Please Contact: Holly at

Registration & Payment: Please Contact: Caren at

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