So many ways to learn herbal medicine...


Permaculture for
the Herbalists Path​

September 23 – October 19, 2019

Bambu Guest House of
Atitlan Organics
Tzununa, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala


March 25 – April 22, 2020

Punta Mona Center
for Regenerative Design & Botanical Studies
Caribbean, Costa Rica


Regenerative Lifestyle & Design, Integrating Herbalism, Community and Social Awareness Working with living plants and living people to cultivate resilience.

This unique course melds two broad interdisciplinary studies, exploring the impact the health of our environment directly has on our personal wellbeing, specifically working with and alongside medicinal plants.

Program Includes:​

  • 75+ hour Permaculture Design Course Certificate upon completion
  • 65+ hours in Herbal Studies
  • Discussions in: Anatomy & Physiology, Global Materia Medica, Botany, Phytochemistry, Biology, Deep Ecology, Triple Bottom Line Business, Education Alternatives, Slow Food, Economics in Agriculture, Alternative Energies, Community Development, Herbalism in Action, Herbal First Aid and more!!
  • Hands on Projects
  • Daily Yoga & Plant Meditations


Sarah Wu (right) is a clinical herbalist of 19 years and a practicing permaculturist for near a decade. She facilitates learning with a planetary perspective on natural medicine, integrating large scale systems such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as diverse folk traditions and ethnobotany, with a foundation in Deep Ecology and modern Witchcraft. She has participated in and taught 25+ Permaculture Design Courses, annually curates six simultaneous stages of educational and spiritual content for Envision Festival as well as the Village Witches experience, and has developed a 150- hour unique curriculum: Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path. Sarah founded the Envision Herbal Clinic training program and has organized and worked herbal clinic relief. Sarah is a passionate biophiliac, educator and mentor.

Laura Palmieri (left)`Lala’ is a biologist, botanical explorer, herbalist, gardener, permaculturist & teacher, working life-long with plants. She was raised in an oasis in Guatemala City, cultivating orchids and other epiphytes, building green walls and aquaponic systems. She ’s lived at Punta Mona for four years as a permaculture & herbal medicine educational facilitator and mentor to apprentices and volunteers. Lala co-leads the Village Witches Herbal Clinic at Envision and Cosmic Convergence Festivals with Sarah Wu, organizes free clinics for disaster relief and teaches herbalism immersion courses and is also a member of the Fungi Academy. She is passionate about life and all living creatures.

Other guest teachers to be announced over the next few months, with special focus on conservation of medical plants, cultivating medicinal plants, A & P, medicine making, etc…

Topics Covered

  • The World Situation in regards to environment and health care
  • What is Permaculture?: Ethics, Principles & Characteristics
  • What is Herbalism: Ethics, Practice and Community
  • Ecological System Basics & Bioregions
  • Human Ecology: Constitutions, Energetics and Basic Anatomy & Physiology
  • Design Methods & Map Reading
  • Patient Intakes and Basic Analysis
  • Climates, Elements & Microclimates
  • Soil Science / Human Micro-Biome
  • Earthworks / Musculo-Skeletal System
  • Water Management / Genito-Urinary System
  • Plants to Trees & Trees to Forests / Bronchial-Pulminary System
  • Windbreaks and Wind Corridors
  • Patterns in Nature; Context (culture, climate, etc.)
  • Patterns in Health and Disease
  • Zone 0: Bio-Architecture
  • Zone 1: Home Garden
  • Zone 2: Fruit Tree Forest; Animals & Orchards
  • Zone 3: Field Crops & Large Animals
  • Zone 4: Harvest Forests
  • Zone 5: Forests
  • Wildlife Management & Integrated Pest Management
  • Anatomy & Physiology / Pathophysiology
  • Ethical Investment, Land Ethics and Access, Incomes from Acres
  • Medicine Making
  • Suburban & Urban Permaculture
  • Free Clinics, Street Medics and Herbalism as Activism
  • Ecovillages
  • Social Permaculture & Invisible Structure Models
  • Climate Appropriate Design / Constitutional Appropriate Treatment
  • Preventative Medicine

Includes all program activities and materials, Permaculture Design Course Certificate,
organic vegetarian meals, shared lodging, and daily yoga.

Workshops & Activities​

Orientation to Punta Mona and Tropical Ecosystems
Weekly Sharing Circles
Compost Making, Biofermentation & Micro Organisms
Mycology 101
Medicine Making
Wild Crafting
Plant Spirit Medicine Meditations
Permaculture Design group project focused on wellness
Onsite Analysis
Field Trip to Finca La Isla to observe and make essential oils, spygerics, hydrosols, moonshine,
lozenges and chocolate.


​Special Tuition Prices for Central Americans

Classes Taught in English
facilitators speak Spanish

Daily Flow

6-7 am: Morning Yoga,
Plant Meditation or Plant Walk
7-830 am: Breakfast
9-1230 pm: Class Time
1230-230 pm: Lunch
230-530 pm: Class Time
530-6 pm: Break
6-7 pm: Dinner
730 – 930pm: Occasional Evening
Session or Activity

You will have three full days off.


February 9 – 24, 2020

Envision Festival

Uvita, Costa Rica

What is Covered:

Ethics & Limitations in Herbal First Aid

What is the role of herbalism in response and relief work, and how do we integrate and complement conventional medicine? We will speak to our personal experience in the field working with large scale events, protests, disaster relief and various international community clinics.

Acute Care Diagnostics and Red Flag Symptoms

Students will learn how to quickly, effectively and safely assess the needs of a patient in high paced, high energy environments while observing when to seek the assistance of other medical professionals.

Herbal Materia Medica for Acute Care

Using an extensive array of medicinal plants and mushrooms in the Envision Herbal Clinic, students will review the therapeutics and tissue states for each medicine we will use in clinic, focusing on how it is applied in a treatment protocol, what it formulates best with, and what are the appropriate analogs.

Treatment Protocols and Formulations

We will do many demos and mock situations for a variety of common ailments encountered at Envision, including washing and wrapping wounds, how to use eye cups, neti pots, basic bedside manner, intake process, triage, dosing discharge, and follow up care.

Wild Crafting, Plant Walks and the Ethical Use of Plants

The Envision Apothecary features organically cultivated and ethically wildcrafted medicinal plants and mushrooms, fresh, tinctured and in teas.

In a global world where herbal medicine is becoming once again the norm for communities, we have to make sure we are treating the plants with the respect they deserve, by not over harvesting, being aware of their ecosystems and making sure that people taking medicinal plants and mushrooms are using them appropriately, not just following trends. We will walk the grounds of Rancho la Merced as well as the coast of the Bahia Ballena, wildcrafting an identifying the abundant medicinal plants found right around us!

Educational Materials

We will spend some time making fun educational signs to be posted around the festival, to get people thinking about their wellbeing and bring awareness to the Clinic… “There is an herb for that!”

Have you ever wanted to be in service, gaining hands on experience in herbal medicine and acute care? In the high paced, high vibe setting of Envision Festival, herbal students of all levels get to learn and practice, with the supervision of skilled professional herbalists. Learning basic acute care, on-the-fly formulations, herbal materia medica, client intakes, and pop-up herbal clinic strategies, students get an immersion in integrated medicine and community resilience.

This is our fourth year offering the Herbal First Aid Clinic training, proudly working with the MASHH collective, this training sets herbal students on the road to being trusted healing hands in their communities, making them valuable assets to relief efforts and gives them the embodied confidence in the power of the medicinal plants!

Students will be a part of the Village Witches Theme camp, living on site at Rancho la Merced for the duration of the training and event weekend. Participants have seven days of class, followed by five days of practice, working adjacent to Medic and the Zendo.

Students are a part of the Envision team, bringing holistic wellness to this amazingly eclectic community!

  • Educational Materials
  • Three meals per day from February 9-19, one meal per day February 20 – 24.
  • Staff credentials and showers.
  • Village Witches Herbal Clinic T-Shirt.

What’s Not Included:

  • Ground transportation to/from Rancho la Merced.
  • Lodging. Students can bring their own tent, rent a tent at Envision, or upgrade to a bamboo bungalow.

Healing with
Herbal Therapeutics:

Lear to Heal Yourself & Others
Collective Case Histories & Natural Treatments

Webinar – Zoom Platform

Series 1:
June 4, 6, 11, 13, 2019

​Series 2: 
To Be Determined

5-7pm EST
(2-4pm PST/3 – 5pm CST)

4 – 120 minute sessions

Class size limited to 6 students

Class Flow:
45 minutes dedicated to intake evaluation
75 minutes dedicated to a lesson


Each student will submit their own personal health intake, or that of an anonymous person. Students will observe the evaluation process for establishing the course of treatment: herbal, food, lifestyle, etc…

Students will gain an inside look at the holistic process of patient evaluation, learn which herbs to use and why and other steps to achieve vitality, while also getting their own consultations and programs established.

Lessons Include:

Herbs for the Immune System
Herbs for Digestive Health
Herbs for Anxiety, Stress and the Nervous System
Herbs for Musculo-Skeletal Health
Adaptogenic Plants
East-West Energetics
Taste Energetics

Home Study Assignments are Encouraged