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Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path

Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path2020-11-17T03:19:40+00:00

Permaculture for
the Herbalists Path​

May 30 – June 29, 2021

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


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 20 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.

Topics Covered:

Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path includes a full 72+ hour Permaculture Design Certification course and an 80+ hour Herbal Studies course! We will be delving into many topics during our month together including:

Meta Themes: Anatomy & Physiology, Global Materia Medica, Botany, Phytochemistry, Mycology, 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!!

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


Tuition for Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path is $3,100 (Guest Room), $2,850 (Large Shared Dorm), or $1,650 (Latin American Participants).


Tuition for the 31-day Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path includes:

  • 72+ hour Permaculture Design Certification course + certificate upon completion

  • 80+ hour Herbal Studies course

  • Field trips, course materials, lecture, forum, and activities

  • Student manual

  • Weekly saunas

  • Cacao party and Plant Prom!

  • 31 days of full accommodations at the Bambu Guest House with three vegetarian meals per day plus coffee and tea, snacks, and dessert.

Available for an additional price: Arrival and departure transportation, laundry service, extra items at the Bambu Guest House’s farm-to-table restaurant (smoothies, snacks, coconut water, etc.)




Workshops & Activities​

Workshops and Field Trips:

  • Tour of Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm and food forest

  • Sharing circles and group activities

  • Compost making, biofermentation, and micro-organisms

  • Medicine making

  • Wild crafting

  • Plant spirit medicine meditation

  • Permaculture design group project focused on wellness

  • Garden design

  • Bio-char workshop

  • On-site analysis

  • Field trip to Quix’aya (“Heart of Water”), a self-organized Maya Permaculture-inspired community.

  • Field trip to the Fungi Academy

  • Plant meditation and lunar celebrations

  • Temezcal (Meso-American sauna)

  • Cacao party and Plant Prom!


​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.