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Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path

Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path2022-08-24T15:16:17+00:00

Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path


This unique course melds two broad interdisciplinary studies, exploring the impact the health of our environment directly has on our personal well-being, specifically working with and alongside medicinal plants. This 200 hr course will cover regenerative lifestyle & design, integrated wellness and herbalism, community and social awareness by working with living plants and living people to cultivate resilience.




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Topics Covered:

Adaptogenic Plants and Mushrooms for Personal Resilience
Climates and Landscapes
Design for Disaster
Design Process & Methods
Digestion and the Human Microbiome
Ethics & Principles of Permaculture
Gaia Theory & Eco-Psycology
Garden Design
Home and Community Herbalist
Humanure and Waste Systems
Integrated Pest Management
Intro & History of Permaculture
Intro to Herbalism
Intro to Social Permaculture
Lunar RhythmsNon-Violent Communication with Self, Others and Nature
Observation and Map reading
Patterns in Nature
Perennial Polycultures & Regenerative Agriculture
Personal development: Finding One’s Life Mission in Service
Plant Care & Propagation Techniques
Plants and Mushrooms for Reproductive Health
Reading the Landscape & Site analysis
Resources & Scale of Permanence
Small Animal Care
Soil Science and Compost
Trees and Food Forest Ecology
Urban Permaculture
Water Systems & Hydrological Cycle
Wild Crafting Ethics
Zones & Sectors

Hands-On Practicals:

Compost Making
Cultured Foods
Garden Project
Medicine Making
Sacred Space Making
Seed Planting

Meditations, Movement, Rituals and Other Activities:

Daily Rituals for Reconnection to Life and to Purpose
Deep Ecology Guided Visualization
Embodiment Practise: Express and Embody the Interconnection of All Things
Facing Fear: Mind vs Heart in the Path of Reconnection to Your Purpose
Guided Visualisation: The Creation of the Universe from the Bigbang to Your Body
Inner Ecology: Our Body as a Reflection of the Universe
New and Full Moon Rituals
Plant Spirit Medicine Meditations
Sharing Circles
Understanding Personal and Environmental Grief: Depression as a Tool for Regeneration


Laura ‘Lala’ Palmieri, walks with the shoes of the biologist, botanical explorer, herbalist, gardener, permaculturist, teacher & biotechnologist, with a life-long work with plants and mushrooms.
She was raised in an oasis in Guatemala City, cultivating orchids, building green walls and greening the city. She´s migrated to Costa Rica for the last 6 years, and currently stationed in the mountains near Chirripo, the lands of the eternal waters.
She’s spent her years in dialogue with Nature, and has fueled her passion to integrate scientific knowledge and connection with all beings to help humanity.
She created Weaving Remedies, integrating herbs with medicinal mushrooms to strengthen the immune system, nourish the nervous system’s response to stress and balance our constitutional problems. This approach to health integrates the knowledge of many ancient teachers and traditions, as well as spirituality with Nature, science and alchemy through the transformation of the elements.
Her passion about community life led her to be part of Punta Mona and Fungi Academy for several years. Teaching and facilitating herbal clinics and programs in permaculture, herbalism, botany, fermentation, as well as medicinal mushrooms and cultivation, with a regenerative approach to the Earth and techniques that are accessible to most. She’s played a big role in the creation of the Envision and Cosmic Converge Herbal First Aid Clinics, relief Clinics in Guatemala for the volcano eruption and is constantly crafting remedies offered in Guatemala and Costa Rica, supporting many beings in their paths.
She’s in service to our natural allies to help us to listen to our bodies and join this collective mission to tend our planet. She wants to share her passion and love for Nature so together we can walk each other home.

Sarah Wu is a clinical herbalist of 22 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. Sarah 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. Founder of the Envision Festival Herbal Clinic training program and has organized and worked herbal clinic relief. Sarah is a passionate biophiliac, educator and mentor.


Tuition for Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path is Full Ticket Loft $2,950, Full Ticket Guest Room $3,200, Latino Discount $1,500. Inquire for Private Room options and offsite lodging.

Register in full before March 15th using the discount code EARLYBIRD , and save $450 with Early Bird Tuition.

Tuition for the 200 hr Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path includes:

  • 75 hour Permaculture Design Certification course + certificate upon completion

  • 125 hour Herbal Studies course

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

  • Student manual

  • Weekly saunas

  • Cacao party and Plant Prom!

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

  • 16 hours of online content

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.)

Daily Flow:

6:00 – 7:00 am: Morning Yoga, Plant Meditation, & Plant Walks (optional)

7:00 – 8:30 am: Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00 pm: Class Time

12:30 – 2:30 pm: Lunch Break

2:30 – 5:30 pm: Class Time

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Dinner

7:00 – 8:00 pm: Occasional night activities (optional)

You will have three full days off.

Your Stay

We have teamed up with the Bambu Guest House to provide accommodations during your stay in Tzununa.  The “Bambu” was opened in 2015 as a site to house our permaculture volunteers and students. As such, it was founded out of a deep commitment to meaningful and sustainable living.

You will settle into the rhythms of nature during your stay at the beautiful naturally-built hotel nestled into the mountains surrounding Lake Atitlan. Wake to the sounds of running water from the nearby stream and enjoy sunrise over the lake and volcanoes from your balcony; nourish yourself with organic and farm-fresh meals made with love by the warm and attentive kitchen staff; stretch out on the beautiful new deck; hike 15 minutes to the farm at Atitlan Organics to check out Permaculture in action; unwind with a hot shower and catch up with loved ones over wi-fi (or chill out with a book from our extensive library); and if you’re lucky, catch a nighttime volcano show from Volcan Fuego.

Lodging is shared in light and spacious rooms, each one equipped with a private bathroom with hot water, a balcony overlooking the lake and volcanoes, and wi-fi. Communal space includes a comfy open-air lounge and dining room and a breath-taking yoga platform. Three vegetarian meals per day are provided.

Participants of Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path have two room options to choose from:


The spacious and airy guest room sleeps 4 people comfortably and offers a private bathroom and shower with hot running water, wifi, and a balcony with chairs and a hammock. Beautiful views of the lake and mountains and the soothing sounds of birds and the nearby stream filter into the room, soothing you into peace.

Large Shared Dorm

Our large shared dorms sleep 6 – 8 people comfortably. Huge panorama windows let in incredible natural light, while the variety of bedding options gives everyone what they’d like. As with all our rooms, it has its own private bathroom and shower with hot water, wifi, and a balcony with chairs and a hammock.