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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 wellbeing, specifically working with and alongside medicinal plants. This 26-day course will cover topics such as, regenerative lifestyle & design, integrating herbalism, community and social awareness, and working with living plants and living people to cultivate resilience.


Program Includes 

  • 72+ hour Permaculture Design Course & Certificate upon completion

  • 60+ 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 in Medicine Making, Fermented Foods, Compost Making, BioFerments.

  • Field Trip to Finca la Isla to make lozenges, soap, hydrosols and distillations (admission included, not included is lunch and transportation)

  • Plant Meditations and Lunar Celebrations

  • Cacao Party & Plant Prom, Mud Bathing 


Not Included:

  • Transportation, boats to/from Punta Mona

  • Lunch and Transportation for field trip to Finca la Isla 

  • Blankets and Beach Towels

  • Laundry Service


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

  • Pathophysiology

  • Ethical Investment, Land Ethics and Access, Incomes from Acres

  • Medicine Making

  • Suburban & Urban Permaculture

  • Free Clinics, Street Medics and Herbalism as Activism

  • Ecovillages

  • Invisible Structure Models

  • Design for Disaster

  • Preventative Medicine

Workshops & Field Activities:

  • Orientation to Punta Mona and Tropical Ecosystems

  • Weekly Sharing Circles

  • Compost Making, Biofermentation & Micro Organisms

  • Medicine Making

  • Wild Crafting

  • Plant Spirit Medicine Meditations

  • Permaculture Design group project focused on wellness

  • Water Management Exercise

  • Soil Exercise

  • Bio-Char

  • Chinampas

  • Onsite Analysis



Lala Palmieri

Laura Palmieri is a biologist, botanist, herbalist, gardener and permaculturist, with a lifetime working with plants. Lala was raised in a greenhouse in Guatemala, cultivating orchids, building living walls and aquaponic systems. She has been at Punta Mona for three years as a permaculture & herbalism educational facilitator and mentor to apprentices and volunteers. Lala co-leads the Village Witches herbal clinic at Cosmic Convergence and Envision festival with Sarah Wu, organizes free clinics for disaster relief around the world, and teaches herbalism immersion courses here at Punta Mona and at Fungi Academy.


Sarah Wu

The current Director and Educational Curator, leading trainings and workshops in herbal medicine, Permaculture Design Courses, Therapeutic Deep Ecology, Social Permaculture, field-to-the-plate holistic nutrition and herbal first aid. She is a clinical herbalist of 18 years, practicing planetary eclectic herbalism with a foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Wise Woman Reclaiming philosophy, focusing on food-based healing and local ethnobotanical traditions. She is a passionate mentor and educator, who believes in the teacher’s role in unlocking the innate wisdom of the student. Sarah is the co-founder of the Village Witches project, Medicines from the Edge and co-producer of Envision Festival.

She loves cats, books, plants and soup.


Daily Flow:

6-7 am: Morning Yoga &/or Plant Meditation
7-830 am: Breakfast
9-1220 pm: Class Time
1230-230 pm: Lunch Break
230-530 pm: Class Time
530-6 pm: Break
6-7 pm: Dinner

You will have three full days off.



Live in Costa Rica?
Inquire about special locals tuition

Includes all program activities, Permaculture Design Course Certificate, all meals, lodging, and daily morning activity.
Course taught in ENGLISH AND SPANISH

Special Tuitions for Students who have a STRONG background in:
or are experienced Clinical Herbalists

Refund Policy:
All deposits are NON-Refundable, Course fees are refundable up until ONE month before the course starts.

Earlier Event: March 8
Roots Gathering