This unique course melds two broad interdisciplinary studies, exploring the impact the health of our environment directly has on our personal wellbeing, specifically working alongside medicinal plants.
This 26-day course covers regenerative lifestyle & design, integrating herbalism, community and social awareness, and working with living plants and people to cultivate resilience.
72+ hour Permaculture Design Course & Certificate upon completion
80+ 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 trips, course materials, lecture, forum, and activities
Field Trip to Finca la Isla to make lozenges, soap, hydrosols and distillations
Plant Meditations and Lunar Celebrations
Cacao Party & Plant Prom, Mud Bathing
26 days of full accommodation at Punta Mona with three vegetarian meals per day
Transportation, boats to/from Punta Mona
Blankets and Beach Towels
Extra items at our shop or from locals (chocolates, tinctures, herbal blends, and occasional brownies and ice cream)
Snacks (bring your own), coffee in the afternoon (we serve coffee in the morning)
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
Plants to Trees & Trees to Forests
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
Ethical Investment, Land Ethics and Access, Incomes from Acres
Suburban & Urban Permaculture
Free Clinics, Street Medics and Herbalism as Activism
Invisible Structure Models
Design for Disaster
Workshops & Field Activities:
Orientation to Punta Mona and Tropical Ecosystems
Weekly Sharing Circles
Compost Making, Biofermentation & Micro Organisms
Plant Spirit Medicine Meditations
Permaculture Design group project focused on wellness
Water Management Exercise
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 worked 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.
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.
6-7 am: Morning Yoga &/or Plant Meditation
7-8:30 am: Breakfast
9-12:20 pm: Class Time
12:30-2:30 pm: Lunch Break
2:30-5:30 pm: Class Time
5:30-6 pm: Break
6-7 pm: Dinner
You will have three full days off.
PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE
Contact us for more information on pricing.
Live in Costa Rica?
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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:
Experienced Clinical Herbalism
All deposits are NON-Refundable, Course fees are refundable up until ONE month before the course starts.