Permaculture Design Course and the Herbalist’s Path

March 12 – April 4, 2018

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: 

~ 72+ hour Permaculture Design Course & Certificate upon completion
~ 45+ 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
~ Sea Kayaking, Cacao Party, Mud Bathing & Snorkeling



Topics Covered: what to expect…

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
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
Ethical Investment, Land Ethics and Access, Incomes from Acres
Medicine Making
Suburban & Urban Permaculture
Free Clinics, Street Medics and Herbalism as Activism
Invisible Structure Models
Design for Disaster
Preventative Medicine

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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
Onsite Analysis



Sarah Wu is an herbalist of over 16 years, with a focus on planetary eclectic medicine, herbal acute care, herbalism and its role in environmentalism. Living at Punta Mona for the past 7 years, she is dedicated to working with ecologically cultivated and ethically harvested medicinal plants.

Laura “Lala” Palmieri is a biologist, botanist, herbalist and permaculturist, with a lifetime working with plants, Lala was raised in a greenhouse, cultivating orchids, building living walls and aquaponic systems.

Stephen Brooks will be co-leading the PDC portion of the program, with over 20 years in permaculture and community development. Stephen is also an enthusiastic plant collector and ethnobotanist.

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…


Daily Flow:

6-7 am: Morning Yoga &/or Plant Meditation
7-830 am: Breakfast
830-12 pm: Class Time
12-2 pm: Lunch Break
2-530 pm: Class Time
530-6 pm: Break
6-7 pm: Dinner

You will have two full days off.
Plan on arriving the evening of March 11 for a welcome dinner, or very first thing on the 12th.
We will end before lunch on April 4.

Tuition for 24 Day Experience:
payment plans available

Live in Costa Rica?
Inquire about special locals tuition

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

Interested in a Pre-Course Immersion in Herbal First Aid with Envision Festival and 7Song?!
Stay tuned for 2018 dates!!
Tour Envision Herbal First Aid Clinic

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To Apply: please copy, fill out and send to:
Contact: Sarah Wu, Co-Director, INFO@PUNTAMONA.ORG


Gender Identification:

Current Location:
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Why do you want to particpate in the program?
How will you be an addition to the program?
What is your current knowledge about permaculture?
What is your current knowledge and experience level in Herbal Medicine?
Who did you study with and for how many years/hours?


Oudoor Experience:
Trainings or Certificates: 

Existing medical conditions?
Dietary Needs:

How did you hear about the program?

Email &/or phone number:
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* Transportation to Punta Mona by boat is not included, cost is $10-50 per person
(depending on number of people in boat). 

* Meals are organic and primarily vegetarian. Eggs and cheese are included and occasional fresh,
line caught fish & organic chicken. 

* Costa Rican citizen/resident prices available upon request.

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

Facilities, Housing, Meals & Participation:

Permies will be housed in shared double and triple co-ed accommodations for the entire program. We have availability for couples to come and have a private room, we also have a few private cabins, which are available for an additional $500. Private cabins can house two people and are good for a couple or a small family.

Lodging is rustic and comfortable with custom-made no-see-um bed nets and screened rooms with locks. Beds are singles and doubles and will be first come first serve in regards to who sleeps where.

Facilities are shared by all living at Punta Mona. We have 3 showers with solar hot water and
dry-composting toilets in two locations.

Most classes are hosted in our outdoor classroom, in the living room of our main lodge or in the Yoga Shala. We recommend you bring your own yoga mat or little pillow to sit on.

Meals are communal and prepared fresh daily from fruits and vegetables grown organically on site or purchased from an organic farm in Costa Rica. At Punta Mona we are dedicated to wholesome, organic meals prepared with love. We consider the cuisine to be “jungle gourmet” and have a trained and seasoned staff to make sure all meals are mind blowing. We serve vegetarian meals and can accommodate vegan and gluten free diets.

We will serve farm fresh eggs daily as well as local cheeses and once weekly organic, free-range chicken from a neighbor’s farm. Fresh line caught fish is also available when we go fishing.

Permies will participate by helping to clean the kitchen after meals.

We are an off-the-grid farm and all energy usage must be fully respected. Permies can have one shower per day and can charge their devices during the day-time only. We have internet available during specified breaks and encourage you to disconnect to reconnect.

Located in the deep tropics, on the beach, Permies can expect bugs, rain, sunshine and humidity. Please follow the packing list that is sent to you upon registering to ensure comfort and a pleasant living experience”.