Herbal Field Clinical with 7Song & Envision Festival

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Herbal Field Clinical with 7Song & Envision Festival



Field Clinical Jungle Style
with 7Song, Punta Mona & Envision Festival 2016
February 15 - 29, 2016 


Punta Mona is happy to welcome 7Song to the farm with a week long immersion in
field clinical practices and procedures for the practicing herbalist.


Please note this workshop is for experienced and practicing herbalists
or for intermediate and advanced herbal students looking to gain more experience
in the field and learn from the plants of the tropics.


This training will continue with the Envision Festival Eclectic Clinic where students will be fully immersed in service to the attendees of Envision, providing them with holistic health services and first aid to make the jungle experience a little easier.



Students will set up and work at the clinic during the festival, tuition options include festival admission as a volunteer with meals.

Students are required to work 6 hours per day of the festival in the clinic, participate in set up and break down.



Tuition: $875


Includes all workshops, meals at Punta Mona and during Envision BUILD, lodging, class materials, travel to Envision Festival, admission as a volunteer to Envision with one meal offered at the end of your shift.

Students must bring their own sheets, towels and tent

Transfortation via boat to/from Punta Mona is not included


Date Outline:

February 15-19, 2016 - Punta Mona Center Workshop

February 20 - Travel Day

February 21-25 - Clinic Set Up

February 25- 29 - Envision



Lead - 



Ithaca Health Alliance and Free Clinic

Northeast School of Botanical Medicine


Assistant - 

Sarah Wu


Medicines from the Edge: a tropical herbal convergence



Work Flow:


Day 1:
Feb. 15 Punta Mona

  • Orientation to jungle life, safety and community health issues in CA
  • Farm Tour with a Medicine Plant Focus
  • Introduction to Tropical Materia Medica


Day 2:
Feb. 16 Punta Mona

  • Free Clinic and Street Medic: Practicing as a Clinical Herbalist in a Free Clinic
  • Formulation for the Practicing Herbalist
  • Physiology/Pathophysiology
    - Herbal Medicine for the Urinary System
    - Herbal Medicine for Female Reproductive


Day 3:
Feb. 17 Punta Mona

  • First Aid, Emergency Medicine
  • Principal Plants in Herbal First Aid
  • Herbs for Pain and Trauma
  • Preparing a Practical Home Herbal First Aid Kit
  • Setting up a First Aid Station
  • Physiology/Pathophysiology
    - Herbal Medicine for the Immune and Lymphatic System
    - Herbal Medicine for Headaches


Day 4:
Feb. 18 Punta Mona

The Herbalist's Handbook-Clinical and Practitioner Skills

  • Overview of clinical skills
  • Patient compliance for the clinical herbalist
  • Intake and counseling skills
  • Assessment skills
  • Case Studies
  • Formulations
  • Treatment strategies
  • Physiology/Pathophysiology
    - An overview of the respiratory system
    - Treatment approaches for the respiratory system
    - Asthma
    - Respiratory viruses-cold and flus
    - Tonics for the respiratory system


Day 5:
Feb. 19 Punta Mona

Wildcrafting and Medicine Making

  • The practice and skills of gathering one’s own medicines
  • Adventures in wildcrafting; true tales of wildcrafting throughout the US. 
  • Processing and preparing wildcrafted plants as medicine
  • Physiology/Pathophysiology
    - Herbal Medicine for Skin Ailments


Day 6:
Feb. 20

Travel Day - long haul to Uvita from Manzanillo
10 hours, we will stop along the way for lunch 


Day 7-11:
Feb. 21-25

Set up Clinic at Envision
Pre-Festival Fun!  


Day 11-14:
Feb. 25-28

Envision Clinic
6 Hours per day, working various shifts


Day 15:
Feb. 29

Break Down 


Interested in Learning More?

Register for Medicines from the Edge: A Tropical Herbal Convergence
March 3-6, 2016

Hosted at Termales del Bosque Hot Spring Hotel and Spa near to the Arenal Volcano
Featuring: 7Song, Brigitte Mars, Susun Weed, Sarah Wu, Stephen Brooks, Rafa Ocampo,
Luis Poveda and a whole host of other herbalists from Costa Rica and Abroad!! 

Student Tuition Available! 





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From 7Song


I have been studying plants, people and herbal medicine for over 20 years now. My interest first started as a youngster with a fascination for things natural, beginning with astronomy, moving into herpetology and later into plants and medicine. And all of this in the suburbs of Long Island, NY


In my twenties, I began studying herbal medicine's many aspects more throroughly, including botany (an abiding love here), plants as medicine (materia medica), physiology, medicine making, wildcrafting, clinical work, and the like.

To further elucidate my herbal education, I attended the California School of Herbal Studies with Rosemary Gladstar in 1983 and later the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine with Michael Moore in 1994 and 1995. Along the way I went to as many herbal conferences as possible (sliding my way in through work exchange in the early years). There I would  listen to the many opinions and teaching styles of the herbalists speaking. A vibrant education in many respects.

One of the reasons I have been involved in herbal medicine for all these years are the teachers, students, peers and friends I meet in this community. Many open-minded, critical thinkers who are a pleasure and learning experience to be around.

The plants themselves are one of my favorite aspects of herbal medicine. Spending time traveling and meeting as many plants as possible is one of the great parts of being an herbalist. Seeing and gathering the plants we use as medicine makes herbalism unique, and offers a direct and ancient relationship we have with our medicine. They are beautiful down to their anthers and stigmas.

I currently teach at many schools and conferences throughout the United States, which gives me the opportunity to see the varied ways that herbal knowledge is passed on. I am honored to be a part of passing this information along.

I see being an herbalist as a political path, meaning a way to encourage community, and change some of the status quo, especially the ways medicine is currently practiced.  I feel that being herbalists we can be a great boon to our communities, whether just among our friends, the towns we live in, or wherever we are and whomever we are talking to.  The art of being able to assess people's health difficulties, and to then help them with plants we have gathered or better yet, plants they have gathered and processed into medicine, is a beautiful thing. I feel this knowledge  helps with healing in ways beyond just the gross physical healing process. Knowing that we can help ourselves and those around us with at least some of our physical tribulations, can increase our connection to the world of people and nature. And this is knowledge and skill we can pass on freely to the people we meet.


7Song looking at boy's foot at an NDI clinic in Nicaragua

Taking digital photos of plants has become a favored pastime (much to the consternation of friends walking with me), and it is a gratifying to finally have a place to display them, here on this website.


Ithaca Free Clinic

I am a herbal practitioner and Director of Holistic Medicine at the Ithaca Free Clinic. It is deeply satisfying to be a part of this clinic. Working here has allowed me to be a part of something I wholeheartedly believe in,free medicine. And in the long-run to slowly work towards a true integrative model of health care, here and elsewhere. For more about the Ithaca Free Clinic, please see under 'Free Clinic'.

7Song and Toad Me and a Toad in the mid-1960's

Northeast School of Botanical Medicine

I have been creating, teaching and directing The Northeast School of Botanical Medicine for 13 years. It is something I value doing. It allows me the opportunity to teach the herbal information that I have gleaned over the years, and a chance to share my passion for plants, herbal medicine and community. It is also a learning experience for myself as new people constantly enter my life with what they have learned on their journey's. It is a pleasure to see people start to heartily wrap their minds and hands around the intricacies of herbal medicine and I am thankful to be a part of their path.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that whichever way you head, that you see and feel the beauty of the plants around you