Herbal Field Clinical with 7Song & Envision Festival

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Herbal Field Clinical with 7Song & Envision Festival

Herbal First Aid Clinical with 7Song & Envision Festival

February 12 - 27, 2017


Punta Mona is happy to welcome 7Song to the farm with an immersive field clinical workshop featuring practices and procedures for the practicing herbalist.

Please note this workshop is for those who are mature and dedicated to
learning and practicing herbalism.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced herbal students are welcome to join us in the field to learn from your community, and the plants.

This training will begin at Punta Mona and continue with the Envision Festival Free Herbal Clinic where students will be fully immersed in service to the attendees, staff and volunteers of Envision, providing them with holistic health services and first aid to make the jungle experience a little easier.

Students are required to work 6-8 hours per day of the festival in the clinic, participate in set up and break down.


Tuition: $1200

Includes -

  • All workshops and class materials
  • Glamping (fancy beautiful tents) and meals at Punta Mona
  • Three meals during the Envision build and 1 meal a day during the festival
  • Festival shower pass
  • Admission to Envision as a volunteer
  • Travel to Envision via private bus
  • Excursion to the Kekoldi Indigenous Cultural Center and the Ark Herb Farm
  • Hotel lodging and dinner in San Jose
  • Transportation via boat to/from Manzanillo and Punta Mona

Students must bring their own sheets, towels and tent

*tent rentals are available via Envision Festival registration

Date Outline:

February 12 - Arrive to Punta Mona in the morning, it is recommended that you stay the night in Manzanillo on the 11th

February 12-16, 2016 - Punta Mona Center Workshop

February 17 & 18 - Excursions to Kekoldi, Stay in San Jose and excursion to the Ark Herb Farm

February 20 - 21 - Clinic Set Up and Service to Staff and Volunteers

February 22- 26 - Envision Clinic

February 27 - Closing Circle and Clinic Breakdown



Lead - 



Ithaca Health Alliance and Free Clinic

Northeast School of Botanical Medicine

Assistant - 

Sarah Wu


Medicines from the Edge: a tropical herbal convergence



Topics Covered - 

  • Orientation to jungle life, safety and community health issues
  • Formulation for the Practicing Herbalist
  • Free Clinic and Street Medic: Practicing as a Clinical Herbalist in a Free Clinic
  • Introduction to Tropical Materia Medica
  • Farm Tour with a Medicine Plant Focus
  • First Aid, Emergency Medicine
  • Principal Plants in Herbal First Aid
  • Herbs for Pain and Trauma
  • Wound Care
  • Preparing a Practical Home Herbal First Aid Kit
  • Setting up a First Aid Station
  • Triage

Physiology/Pathophysiology - Herbal Medicine and Treatment Approaches for the:

  • Urinary System
  • Female Reproductive
  • Immune and Lymphatic System
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory System
  • Skin Ailments
  • Digestive System
  • Muscolo-Skeletal System
  • Nervous System

Interested in Learning More?

Register for Medicines from the Edge: A Tropical Herbal Convergence
March 10, 2017



Student Profile:

You do not necessarily need experience in herbal medicine to participate in this workshop and clinical. We expect students to have a sincere desire to be in service to not only Envision but to their community at large. Students must be aware that we will be working along with conventional medics, professional EMTs, Doctors, Nurses and other trained first aid and harm prevention practitioners. You must be open to all modalities based on the need of the patient, not on your own projected ideal of what healing is. Acute care also known as First Aid is about rapid and effective response, working within our own skill level and scope of experience to provide the safest and most thorough care possible.

While we will make sure each student gets a chance to work with patients, we also reserve the right based on our experience and knowledge to vet the students appropriately within their skill, knowledge and comfort levels.

As participants in this clinic, you will gain experience, confidence and perspective into the vast realm of herbal medicine. We need herbalists on the ground practicing, and this happens with your participation!



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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