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Nov 22

Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path

November 22, 2022 - December 17, 2022


This unique course melds two broad interdisciplinary studies, exploring the impact the health of our environment directly has on our personal well-being, specifically working with and alongside medicinal plants. This 200 hr course will cover regenerative lifestyle & design, integrated wellness and herbalism, community and social awareness by working with living plants and living people to cultivate resilience.




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Topics Covered:

Permaculture for the Herbalist´s Path is a 200 hour program that includes the full curriculum of a Permaculture Design Course. We delve into many topics during our time together which include:

Meta Themes: Regenerative Design Philosophy, Basic Earth Sciences, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Global Materia Medica, Botany, Mycology, Biology, Deep Ecology, Alternative Economies and Education, Slow Food, Alternative Energies, Community Development, Herbalism in Action, Herbal First Aid, Practical Magic and more!!

Curriculum Topics

  • Tour of Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm and food forest

  • Sharing circles and group activities

  • Compost making, biofermentation, and micro-organisms

  • Medicine making

  • Wild crafting

  • Plant spirit medicine meditation

  • Permaculture design group project focused on wellness

  • Garden design

  • Bio-char workshop

  • On-site analysis

  • Field trip to Quix’aya (“Heart of Water”), a self-organized Maya Permaculture-inspired community.

  • Visit to San Juan la Laguna medicinal plant and natural dyes workshops

  • Field trip to home of Tomasa Simaj Perez, Local Mushroom Producer

  • Plant meditation and lunar celebrations

  • Temezcal (Meso-American sauna)

  • Cacao party and Plant Prom!


LAURA PALMIERI, Lead facilitator (Herbalism & Permaculture) – right

Laura ‘Lala’ Palmieri is a clinical herbalist, a biologist, plant and fungi lover and grower. She offers health consultations to balance body, mind and soul working with medicinal herbs and mushrooms. Her approach to health integrates the knowledge of many ancient traditions and teachers, fusing spirituality with nature, and science with alchemy through the transformation of the elements.

Lala has spent her years in dialogue with Nature, which has fueled her passion to integrate scientific knowledge and the connection with all beings to help humanity. She integrates her practice with cooking, gardening, and exploring ecosystems. She teaches and facilitates herbal clinics and programs in permaculture, herbalism, botany, fermentation, and medicinal mushroom cultivation, with a regenerative earth care approach and techniques that are accessible to most. She and Sarah co-created the Envision and Cosmic Converge Herbal First Aid Clinics, other relief Clinics in Guatemala for the volcano eruption. You will find Lala crafting remedies for her diverse communities in Guatemala and Costa Rica, where she is actively creating a world with integrated healthcare.

SARAH WU, Lead facilitator (Herbalism & Permaculture) – left

Sarah Wu is a passionate educational curator, facilitator and mentor dedicated to adult learners of all backgrounds. A representative for Mother Nature as a writer and teacher of Deep Ecology, Therapeutic Ecology and whole systems design through the lens of Herbalism and Permaculture. Sarah Wu has 21 years studying the science, art and craft of Planetary Eclectic Herbal Medicine. Her foundation is in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Wise Woman Tradition, actively practicing clinical herbalism in the Neo-Tropics for 12 years. With 27 and counting, 75+hour Permaculture Design Courses in her portfolio, Sarah teaches full length and specialized Permaculture courses and workshops tailored to community dynamics, event production and holistic health. Sarah is the friendly Village Witch, co-founder and producer of Envision Festival, where she curates the educational offerings and founded the unique Herbal First Aid Clinic Training. She founded and produced Medicines from the Edge: A Tropical Herbal Convergence, dedicated to bridging the eclectic healing traditions of Latin America, produced the Permaculture Plaza and Village Witches at the Oregon Eclipse, is a regular faculty member at the Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design & Botanical Studies, is a faculty member of the Permaculture Women’s Guild and a regular contributor to organizations such as NuMundo and United Plant Savers. She has studied with numerous leaders in the Western Herbalism renaissance, such as David Winston, Rosemary Gladstar, Paul Berger, and 7Song and has worked in relief efforts in Guatemala and at Natural Doctor’s International on the island of Omatepe, Nicaragua.