Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path

Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path

PDC + Plant Medicine + Regenerative Living  

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.


Permaculture for the Herbalist Path 2022

Online: October 1st to November 15th 2,022

In person: November 22nd through December 17 2,022

If you would like to receive more info about upcoming courses, please fill out an application below. If you have already registered for the 2022 program and want to complete your payment see below for the button to the 2022 registration page.

 


 

 


 

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!!

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Full Curriculum:

  • 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

  • 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

  • Soil Science / Human Micro-Biome

  • Earthworks / Musculo-Skeletal System

  • Water Management / Genito-Urinary System

  • Plants to Trees & Trees to Forests / Bronchial-Pulmonary System / Windbreaks and Wind Corridors

  • Patterns in Nature; Context (culture, climate, etc.) / Patterns in Health and Disease

  • Wildlife Management & Integrated Pest Management / Pathophysiology

  • Ethical Investment, Land Ethics and Access, Incomes from Acres / Medicine Making

  • Suburban & Urban Permaculture / Free Clinics, Street Medics and Herbalism as Activism

  • Ecovillages / Invisible Structure Models

  • Design for Disaster / Preventative Medicine

 

Workshops and Field Trips:

  • 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!

  


 

Facilitators

This course is our 2nd annual collaboration with the Ecology Academy and we’re psyched to be welcoming them back to Atitlan Organics!


LAURA PALMIERI, Lead facilitator (Herbalism & Permaculture)   Laura Palmieri, “Lala" is a biologist, botanist, herbalist, gardener and permaculturist, with a lifetime working with plants. Lala was raised in an Oasis in Guatemala City, cultivatin…

LAURA PALMIERI, Lead facilitator (Herbalism & Permaculture)

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)Sarah is a clinical herbalist of 19 years, studying and practicing planetary eclectic herbalism with a foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Wise Woman Reclaiming philosophy, focusing…

SARAH WU, Lead Facilitator (Herbalism & Permaculture)

Sarah is a clinical herbalist of 20 years, studying and practicing planetary eclectic, regenerative herbalism with a foundation in Wise Woman Reclaiming philosophies. Influenced by global traditions, Sarah focuses on local food-based healing and ethnobotanical traditions. She leads trainings and workshops in herbal medicine, Permaculture Design Courses, Therapeutic Deep Ecology, Social Permaculture, field-to-the-plate holistic nutrition, herbal first aid and Tarot. 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, and is a Co-Founder and Co-producer of Envision Festival.


SHAD QUDSI, Co-Facilitator (Permaculture)Shad Qudsi has 15 years experience in organic and commercial gardening and farming. He is certified in Permaculture Design and has over 10 years experience in holistic site development and homesteading. Shad …

SHAD QUDSI, Co-Facilitator (Permaculture)

Shad Qudsi has 15 years experience in organic and commercial gardening and farming. He is certified in Permaculture Design and has over 10 years experience in holistic site development and homesteading. Shad originally set out to study mathematics and work in big business, but long ago had a change of heart. He can now be found dancing in his garden in Tzununa. Aside from all of this, Shad is an enthusiastic teacher who truly believes in the work he is doing. Human resiliency cannot be erased from the landscape and now, it is coming back with a gentle loving caress.

 


 

Your Stay

We have teamed up with the Bambu Guest House to provide accommodations during your stay in Tzununa.  The “Bambu” was opened in 2015 as a site to house our permaculture volunteers and students. As such, it was founded out of a deep commitment to meaningful and sustainable living.

You will settle into the rhythms of nature during your stay at the beautiful naturally-built hotel nestled into the mountains surrounding Lake Atitlan. Wake to the sounds of running water from the nearby stream and enjoy sunrise over the lake and volcanoes from your balcony; nourish yourself with organic and farm-fresh meals made with love by the warm and attentive kitchen staff; stretch out on the beautiful new deck; hike 15 minutes to the farm at Atitlan Organics to check out Permaculture in action; unwind with a hot shower and catch up with loved ones over wi-fi (or chill out with a book from our extensive library); and if you’re lucky, catch a nighttime volcano show from Volcan Fuego. 

Lodging is shared in light and spacious rooms, each one equipped with a private bathroom with hot water, a balcony overlooking the lake and volcanoes, and wi-fi. Communal space includes a comfy open-air lounge and dining room and a breath-taking yoga platform. Three vegetarian meals per day are provided.

Participants of Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path have two room options to choose from:


Guest Room, Bambu Guest House, lodging for Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path course, September 23, 2019 - October 18, 2019 Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

GUEST ROOM

The spacious and airy guest room sleeps 4 people comfortably and offers a private bathroom and shower with hot running water, wifi, and a balcony with chairs and a hammock. Beautiful views of the lake and mountains and the soothing sounds of birds and the nearby stream filter into the room, soothing you into peace. 


Loft Room at the Bambu Guest House, accommodations for Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path course at Atitlan Organics, September 23, 2019 - October 18, 2019 Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Large Shared Dorm

Our large shared dorms sleep 6 – 8 people comfortably. Huge panorama windows let in incredible natural light, while the variety of bedding options gives everyone what they’d like. As with all our rooms, it has its own private bathroom and shower with hot water, wifi, and a balcony with chairs and a hammock. 

 


 

Tuition

Tuition for Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path is Full Ticket Loft $2,950, Full Ticket Guest Room $3,200, Latino Discount $1,500. Inquire for Private Room options and offsite lodging.

Register in full before March 15th using the discount code EARLYBIRD , and save $450 with Early Bird Tuition.

Tuition for the 200 hr Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path includes:

  • 75 hour Permaculture Design Certification course + certificate upon completion

  • 125 hour Herbal Studies course 

  • Field trips, course materials, lecture, forum, and activities

  • Student manual

  • Weekly saunas

  • Cacao party and Plant Prom!

  • 26 full accommodations at the Bambu Guest House with three vegetarian meals per day plus coffee and tea, snacks, and dessert.

  • 16 hours of online content

Available for an additional price: Arrival and departure transportation, laundry service, extra items at the Bambu Guest House’s farm-to-table restaurant (smoothies, snacks, coconut water, etc.)

 


 

Daily Flow:

6:00 – 7:00 am: Morning Yoga, Plant Meditation, & Plant Walks (optional)

7:00 – 8:30 am: Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00 pm: Class Time

12:30 – 2:30 pm: Lunch Break

2:30 – 5:30 pm: Class Time

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Dinner

7:00 – 8:00 pm: Occasional night activities (optional)


You will have three full days off.

 


Deposit & Registration

Permaculture for the Herbalist Path 2022

November 21 through December 17, 2022

Please make a deposit ($650) to reserve your spot. Once that is received, we will send over a student questionnaire.

Upon receipt of registration we will send you a student questionnaire and other info about your participation in the course.

If you have a question or just want a bit more info, get in touch!


COVID Policy

Guatemala is open to tourism and requires you to provide either a negative antigen or PCR viral test regardless of vaccination status. 

If you land and come straight to Bambu you will not be asked to take another test. If you decide to travel or are already in the country you are required to take an antigen test 24 hours before arrival to Bambu, regardless of vaccination status. All participants are required to email us proof of a NEGATIVE ANTIGEN test 24 hours prior to arrival, and we ask that all participants also practice social distancing and all social responsible practices before coming. We also will be keeping a closed container, which means no outside activities during the course.

You can get a COVID-19 antigen test at Blue Medical or Tecniscan,. These are located at various locations around Guatemala City. If you are landing in Guatemala and coming straight to us, then you can submit your test from your home country.

All deposits are non-refundable in any case of illness, country closure or other personal reasons, yet, if you have paid the full payment and you can not attend, you will be reimbursed all except the $500 deposit only if cancellation is due to illness or inability to travel.

 

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Sarah Wu

Sarah is a clinical herbalist of 20 years, studying and practicing planetary eclectic, regenerative herbalism with a foundation in Wise Woman Reclaiming philosophies. Influenced by global traditions, Sarah focuses on local food-based healing and ethnobotanical traditions. She leads trainings and workshops in herbal medicine, Permaculture Design Courses, Therapeutic Deep Ecology, Social Permaculture, field-to-the-plate holistic nutrition, herbal first aid and Tarot. 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, and is a Co-Founder and Co-producer of Envision Festival.

Laura Palmieri

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.

Holly Mech

Holly fell in love with yoga because of the sense of connection she felt every time she came to her mat. She began teaching yoga in Chicago in 2011. Her desire to deepen her teaching and personal practice led her to continue her yoga education in California, Bali, Australia and Guatemala. Holly now travels around the world teaching yoga and facilitating yoga teacher trainings. She enjoys helping new teachers sequence yoga classes and incorporate philosophy into their teachings. Her classes are creative and dynamic with an emphasis on making yoga accessible to everyone.

Holly studied English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and frequently draws inspiration for her classes from literature and poetry. When she’s not on the yoga mat she enjoys exploring nature, singing, dancing and working with textiles.

Ashley McDonnell

Ashley’s work focuses on resurrecting our relationship to the natural world through the development of earth based skills that deepen our connection to place while increasing our sense of sovereignty and resilience. Devoted to the arts of permaculture, natural building, herbalism and birth work as her mediums, Ashley explores with humility the diverse modalities that support us in living in right relationship with the world around us. She views permaculture as a practice that not only creates healthy ecological communities but one that helps to reweave the very fabric of who we are as people. Her work is an offering to the future.

Zach Loeks

Hailing from Ottawa, Canada where he and his partner run the 50-acre Kula Permaculture Farm, Zach brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the course. He works as an educator, designer, consultant and farmer, with an emphasis on integrating diversity, conserving soil and maximizing farm ecosystem services while maintaining high productivity.

Last year Zach published The Permaculture Market Garden, which explores ways that permaculture can be scaled up be a profitable whole-systems enterprise. Zach is a leading figure in permaculture, who brings a new and exciting vision of how it can be integrated into the wider community and marketplace.

Rony Lec

Rony is one of the world’s leading experts in permaculture and Mayan ancestral knowledge. Rony has spent the last 20 years teaching and implementing permaculture throughout Central, South and North America focusing on promoting food sovereignty and preserving biodiversity for the survival of Indigenous communities.

Through his extensive work with Indigenous communities on traditional ecological knowledge, seed saving, native plants, local/global food movements, livelihood security, and the interaction between communities and the environment, he has made a key contribution to the empowerment of Indigenous people around the world. Rony is a co-founder of IMAP.

Neal Hegarty

Neal is originally from Ireland. He grew up on a dairy farm and has been around animals all his life. He studied agriculture in Ireland and has worked as a permaculturist for the past 10 years. Neal was the Volunteer Manager at Atitlan Organics for 2 years before co-founding his own Permaculture-based enterprise, Abundant Edge Farm, in Tzununa. He brings a wealth of experience, enthusiasm, and energy into each Intro to Permaculture Course and Permaculture Design Certification Course and we’re happy to continue to collaborate with him!

Shad Qudsi

Shad Qudsi has over 13 years experience in organic and commercial gardening and farming. He is certified in Permaculture Design and has over 3 years experience in permaculture design consulting. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a double major in Applied Math and Psychology, Shad and his wife, Colleen, moved to Central America with only vague goals of farming at some point in the near future. In January of 2010, Shad and his wife bought and moved onto a very small farm located in the traditional Mayan village of Tzununa, which on the north shore of Lake Atitlan, in Guatemala. The farm developed into Atitlan Organics and now mainly focuses on greens and chickens, a large edible and useful plant nursery, a food forest, and training and education.  Shad is an enthusiastic teacher who truly believes in the work he is doing. Human resiliency cannot be erased from the landscape and now, it is coming back with a loving grace.