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 31-day 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’s Path includes a full 72+ hour Permaculture Design Certification course and an 80+ hour Herbal Studies course! We will be delving into many topics during our month together including:

Meta Themes: Anatomy & Physiology, Global Materia Medica, Botany, Phytochemistry, Mycology, 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!!

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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.

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  • e 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


    • 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.

    • Field trip to the Fungi Academy

    • Plant meditation and lunar celebrations

    • Temezcal (Meso-American sauna)

    • Cacao party and Plant Prom!


    • LAURA PALMIERI (Lead Facilitator, Herbalism & Permaculture): Laura “Lala” is a biologist, botanist, herbalist, gardener and permaculturist, with a lifetime working with plants. Lala was raised in a greenhouse in Guatemala, cultivating orchids, building living walls and aquaponic systems. She has been at Punta Mona for four years as a permaculture & herbalism educational facilitator and mentor to apprentices and volunteers. Lala co-leads the Village Witches herbal clinic at Cosmic Convergence and Envision festival with Sarah Wu, organizes free clinics for disaster relief around the world, and teaches herbalism immersion courses here at Punta Mona and at Fungi Academy. She is passionate about life and all living creatures.

    • SARAH WU (Lead Facilitator, Herbalism & Permacuture): 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 on food-based healing and local ethnobotanical traditions. Sarah leads trainings and workshops in herbal medicine, Permaculture Design Courses, Therapeutic Deep Ecology, Social Permaculture, field-to-the-plate holistic nutrition and herbal first aid. 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 is the founder and owner of Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm and has 18 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.


    • Tuition for Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path is $3,100 (Guest Room), $2,850 (Large Shared Dorm), or $1,650 (Latin American Participants). 

      EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Participants who pay in full by March 20, 2020 can receive $450 off their tuition!

      Tuition for the 31-day Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path includes:

      • 72+ hour Permaculture Design Certification course + certificate upon completion

      • 80+ hour Herbal Studies course

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

      • Student manual

      • Weekly saunas

      • Cacao party and Plant Prom!

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

      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.)

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms

Vegetarian Food

  • restaurant on site
  • over 80% locally sourced


  • fast: streaming video

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture
  • plant medicine
    multiple times a day

Getting here.

We are located 3.5 - 4.5 hours from La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. Public shuttles run several times a day from the airport or Antigua to Panajachel, the main town on Lake Atitlan. From “Pana,” you will take a lancha (boat) to Tzununa, about a 30 minute ride. Get off at the public dock in Tzununa and grab a tuk tuk (small three-wheeled car) to the Bambu Guest House.

Alternatively, you can take a private shuttle direct from the airport or your hotel to the Bambu Guest House.

We are happy to help arrange your in-country transportation. Just let us know your travel plans and how we can help. 


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