UVITA, COSTA RICA | FEBRUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 24

herbal first aid clinic & training

Have you ever wanted to be in service, gaining hands-on experience in herbal medicine and First Aid? In the high paced, high vibe setting of Envision Festival, students of all levels get to learn and practice, with supervision of skilled professional herbalists. Learning basic acute care, on-the-fly formulations, herbal materia medica, client intakes, and pop-up herbal clinic strategies, students get an immersion in integrated medicine and community resilience.

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In our fifth year offering the Herbal First Aid Clinic, the curriculum and hands-on training will set students on a path to becoming trusted healing hands in their communities. Become a valuable asset to natural relief efforts and gain confidence in harnessing the power of medicinal plants!  

Participants embark on a 16-day adventure with 40 hours of learning through lectures, demos and role playing, and 20 hours of clinical practice. You'll be working with a team of established herbalists to support the Official Medical and Harm Reduction departments at Envision Festival.  

Students become a part of the Envision team, bringing holistic wellness to this amazingly eclectic community!  

Arrival to Selva Armonia on Saturday, February 9th at 10 AM Depart Envision Festival on Monday, February 24th after 12 PM

We will spend 7 nights at Selva Armonia Retreat Center and 8 nights at Envision, having two half days off.  

*Detailed Itinerary Coming Soon*

  • Lodging Options and Facilities at Selva Armonia Retreat Center
  • On-Site Accommodation Options During Envision Festival
  • Envision Festival Staff Credentials and Showers 
  • Daily Classes & Course Instruction 
  • Roundtrip Transportation Between SJO Airport and the Retreat


  • Village Witches Herbal Clinic T-Shirt
  • Access to Solo Bueno VIP Lounge & VIP Restrooms
  • Three meals per day from February 9 - 19 
  • One meal per day from February 20 - 24

**Retreat Packages Start at $2,649 for 15 nights** (above price includes taxes and fees) 

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Ethics & Limitations in Herbal First Aid

What is the role of herbalism in response and relief work, and how do we integrate and complement conventional medicine? We will speak to our personal experience in the field working with large scale events, protests, disaster relief and various international community clinics.

Acute Care Diagnostics and Red Flag Symptoms  

Students will learn how to quickly, effectively and safely assess the needs of a patient in high paced, high energy environments while observing when to seek the assistance of other medical professionals.  

Herbal Materia Medica for Acute Care  

Using an extensive array of medicinal plants and mushrooms in the Envision Herbal Clinic, students will review the therapeutics and tissue states for each medicine we will use in clinic, focusing on how it is applied in a treatment protocol, what it formulates best with, and what are the appropriate analogs.  

Treatment Protocols and Formulations  

We will do many demos and mock situations for a variety of common ailments encountered at Envision, including washing and wrapping wounds, how to use eye cups, neti pots, basic bedside manner, intake process, triage, dosing discharge, and follow up care.  

Wild Crafting, Plant Walks and the Ethical Use of Plants  

The Envision Apothecary features organically cultivated and ethically wildcrafted medicinal plants and mushrooms, fresh, tinctured and in teas.  

In a global world where herbal medicine is becoming once again the norm for communities, we have to make sure we are treating the plants with the respect they deserve, by not over harvesting, being aware of their ecosystems and making sure that people taking medicinal plants and mushrooms are using them appropriately, not just following trends. We will walk the grounds of Rancho la Merced as well as the coast of the Bahia Ballena, wildcrafting an identifying the abundant medicinal plants found right around us!

Educational Materials  

We will spend some time making fun educational signs to be posted around the festival, to get people thinking about their wellbeing and bring awareness to the Clinic… “There is an herb for that!”  

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LAURA PALMIERI

Laura Palmieri, “Lala” is a biologist, botanical explorer, herbalist, gardener, permaculturist & teacher, working life-long with plants. She was raised in an oasis in Guatemala City, cultivating orchids and other epiphytes, building green walls and aquaponic systems. She's lived at Punta Mona for four years as a permaculture & herbal medicine educational facilitator and mentor to apprentices and volunteers. 

Lala co-leads the Village Witches Herbal Clinic at Envision and Cosmic Convergence Festivals with Sarah Wu, organizes free clinics for disaster relief and is also a member of the Fungi Academy. She is passionate about life and all living creatures.  

DIXIE PAULINE

Dixie Pauline, is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild (RhAHG). Dixie brings over a decade worth of healing experience as a clinical herbalist, event medic, hospice care provider and caregiver, herbal first aid trainer, and community organizer. Her healing work is rooted in a deep commitment and passion for health, wellness, justice. She is dedicated to exploring the use of plant medicines for healing from individual and collective trauma stemming from oppression.  

Dixie finds great passion and purpose in sharing the miraculous healing power of plant medicines with others.  

SOUZIE BOERMA

Souzie is an experienced herbalist from New Zealand. She started her career as a nurse working in the conventional medical system. With pharmaceuticals being the primary use of medication she became curious about alternative remedies that were available to treat patients. She began her herbal journey by volunteering at herbal clinic at Cosmic Convergence in Guatemala. Since March 2018 she has been living full-time at Punta Mona caring for the humans and large collection of medicinal plants. 

Souzie initiated the alchemy lab at Punta Mona, which is used to process and make ferments and medicine on the land. Souzie has also taken part in making the medicine and working with the Village Witches herbal clinic at Envision festival for the previous two years.  

MARIALE RIVERS

Mariale Rivers graduated in 2009 as a Medical Doctor, at Universidad Francisco Marroquín. She then continued her studies in Functional Nutrition, Health Coaching, Biological Medicine, Bach Flowers, Natural Cosmetics and Herbalism. In 2016 she traveled to India and completed a 600 hour practical and theoretical master program in Ayurveda and Panchakarma in Gujarat Ayurveda University and Hospital.

She has collaborated in the Herbal Clinic as Cosmic Convergence in Guatemala for two years and in a Relief Clinic after Volcan de Fuego eruption in Guatemala. She now works at a holistic center in her private practice as a holistic doctor with focus on Ayurveda, herbalism, nutrition, lifestyle and preventive medicine. She teaches Ayurveda workshops and leads Ayurvedic Detox Retreats.  

SARAH WU

Sarah Wu is a clinical herbalist of 19 years and a practicing permaculturist for near a decade. She facilitates learning with a planetary perspective on natural medicine, integrating large scale systems such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as diverse folk traditions and ethnobotany, with a foundation in Deep Ecology and modern Witchcraft. She has participated in and taught 22 Permaculture Design Courses, annually curates six simultaneous stages of educational and spiritual content for Envision Festival as well as the Village Witches experience, and has developed a 150- hour unique curriculum: Permaculture for the Herbalist’s Path. 

Sarah founded the Envision Herbal Clinic training program and has organized and worked herbal clinic relief. Sarah is a passionate biophiliac, educator and mentor.  

ABOUT SELVA ARMONIA RETREAT CENTER

Arrive at Selva Armonia to find yourself removed from the mundane. With a breathtaking view of the famous Whale’s Tail in the Pacific Ocean, Selva Armonia Retreat Center is a private and sacred space where there is something for everyone. 

Lead your retreat or workshop in our open-air “floating” bamboo Yoga deck surrounded by peace-invoking edible and botanical gardens. Relax and be pampered where sea-kissed breezes fold into the sweet serenades of jungle song birds and exotic fruits grow on trees right outside your door. Hike to magical waterfalls, commune with the dragonflies, watch a lotus flower unfold, be inspired to practice your art or blissfully sit and wile away the hours with a good book.  

ABOUT RANCHO LA MERCED

Perfectly perched at the junction where the rainforest connects with pristine tropical beach, Rancho la Merced is everything that we could ask for and the true jewel of our invitation to Costa Rica. While just a short, two minute walk to the surf of Playa Hermosa, Rancho la Merced stands as a testament to the glory of Costa Rica’s untamed natural beauty presenting a jungle environment that can only exist here.

“The Envision Herbal Clinic is a beautiful way to live herbalism from it’s essence where to can experience the medicine of plants through conscious community practices.” – Carlos, 2018 Participant  

“The Herbal Clinical was an experience that left a lasting impression on my life. Students I connected with and teachers I learned from continue to be a part of my life today. I have applied the medicinal knowledge and remote first aid experience from the clinical to my life in many ways since.” – Jess, 2016 Participant

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