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Medicines from the Edge

March 13, 2015 - March 16, 2015

Medicines from the Edge: a Tropical Herbal Convergence

• Class Description:
In permaculture, the Edge is the most diverse and abundant place. It is where the species from two differnt zones meet and where life develops. Whether it is along a water front, where the meadow meets the forest or where the continents meet, here is where we find the most life! Costa Rica is located in between North and South America and in between two oceans. With many microclimates Costa Rica is home to hundreds of tropical and temperate medicinal plants, trees, fruits and fungi! Abundant wildlife, inspiring landscape, diverse population all helped develop the country’s most beloved phrase… Pura Vida… Pure LIFE!

 Join us for a gathering of herbalists from the Americas to celebrate our diversity and learn about the abundant medicines from the Neo-Tropics. Costa Rica, a bridge between North and South America has diverse micro-climates where we can find temperate familiars and exotic rainforest healers. Explore the range of ethnobotanically significant plants from indigenous and Afro-Caribbean, Costa Rica as well as other plants from the Americas.

The conference will cover a broad range of practical topics as well as focusing on tropical plant identification, medicine making, permaculture and functional tropical foods Enjoy horseback riding, excursions to gorgeous waterfalls and Finca Luna Nueva, a biodynamic medicinal plant collection.


Teacher Bios:
Take a look at last years teachers and workshops from 2014 Teachers and Workshops page !

Confirmed 2015 teachers with many more to be added: Rosemary Gladstar, Emily Ruff, Sara Wu Brooks, Stephen Brooks, Rafa Ocampo, Luis Poveda, Veronica Gordon, Maria Fernanda, Carla Perez, Ulises Nercis.


Language class is taught in:
The workshops will be bi-lingual, Spanish and English, with a profound focus on the unique micro-climates and various eco-systems of Costa Rica, a bridge between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres!

Tuition is listed on ticket page

All lodging Must be reserved through the Ethnobotanical Journeys website If you reserve directly through the hotel you will NOT be guaranteed housing.

Rooms are comfortable and basic with bathroom and air-conditioning. Electrical outlets are the same as North America, no converters needed.

Limited Availability: We are offering a friends ticket, sign up with a friend and save. Only a few friends tickets will be sold as we only have 14 double rooms.

Lodging is based per person at $50 a night, cost is $150 for all three nights for a shared room, please indicate roomate preferences.

Camping is $50 dollars for the weekend, you will need to bring your own tent but will have access to a bathroom and shower area.

Food Options:
With the purchase of your ticket, included is your meal package. We will provide 8 wholesome, organic, jungle gourmet meals during the weekend, served buffet style. We will make sure there are options to suit a variety of dietary needs. It is recommended to bring snacks for the in between meal times when you may get munchy. Vendors will have some foods for sale, but it is best to come prepared with bars, dried fruits and nuts, etc… We will have a beverage with each meal and herbal teas through out the day. There will be a cash bar available during dinner hours and entertainment includes a cacao and elixir tasting where most treats are included.

• Notes or Comments:
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• Directions:
Bordered by Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the South, Costa Rica is a beautiful and very diverse Central American country located in the Northern Hemisphere within the tropical equatorial belt and rests between both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.Set in the north-central part of the country, Medicines from the Edge is hosted at Termales del Bosque Hotel and Thermal Spa in the San Carlos region, 7 km from the city Ciudad Quesada and 48 km, or about a 45 minute drive from La Fortuna and the well known tourist destination on Volcan Arenal and 2 hours, 87 km from San Jose.



Termales del Bosque Hotel and Thermal Spa
Aguas Zarcas, San Carlos, Costa Rica
View Venue Website


Sarah Wu
View Organizer Website

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