Have you ever wanted to be in service, gaining hands on experience in herbal medicine and acute care? In the high paced, high vibe setting of Envision Festival, herbal students of all levels get to learn and practice, with the 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.

This is our fourth year offering the Herbal First Aid Clinic training, proudly working with the MASHH collective, this training sets herbal students on the road to being trusted healing hands in their communities, making them valuable assets to relief efforts and gives them the embodied confidence in the power of the medicinal plants!  

Students will be a part of the Village Witches Theme camp, living on site at Rancho la Merced for the duration of the training and event weekend. Participants have seven days of class, followed by five days of practice, working adjacent to Medic and the Zendo.

  • General Admission into Envision Festival 
  • Daily Classes & Course Instruction Sarah Wu & Co-Facilitators
  • 40 Hours of Clinic Herbal Training
  • Admison into Envision Festival 
  • Reserved Camping & Access to Village Witches Theme Camp
  • Private Showers & Bathrooms
  • Apothecary Self Care Bag
  • Access to Solo Bueno VIP & Artist Lounge
  • Herbal Apothecary and Lounge: Private Brew Your Own Tea Lounge, 
  • CommuniTea Time each evening: Mate ceremony, regenerative stimulants, alternatives to coffee & more

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!”  

Materia Medica for a Regenerative Lifestyle

A review of the plant families and therapeutics most effective for land regeneration and internal resilience.to Joanna and WTR, group

Herbal Clinic Countdown

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Tuesday, Feb. 19

Day 1 Arrive

Students may arrive to site between 4 – 6pm.

We will welcome you to your Envision home and show you to your camp as you mingle with your new friends and classmates!

Dinner is not included that night, so please make sure to have a little something before arrival. 

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Day 2 Opening Circle & Introduction

We will take some time to explore why we are here, what our journey on the good medicine path has been up until now, what we expect to give and receive from this profound experience, along with more introductory topics.

We will conclude with a site walk as we begin to introduce plants and review what working in an Herbal First Aid Clinic is like.

Site walks will surely become one of your favorite pre-event activities.

February 21-26 

Days 3-8

Class will be held from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and again from 2:30 – 5:30pm.

Each morning will begin with a general Question and Answer about the previous day and about general herbal medicine practices.

During your break time you are free to eat lunch, relax, and explore!

The beach is always calling.

Feb. 22-March 3

Days 9-13

Students will be a part of the Envision Crew!

Offering a deeply enriching service to the festival participants, staff, talent, and other volunteers.

Working only four hour shifts each day in the clinic, we will be open from 8am – 10pm.

Students are encouraged to communicate with and observe the talented practices in the Medical Tent as well as in Harm Reduction. 

Monday, March 4

Day 14 Closing Circle & Departure

We will all participate in the dismantling (Striking) of the space and have a Closing Circle to reflect on the experience we shared, where we will go from here, what our biggest inspirations and challenges of being a working herbalist are, and general course feedback

Students can plan on leaving site around 2pm.

SARAH WU

Envision Festival co-founder, curator of Educational Experience and Village Witch, Sarah Wu is a practicing herbalist of 18 years, working the last ten in Costa Rica. With a foundation in Permaculture, she integrates Traditional Chinese Medicine with Wise Women Western Herbalism, working with a diverse planetary apothecary.  

Passionate about empowering people to practice herbalism, Sarah created the Envision Herbal Clinic as a replicable integrated acute care model for students to learn while connecting to their creativity and global community. Sarah will be teaching various classes throughout the training as adjunct faculty.

LALA PALMIERI

Laura “Lala” Palmieri is a working herbalist and educator. A trained botanist and biologist, Lala’s diverse herbal practice ranges from community first aid in the Caribbean jungles of Costa Rica and the mountains of Lake Atitlan and Guatemala City, to relief efforts and first aid event clinics in Guatemala.  

Lala has extensive knowledge of tropical ecology and has been integral in the formation and management of the Envision Herbal Clinic. Lala is a Lead in the clinic and an adjunct faculty member for the workshop.

LAUREL PEÑA

Laurel Peña, a Paramedic and clinical herbalist, works in a Tribal clinic and helps run a volunteer ambulance service in a remote Northern California town.  

Her passion for teaching comes from a desire to empower people in regards to their own healthcare especially in underserved populations and places. She offers trainings ranging from community CPR classes to full EMT certifications and Wilderness First Aid / First Responder courses. Laurel is the lead faculty member of the workshop and will not be present for the event clinic.

DIXIE PAULINE

Dixie Pauline is a Clinical, Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild (RhAHG). Dixie is dedicated to exploring the use of plant medicines to promote healing from individual and collective trauma that is related to oppression.  

As a long time, grassroots organizer, Dixie is inspired by work that connects healing and transformation with organizing for justice and collective liberation. She is trained as a Wilderness First Responder, volunteers with MASHH, provides herbal education, first aid and wellness clinics at large outdoor gatherings, resistance campaigns, and disaster zones on the West Coast of the United States. Dixie has maintained a medicinal herbal practice in Lisjan/Ohlone Territory, known as the San Francisco Bay Area, since 2008. Dixie is a Lead in the clinic and an adjunct faculty member for the workshop.

LINDSEY BURNELL

Lindsey Burnell is a bright eyed and passionate clinical herbalist who has been immersed in the world of plants since she was a young girl, tending food and herb gardens with her parents in Southern California. She guided outdoor adventures while completing her college degree in Psychology and Environmental Studies at Sonoma State University from 2002-2006.  

Lindsey holds an integral part in co-creating the Herbal First Aid and Wellness Clinic for the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium, as well as several other events for over a decade. She is a member of the MASHH Collective and lives in West Sonoma County. Lindsey is a Lead in the herbal clinic for the event.

ABOUT M.A.S.H.H

Medicine For All Seeking Health and Healing (M.A.S.H.H.) is a non-profit Collective dedicated to returning medicine to the hands of the people. MASHH provides herbal first aid and wellness clinics at events throughout the West Coast of the United States.

We envision a world where sustainable, affordable, holistic health care is accessible to all and healthcare is truly treated as a right. We envision a world where sustainable, affordable, holistic healthcare is accessible to all while sustaining the biodiversity of the planet. We envision a world in which the health of the planet’s ecosystems is protected for future generations, a vision of a world where healthcare is truly treated as a right.

We believe that together we can move towards vibrant communities and a healthy planet, a just economy, and a better future for all. We believe that fundamental social change is not only possible, but deeply necessary. Our vision is to completely transform the current disease-centered model of healthcare in the U.S. and abroad into a proactive, integrative & holistic medicine paradigm of healthcare!

ABOUT VILLAGE WITCHES

The Village Witches are a group of men and women working in the therapeutic arts, focusing on the ethical use of bio-regionally wild crafted, regenerative and organically grown medicinal plants, trees and mushrooms. We believe in the cultivation of the human-earth relationship as the basis for wellness and healing. With a foundation in permaculture, we practice from a whole systems perspective, offering appropriate protocols and action plans for the individual’s need.  

The intent of the Village Witches is to provide a web of healing services, educational opportunities, choices for conscious consumption and grounded spiritual connection, through transformational events, community networking, collaboration and relief efforts in Latin America and the United States.

Envision Festival

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

General Admission Entry & Reserved Camping is included with your retreat purchase (Bring Your Own Tent option below). Seeking a more luxurious camping or glamping experience during Envision Festival? Explore our abundance of additional premium lodging and camping options.

Herbal First Aid Clinic Training

Bring-Your-Own-Tent (Reserved Camping Spot Only)

  • General Admission into Envision Festival 
  • Reserved Camping Spot: Stress free arrival to Envision Festival with reserved camping with like-minded neighbors. 
  • Daily Classes & Course Instruction Sarah Wu & Co-Facilitators
  • 40 Hours of Clinic Herbal Training
  • Access to Village Witches Theme Camp & Reserved Camping spot in shaded area
  • Private Showers & Bathrooms
  • Apothecary Self Care Bag: 
  • Access to Solo Bueno VIP & Artist Lounge
  • Herbal Apothecary and Lounge
  • CommuniTea Time During Festival: Mate ceremony, regenerative stimulants, alternatives to coffee & more  

$1,499/per person

Herbal First Aid Clinic Training

Ready-Set-Camp (Pre-Set Tent & Bedding) 

  • General Admission into Envision Festival 
  • Ready-Set-Camp: Pre-set tent with double sized mattress pad, pillows, linens, chair and rug 
  • Daily Classes & Course Instruction Sarah Wu & Co-Facilitators
  • 40 Hours of Clinic Herbal Training
  • Access to Village Witches Theme Camp & Reserved Camping spot in shaded area
  • Private Showers & Bathrooms
  • Apothecary Self Care Bag
  • Access to Solo Bueno VIP & Artist Lounge
  • Herbal Apothecary and Lounge
  • CommuniTea Time During Festival: Mate ceremony, regenerative stimulants, alternatives to coffee & more


$1,724/per person

Permaculture & Herbal Medicine Retreat & Village Withes Theme Camp

  •  General Admission Entry into Envision Festival  
  • Reserved Camping Spot: Stress free arrival to Envision Festival with reserved camping with like-minded neighbors. 
  • 2 full days pre-festival retreat classes & workshops led by herbalist Penny Livingston & Sarah Wu 
  • 3 Local Meals a Day: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)'
  • Access to Village Witches Theme Camp
  • Private Showers & Bathrooms
  • Apothecary Self Care Bag: 
  • Waterfall Excursion  
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Ground Transportation to/from Airport
  • Access to Solo Bueno VIP Lounge
  • Herbal Apothecary and Lounge: Private Brew Your Own Tea Lounge
  • CommuniTea Time each evening: Mate ceremony, regenerative stimulants, alternatives to coffee & live talks  


$1,500/per person

Village Witches Theme Camp Only

  • General Admission into Envision Festival 
  • Reserved Camping Spot 
  • Theme Camp Showers & Bathrooms
  • Access to Solo Bueno VIP Lounge
  • Herbal Apothecary and Lounge: Private Brew Your Own Tea Lounge
  • CommuniTea Time each evening: Mate ceremony, regenerative stimulants, alternatives to coffee & live talks 
  • Apothecary Demos by the Village Witches Apothecary Self Care Bag


$700/per person