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Friday, November 8, 2013

Medicines from the Edge: a Tropical Herbal Convergence in Costa Rica - 2014

Medicines from the Edge: a Tropical Herbal Convergence

March 28-31, 2014

Termales del Bosque, Hot Spring Resort
Aguas Zarcas, San Carlos, Costa Rica

An herbal gathering to celebrate the diverse abundance of medicines from the tropics. Termales del Bosque Hot Spring Resort, Aguas Zarcas

To celebrate and educate herbalists and plant enthusiasts about the diverse and abundant medicinal plants found in Costa Rica.

David Winston, Rosemary Gladstar, Rosita Arvigo

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, zip-lining through the canopy, excursions to gorgeous waterfalls and Finca Luna Nueva, a biodynamic medicinal plant collection.

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!

Termales del Bosque, Aguas Zarcas, San Carlos, Costa Rica

Hotsprings and geothermal rivers, Termales del Bosque has accomodations for up to 125 people as well as on site camping (must provide your own tent and bedding). Activities include horseback riding, bird watching and excursions to the Arenal Volcano. Hotsprings are included in the Convergence.

Termales del Bosque is about 2 hours outside of San Jose, Costa Rica (airport code SJO). Transportation is not included, though there will be available shuttles, public buses, taxi's and private drivers available.

Off site accommodations available at El Tucano, 5 minutes away via car

Includes all workshops, activities and 8 organic, jungle gourmet organic meals and unlimited hot spring access (Intensives are not included)

$300: Adult (16+)
$225: Senior Citizen (over 65)
$225: Student (with ID)
$150: Kids (under 16)
$150: Costa RIcans & Central Americans

$150 per person
$40 per person for camping (tent & bedding NOT provided)

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