Traditional Latino Herbalism Intensive Course

November 5 – 11,  2018

Latin America has a rich herbal history, combining the ancient wisdom of four cultural traditions – Indigenous, European, African and Asian, into one holistic yet diverse system of healing. Meet with more than ten local folk medicine practitioners, ethnobotanists and conservationists who are working with medicine plants and explore with them the many sides of Latino herbalism. This advanced course covers history, politics and sustainability, as well as practical applications, recipes and scientific botanical theory.

This week long course includes two all day field trips or two 3-hour workshops per day, as well opportunities for private study, individual experimentation and community building. Hidden Garden provides an ideal location for visiting local healers, touring the rainforest or researching rare books in our library and reading in the hammock. Our staff offers a unique blend of tools and knowledge and all of the classes are dynamic and interactive. Includes 8 nights lodging at Hidden Garden, 2 healthy meals/day and all course activities. Open only to herbalists, holistic practitioners and apprentices. Certificate of completion can be used towards the advanced level of the Traditional Latino Medicine Practioner Training.

Hidden Garden creates authentic, culturally-appropriate learning experiences. This includes a constant scheduling flexibility to include new opportunities, weather changes or what we call “Caribbean Time”. The teachers of this course range from the country’s top authors, to local villagers who have never taught in a classroom setting. Please begin your studies right now in our online library – enter the search term TLH to see the course list.


Cost:  Before September 15th: $1150 or after September 15th: $1350

Course Highlights:

  • Study closely with two of Costa Rica’s top ethnobotanical authors – Rafael Ocampo and Jane Segleau Earle
  • Medicine Plant Tour with Ricardo Morales López, Awa (Medicine Man) de la comunidad Bribri de Kacha`bli (Talamanca)
  • Healing Drinks Tour of Puerto Viejo
  • Make your own plant medicine
  • Tour a catalogued home garden and a large-scale conservation/exportation farm
  • Deepen your understanding of cultural contexts of healing and empower your role in creating communities of educational health freedom
  • Experience the healing power of Costa Rica’s medicinal plants with infusions, spiritual cleansers, culinary medicines, aromatherapy, topical applications and more…
  • Small group size allows for personalized learning and lots of q&a time
  • Delicious natural meals included, showcasing Latino Food Medicine

Sample Course Schedule:


Introduction to Latin American Herbalism Rachel Thomas
Chinese Herbal Medicine Sarah Wu
Tour Limon Ethnobotanical Projects Rafael Ocampo
Medicinal Plant Preparation Olga Lesmes Ramirez
Entheogenic Plants & Spiritual Medicine Jane Segleau Earle
Environmental, Political & Economic Context Jane Segleau Earle
Traditional European Herbalism Ancel Mitchell
Talamanca Indigenous Medicine Tour Ricardo Morales
   To villages of Cachabri and Watsi Timoteo Jackson
Community Videography – Bush Fuh Story Rich Coast Project
Afro-Caribbean Bush Medicine Tour Wilfred Cornwall
Healing Drinks Walking Tour (includes Farmers Market)
Practicing Latino Herbalism Rachel Thomas

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