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Medicines from the Edge: a Tropical Herbal Convergence – Aguas Zarcas, Costa Rica

July 17, 2013
A friend, Stephen Brooks, recently contacted me with information on an enthnobotanical / medicinal plant convergence he is coordinating next March in Costa Rica. This will undoubtedly be a fascinating and highly educational event for anyone interested in ethnobotany and or related subjects (plants, permaculture, agroforestry, anthropology, ethnopharmacology, natural history, etc). Below I have posted some additional information on the event and relevant links.
Take a look at the website and feel free to contact the organizers at with any questions you may have.The information below is quoted from the Convergence website.


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.

March 28-31, 2014
Termales del Bosque, Hot Spring Resort
Aguas Zarcas, San Carlos, Costa Rica

Featuring: David Winston, Rosemary Gladstar, Rosita Arvigo

In permaculture, the Edge is the most diverse and abundant place. It is where the species from two different 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 micro-climates 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!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. July 18, 2013 10:08:42 am

    Reblogged this on Whistling Kite Collective and commented:
    How fantastic would it be to attend a conference like this one? If you are in Costa Rica in March, how about you drop past?

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