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.
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!
Please see Teachers and Workshops page for a full list of classes as they are added to the page. Thanks!
Confirmed teachers with many more to be added: Rosita Arvigo, Rosemary Gladstar, Jane Bothwell, Kathleen Harrison, Tom Newmark, Kathleen Maier, Sara Wu Brooks, Stephen Brooks, Rafa Ocampo, Luis Poveda, Veronica Gordon, Maria Fernanda, Carla Perez, Ulises Nercis.
Termales del Bosque, Cuidad Queseda, 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 price for 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. (Please free free to use our Facebook page to look for rideshares.)
Off site accommodations available at El Tucano, 5 minutes away via car, shuttles provided
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
Limited Availability: We are offering a friends ticket, sign up with a friend and save 50 dollars, cost is $700 dollars and includes two tickets to the convergence and a room with two beds for all three nights! 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 $12 a night per person, cost is $36 , you will need to bring your own tent but will have axcess to a bathroom and shower area.