The Edge is where we find the most diversity, the most abundance. On the EDGE is where the species from two different ecosystems meet, where unique species live and where life develops. Whether it is along a waterfront, where the meadow meets the forest or where the continents meet,
here is where we find the most life!
Costa Rica located between North and South America, between two oceans, with numerous microclimates this rich land is home to hundreds of tropical and temperate medicinal plants, trees, fruits and fungi!
Abundant wildlife, inspiring landscape and diverse population all helped develop the country’s most beloved phrase… Pura Vida… Pure LIFE!



Join us for a gathering of herbalists and plant enthusiasts from the Americas to celebrate our diversity, learn and share experiences about the abundant plant medicines found in 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, Afro-Caribbean and Costa Rican traditions used by healers from around the world.

Teachers are from Costa Rica and abroad comprising of folk herbalists, ethnobotanical intellectuals, clinical herbalists, granny healers, kitchen witches, biologists, curanderos, botanists, permaculturists, conservationists and environmental activists.










Sarah is the current Educational Director and On Site Manager of the Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design & Botanical Studies. She leads projects and workshops in nutrition, holistic cooking, women’s retreats and herbal medicine… Prior to arrival at Punta Mona, Sarah was in the organic food world, handling sales for over 125 of the industry leaders in various territories, independent and large accounts. She also managed sales for Kopali Organics, a fair trade, triple bottom line brand, which supports small farming cooperatives in over 7 developing nations on 4 continents. Sarah has been an herbalist for over a dozen years, formally studied Traditional Chinese and …



Stephen is the founder, primary Director and has been living in Punta Mona, Costa Rica since 1995. Stephen was inspired to make a positive impact on the planet started Costa Rican Adventures, an educational eco-tour company striving to raise environmental awareness. Brooks identified the problems facing small farmers and communities in Central America and Costa Rica and wanted to present possible solutions. Punta Mona, founded in 1997 grows over 200 varieties of tropical fruits, nuts and spices, produces all its electrical needs from solar panels and obtains methane gas from the septic system to fuel the kitchen. Thousands of students, interns and guests have been educated at …



Susan Leopold is the current Executive Director of United Plant Savers. She has her Doctorate in Ethnobotany from Antioch, and her Masters in Environment Landscape Design from the Conway School. She has studied Amazonian ethnobotany, and been involved for the past ten years with a traditional medicinal clinic among the Bribri in Talamanca. Susan currently she lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she raises goats and grows medicinal herbs.

Susan is passionate about history and the conservation of our natural history and land stewardship. Susan is an author of educational children’s books, and the former curator of the Mellon Botanical Library.


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