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Traditional Plant Medicine Class

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Experience hosted by Ancel

2.5 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
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Up to 8 people
Includes drinks

What you'll do

Starting at the gate of our organic farm you’ll meet several well known and respected plant species. We’ll continue through our collection of medicinal plants. This is a solid introduction to the traditional uses of rainforest plants and herbs; we’ll cover local and introduced species well as those used by local healers. The forest is a living organism and each species fills a particular role in the overall ecology. Stories and folklore of the local cultures confirm this understanding and you’ll leave full of tales and knowledge of these special rainforest plants.
Other things to note
This is a walk along rough paths. There will be vines, roots and insects. Comfortable shoes and being comfortable walking on trails are a must.
Starting at the gate of our organic farm you’ll meet several well known and respected plant species. We’ll continue through our collection of medicinal plants. This is a solid introduction to the traditional uses of rainforest plants and herbs; we’ll cover local and introduced species well as those used by local healers. The forest is a living organism and each species fills a particular role in the overall ecology. Stories and folklore of the lo…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Water or herbal tea.

Meet your host, Ancel

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 49 Reviews
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I’ve been living and working in this forest reserve and farm for the last 12 years, and teaching medicinal plant and forest dweller classes for most of that time. Working with indigenous BriBri and local Afro-Caribbean healers has given me plenty of experience and understanding to share. I typically teach on many retreats as well as offering classes from a couple of hours to week long immersions. This is a great way to experience the rainforest through its plants and the traditions and stories of its peoples.
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From $46
/ person
Fri, 23 Apr
$50 per person
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Join 2 other guests
$50 per person
Tue, 27 Apr
$46 per person
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Join 3 other guests
$46 per person

Where you'll be

The rainforest is a special place, it’s a seething mass of life with the greatest biodiversity on the planet, yet delicate in its complexity. We’ll be walking through areas where we’ll find plants that are steeped in traditional use and folklore. Plants that are still used on a daily basis by local people and healers. The forest is a magical place, step into it and experience it for yourself.

Rated 4.92 out of 5 from 49 reviews.

Dyonne
February 2021
The plant tour at Finca Isla with Ancel is very informative, and creative. She inspires you to contemplate the characteristics of the plant in a nuanced way that not only makes this tour uniquely fun, but assists in retaining the plant knowledge. Highly recommend if you love plants, and how humans here historically use them.
The plant tour at Finca Isla with Ancel is very informative, and creative. She inspires you to contemplate the characteristics of the plant in a nuanced way that not only makes thi…
Rene
February 2021
This was a fascinating experience. Ancel walks you through her botanical working farm and explains the nature and benefits of a di erse selection of plants. Now i want to learn more!
Michael
March 2020
If you have any desire to learn more about nature and gain understanding of the local plant life in Puerto Viejo then book this experience. Ancel was welcoming, warm and had a endless amount of knowledge. This was truly an incredible experience and I highly recommend it.
If you have any desire to learn more about nature and gain understanding of the local plant life in Puerto Viejo then book this experience. Ancel was welcoming, warm and had a endl…
Sheryl
February 2020
A wonderful and unusual encounter with the nature of plants. The workshop is exceptionally well-organized, original, fun, and ´interactive’. Ancel shares insights, stories, and wisdom gleaned from years of experience in traditional plant healing. Don’t forget to ask about her high vibrational artisanal chocolate (which she sells in the market in Puerto Vuejo on Saturday mornings!)
A wonderful and unusual encounter with the nature of plants. The workshop is exceptionally well-organized, original, fun, and ´interactive’. Ancel shares insights, stories, and wi…
Laura
January 2020
Ancel shares her deep knowledge of plant medicine with her community in a welcoming, beautiful way. Her class is dynamic, personal and flows smoothly. I use herbal remedies regularly in my healing practice and I learned a lot from Ancel.
Iris
January 2020
Ancel has a beautiful way of interacting with plants and explaining them to her guest. She makes exploring and getting to know plants fun and interesting. Great detail on the different types of herbs and medicinal plants... sours vs bitters, etc.
Ancel has a beautiful way of interacting with plants and explaining them to her guest. She makes exploring and getting to know plants fun and interesting. Great detail on the diff…

Choose from available dates

2 available
  • Fri, 23 Apr
    2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $50 per person
  • Tue, 27 Apr
    2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Join 3 other guests
    $46 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 15 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Notebook and pen

Camera