The clinical week experience is a 5-day clinical class and exercise for herbalists in the intermediate herbal medic program. This is a chance not only to learn and apply clinical skills as an individual, but also how to set up and run a clinic as a team.

This is an excellent clinical experience in a foreign country for herbalism students who want to experience setting up and running herbal clinics abroad, but are new to the experience and apprehensive about being in a foreign country.

The community we will be working with is a Mennonite community. They are an agricultural town and you might not be able to tell that you’re outside of a farming town somewhere in Pennsylvania or the Midwest when driving through it. The Mennonites speak low-German, some speak high-German, many speak English and some speak Spanish. We will have translators available for those who speak only low-German.

This community has many health-care needs, and some of the older community is very poor and medically very underserved. They are all very open to herbal medicine of course, and Katia has been working with them for the past few years, to help them create doulas and midwife-herbalists.


This 5-day intensive costs $500.

Food, transportation and lodging will cost an additional $220 (total cost for the week is $720). This covers all of the transportation from El Paso to Cuauhtémoc and back (as well as transportation while in Cuauhtémoc), all food and lodging (guest rooms in personal homes) for the week. Food and lodging cost comes to a little less than $35 per day (see “FOOD” below for further information) The $220 is due either in cash or money order at the start of the week. We will collect this in El Paso before departing to Cuauhtémoc.

Students will want to bring a small amount of spending money ($50-$200), which can be exchanged in country if wanted. We will have enough pesos on hand to exchange for the trip down, for convenience store items if needed.

A $250 deposit is required to hold a spot in this clinical week.


Students will meet on Sunday, 1/17/2016 in El Paso (at a hotel near the border crossing and not far from the airport) at 11AM and finish by 1/22/2016 in the evening back in El Paso.  Cuauhtémoc is about a 4-5 hour drive from El Paso, and shuttle vehicles driven by people from the community we will be working with, will be transporting us to and from. Transportation from the El Paso airport to the hotel we will be meeting at, can be provided either by hotel shuttle or by one of us.


During this clinical week experience students will perform intake, prepare and run an apothecary and possibly administer first aid. At a minimum a first aid section of the clinic will need to be set up.

Daily round table discussion and plan for the day will occur each morning over breakfast.

Throughout the day, students will perform full subjective and objective intakes on clients, write up SOAP notes, practice clinical assessment skills, discuss assessments and protocols possibly administer first aid and present work at an end-of-day roundtable discussion. Students will also prepare, stock and maintain a working apothecary throughout the week, which may include preparing special protocols for clients, and possibly teaching a short class to others.


Participants will need to be respectful of the culture. Female participants will need to dress conservatively (no low cut shirts or high cut skirts). Male participants are encouraged to dress ‘work casual’. No shorts, no flashy jewelry, no exposed tattoos or piercings. Cleanliness is a highly valued virtue here.


In addition to the usual herbal clinic, those folks who have completed in Doula / Emergency Birth Worker training will set up a Maternity Clinic adjacent to the Herbal Clinic. This will be set up as it would be in a Disaster Situation, but to only provide prenatal care.


No accommodation can be made for vegetarians, vegans or those who cannot enjoy a heavy cream diet—bring your own food if that is the case. Mennonite food can be very heavy. We can request salads and protein, but I know they just can’t help themselves….they will feed us rich food. One of the favorites for January cold weather is Noodle Soup – a very rich chicken broth soup with lots of homemade noodles. There are also restaurants that are reasonable in each campo (community). The Mennonite restaurants are very clean and you can get a decent meal if needed.


Students attending this 5-day clinical experience must have taken either the 10-day Wilderness Herbal First Responder course or the Herbal Medic Basic (Level 1) course.  Students who are a part of an herbal medicine program from a different school are welcomed to apply to take this clinical week experience, if the Core Basic (either Urban or Primitive) have been taken at The Human Path.  Please email us to confirm before registering.



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