Summer Intensives

University of New Mexico Taos Credits offered forJuly courses must register through them under HED 293, HAHA 293, NATV, and ANTH

June 19th- Medicinal Plant walk with Rob Hawley owner of Taos Herb Company

July 13-14: Doris Ortiz Mexican Herbalism Traditions

July 21-24: Tonita and Rita on Curanderismo through body and spirit

July 25-30: Ancestral, Folk, & Indigenous Medicine: Herbalism, Permaculture, Bodywork, and Traditional Healing Modalities of the Celtic, Jewish, and New Mexican People

June 19th- Medicinal Plant Walk


9:15-12:45 come join Rob Hawley as he leads us on a medicinal plant walk/drive through the Taos mountains. Cost $35 Rob is co-owner of Taos Herb company manufactures over 300 herbal products which they sell in their retail store and wholesale these products to natural food stores. In 1984 he began teaching local wild medicinal plant identification and lecturing. He has lectured in the public schools, for garden clubs, historical societies, elder hostels and the University Of New Mexico Medical School. As an herbalist he is familiar with and uses plants from all over the globe. Specifically he is familiar with the ethno-botanical medicine of the Hispanic northern New Mexico. His knowledge comes to him through self-teaching and the shared wisdom of elder Hispanic folks of Northern New Mexico as well as Michael Moore.

July 13-14 Doris Ortiz:

Doris is an herbalist from Mexico that is one of Tonita’s teachers. She will share on herbal remedies used in the Mexican traditions with a focus on herbal medicine for the nervous system, grief, panic attacks, sleep, emotional trauma and for pregnancy and birthing.


July 21-24: Tonita Gonzales & Rita Navarette 10 am-3pm

Curanderismo through body and spirit a curandera’s Toolbelt of healing modalities

Manteadas (Shawl Alignment), Laugh Therapy, Recognizing & Releasing emotional traumas, midwifery techniques for pregnancy and birthing, gentrification and appropriation

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. Tonita Gonzales: Traditional Healer, Curandera, Sobadora, Yerbera, Temazcalera Tonita received her Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics, and Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design from The American University in Washington DC. She recently completed her studies of Traditional Medicine at the University of Mexico, Morelos, at Centro de Desarollo Humano Hacia La Comunidad. She completed her diplomados (diplomas) in Acupuncture, Medicinal Plants, Massage (Sobadas), and Temazcal (Mexica sweatlodge),. In addition, Tonita worked side-by-side with several different Curanderos through-out Mexico. She was honored to be asked to be an apprentice with Rita Navarrete Perez. Tonita worked in Rita’s Clinic and Temazcal in Mexico City, and School/Clinic in Jilotepec Mexico, which focuses on women survivors of Domestic Violence. She continues to work with Rita, and is grateful to have such an amazing Maestra (teacher) in her life.

Tonita is a resident of Albuquerque’s North Valley, and attended Valley High School. Her family is from Gonzales Ranch, NM, south of Las Vegas NM. She attributes her curiosity about plants and alternative medicine to her mother. Her mother used medicinal plants to heal different ailments. Tonita always had an inquisitive mind, and wanted to know how things worked. In 1994, when she began to have assorted illnesses and varied diagnosis, she wanted scientific answers, and turned to allopathic medicine. However, it was only with traditional medicine that she was able to heal. She learned through life experiences that true healing comes from being balanced Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually. This is why she feels she is finally listening to her soul and practicing Traditional Medicine. Her goal is to teach others to heal themselves. She understands that everyone needs to be accountable for their own healing and happiness. People simply need guidance, confidence, awareness and the tools to meet their goals. Her main goal is to work with the community providing treatments, and classes on traditional healing. Although she is inspired by different aspects of traditional medicine, her true passion is for the Temazcal She believes the root of all imbalances start with emotions, and with the Temazcal you can begin to heal your emotions.

Tonita recognizes that her road to healing began by first healing herself, and now is committed to teaching others. The path of a Traditional Healer is a life long journey, one she wholeheartedly embraces. She excitingly looks forward to future learning and continued growth.

July 25-30th Ancestral, Folk & Indigenous Herbalism and Healing Advanced Intensives

Teachers: Emigdio Ballon,  Ana Chavez, Henrietta Gomez, Lucy Mccall and Morgaine Witriol

 Tribally Affiliated people of NM may pay on a donation basis

Teacher Descriptions & Topics:

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Henrietta Gomez

Sunday July 28th

Tour of Taos Pueblo with Henrietta Gomez. Henrietta will talk story, and share with students the traditional foods and teas as medicine and cover her take on generational gaps.  


Emigdio Ballon

Tuesday July 30th

Topics: Quechua Traditions of the Andes & Permaculture in the Southwest

* land based spirituality and rituals for land blessings

*Permaculture: designing land/climate based farm and garden designs, medicinal crops and agriculture of the high altitude desert and south west farming solutions to ongoing obstacles including drought, disease and productivity, seed preservation techniques.

Emigdio Ballon is Quechua, from Bolivia, a decendent of the Inca people. He employs traditional Quechua techniques and rituals when he works with food and herbs as medicine.  He is the director of the Institute of Natural and Traditional Knowledge and the Agricultural Director of the Pueblo of Tesuque, and Board President of Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute.

He earned his Bachelors degree in agriculture at Major Bolivian University of Saint Simon in Cochabamba, Bolivia and his Masters degree in plant genetics in Colombia. He studied for his Doctorate at Colorado State University. As a plant geneticist he has specialized in research on quinoa and amaranth grains and has published many articles about them in both South and North America.

Emigdio has served as an organic certification inspector in the United States and has made many presentations at major conferences on agriculture. He has studied principles of bio-dynamic farming at the Josephine Porter Institute of Applied Bio-Dynamics and continues to study and make presentations at various seminars.

In his little free time, Emigdio pursues research into germination techniques for a wide variety of crops, including traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs and herbs indigenous to Northern New Mexico. His other interests include seed saving and sharing, bio-dynamic and organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices. He is also involved with Native American organizations which stress the importance of seed saving and promote the revival and continuation of traditional crops, both nutritional and medicinal. He employs traditional Quechua techniques and rituals which he learned at his grandfather’s side as a boy in Bolivia.

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Ana Chavez

Friday July 26th

Topic: Rock, Salt & Stone Therapy: the elemental energetics of Hands on Healing

Ana Chavez is a New Mexican Sobadora (native hands on bodyworker). She recognized at an early age that she was a conduit for healing energy and learned the healing traditions from both of her grandmothers. Focusing that energy, Ana investigated traditional forms of healing, studied modern massage, anatomy, and physiology, and received training in polarity therapy, shiatsu, and other healing modalities.

She is skilled in working with people with disabilities and chronic conditions. Ana is also a personal trainer and she teaches Aqua Pilates and yoga.

Lucy McCall

Saturday July 27th


Medicinal plant walk, flower essences and exploring plant energetics

European Rituals and their commonalities with the Americas

Time Permitting Herbalism for Animals

Lucy started to study astrology at 16 years of age and herbs at 17 years of age she had an aunt that taught her a lot of the stars.  Various other people on the herb path that she met taught her, so almost 50 years of study have been teaching 40 of those years and the last 10 at UNM. She grows herbs,  writes about herbs, paints herbs and has made about 200 formulas.  They have been in stores across the land before the world got strange about herbs.   She has come to the herbs mainly through the European version and has learned some of other Traditions along the way.

Tom Chavez

Thursday July 25

Topic: Appropriation vs. Appreciation, How Ritual and Ceremony can be defined, Psycho-Social Functions of Rituals, RAICES model for integration of Western and Indigenous/Ancestral healing practices

Thomas Anthony Chávez, PhD grew up in the beautiful Española Valley of Northern New Mexico with extended family from the Chimayo and Vallecitos communities. He received his BA in psychology and MA in counselor education at the University of New Mexico, completing his PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, he is a faculty member in the Counselor Education program at the University of New Mexico. He teaches masters and doctoral level coursework in Multiculturalism in the Helping Professions, Child and Adolescent Counseling, School Counseling, Professional Orientation and Ethics, and Group Counseling. His scholarly work focuses on Latino issues addressing youth and family wellness, identity, mental health among undocumented/immigrant populations, culturally-responsive intervention, and integration of traditional modes of healing (Curanderismo of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest). 

Morgaine Witriol

Monday July 29th


Jewish Folk Medicine and bodywork: students will learn Cupping

Reconnecting one’s own Ancestral Traditions as a culturally displaced person

Herbalism for the spirit body

Morgaine is a lover of medicinal plants and nature. She is a medicine maker, a farmer, a wild crafter, and founder of Native Roots. Morgaine has a private practice doing bodywork, sound healing, and physical and emotional trauma release. She lived in Belize and had the opportunity to apprentice tropical medicine with one of the most revered medicine men in the country the late Don Heriberto Cocom for 8 months. She also studied at the Northwest School for Botanical Studies, The Dandelion Center, California School for Herbal Studies, The Dhyanna Center, Blue Otter School, Acutonics Institute for Integrative Medicine, Ethnic Studies and Anthropology at the University of Colorado and continues to her studies of mayan medicine in Guatemala with Don Reginaldo Chayeux. She has collaborated for 9 years with his Nonprofit Association to support the protection of the fully Mayan run rainforest Reserve Bio Itza and brings groups of students to study with him. Morgaine has recognized the importance of honoring healing modalities of all cultures and especially the ones of our own tradition even if they have been forgotten by a few generations. She grew up with Latino Immigrants as her closest friends and community and found herself easily honoring the elders that still remembered their own language, their own healing modalities and traditions from that community. It was a journey of many years before she started to look deeper into reclaiming the healing practices of the ancestral traditions that she came from and hopes to share with all people of European decent to remember to honor their own ancestors, to connect to the land and the people that are currently practicing and keeping the context of European tribal healing traditions alive today. She hopes to create a safe space to bridge the gap generational knowledge and cultural similarities and healing tools to encourage self healing and community healing.


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$580-960 full series (12 days)

$285-380 6 day series

$300-600 4 day series

$90-190 2 day series

1 day Herb walk $35

Tribally Affiliated people of NM may pay on a donation basis this can include donations of fruit, food, money, or whatever you feel the teacher would appreciate. 

An additional charge of 2.9 % will be included when paying through paypal or over the phone. Feel free to reserve your spot by going to

Accommodation Options:

Housing is not included however you can stay at the Abominable Snowmansion for a discounted price.  Please speak directly with Amu for the discount. They offer private, shared and camping options. They have beautiful gardens and farming grounds and the owner is an acupuncturist, herbalist and avid farmer.

Accommodations with Lucy McCall through airbnb call 5756133502 for details

Getting here

Taos is about 1.5 hours from the Santa Fe Airport and 3 hours from Albuquerque Airport. You can take to twin hearts shuttle to get here.