We are opening up our ongoing 4 month series classes for the last section.
Please join us! Additionally we will be doing volunteer medicine making days with Mouna and Morgaine once a week. If you would like to sign up please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ancestral, Folk & Herbalism Series
Wednesdays evening 5:30-7:30 and
Apprentice of Medicine Immersion 50 Hours
Field Trip in Southern Colorado: August 20-22
Medicinal Plants, Sustainable Wild Crafting, Medicine Making
You can register filling out our form online or by calling (914)400-7558
Pat McCabe, Stefan Link, Howard Bachand, Johanna Bordeaux, Emigdio Ballon, Lucy Mccall and Morgaine Witriol
wed 7-Lucy- Celtic Ceremony
sun 11-Lucy- Harvesting and processing barks and roots , the alchemy of medicine making: timing aligned with the stars, medical astrology (class vote on lozenges, lotion, salve, capsules, herbal cocktails and mocktails, etc)
wed 14-Practice Day for students on Manteada Shawl healing
wed 21- Break
20-22 Field Trip with Stefan
sun 25- Morgaine-Jewish Folk Traditions: cupping, amulets, incantations, herbs, energetic cleanings, and energetic protection, the crypto jews of New Mexico and their history
Wed 28-Morgaine: energetic testing to make herbal formulas and flower essences, cupping follow up
1st sunday- Joahanna- Mushroom identification Harvesting and medicinal uses
wed 4-Howard:Lakota Prayer songs and sacred counseling with question and answer time
sun 8- Pat- The belief system of the healer in traditional community
wed 11th- Pat tbd
sun 15- Emigdio- Quechua Ceremony and how to give offerings as prayers, please wear a skirt and bring offerings we will be sitting around a fire. (question and answer time about permaculture solutions available)
wed 18- student presentations + sweat lodge prep
sun 22nd-sweat lodge optional offering to celebrate if students wish to sponsor or fall equinox celebration
Apprentice of Medicine: An In Depth Work-Study With 1 Teacher:
We believe that not everything can be taught in a class room. To truly walk this path is a lifestyle and transmission of reverence, respect and honor comes through experiential learning. Students will have the chance to work in depth with 1 teacher during non class hours. Teachers will engage students in projects and outings, working in gardens or helping them in their private practice. Students will be of service to the community with community projects and community health fair days as well. Each teacher offers a unique and different opportunity depending on their own personal practice with a minimum of 50 hours of immersion in the medicine study outside of class.
Teacher Descriptions & Topics
Humanity: A Traumatized Species On a Healing Journey
The belief system of the healer in traditional community
*Healing cellular memory, historical trauma, and cultural PTSD syndromes, that arise inherently from the dominant paradigm and economic structure.
Pat McCabe is a Diné (Navajo) medicine woman, international speaker, teacher and ceremonial leader. Her parents were part of the government forced boarding school program resulting in an upbringing of strict western academia. She rediscovered and reclaimed her indigenous identity as a young adult, largely with the support and guidance of elders in the Lakota tradition
Topics: Quechua Traditions of the Andes
* 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.
Topic: Medicine Making, Herbalism, Druidic and Celtic Traditions
Lucy started to study astrology and herbalism as a teenager from her aunt. Lucy has been an ongoing student and teacher of medicinal plants and has been teaching 40 of those years; the last 10 at the University of New Mexico. She grows and wild harvests herbs, writes about herbs, paints herbs and has made more than 200 formulas. Her herbal formulas have been in stores across the land and also at Taos Farmers Market 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. Lucy has led and organized many Pagan holidays for the Taos Community.
Topic: Healing in the Lakota Tradition with song, dance & herbs
Lakota Songs for Healing, Permission & Prayer
You can listen to him sing and talk at the sites below:
Howard Badhand is a Lakota Sundance Chief, Intuitive healer, medicine man, 4th generation singer, and author of the book Native American Healing A Lakota Tradition.
"I am a fourth generation singer in my family, and have been that all of my life. I am a lover and not a warrior.
I have been a singer, a composer of sun dance songs, an announcer, a ritualist, healer and intercessor at many different sun dances since 1977. I have seen its revival and its evolution since 1966. I recently had a vision in which all of the medicine people I have encountered in my life were in an Inipi with me and they all told me to finish this dance. What this meant to me was that we must begin and finish this part of the sun dance which is to bring people to peace. The revival of the sun dance was meant to wake the Lakota people up to the path of peace by the humiliation of the warrior's ego. It seems we have done enough of that now, and it is time to do the other part of the dance which is to bring peace. That is the reason, with Ervin Keeswood's blessing and honoring of me, we are beginning and we will finish the High Star Sun Eagle International Sun Dance For Peace."
Native New Mexican Herbalist, Wild Crafter, and Permaculture expert of Chimayo. homesteader, forager, mushroom cultivator, beekeeper, cob builder.
Topic: Jewish Folk Medicine, Herbalism & Reconnecting one’s own Ancestral Traditions as a culturally displaced person.
Morgaine is a lover of medicinal plants and nature. She is a medicine maker, a farmer, a wild crafter, and founder, coordinator and organizer 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.
Stefan Link holistic herbalist, teacher, wild-crafter, apothecary; has been working with plant medicines for over 20 years. His passion is sharing what he has learned about the harmonious relationships between plant medicine and people. Having learned through the Michael Moore tradition of Herbalism in the Southwest, he has worked with: Bear Creek Herbs in Silver City, NM, Just For Health in Denver, Co., Milagro Herbs in Santa Fe, and began Desert mountain Botanicals School of Western Herbalism and Apothecary in 2018. He has wild crafter herbs for numerous companies around the world. He will be leading 2 field trips.
How to pay with sliding scale prices:
We try to make classes affordable to everyone as well as economically viable for teachers. The lower end of the scale applies to people on the lower bracket of income level that would qualify for medicaid. We trust that you will honor our sliding scale policy and make the decision based on your personal ability to offer the proper exchange for classes.
Tribally Affiliated people of NM may pay on a donation basis this can include donations of fruit, food, money, work exchange or something agreed upon by teachers and student.
$1056-2056 for the full course.
$260-500 for Field trip
Options to take classes without apprenticeship at a discounted rate.
All online or over the phone payments will add an additional charge of 2.9% due to 3rd party fees. you can send a check or go to
After registration please pay to secure your spot by paying through venmo, paypal or sending a check. Classes are non-transferable and non-refundable. Please note that classes may be an additional $10 through online payment due to 3rd party transaction fees. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 685, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 or you may pay at paypal.me/nativeroots
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.
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.