Ancestral, Folk, & Indigenous

Medicine: Herbalism and Healing


2 days a week plus an apprentice of medicine direct in depth work-study with 1 teacher, 3-day intensive every month that includes in the field excursions, camping trips

(250+ hours)

Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 and Sundays 10am-3 pm

Topics: Herbalism, Food as Medicine, Medicine Making, Growing Food and Medicine Techniques (Southwest Permaculture), Ecuadorian Movement and Meditations, Curanderismo, Bodywork, Stone Therapy, Lakota Song, Healing with Sound, Free Clinic and Community Clinics

This is a collaboration that will incorporate many cultures and healing modalities of those cultures.

Teachers: Emigdio Ballon, Henriette Gomez,  Ana Chavez, Howard Badhand, Karen Miranda, Lucy McCall, Henrietta Gomez, Tonita Gonzales, Rita Navarette, Morgaine Witriol and More to be announced.

3 day Field Trips will include medicinal plant walks, medicine making and wild harvesting plants that are in abundance. Locations are likely to be at:

  1. Truth or Consequences Hot Spring and medicine harvesting trip May 31-June 2nd

  2. Albuquerque & Taos, NM with Tonita Gonzales, Rita Navarette, Doris July 11-14th

  3. Las Vegas NM /Penasco, NM & Tesuque Permaculture Projects with Emigdio Ballon

  4. Southern Colorado August 16-18

  5. Visit with Flordemayo (To Be Determined)

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 up to 3 teachers 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. Students that apprentice with Howard Badhand will have to opportunity to volunteer at sundance.


Teacher Descriptions & Topics:

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Henrietta Gomez

Topic: Food as Medicine, making herbal salves and teas

Henrietta is from Taos Pueblo and guides the Taos Pueblo Gardening club for youth.  Her family grows corn and she sells blue cornmeal and tamales.  She is a much respected elder in the community.


Howard Badhand

Topic: Healing in the Lakota Tradition with song, dance & herbs, 7 lakota rituals

Lakota Herbs Covered: Bear Medicine (Osha Root), Elk Medicine (Sweet Sicily), Sweetgrass, Sage, Cedar

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."

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 Lucy McCall


Herbalism for animals

Medical Astrology

Reconnecting to European Heritage

Medicine making, herbal plant walks

European Rituals and their commonalities with the Americas with a focus on 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 and celtic holidays for the Taos Community.

Emigdio Ballon

Topics: Growing Medicinal Foods, Quechua Traditions of the Andes

*Pachamama (Earth) blessings

*Permaculture: Drought Resistant Crops and tricks for growing during drought years Identifying Obstacles and Challenges, Seed Collection,

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.

 Tonita Gonzales

Topic: Hands On Healing (Sobadas), Manteadas (Shawl Alignment) , Laugh Therapy, Recognizing & Releasing emotional traumas, generational trauma, Mesoamerican tools for spiritual cleansing, midwifery techniques for pregnancy and birthing, gentrification and appropriation, generational trauma.

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.

Ana Chavez

Topic: Rock & Stones for the Body Navigating Ancestral Intuition

Stones, crystals and bodywork

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.

Morgaine Witriol


Jewish Folk Medicine

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

Medicinal Plant walks

Plant energetics: communicating with the plant ancestors, dosaging for the spirit, flower essences

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.

Pat McCabe


*Humanity: A Traumatized Species On a Healing Journey 

*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

Thomas Anthony Chávez, PhD

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). 

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 and will be leading 2 field trips.

Johanna Boudreux

Guided Medicinal plant walk

Native New Mexican herbalist, homesteader and agriculturalist of Chimayo, NM. Cofounder of Zia Energetics Permaculture Institute. Lover of eating wild foods, wild harvesting, mushroom harvester, and bee keeper.

How to pay with sliding scale prices:

We try to make classes affordable to everyone as well as economically viable for teachers. We ask that you pay within a spectrum of $3000-$3700 for the full course. 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.

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