Folk, Farm & Forest Youth Camp
July 23-29, Ages 12-17 9-2:30 pm at Sol Feliz Farm
Focus on permaculture, medicinal plants, folk traditions, music, storytelling, adventure
Students will adventure into the mountains to explore medicinal plants, participate in permaculture & farming projects, explore food as medicine, folklore, music, art, games, fun, explore land based spirituality, and have a chance to engage in the great multicultural traditions of the surrounding area.
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Teachers: Margaret Garcia, Miguel Santistevan, Shirley Trujillo, Alexandra Grejeda, Morgaine Witriol
Henrietta is from Taos Pueblo and guides the Taos Pueblo Gardening club for your. Her family grows corn and she sells cornmeal and tamales. She is a much respected elder in the community and we are fortunate to have her share time and fun with the youth for a day.
B.S. is a mother, wife, a local hierbera, and food scientist. She was raised in the mountains of Northern New Mexico where her family has lived for 12 generations. Her family taught her to identify local herbs and how to use herbs and food as medicines. Margaret is passionate about the maintenance of traditional land-based knowledge and culture, especially food and herbs. She and her husband, Miguel Santistevan, live in Taos, NM with their two daughters. They maintain a conservation farm, called Sol Feliz Farm, where many visitors have participated in educational presentations, tours and hands-on workshops.
Miguel Santistevan is the Founder and Director of AIRE (Agriculture Implementation Research & Education: www.growfarmers.org). He has a Master's Degree in Agriculture Ecology and Certifications in Permaculture and ZERI. He runs a small acequia-irrigated farm called Sol Feliz where he teaches topics on the conservation of traditional agriculture, soils, seeds, and water. He has given many presentations on these topics and has been featured in documentaries about acequias, New Mexico chile and GMOs, and soil management to address Climate Change.
Alexandra aka Citlalmina (as known in her Kalpulli), has been a self studied and certified community herbalist for the past 8 years. Her studies began in learning about European herbology and wild crafting. Over the past two years has her knowledge of medicinal plants expanded to Western/South Western herbs, as she aspired to get closer to her Mexika roots through this plant knowledge and other ancient wisdoms of herbal midwifery.
Alexandra currently works a Southwestern Herbology teacher for Taos Municipal schools-enjoying her time with 4th and 5th graders- in hopes of inspiring the children to hone in on their local medicinal plant knowledge and deeper ancestral wisdom.
Alexandra has been deeply involved in her studies as an apprentice in Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin with CC and D'Santiago Nava for a little over a year. She is also a dedicated dansante of 1 year with Tanya Ocana Vigil, her capitana, in Taos.
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.
Morgaine Witriol is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, and intuitive healer. She works to remove energetic and emotional blockages from the body that often contribute to physical ailments and disease, allowing the body to heal itself. Morgaine apprenticed with the late Mayan medicine man Don Heriberto Cocom in the rainforest of Belize and Grandma Muna, an herbalist and acupuncturist in Taos, NM. She continued her studies at the Northwest School for Botanical Studies, California School of Herbal Studies, The Blue Otter School, The Dandelion Herbal Center, and at the Acutonics Institute of Integrative Medicine.
Tiana Suazo is from Taos Publo and is a farmer, canner and works with food sovereignty and food as medicine.