Ancestral, Folk, & Indigenous Herbalism and Healing Sunday Series in Taos, NM

We are honored to host 5 different amazing healers that will be teaching in our community.  Classes will take place on Sundays from 10-3pm at the Tierra Drala Permaculture farm in El Prado, NM (Taos County).  A different teacher will present each Sunday.  You can sign up for single or multiple classes.

July 1, 8, 15,  22  10 am-3pm

How to pay with sliding scale prices: 

We try to make classes affordable to everyone yet economically viable for teachers.  We ask that you pay within a spectrum of  $40-75 for a single class.  The lower end of the scale applies to people on the lower bracket of income level, single parents, famers and artists.  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.  You can choose to pay by clicking the donate button at the bottom of the page and entering the the price that feels accurate to you.  Please make sure to let us know which class your are signing up for by filling out the form as well.

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. 


Payment can be made over the phone at

(914) 400-7558


Teacher Descriptions & Topics:

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Howard Badhand

July 1st

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

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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Tonita Gonzales

September Date To Be Determined

Topic: Finding Joy in the midst of grief

Herbs and other techniques to release and process grief.  

Curanderismo, Meso American Medicine and Ceremony, Laugh therapy, medicinal plants and foods for ailments of the body

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.

Margaret Garcia

July 8th

Topic: Medicinal Plant walk and Medicine Making.  Margaret will show students how to harvest and prepare native medicines and also how to make tinctures, flower essences and oil infusions in the traditional way.

Margaret Garcia, 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.

Bernadette Torres

July 15

Grandmother, Meadowcine Woman, Teacher, Herbalist, Master Naturalist,  Reiki Master, Health Facilitator, Director of Shabeta's Sheri Garden.  She began her journey with medicinal plants and healing as a child in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico where her father introduced her to her first healing plants. As a mother, she grew her own medicinal plants to keep her family well while using herbs in cooking, teas, tinctures, oils, salves and homeopathic remedies.  

She worked in health food stores since 2004, learning the valuable connection between health and food. Recognizing the nutritional value in many plants, she became passionate about learning all she could from many amazing herbalist, curanderos and healers from all over the world.   In the last decade, she expanded her scope by studying botany, plant identification and herbal medicine making with Bert Norgorden, MA who is well-loved herbalist and nature photographer. She was also blessed to study with these fabulous plant people: since 2004 to present Teresa Crosier, DOM ;  Flordemayo and Reyna Salazar, Curanderas. In 2004 she completed  the Foundations in Herbal Medicine course created by Tieraona Low Dog, MD and in 2010 -2012 was honored to facilitated this intensive 9 month course. 

Since 2006, her journey brought her to study the Ashéninka indigenous healing techniques from the central jungle of Peru with her partner Ashéninka Mino.  Together they run an outdoor garden school where they can demonstrate the Plant life from seed to fruit. In 2009, she began teaching herbal healing at New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics which included full day Plant ID walks in the Sandia Mountains. NMSNT is the only nationally recognized massage school that offers an herbal program. 

Ana Chavez

July 22nd

Topic: Rock & Stones for the Body Navigating Ancestral Intuition

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.

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