Ancestral, Folk, & Indigenous Herbalism and Healing Series

We are honored to host 7 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 day.

May 13, June 3, 17, 24,  July 1, 8, 22  10 am-3pm Price $350

Tribally Affiliated people of NM may pay on a donation basis

Teacher Descriptions & Topics:



Flordemayo has not yet confirmed for summer of 2018 but we hope she will return for a 2nd year of teaching in the Sunday series.

Flordemayo is a Curandera Espiritu, or a healer of divine spirit.  As a seer, she has the ability to see other realms of color, light, and sound.  In addition, she has the ability to see the effects of existing imbalances on the physical, emotional and spiritualrealms within a person's energy system. She was born in highlands of Central America, specifically Nicaguara and was the youngest of 15 children.  She was born under the sign for the seed, in Mayan astrology.

As a world traveler she has offered ceremonies and has spoken on a wide range of topics from healing with the use of herbs to her more recent project, The Seed Temple, located in Estancia, New Mexico.  She travels the globe to share her healings, prayers, and to foster a more spiritual understanding among humanity.  She is a founding member of the Church of the Spiritual Path, the Confederation of Indigenous Elders of the America, Institute of Natural and Traditional Knowledge, and theInternational Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. 

Being born under the sign of Q’anil (seed), Flordemayo sees her role as cosmic germinator through teaching, community, manifestation and development. In recent years, she began to explore in-depth the wisdom of the seeds. Their teachings revealed a profound awareness that like children, the seeds needed a caretaker to pray for their well-being and survival.  

In 2012, Flordemayo received a vision during dialogue with the Beloved Mother.  In this vision, Flordemayo finds herself sitting in a rocking chair, rocking back and forth while being lovingly guided to prepare seed bundles with prayer.  The Beloved Mother had shown a cosmic inspiration for Flordemayo to birth, The Path, an organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of heirloom and heritage seeds. Now, The Path, prepares seed bundles to be given to the parents of babies being born today and those to be born in the future in the dream of honoring and protecting light beings of all forms in this new era of the Divine Feminine.


Emigdio Ballon

May 13th

Topic:   Traditional Quechua Blessing mothers and mother earth (Pachamama) on Mothers Day. Planting seeds for a medicine and food garden and on soil building.  

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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Tiffany Freeman

May 26

Attendance to Be determined still

Dr. Tiffany Freeman is a Registered Acupuncturist, a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor, and a Registered Clinical Herbalist (American Herbalist Guild). Along with her clinical practice she is also an instructor, author and educator. She is the Co-founder/Director of the Lodgepole School of Wholistic Studies in Calgary Alberta, teaching a variety of courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Western Herbology, assessment techniques, Wild Rose College of Natural Healing curriculum and Traditional Native teachings.

Tiffany graduated from the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in 2004 with a diploma in Clinical Herbology, there she was grateful to have mentored under Dr. Terry Willard Ph.D and to be an instructor at the college from 2004 to 2011. In 2009 She obtained her Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine diploma from the Calgary College of TCM & Acupuncture and her Alberta Acupuncture Licensure. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, the Alberta Association of TCM Doctors, and the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta. Along with her professional endeavours Tiffany has spent over a decade mentoring in the ways of Traditional Native Healing and ceremony with her Cree Elder and other traditional medicine teachers.

In clinical practice her passion lies in traditional medicine and therapies that connect us to a deeper healing. She is always learning and studying adjunctive therapies to better provide for her patients needs, currently she is studying the art of Ortho-Bionomy  In the clinic her primary focus is on Herbal preparations & Master Tung Ching Chang’s acupuncture and therapies. Tung’s acupuncture points are often referred to as ‘magic’ as they provide effective and quick relief with a minimal amount of needles.

Tiffany incorporates her teachings and traditional values as a person of Cree First Nations descent with her studies and practice of Traditional Chinese and Western herbal medicine to create a truly wholistic healing experience for her patients.  She is an educator, practitioner, mother of two, and an avid admirer of nature.

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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.

Bernadette Torres

June 17

Topic:  Connecting and Empowering the Feminine through Plant Medicine + Medicinal Plant Walk
Using the experience and wisdom of my elders, I will share the ways to empowering and healing using both the physical and spiritual parts of Plants. I call this a class for empowering the Feminine but this is not just a woman's issue. This is a person's issue. Every person is made up of both masculine and feminine energy. And bringing balance and respect to both aspects will make a healthier body. We will learn about the Plants~ Gordo Lobo, Plumajillo, Yerba de Negrita, Rosa de Castillo, Sheri (Tobacco) and many more. The opportunity to learn how to make simple oil, water, vinegar infusions will be demonstrated, how to dose and how to gather ethically and respectfully. We  will  learn about the traditional bathing with hierbas for harmonizing  and bringing balance to our spirits 



Tonita Gonzales

June 24

Topic: To Be Determined

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

Tonita Gonzales Tonita Gonzales is a Curandera (Traditional Healer), Sobadora, Yerbera (Herbalist) , Temazcalera (sweat lodge) Acupuncturist, traditional massage, cupping, and teacher at University of New Mexico.  


 Howard Badhand

July 8

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

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."

Margaret Garcia

June 3rd

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.



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