Ancestral, Folk, & Indigenous Herbalism and Healing Intensive

Join us August 2-11 or August 6-11 and go deeper. 

Cost: $525 10 days or $325 for 6 days 10-3pm

August 2-5: Tonita Gonzales & Rita Navarette

Hands On Healing (Sobadas), Fire Cupping (Ventosas), Healing with Medicinal Smoke (Moxa), Laugh Therapy, Recognizing & Releasing  Emotional Congestion, Understanding physical and emotional benefits of Temazcal (Sweat Lodge), Optional Sweat Lodge After Class.  Possible Clinic After Classes

August 6-11: Ancestral, Folk & Indigenous Herbalism and Healing Advanced Intensives

Teachers: Emigdio Ballon, Margaret Garcia,   Ana Chavez, Henrietta Gomez and Bernadette Torres

 Tribally Affiliated people of NM may pay on a donation basis

Teacher Descriptions & Topics:

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Henrietta Gomez

Tour of Taos Pueblo with Henrietta Gomez To Be Confirmed. Henrietta will talk story, and share with students the traditional foods as medicine.  To Be Confirmed.


Emigdio Ballon

Topics: Growing Medicinal Foods, Quechua Traditions of the Andes

*Pachamama (Earth) blessings

*Coca Leaf for medicine and divination

*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.

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Ana Chavez

Topic: Rock & Stone Therapy for Chronic Conditions

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

Topic:  Connecting and Empowering the Feminine through Plant Medicine + Medicinal Plant Walk (Mountain Plants)
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 



Margaret Garcia

Topic: Plant & People Ethics, Medicinal Plant Walk (Mesa Plants)  and Sustainable Harvest and Medicine Making on Trail

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.


Tonita Gonzales

August 2-5

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.  


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