Immersion in Ancestral, Folk, Indigenous Herbalism and Healing at Tierra Drala Permaculture Farm, El Prado
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Immersion in Ancestral, Folk, Indigenous Herbalism and Healing

Friday Aug 10, 2018

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81 Atilano Ln
El Prado, NM 87529






Native Roots Healing

Phone: (914) 400-7558
Website: Click to Visit

Learn about herbalism, medicine making, Mayan abdominal massage, rock medicine, Lakota song, drought-resistant crops, healing trauma, plant and people ethics and more. Runs through 8/11.

A different teachers will join us each day for a 6-day (August 6-11) or an extended 10-day intensive (August 2-11). All people welcome, donation based for tribally affilliated members. Learn about Herbalism, Medicinal Plant Walks, Medicine Making, Mayan Abdominal Massage, Rock Medicine, Lakota Song, Land Based Spirituality, growing drought resistant crops, Ceremony, Healing Intergenerational Trauma, Plant & People Ethics, Sustainability. 

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

Cost: $525 10 days or $325 for 6 days. Siding scale available. Tribally Affiliated people of NM may pay on a donation basis.

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm each day

Location: Tierra Drala Permaculture Farm, El Prado, NM (Toas County)

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.

 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: Harvesting Heart Medicine is a good title. We will talk about respectful ways to harvest our Plants, preserve them for Winter use, to nurture and sustain us through the dark cold days.

Bernadette Torres, 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.

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

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