Ancestral, Folk & Indigenous Herbalism 6 teacher intensives

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Native Roots School

15 atilano lane

Taos, NM 87571

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Teachers: Emigdio Ballon, Ana Chavez, Henrietta Gomez, Lucy Mccall and Morgaine Witriol

Tribally Affiliated people of NM may pay on a donation basis

Please register for this class at nativerootshealing.com or call (914)400-7558.

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Henrietta Gomez

Tour of Taos Pueblo with Henrietta Gomez. Henrietta will talk story, and share with students the traditional foods as medicine and cover her take on generational gaps.




Emigdio Ballon

Topics: Quechua Traditions of the Andes & Permaculture in the Southwest

* land based spirituality and rituals for land blessings

*Permaculture: designing land/climate based farm and garden designs, medicinal crops and agriculture of the high altitude desert and south west farming solutions to ongoing obstacles including drought, disease and productivity, seed preservation techniques.

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, Salt & Stone Therapy: the energetics of Hands on Healing

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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Lucy McCall

Topic: Reconnecting to European Heritage with Druidic and Pagan Traditions through medicine making, herbal plant walk and exploring plant energetics. 10 European Rituals and their commonalities with the Americas, and herbalism for animals.

Lucy 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.

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Morgaine Witriol

Topic: Jewish Folk Medicine, Herbalism & Reconnecting one’s own Ancestral Traditions as a culturally displaced person. Morgaine is a lover of medicinal plants and nature. She is a medicine maker, a farmer, a wild crafter, and founder of Native Roots. Morgaine has a private practice doing bodywork, sound healing, and physical and emotional trauma release. She lived in Belize and had the opportunity to apprentice tropical medicine with one of the most revered medicine men in the country the late Don Heriberto Cocom for 8 months. She also studied at the Northwest School for Botanical Studies, The Dandelion Center, California School for Herbal Studies, The Dhyanna Center, Blue Otter School, Acutonics Institute for Integrative Medicine, Ethnic Studies and Anthropology at the University of Colorado and continues to her studies of mayan medicine in Guatemala with Don Reginaldo Chayeux. She has collaborated for 9 years with his Nonprofit Association to support the protection of the fully Mayan run rainforest Reserve Bio Itza and brings groups of students to study with him. Morgaine has recognized the importance of honoring healing modalities of all cultures and especially the ones of our own tradition even if they have been forgotten by a few generations. She grew up with Latino Immigrants as her closest friends and community and found herself easily honoring the elders that still remembered their own language, their own healing modalities and traditions from that community. It was a journey of many years before she started to look deeper into reclaiming the healing practices of the ancestral traditions that she came from and hopes to share with all people of European decent to remember to honor their own ancestors, to connect to the land and the people that are currently practicing and keeping the context of European tribal healing traditions alive today. She hopes to create a safe space to bridge the gap generational knowledge and cultural similarities and healing tools to encourage self healing and community healing.

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