Healing Traditions of the Yucatan

Healing, Ceremony, Self-Care & Adventure

Valladolid & Xocen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

This is where we bring to life the dream of working directly with Traditional Healers. Students rarely find an open door in this aspect of herbalism and healing, so I bring you to meet and work with them.

To truly learn traditional Maya healing wisdom, one must venture to the source. Join us as we travel to Valladolid and Xocen in the heart of the Yucatan. This trip is an opportunity to immerse yourself fully in Maya culture be immersed in traditional Maya medicine. Our days will be spent in the company and home of partera/midwife DoñaMaria and her husband Don Bernardo. This husband and wife team of traditional healers is precious and powerful. They have been working together as healers in the community of Xocen for the last 30 years. Doña Maria is midwife attending births and providing community care for women before, during and after pregnancy and birth. Don Bernardo is a trusted herbalist and spiritual healer. Our focus is women’s health, womb health and traditional Maya concepts of health and imbalance. As always, we will be working in three languages, moving from Maya to Spanish to English and back again

Honoring Daniel Pool Pech: In July of 2016 my dearest and closest Maya teacher and friend Daniel Pool Pech died. Daniel was honestly one of the great hidden treasures of our time and a true traditional Maya healer in the most humble sense of the word. Daniel and I worked together and taught together several times per year since 2006. I am working to honor the seeds we planted and continue to projects and teachings we started. He would be delighted to know that we have continued to work with DoñaMaria and Don Bernardo. Daniel had great respect for them both.

One of the other purposes of this trip is to invite into our circle a handful of young Maya students who are interested in learning the wisdom of their ancestors. The goal is to give back to the communities of Maya folks so that the young ones who are called to pick up the lineage of their grandmothers have a chance to do so. By showing our intense interest in their medicine ways, the younger generations often realize they have an incredible opportunity right in front of them: an opportunity to learn and to do the work. The elders and traditional healers are grateful for this. They often speak of having no one around them with whom to share their wisdom. This allows us to focus not only on what we can learn from the medicine people of other cultures, but also what we can bring. We bring respect and we work to plant seeds of interest in traditional medicine ways.

We will eat traditional Yucateco Maya foods, travel to the local ruins and do ceremony in a magical, ancient cenote. Each day will reveal gems of wisdom, showing how the Maya look at health and dis-ease. If time allows we may also visit the famous Rio Lagartos to see the magnificent flamingos, soak in the red salt laguna and cover our bodies head to toe in “barro”, Maya white healing clay.
We play, we do ceremony and we laugh. The trips to the Yucatan get better each year. Many students join us several years in a row. You are certain to return a new person with stories of a lifetime to share with family and friends.

We are blessed to have our friends from Yucatan Jay along with us: Miguel “Mike” Tun, Angel Fernando Castillo Cime, Ismael “Ichi” Arellano Ciau, Victoria Estrella Canul, and Marta Can as our guides, translators and helpers in every way. You will love them as much as we do, guaranteed.

Koonex! {means vamonos or let’s go, in Maya!}

October 31 – November 7, 2017—7 nights
Cost: $2700 (non-refundable deposit: $400) if taken as a stand-alone trip
(Cost of this trip is included in the Women’s Herbal & Ethnobotanical Certificate Program)

** For the Mexico trip price, does not include shopping, airfare or transportation in Mexico. (We rent cars as a group, easy and fun!}

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