2018 Women’s Herbal & Ethnobotanical Studies Certificate Program

Sharing the Wisdom of Women’s Multi-Cultural Healing Traditions – Begins April 19th

The Women’s Ethnobotanical Studies Certificate Program is a combination of herbal healing for women (my specialty in my private practice) and the community-based, folk medicine practices I have learned from my Maya teachers over the last 15 years. It includes the study of traditional Maya uterine massage, spiritual healing with plants, and the acquisition of important skills we need to know as women to better understand our own health.

Other areas of study include the physiology of the menstrual cycle, how women’s hormones work in the body and how to read women’s ‘vital signs’ through an introduction to fertility awareness. We will cover the importance of uterine position, moxa and cupping for women’s health, and the most important herbs for women.

This program incorporates the study of traditional healing self-care techniques, including Maya uterine massage, spiritual healing with plants, with the important skills we need to know as women to better understand our own health. We will begin to understand how to look at solutions for both simple women’s health care issues and more complex women’s health imbalances.

AND we will go on a week long trip to Mexico to directly experience Maya healing traditions as they are currently practiced in the Yucatan Peninsula. The trips to Mexico are a chance of a lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in Maya culture: to experience the magic of the people, the magnificent places and the medicine ways as they are currently practiced.

Dates: Begins April 2018

Total Hours: 200 Hours

Cost: $5,400 {tuition for Mexico Trip is included} Additional expenses include: basic herb supplies & books. The Mexico trip does not include airfare or transportation within Mexico.

 Cost: $3,100

What does the Women’s Herbal & Ethnobotanical Studies Program consist of?

Topics Specific to Women’s Health & Herbal Medicine Include:

  • Introduction to Herbal Medicine for Women’s Health
  • Understanding the Menstrual Cycle, Women’s Hormones & Fertility Awareness; Importance of Uterine Position & Basic Uterine Massage Technique
  • Irregular Menstrual Cycles & Amenorrhea
  • Painful Periods, Irregular Bleeding Patterns
  • Botanica Erotica: Aphrodisiac Herbs, Libido & Issues Surrounding Women & Sex
  • Healing the Spirit with Plants, Song & Prayer & Uterine Massage Practice
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Vaginal & Bladder infections
  • Cervical Dysplasia & Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Health History Intake Specific to Women’s Health
  • Moxa & Cupping for Women
  • PCOS & Ovarian Cysts
  • Uterine Fibroids & Endometriosis
  • Presentations of Women’s Health Art & Research Projects
  • 2018 Healing Traditions of the Yucatan Adventure & Self-Care Retreat- Valladolid, Yucatan Mexico

How did I learn Women’s Traditional Ethnobotanical Healing Practices?

Over the past 15 years, I have taken 9 groups of students to Belize and 5 groups of students to Mexico to study the healing traditions of Mexico, specifically traditional Maya medicine.

My path began in 1999 on a plant lover’s journey by canoe, deep into the Amazon with two of my favorite herb teachers, Rosemary Gladstar and Cascade Anderson Geller. It awakened me to the significance and power of indigenous medicine traditions and brought me an awareness of what an honor it is to learn from traditional healers.

Rosemary Gladstar helped connect me to Rosita Arvigo and I was invited to bring a group of my herb students to Belize. I had the honor to study traditional Maya medicine with Rosita, Miss Hortence Robinson and Miss Beatrice Waight. Our nine incredible trips to Belize gave dozens of students the opportunity to learn from these incomparable women.

The years I had spent listening to the stories of my Spanish speaking clients about the vital healing techniques employed by their Mexican grandmothers inspired me to seek authentic teachers from this tradition. In 2005, I met a beautiful traditional Aztec curandera named Estela Roman in Cuernavaca, Mexico. I spent several years bringing groups of students to learn from Estela and have been so grateful to learn from her. She taught me the powerful and deeply rooted feminine aspects of traditional medicine practices.

I can say with certainty that my years with my Maya teachers in Belize paved the way for my meeting with Daniel Pool Pech, in Tulum, Mexico.  Daniel graciously invited me into his life, into his family and showed me what life is truly like in his traditional Yucateco Maya culture. Daniel Pool Pech died in July of 2016. We now have a very powerful angel helping us from the other side.

Daniel was one of the great, authentic Maya healers and medicine people of our time. Humble, wise beyond words and funny. We worked closely together for 12 years, learning and teaching together in his native home in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  His specialty was my private practice specialty: women’s health and the specific healing traditions of Maya uterine massage and herbal medicine.  His mentorship and friendship allowed me to fully immerse myself in the study of Maya medicine practice and the beauty and power of the Maya culture.

How can I share it with you?

In Denver I will begin instructing the participants in this program in the traditional hands-on work that was passed to me from my mentors. This work will lay the foundation for the experiences we will have in Mexico. These profound healing practices, and the generous teachers who have shared them, continue to inform my life and my work on a daily basis. In my experience, the transformative healing conveyed through the practices has been a blessing to all who have experienced it. This Program Intensive is offered to all those interested in Traditional Maya Medicine and how it is applied to women’s health. It is open to both women and men. For women, it may serve as both a professional training tool and as a personal study.

Anything else and any advice?

Each student will research and write about their own ancestral medicine lineage. For some this will be easy, for others it will require some extra research. This is true ethnobotany for women- the study and discovery of each woman’s ancestral roots and the medicine ways of your own ancestors. The Maya teaching and cultural immersion will plant seeds of what to dig for within your own ancestral background. This promises to be fun and powerful!

…AND learn Spanish! It is critical if you are drawn to Mexico and Latin America. It has pushed me to begin to learn the Maya language. Spanish is much easier!

Dates: Program begins April 19th, 2018

Initial Immersion Weekend:

4/19 & 4/20 (Thurs & Fri) 6:30-9:30pm; 4/21 & 4/22 (Sat & Sun) 10am-4pm

Introduction to Herbal Medicine for Women’s Health

Understanding the Menstrual Cycle, Women’s Hormones & Fertility Awareness

Introduction to Spiritual Healing with Plants

Lineage of the Teachings- Film- Sastun by Rosita Arvigo

Thursday Evenings Women’s Program Topics + 1 Saturday** (6:30-9:30pm):

April 19 -(intro weekend)- Menstrual Cycle Problems: Irregular Cycles, Amenorrhea

May 3- Menstrual Cycle Problems: Painful Periods, Irregular Bleeding Patterns

June 7- Menstrual Cycle Problems: PMS

July 12- Women’s Health Imbalances: Vaginal and Bladder infections

September 6**- Women’s Health Imbalances: Cervical Dysplasia and STI’s

October 20-Health History Intake Specific to Women’s Health & Aphrodisiac Herbs, Libido and Issues Surrounding Women & Sex

November 29-Women’s Health Challenges: PCOS, Ovarian Cysts,

December 6-Women’s Health Challenges: Uterine Fibroids and Endometriosis

Thursday Evenings – 7 Sessions of Materia Medica Study (6:30-9:30pm):

April 26, May 24, June 21, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 11

Medicine Making Intensive: Thursday, May17 – Saturday, May 19 (10am-4pm)

Women’s Drum Making & Women’s Circle Songs of the Spirit: Saturday June 2 (10am-4pm)

Outdoor Classes:

Adventures of The Apiaceae Family- Saturday June 9 (10-4)

Indian Peaks High Mountain Medicines- July 14 (10-4)

Garden Medicines Saturday July 28 (2-4)

Traditional Healing for Women’s Health Intensive {requirement for all traveling to Mexico} Thurs-Sat, October 4 – 6 (10-4)


7-night Mexico Trip– Fly in Weds, October 31 -Fly home Weds, November 7 *note we will be in Valladolid and Xocen for the traditional Yucateco celebration of Dia de Los Muertos. It begins Oct 31-Nov 2. Lucky us!

Final Immersion Weekend:

12/13 & 12/14 (Thurs & Fri) 6:30-9:30pm; 12/15 & 12/16 (Sat & Sun) 10am-4pm

Please note: The Medicine Making Weekend, The Outdoor classes, the Mexico Trip and the Women’s Drum Making Circle are open to women outside of this program. If you have friends who would like to join us for these classes, assuming space is available, I will open it up to them.

‘Women have long been the keepers of herbal knowledge and other wise medicine ways. There have always been and still are those among us who know how to identify, gather and use herbs for medicine. We understand that the primary life force of Earth is contained within the plants. We are the healers who prepare teas, baths and poultices…We are known in our communities as herbalists, midwives, witches, nurses, teachers, doctors, hospice workers, curanderas and wise women.’
Author Deb Soule, the Roots of Healing