Ancestral, Folk, & Herbalism School

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Welcome to Native Roots

Native Roots is an ancestral folk and herbal medicine school based in Taos, New Mexico that was created to honor elders and to hold space for all peoples to reclaim and reconnect to their own ancestral roots. Teachers focus on sharing healing modalities from the tradition that they come from on self care and community health. Native Roots teachers are dedicated practitioners, leaders and are highly involved in medicine traditions within their respective communities.

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Programs & Experiences

4Month In-Person Summer Intensive Program



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5 Month live Online Program



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Online Classes Now Available!

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Real world experiential learning

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Our Location

Join us in the breathtaking magic of Taos, New Mexico…

Hot springs, Rivers and Streams, Mountains, Culture. Where people come to exhale.

Teachers




Karen Waconda



Karen Waconda

 

Classes & Topics

*Anti-Oppression, Equity, and Accountability Training

*Protocols and ethics in integration with medical practice

*The Medicine of Sacred elements and your relationship to them

*Making tinctures, salve, and soap making

Medicinal vinegars using herbs and fruit

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*Discussion of healthy lifestyles, wellness, and healthy eating

 

BIO

KAREN WACONDA-LEWIS is a native from Isleta/Laguna Pueblo. After initiation into the Native Medicine, she brought the native medicine into an urban American Indian health clinic in Albuquerque, NM and continues to expand the program to local hospitals, Indian Health Service, VA Hospital and surrounding organizations. She joins Western Medicine with Native healing in preventive health, mental health and overall well-being. She is the founder and director of Center for Native American Integrative Healing, LLC located in Albuquerque, where other indigenous healers practice their traditional medicine and extends out to the community. She also is the founder of Wa’Kanda Retreat & Spa which brings in holistic, chemical free, healing for those in chronic need.
She is a graduate of Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader and regularly provides dharma teachings with integration of native teachings throughout NM, nationally and at Insight Meditation Society-staff and teacher training. She has interconnected the native teachings with Vipassana teachings into ceremonies, sweat lodges and into her community at Laguna Pueblo. At Laguna Pueblo, the ancestral teaching of mindfulness compliment the Buddhist teachings at the Detention center at Laguna pueblo giving insight and wellness to the inmates and families. She is co-founder of the Annual Indigenous and Native Healer’s Silent Retreats and Albuquerque POC and Allies Sangha.



Dr. Pepper Hernandez



Dr. Pepper Hernandez

Online & In Person Classes program

 

Classes & Topics

*Medicinal Foods for and herbs for Cancer Prevention including cannabis care

*Energy Movement and Hands-on Healing, Quantum Healing and Distance Healing

*Ancestral Energy Centers and Chakras

 

About

Dr. Pepper Hernandez ND, PhD, BCHP
NHP, NHC, CNHP, CTC
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner BCHP
Traditionally and Classically trained Naturopath ND
Certified Natural Health Professsional CNHP
Transpersonal Psychology PhD
Live Food Nutritionist NHC
Reiki Master, Kundalini Practitioner
Founder of Non-Profit Humboldt Holistic Foundation to help expand and create resources for the stability of Holistic Projects for Humboldt County and beyond.
Like a woven scarf, Dr. Hernadnez’s threads are made up of Apache, Navaho, Indigenous Mexican on her father’s side. Cherokee, Arapaho, Cheyenne from her mothers’ side. Her great, great, great grandfather walked the trail of tears to make it to Oklahoma as their home. The place where her mother would receive her in spirit to birth. She has been a spiritual teacher for over two decades, adding to her tool bag along her journey. Mainly focused on the mental, physical and spiritual bodies, she bridges the naturopathic medicine with the more spiritual aetherial worlds. With the intention that all humans spirits are energy manifested physically.
Pepper is a researcher focusing on Neuroscience,
Hebbs Law and bridging the gap between science and spirituality. She is fascinated by Entheogenics, Neuroplasticity and Quantum Physics. As her values and purpose evolve, she chooses to work on a deeper level with clients as a spiritual educator. She calls this type of work Quantum Alignment Therapy® which includes working with the balance of nutrition through food and supplementation, energy alignment and chakra balancing. mental, physical and spiritual homeostasis.



Katherine Mesa



Katherine Mesa

Online & In Person Classes

 

Classes & Topics

 

* Elemental Somatic Bodywork: tools for the body & bodyworker: grounding and energetic protection, essential oils, meditative visualization

* Navigating Ancestral Intuition with bodywork, body mapping, tapping into spiritual and intuitive information during your practice

* Working with the Elements

* Honoring Elders, Ethics and Apprenticeship Conduct, Integration of Healing Work

* The Journey of the Medicine Person: Doing your own work and self healing

About

Kati Inez Mesa, a Holistic Ayurvedic Practitioner of over 12 years. Her practices and teachings are rooted in her Cuban & Peruvian tradition, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemical Hypnotherapy & Holistic Psychology. She walks her medicine into every space she enters and counsels with a focus within ancestral, inner child, spiritual healing and life purpose embodiment. For 10+ years she has facilitated many gatherings throughout the US, Cuba, Peru & Colombia. Providing tools of empowerment, elemental body awareness, ancestral healing, inner child healing, spiritual, emotional, mental, physical healing and life purpose embodiment. She will be bringing forth all of herself that has learned from her teachers within the Amazons, Cuba, Ancestral Roots, Tibetan Ayurveda, Buddhism, Shamanism, Holistic & Transpersonal Psychology.

 




Malia Roe



Malia Roe

 

Class & Topics

* Cultural Appropriation, Accountability, Ethics & Elders

* Walking the medicine path in a responsible way

* Navigating academic and Professional environments embodied and empowered as a spirit-driven medicine person

* Celtic Spirituality, Magic & Mysticism; a practical approach to spirituality & the wheel of the year

 

About

Malia Roe is a practicing indigenous (Miami Indiana Tribe) and Celtic pagan who walks the crooked path. As a practitioner, she draws deeply from her lifelong relationship with the invisible world (spirits, ancestors, energy) that began in her childhood. That relationship has grown and been nurtured by the teachings she’s been gifted from seers, mediums, wise women, cunning folk, witches, curanderas, herbalists, and medicine people from a wide range of cultural and ancestral traditions. She has been called to share those teachings and experiences with others in ways that support their own journeys of self-awareness and empowerment. Malia’s circles of practice embrace both her indigenous and celtic ancestors. She is a member of the Seven Arches Longhouse, the Black Rose, Black Tree, and Reclaiming magical traditions, the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD), the Ancient Order of Druids in America, and the Sisterhood of Avalon. She is a reiki master (Usui tradition), a certified Life & Mindfulness Coach, a certified herbalist but the centre of Excellence, an OBOD-trained Celebrant and a legal ceremonial officiant. She is also involved with the Healing & Reconciliation Institute, and is a trained HRI facilitator.
Malia most often offers teachings on:
· Wildcrafting a responsible, respectful medicine path
· Working from/with the land where you live / land-based spirituality
· Cultural appropriation, accountability, ethics & elders
· Communicating with the ancestors
· Beginning & advance energetic healing (combining ancestral & reiki approaches)
· Celtic spiritualities (druidry & witchcraft, neopaganism & historical practices)
· Living the wheel of the year
· Divination methodology & practice
· Herbal medicine & folk workings
· Guided meditation, journeying, hedge-riding

Sacred Practice: Learning Through the Wheel of the Year

This class focuses on spiritual and sustainable living practices, taught through the pagan calendar – the eight-fold Wheel of the year – which derives from ancestral Celtic/European harvesting and spiritual living practices. We’ll focus on understanding how our ancestors engaged with these holidays, the distinction between specific Celtic (Welsh, Irish, Scottish) practices, and how different pagan spiritualities (druids, Wiccans, witches, Avalonians, etc.) engage with the Wheel. We’ll look at practical ways to include Wheel observations into your life as well as explore crystals and herbs to enhance those practices.

Communicating with the ancestors through scrying and other methods of divination

This course focuses on how to use tools and methods from different cultural traditions in order to connect with our ancestors as a path to self-awareness and wisdom. The course includes basic instruction on grounding and energetic protection as well as spirit journeying to create relationships with ancestors. We’ll explore a variety of tools – scrying, tarot, runes, ogham, etc. – that serve as a conduit for ancestral communication.

 




Morgaine Witriol



Morgaine Witriol

In-Person and Online Classes

 

Class & Topics

*Jewish Folk Medicine

* Herbalism with a focus on herbs for cancer, grief, trauma, and herbs for reproductive.justice including herbal contraception and abortifacients, ethics and legalities of herbalism

* Lymphatic Drainage and Cupping

* Releasing emotional trauma from the body (including childhood wounds, sexual trauma, ancestral and intergenerational trauma, and soul retrieval)

*Reconnecting one’s own Ancestral Traditions as a culturally displaced person

*Medicinal Plant Walks: covering clinical and energetic uses of plants

*Medicine making of tinctures, flower essences, and herbal oils

*Plant energetics: communicating with the plant ancestors, dosaging for the spirit, flower essences

 

About

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 continued her studies of mayan medicine in Guatemala with the late Don Reginaldo Chayeux. She collaborated for 10 years with his Nonprofit Association to support the protection of the fully Mayan run rainforest Reserve Bio Itza and brought 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 immersed in an immigrant community and found herself 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.
Morgaine worked for Teambuilders counseling Services in 2008 in Taos New Mexico as a Comprehensive Community Support Specialist teaching “life skills” including communication, stress and anger management, and parenting skills and offering social work opportunities for children and their parents. Later she worked at nonprofit Rocky Mountain Youth Corps with “at risk youth” doing hands on experiential learning in nature focusing on useful life skills and training once a week for teens. Afterwards she ventured to Guatemala to volunteer at an orphanage and was responsible for 30 girls ages 10-17 as their live in caretaker and teacher for 5 months. in 2011 Morgaine found herself homebound and endured hurricane Sandys destruction leaving 13 million people on the East coast without electricity. She coordinated one thousand volunteers a day in Staten Island, New York and spent months doing grass roots disaster recovery with Feeding Family including immediate needs donations and distribution of water, food, respiratory masks, clothing, tho food, medications and animal rehoming, demolition, and later therapeutic urban gardening in elevated community garden beds, fundraising, and more demolition, raw sewage clean up and mold control.



Beata Tsosie-Peña



Beata Tsosie-Peña

In Person 3 month Only

 

Presents for 1 week
Classes & Topics

* Midwifery Gardens

* Reproductive Health Support

* Family and Infant Herbal Care

* Traditional Agriculture

* Reproductive & Environmental Health Justice,

* New Mexican Land-Based traditions

 

 

About

Beata Tsosie-Peña is from Santa Clara Pueblo and El Rito, NM. She is a mother, poet, seed keeper, and is certified in Infant Massage, as a Developmental Specialist, an Educator, a Full-Spectrum Doula, and in Indigenous Sustainable Design (permaculture) . She is a Green For All Fellow and has served on several local community boards over the years. She is currently on the steering committee for the Traditional Native American Farmers Association and Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute’s Board of Directors.
“As a Tewa mother, I am committed to resisting systemic issues of inequality, racism, poverty, militarism, pollution, and violence, in order to promote a culture of peace. My daily intentions are for healing, wellness, and liberation for all families in order to have a strong foundation of love, care, and respect, to birth and raise their children in a world that loves them back. My children deserve a life and culture of peace, sovereignty, and self-determination. They deserve a healthy, clean, safe environment. They deserve economic opportunities and an economy not dependent on warfare, that do not conflict with their values around protecting their birthright of water, air, food, medicine, land and future generations. Land that Creator intended for us to live on in perpetuity and reciprocal care since time immemorial.”
As part of her work with TWU (Tewa Women United) , she is currently managing the creation of the Española Healing Foods Oasis demonstration garden project and Española Healing Foods Seed Library.



Miriam Foronda



Miriam Foronda

 

Classes & Topics

* Elements of Ceremony

* Life as Ceremony

* Guidance for working alone, and in community (through virtual and face to face ceremonies)

* Invoking the elements of the Natural World, Ancestors and Divine Energy.

 

About

My family ancestry is from Honduras, Central America. I was born and raised in New York City, there I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the City University of New York. As long as I can remember I have had the gift of healing through my hands and an acute sense of intuition. However, as a child and young these gifts were not spoken of or used. In 1984, I received a spiritual calling through a sweat lodge ceremony facilitated by Uncle Charlie Thom of the Karuk tribe in Mt. Shasta. From there my life as I knew it changed. My first visit to New Mexico was in 1987 to participate in ceremony for the Harmonic Convergence. Then in 1989 I visited Taos, New Mexico for the San Geronimo Feast day. On this day God called me to move to Taos. My new life began on August 31, 1991 when I moved to Taos. Here I raised my two younger children. When they went off to college in 2005, I too decided enter the Master’s degree program in Educational Leadership at the University of New Mexico. At that time my mentor asked me to teach the Sacred Ceremony class at UNM-Taos. My Master’s thesis evolved from this class and from my own spiritual developmental path. When I completed the Master’s degree there was an urgency to continue my education which led me to enter the doctoral program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. I opted to receive a second Master’s degree in Transformative Studies due to lack of money to complete the doctoral dissertation. Over the last three decades my spiritual path has led me to become a ceremonialist in facilitating sweat lodges, vision quests, water blessings and healing ceremonies. Through my own spiritual development I have a great interest in how other’s spiritual development leads them to their self- authorship and authenticity through ritual and ceremony. This is my passion.
My commitment to be of service to others by the will of God is how I live my life.



Joseph Brophey Toledo



Joseph Brophey Toledo

*Online Class & In person Class:
Classes and Topics:

5-day visit to Jemez: Earth People Emergence & Migration, Power of Hands, Grounding Down with Healing Thoughts, Healing Mind & Healing Body, Herbal Connections, Water & Land Blessing

Ceremonies

 

About

Brophey has served the Pueblo of Jemez in various capacities for over 4 decades. Brophey is cofounder of Flower Hill Institute and Cultural Advisor. He has worked with numerous indigenous youth groups, is an adjunct instructor for IAIA, is a creative consultant for Robert Mirabal Productions, has served on the Native American Global Sports Committee, and has been instrumental in various international indigenous projects such as Pueblo Pathways Project and he has traveled to Mexico, Canada and Africa as a First Nations representative for Earth healing and environmental conferences and efforts. Many people come to visit him for medicine and healing.



Jasper Gomez


Jasper Gomez

3 Month In-Person Class Teacher

 

Classes & Topics

*Taos Pueblo Elder: Introduction to the land we walk on and opening prayer, visit of taos pueblo

 

BIO

Our Mission

Native Roots hopes to bridge the generation gap in healing modalities, promote cultural pride and the reclamation of each individual’s healing lineage through true health. This school was created by the seed of an elder who passed to his apprentice the wisdom that the knowledge of medicine was worth more than the medicine itself. That seed blossomed an ambition of honoring the elders who have honored the calling of the medicine ways, those who are now finding the courage to step into that path, and those who seek guidance and mentorship for coming into good relation with the medicine traditions.

We see the importance of creating a container where the teacher can be truly honored, the student can truly practice and work on self healing, the integration is experiential and the initiations of wisdom and medicine transmit through ancestrally rooted context.

About you

Who this program is designed for…

The person who has felt the calling to honor their own healing process and wants to be of service to their community. This is for people who are ready to create their own unique practice of holistic health and medicine. Those who feel in their hearts and spirits and every cell of their body the call towards creating relationship within and without – with the elements, with the plant and stone people, with all of nature and life itself. The ones who want to awaken the cellular and ancestral memory, who honor reverence and humility in the presence of medicine and the medicine keepers.

We have had doctors, nurses, lawyers, homesteaders, massage therapists, journalists, clinical and beginner herbalists, therapists, travelers, wanderers, farmers, native, non-native. We’ve had students at their quarterlife, midlife and ¾ life transitory points, who feel ready to honor their true life calling. Those who have felt disempowered, ready to really do the work, shed the trauma, face the intergenerational wounds, reclaim their roots.

What form will your future take?

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If you are interested in exploring our programs, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our advisors.

Morgaine Witriol

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 10 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 in an immigrant 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.

 

Morgaine worked for Teambuilders counseling Services in 2008 in Taos New Mexico as a Comprehensive Community Support Specialist teaching “life skills” including communication, stress and anger management, and parenting skills and offering social work opportunities for children and their parents. Later she worked at nonprofit Rocky Mountain Youth Corps with “at risk youth” doing hands on experiential learning in nature focusing on useful life skills and training once a week for teens. Afterwards, she ventured to Guatemala to volunteer at an orphanage and was responsible for 30 girls ages 10-17 as their live-in caretaker and teacher for 5 months. in 2011 Morgaine found herself homebound and endured hurricane Sandys destruction leaving 13 million people on the East coast without electricity. She coordinated one thousand volunteers a day in Staten Island, New York and spent months doing grassroots disaster recovery with Feeding Family including immediate needs donations and distribution of water, food, respiratory masks, clothing, tho food, medications, and animal rehoming, demolition, and later therapeutic urban gardening in elevated community garden beds, fundraising, and more demolition, raw sewage clean up and mold control.

 

 

Israel Lopez Jaro

  • Intuitive Coaching & Counsel, Life Coach, and Ceremonial Mentorship
  •  Art Therapy
  • Community Reconnections and Healthy Relations
  • Coyote Teachings for Repatterning Old and Unhealthy Habits
  • Self Healing Techniques and Tools
  • Reaching Sobriety and Coping Mechanisms For Addiction
  • Coping With Death, Grief and Loss
  • Shadow work: Dive into Shadow with Compassion

Miriam Foronda

  • Elder’s Counsel: Intuitive & Spiritual Guidance
  • Energetic Cleansings/ Limpias
  • Heart Healing and Healing Through Hands
 

NM Heritage Discount Applied

 

Rates:

$225-375 sling scale for 1.5 hours, $300-500 for 2 hours

 

Miram’s sessions are intuitive. Her body and words are a vessel for divine healing and often she channels intuitively the heart medicine that supports one to create and develop their own healing. Miriam awakens the self worth, self value and realignment with ones higher self.

 

 

Morgaine Witriol

A combination of these services is provided in one session. Distance sessions and in person.

$150 deposit is quired in advance

Rates:

$225-375 sling scale for 1.5 hours, $300-500 for 2 hours

By-donation for all New Mexican heritage peoples

  • Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Trauma Release: Physical and emotional trauma release with energetic work. This may include repatterining of old habits that no longer serve a person, healing intergenerational and ancestral wounds, somatic healing of childhood or past trauma and emotional traumatic events held in different parts of the body.
  • Sound Therapy: Tuning forks and Tibetan Singing Bowls are used as tools to assist in alleviating chronic pain, trauma, stress, emotional and physical ailments, and in the release of negative energies
  • Herbal Consult:  Available by phone or in person.  An evaluation and assessment of the whole person will be made and a custom formula will be recommended based on clinical knowledge. 
  • Energetic Herbal Assessment:  Let the herbs choose you.  An energetic assessment will be made to see which medicines want to work with your body, mind and spirit.  
  • Custom Clinical Herbal Formula: Tinctures, teas, oils, salves and flower essences are available for purchase without assessment or consult.
  • Spirit Recall & Alignment with higher self, grounding and energetic alignment. Removal of energies .
  • Healing Ancestral and Intergenerational Wounds for past, present and future generations
  • Soul Purpose Alignment
  • Shedding of Illness on an Energetic Level: Often times the root cause or source of an illness is at a spiritual and emotional level. This session will be to address the root cause, and have you the patient work through and transform and shift the body of the illness into health. This could be a physical pain body, emotional or spiritual pain body.
  • Lymphatic Drainage: Warm oil with Guasha and Cupping techniques applied to help with scar tissue, toothaches, stagnation in body, trapped heat, and release of deep toxins
  • Castor Oil Packs: Hot oil packs applied to the body.  Castor oil can help break up scar tissue, cysts, and tumors, relieve arthritis and pain in joints and muscles, boost immune function and the lymphatic system, and clear acne and other skin issues, and constipation