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Traditional Herbalism in Curanderismo

Saturday, Jun 22, 2019

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Curanderos/os of indigenous communities believe it is more valuable to have a deep relationship with a handful of herbs than to know very little about many. We are reminded of the value of simplicity and ability to use what we have on hand. Our apothecary can be as close as our backyard or even the spice cabinet.

In this class we will discuss ways of building the relationships with plant medicine in order to be open to the variety of benefits they might teach us, sometimes beyond what we might find in textbooks. We will go over some of common herbs used in curanderismo, what they are used for, contraindications and how to prepare them easily. You’ll leave with a remedio to take home with you!


Instructor: Lisa Martinez 

Lisa Martinez is a board-certified Doctor of Natural Medicine who walks the traditional healing and spiritual path of Curanderismo. This path can be described as a multifaceted blend of healing practices from the past and present that include indigenous folk medicine modalities from Mesoamerica to Africa and it strongly influenced by Spanish Spiritualism and Judaism. Her family roots are from Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado where curanderismo was and still is an enriching and common way of life. Lisa’s grandmothers were her biggest influences providing her a lifelong apprenticeship. These teachings lead to the development of sacred connections with plants, stones and spiritual practices that are used to help others in their journey to emotional, mental, physical and spiritual healing.

Private sessions with Lisa are holistic and intuitive in nature and are personalized to include the body-mind-spirit connection in conjunction with the cosmic energies, ancestors, santos, angels, and guides. Her therapies and modalities utilize a variety of traditional techniques such as platica (heart to heart conversation), body work, sacred plants, aromatherapy, dream analysis and use of obsidian to encourage and engage the body’s innate healing response. Her practice also includes limpias (spiritual cleansings) and end of life transitions.

Lisa is a registered Psychotherapist with the State of Colorado. She is a student of La Maestra Clarissa Pinkola Estés and has attended many years of her trainings via the Archetypal and Cross Cultural Studies Institute. She is also a participant of The International Collaboration of Indigenous Healers, Curanderos, Sanadores y Shamans which originated in the sacred mountains of the Tepoztlan Valley in Mexico.

When able, Lisa supports clinical sites and community outreach operations in collaboration with others in the Denver Metro area providing culturally based services and education.

You can follow Lisa on Instagram @Itzpapalotl74

Event Location

Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033

Event Fees

$ 35.00