Date & Time
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rita Navarrete Perez & Toñita Gonzales
Traditional curandernos (healers) throughout the world use ritual, sweating, medicinal plants, and the elements of wind, fire, water, and the earth to bring healing to their communities. In this 3-hour workshop, we will focus on cacao (raw chocolate), a primary element in indigenous medicine, to bring healing to our group.
We will discuss indigenous and allopathic views of cacao, as well as effective remedies and recipes. In ceremony, we will drink chocolate tea, wash our hands in chocolate, and release what no longer serves us.
Through songs, sacred sounds, and soothing aromas, we will create profound peace for the mind, body, and soul.
Note: A materials fee of $20 to be paid directly to the presenters. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a pillow as well as an item for the altar that represents a conflict, a prayer, or blessing; flowers, seeds, fruit, and vegetable are also welcome for dressing the altar. We also ask you to bring an item that represents: a conflict, a prayer, or blessing. The item will be placed on a community altar, to receive a collective prayer from all people present. In addition, you can also bring flowers, seeds, fruit, or vegetable to be placed on the altar for Mother Earth.
An Evening Workshop
Friday, July 24, 2020, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Members $35/ Nonmembers $45
Additional classes with Rita Navarrete Perez & Toñita Gonzales:
Saturday, July 25, 2020, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Healing with Traditional Indigenous Foods
Sunday, July 26, 2020, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Creating Plant Remedies for Healing
Members $295/ Nonmembers $335
Click here to register for the combo which includes Healing with Traditional Indigenous Foods on Saturday, July 25, 2020 and Creating Plant Remedies for Healing on Sunday, July 26, 2020.
New York Open Center
The healing partnership of Rita Navarrete Perez and Toñita Gonzales works internationally to build healing bridges between individuals and communities, and allopathic and traditional medicines. Rita and Toñita are traditional curanderas (folk healers) with clinics in Mexico City and Mataxhi, Mexico and Albuquerque, New Mexico. They co-founded La Cultura Cura, a non-profit that promotes the health and well-being of an indigenous Otomi community in central Mexico and teach a class on curanderismo at the University of New Mexico. Rita is also a professor of traditional medicine at Centro de Desarollo Humano Hacia la Comunidad in Cuernavaca, Mexico. They specialize in sobadas (hands on healing), limpias (energetic cleansing), Mayan acupuncture, platicas (heart-to-heart healing), temazcal (Meso-American sweat lodge), medicinal plants, and food as a medicine.