Date & Time
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Rita Navarrete Perez & Toñita Gonzales
Throughout ancestral times, indigenous communities have used food for healing. Rita and Tonita will be sharing this wisdom from their elders and ancestors. In Curanderismo, illnesses are called imbalances in the body. Imbalances are diagnosed by how an emotion affects bodily organs, and foods are used to heal them. In this class, we will prepare, sample, and learn about traditional recipes for juicing and cooking, and explore the medicinal uses of leaves and peelings of fruits and vegetables such as nopal, (the cactus leaf used to regulate glucose in diabetics) or Atole (ground corn used to absorb toxins in the body).
Note: A materials fee of $25 is to be paid to the instructor for the Indigenous Foods Workbook (with recipes). Please bring two fresh food items.
A One-Day Workshop
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Members $140/ Nonmembers $175
Additional Classes with Rita Navarrete Perez & Toñita Gonzales:
Friday, July 26, 2019, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Temazcal Seco (Dry Sweatlodge): Traditional Ceremony for Healing the Mind, Body & Spirit
Sunday, July 28, 2019, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Healing & Preparing First-Aid Medicinal Plants
Members $250/ Nonmembers $310
Click here to register for the combo which includes Healing with Traditional Indigenous Foods and
Healing & Preparing First-Aid Medicinal Plants on Sunday, July 28, 2019
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.