Rita Navarrete Perez & Toñita Gonzales
Rita Navarrete Perez and Toñita Gonzales, co-founders of the Mexican non-profit La Cultura Cura, are traditional curanderas (folk healers) who work internationally and specialize in sobadas (hands-on healing), limpias (energetic cleansing), Mayan acupuncture, platicas (heart-to-heart healing), temazcal (Meso-American sweat lodge) and medicinal plants. Toñita currently has her own practice, Tonantzin Traditional Healing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is the director of RAICES (Remembering Ancestors, Inspiring Community, Empowering Self), a collaboration of community education. She also practices in Mexico City at Temazcal Tonatiuh and School and Clinic La Cultura Cura, in Mataxhi, Mexico (an indigenous Otomi Community). They have shared their knowledge at the Smithsonian, Texas Holocaust Museum, Pacifica Clinics in Los Angeles and with many hospitals. Rita is a professor of traditional medicine at Centro de Desarollo Humano Hacia la Comunidad in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
She currently has her own practice Tonantzin Traditional Healing in Albuquerque, is the director of RAICES (remembering ancestors, inspiring community, empowering self), a collaborative of community education. She also practices in Mexico City at Temazcal Tonatiuh, and School/Clinic La Cultura Cura, in Mataxhi, Mexico (an indigenous Otomi Community).