Explore the traditional medicine and natural health-promoting practices of Latin America. We will discuss this wellness system’s Indigenous, African, Asian and European roots, philosophy, cultural sustainability and methodology – including bodywork (sobando), herbalism, energetic cleansing (limpia), holistic counseling (platica), hydrotherapy, food medicine, ceremony and lifestyle choices.
Intro to Costa Rican Herbalism
This class will provide an extensive introduction to local medicinal plants, focusing on native and naturalized Tonic herbs. The class includes essentials of herbalism such as traditional usage, biological actions, preparation and personal research.
For thousands of years, shamans have journeyed between realities as a path to wholeness and to help their communities. Journeying can be an important door to self-discovery and personal growth. During this two-day workshop you will learn basic information about shamanism, connect with your spirit guide, journey to find answers to self-questions and practice journeying for someone else. You will need a blanket, a journal, a maraca or drum, and a handkerchief. Please follow a healthy diet at least three days prior the class.
Traditional Healing Drinks
Costa Rican and Caribbean traditions include amazing herbal preparations, which help to keep the body cool and healthy in the face of harsh tropical heat. This class will explore some of the most important traditional drinks, including agua de arroz, mozote and sorrel. We will prepare the drinks, sample them, and discuss their traditional uses and wellness benefits.
Native people all over North and South America have used tobacco to carry their prayers to the divine. This Mexica ceremony uses an obsidian pipe, which is associated with the moon and the feminine energy. The ceremony includes introspection and copal cleansing.
This ancient ritual purifies the body, mind and spirit through a combination of prayer, tradition and steam, created by throwing water on hot rocks. The activity strictly follows the traditions of the Mexica people and includes building the sweat lodge structure together. Participants are free to exit the sweat lodge and sit by the fire until all are finished and the fruits are shared together.