SHAMANIC HERBALISM SERIES: TEACHERS
“I can’t tell you how excited I am for you and your students that Rocio is able and willing to teach in my place that weekend. It’s a blessing, really, for everyone. As you know, Rocio is one of my dearest friends and certainly one of the best teachers of ceremony that I know (perhaps the best). She is a great healer, authentic and sincere in all she does. I’m thrilled that your students get to experience her teachings!” Rosemary Gladstar
An Ethnopharmacologist, Ethnobotanist, and extraordinary teacher and healer within a lineage of traditional healing, Rocio has spent over 30 years working with ethnic groups in the tropical rainforest and Andes Mountains of Ecuador and in the Basque Country, Spain. She has contributed to various Amazonian and Andes indigenous communities and has collaborated with international organizations including the Wildlife Conservation Society, Care and The Nature Conservancy establishing economic opportunities for local people with products from the forest. It has been said that she ‘may know more about indigenous people than anyone else in Ecuador’. Rocio is renowned and beloved world wide for her caring, loving and passionate approach to people, plants and nature.
From Rocio: “I was born in Ecuador and have been privileged enough to learn from my ancestors and local people, the traditions of plants and spiritual practices . I want to share my knowledge to help bring peace and allow you to see the rainforest and the Andes of my beautiful green country Ecuador, as a focus of the energy that heals us and the planet.” www.iamoecenter.org
Rocio is currently living in England, where she received her diploma in Holistic Therapies. She continues to travel, teach and inspire. You can get more of a glimpse in this Youtube talk with them both here:
Brittany Jade Gelinas
Educator, midwife, herbalist and founder of Original Instructions School
Brittany Jade began her theoretical training and practicum of midwifery, herbalism and natural healing while still in her teens. After receiving her herbalism and midwifery trainings in Asheville, North Carolina, Brittany moved to Peru. There, she lived alongside and practiced medicine within rural Quechua, Qero and Shippibo communities for a decade. For the past six years Brittany has produced and taught outstanding original trainings in the fields of herbalism and midwifery around the globe. She is blessed to have learned from a handful of indigenous medicine people who have guided her in her practice.
While she has spent a significant part of her life in South America, Brittany has also remained rooted to ancestral practices and traditional beliefs stemming from North American indigenous nations. She approaches her work as an educator, herbalist, midwife and healer through her experiential knowledge of the Original Instructions for humanity. She approaches her work and her life with a sense of humility and with the hope that her way of living would make her Ancestors proud.
Xochi Quetzalli has been working in ceremony for the past 10 years. She was initiated into an ancient form of healing and divination by her godmother’s in Guatemala and brings it back home to share with her people. Xochi works with plants in the traditions of the South and she will share teachings of plant Spirit medicine and the folk Medicine of curanderismo.
Michal is an initiated shamanic practitioner and an experienced spiritual advisor. She apprenticed with and received initiation with Tamang Bon shamans in Nepal, has studied with Okinawan shamans and has undergone initiation in the Japanese Shugendo mountain ascetic tradition. Through the shamanic studies center she directed in Tokyo, Japan from 1992-1999 she had the privilege to work with many healers and teachers of various traditions, while at the same time serving on the international faculty of the Foundation for Shaamanic Studies as the Teaching Associate for Southeast Asia. Michal has been offering teaching on shamanic practice and providing heart-centered shamanic healing support to people internationally and on the North Coast for over 25 years.
Kathleen Harrison, M.A., explores, studies and teaches ethnobotany in its broadest sweep — all the ways that people relate to plants and fungi, and the stories they tell about those relationships, with a particular focus on healing and visionary species, and their lore. In 1985 she cofounded Botanical Dimensions, an organization dedicated to that work, and has managed programs in Mexico, Peru and Hawaii. Her current main project is the Ethnobotany Library, in Occidental, California, where she also teaches.
For twenty-five years she has been in close relationship with an extended family of indigenous Mazatec people in southern Mexico. Kat and her daughter (artist Klea McKenna) are making a film about that long friendship with an elder healer and his descendants. https://almostvisiblefilm.com