Atava is dedicated to remembering and honoring the healing traditions of her ancestors and also to creating spaces to support others to also make this connection. Atava is also passionate about connecting people to our common ancestors, the plants.
Elokin Orton-Cheung is the founder of Shooting Star Botanicals, a wellness practice dedicated to healing, personal transformation, and social justice. She is an herbalist, gardener and spiritual massage practitioner.
Kara Sigler has worked as a clinical herbalist in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2006 in her private practice. She is registered nationally through the American Herbalist Guild as a professional herbalist. Kara incorporates Ayurvedic pulse and tongue assessment into her sessions with clients, as well as inspiring clients through nutritional consulting, and emotional/energetic counseling.
Tracey’s life passion is to promote deep healing and connection for us as individuals, as communities and for the earth through her pursuits as an energetic herbalist, student and teacher of yoga, and community organizer. Inspired by a deep awe and joy from working with plants, her practice is rooted in helping people find balance across the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of their beings.
As a practitioner of Mexica Traditional Knowledge and Ceremonies Patricia / Chicueyi-Coatl currently carries the Primera Palabra of the Calpulli Huey Papalotl from Berkeley, a cultural, educational, and Danza Mexica circle with the purpose to bring Anahuacan Ceremonies, Tradition and Culture to the Indigenous/Latin@/Chican@ groups of Northern California.
Francine Madrid is a partera/midwife and massage therapist.
“When I had my own children, the wise words of my Grandmothers came back to me. I went on to formally study massage and body work, herbalism and birth; and what I found was that all of these practices are intricately and beautifully woven together within my own ancestral knowledge.”
Alejandra Olguin is a doula and promotora of curanderismo deeply committed to community healing work. Shaped by her family’s immigrant experience from the Mixteca region in Oaxaca, Mexico her own journey of uncovering and reclaiming the ancestral practices of her family has guided her work among different communities.
She has spent the last six years living between Oaxaca and California working within several projects that serve low-income women and children within health and education.
Guillermo Ortiz is an initiated curandero who completed his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Elena Avila, RN, MSW curandera and international practitioner of integrative medicine.
With over 40 years experience in the moving arts, he brings into his healing work the importance of body awareness & creative expression. Guillermo is also a founding member of Xochipilli, a latino men’s ritual group, which has taught classes, performed dances & conducted ceremonies throughout the Bay Area since it’s inception in 1992.”
Estela Roman is a traditional healer from Cuernavaca, Mexico. She is recognized in her community as a teacher, a healer, social worker, and a lawyer. She is also the author of Nuestra Medicina: de Los Remedios Para El Aire y Los Remedios Para El Alma.
Brenda Salgado is first generation Nicaraguan-American, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently the Director of East Bay Meditation Center, and an Associate at Movement Strategy Center. She founded Nepantla Consulting, where she provides limpias and other healing services, meeting facilitation and workshops, and officiates ceremonies.