My teachers & Lineages
In 2005, I returned to Ann Arbor after completing my naturopathic training and studied for ten years under ShuNahSii Rose of In Sacred Balance. ShuNahSii is a feminist educator, healer and community organizer who for 27 years has facilitated spiritual community for girls and women. Her primary teacher was Keewaydinoquay Pakawakuk Peschel. Kee was a scholar, ethnobotanist, herbalist, medicine woman, teacher and author. She was an Anishinaabeg Elder of the Crane Clan.
In 2016, I studied with Lena and Jose Stevens. The roots of their work were established through a ten year apprenticeship with Wixáritari Mara'akame in the Sierras of Central Mexico. In addition they were students of Shipibo healers of the Peruvian Amazon for many years, and continue to return annually to work with these communities in deep reciprocity. The Stevens founded a non-profit organization, the Center for Shamanic Education & Exchange, with a mission of preserving indigenous wisdom, culture, and traditional ways of life. I have served as a Board member of CSEE since 2018.
In 2018 and 2019 I made a pilgrimage to Wirikuta, a Wixáritari sacred site. As a second-generation Xicana with ancestral roots in Central Mexico, reconnecting with the traditional healing ways of my ancestral lineage has been deeply meaningful and transformative. In addition I have been privileged to travel to Peru and work directly with Shipibo Maestros and study traditional botanical and healing techniques