Bio Park

Bio Park forms

Below are the forms you will need for the class at the bio park.  Please print them ahead of time.  

Botanical Gardens Herbalists

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Susan Feaveryear

Susan Feavearyear is the owner and herbalist of Artemisia Herbs.  She began her herbal studies in 1987 with a short apprenticeship at Gaia Herbs and continued on by attending many herbal conferences on the East Coast. She began studying medicinal plants of the Southwest when she moved to New Mexico in 1989. After years of experience working with various local herbalists and curanderas, including working at Herbs, Etc., in Santa Fe, NM, she went to the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine to study with Michael Moore in 1995. Susan founded Artemisia Herbs in 1993. Along with running the business, she now has a private practice offering transformational energy healing, herbal and spiritual counseling. Artemisia Herbs specializes in creating herbal remedies sourced from wild-crafted and local organically grown herbs. The company offers a variety of herbal remedies for the whole self and works with practitioners throughout the United States offering custom formulas. The business has been a vendor at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market for over 25 years. Artemisia Herbs’ herbal products can now be found in Albuquerque at local farmers’ markets and are sold to regional co-operative markets throughout New Mexico. 

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Katalina Gurulé has been studying Traditional Medicine and Herbalism for about 7 years. She has studied under Rita Navarette, Tonita Gonzalez, Bernadette Torrez and various other teachers such as the herbalists at Red Root Acupuncture & Herbs where she once worked. She has especially learned from working with the plants themselves. She was raised on a farm in Rio Lucio in northern New Mexico. Her grandmothers used herbs to care for their families and she has been on the path to reclaiming the medicine that colonization attempted to erase. Currently, she is in her 12th year of working as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She is working towards opening her own business offering herbs, remedios and energy work. She is also one of the organizers working towards bringing together a cooperative of healers out of B.Ruppe’s in Barelas. The cooperative plans to continue and expand on the legacy of the late Maclovia Sanchez de Zamora.

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Dr. Monica Lucero DOM

Dr. Lucero is a Native New Mexican that has dedicated her life to preserving traditional medicine in all its forms.  She is a Nationally Licensed Acupuncturist, Sobadora (traditional body worker) and herbalist, with passion and love for Native Herbs.  She currently practices at Two Red Brother's Herbal Apothecary and at Del Corazon Medicine.  Dr. Monica Lucero

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Laurencio Lopez Nunez

Laurencio a well-known curandero, botanist, author, and temazcalero has studied the medicinal qualities of plants for over 15 years. He has written a book on the medicinal qualities of plants. He is an employee of CECIPROC, a local non-governmental organization that has been working with underprivileged communities since 1992 to install ecologically friendly latrines that promote the overall health of the communities he serves. It is one of the first groups to support community gardens fertilized by composted human waste. He is a master teacher in UNM’s Occupational Therapy summer course: Introduction to Mexican Traditional Medicine with Dr. Terry Crowe. The course was designed through a partnership between CECIPROC- a non-government Oaxacan organization working in community health, Tierraventura - a small business offering unique eco-tourism and the University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy Graduate Program in the School of Medicine.

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Dianne Rand

Dianne Rand is a nurse practitioner and herbalist.  She practiced Rural Health Medicine in South Dakota and New Mexico and has experience in family practice, geriatrics, psychiatry, energy medicine and counseling. She graduated from UND in 1975 as a Family Nurse Practitioner and from NMHU in 1993 with a Masters in Social Work. She has studied western herbalism in Montana, Arkansas & New Mexico and " Medicina Tradicional de Mexico in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  Dr. Vasant Lad, Sonia Masocco, Simon Chokoisky,  Dr. Claudia Welch, and Dr. Robert Svoboda have been her teachers at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque. Her focus is education and empowerment for optimal health and well being.  People often come to her seeking alternatives to pharmaceutical medication.  She is experienced in helping them with that transition, focusing on lifestyle, nutrition, herbs and other holistic approaches.  Dianne gives talks on "Folk Healing and Plants used by the Curanderos" and is a docent for the habitat garden at the Albuquerque Garden Center. Having grown up on a ranch in South Dakota, her passion is being in nature and in her own garden with the plants.

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Katherine Talavera

I was born and raised in Bernalillo New Mexico. My Great Grandmother was a local Curandera in the town and surrounding communities. I am sure she and her lineage is where my passion comes from. As a small child I developed a relationship with the plants and cultivated this connection as an adult. I have acquired many certifications in Herbal Studies including the one which was offered here at UNM’s Continuing Education by CEDEHC in Cuernavaca Mexico. I have taken many trips to Mexico to study with Healers who practice upon various backgrounds and modality specialties.  I am also a Colon Hydro therapist, Sobadora, Herbal medicine maker and Student of the Tetzkatlipoka Tradition. I currently work for La Montanita Coop and have spent the last 23 years working in Natural Food stores and working with public in whatever capacity I am called upon. I am always humbled by the opportunity to share whatever knowledge and skills that God has blessed me with. 

Kate Viers

Kate Viers

Kate has been immersed in herbal medicine for over 10 years and has studied with a diverse group of herbalists, both locally and nationally. Her background is in folk herbal/wise woman traditions and more recently, in Ayurveda. She loves working with aromatherapy and flower essences. Kate teaches herb walks throughout the year and other herbalism classes at UNM Continuing Education, through the Cottonwood Medicine Collective and her business, Indigo Herbalism. She is passionate about community herbalism, wild medicine and botanical perfumes! For more information about Kate, check out her website: