Bio Park Herbalists

The class visits the Albuquerque Bio Park during one of the class sessions and is led on a walking tour by the following herbalists:  

Monica Lucero

Monica Lucero photo

Dr. Monica Lucero DOM (Diné, Apache, Mexica), Dr. Monica Lucero has been healing with her heart and her hands since she was a little girl. She comes from Diné, Apache, and Mexica heritage, and has a deep love for her Native New Mexican herbs and healing traditions. She is a Nationally Certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine that blends the traditional medicine of the Americas with Chinese Medicine.   Dr. Lucero also serves community as a birth worker.  She serves on the board for Changing Woman Initiative, a birth justice and traditional birthing program.She and her late partner Dr. Arlo Orion Starr DOM have served community through  at Red Root Acupuncture & Herbs in Albuquerque, at Del Corazon Medicine in Los Lunas, and at the Pueblo of Acoma Behavioral Health Services. She is the co-founder of Native Acupuncture Project, and has worked sharing knowledge of traditional medicine with Indigenous healers in Guatemala, Mexico, and throughout the Americas. She specializes in Women’s health, and works with a collective of Indigenous Midwives throughout turtle island to revitalize birthing traditions.

Katherine San Martin

Kata San Martin Bio

My name Is Katherine San Martin, and 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. Ometeotl.

Kate Viers

Kate Viers photoKate is a community supported herbalist, aromatherapist and artisan natural perfumer, who is passionate about plants, people, bees, aromatics, nature, gardening, art, community, and social justice. Kate has been immersing herself in herbal and aromatic medicine for over 10 years and has been integrating plants into her life and the lives of those around her since she was a child. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and teaches a range of subjects in the field of herbalism, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, natural perfumery and natural healing. As a clinician, she utilizes a mixed modality that includes western herbalism, folk medicine, Ayurveda, aromatherapy, flower essence therapy and above all else, helping people find their intrinsic connection to the land and the healing force within. She is a co-founder at the Cottonwood Medicine Collective; an organization which works to bring accessible herbal education and healthcare to the people, by operating a sliding scale clinic and hosting herbalism and natural healing classes in Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Following her passion for aromatherapy, Kate started a natural perfumery business called Feral Lore Perfumes, which blends aromatics, nature, art and storytelling.

Susan Feaveryear

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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.

Dara Saville

 Dara Saville is an herbalist, author, geographer, mother, native plant advocate, and   PhD student. She is the founder of Albuquerque Herbalism, a long-standing   bioregional herbal studies program, and the executive director of the Yerba Mansa   Project, a nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and native   plant restoration along the Middle Rio Grande. Dara is also the author of the   University of New Mexico Press book, The Ecology of Herbal Medicine: A Guide to   Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest

Laurencio López Núñez

laurencio_photo.gif Maestro Laurencio (Lauro) López Núñez, 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.

Katalina Gurule

Shayai & Cecilia Lucero