Project developed by co-founders Selma Sroka MD (Well Rooted LLC) and Kim Hart (Adagio Holistic Therapies), to develop 9 month training program, bringing their Curandera teacher Rita Navarrete to MN for experiential teaching with the training program students, as well as HCMC Family Medicine Residents, El Centro Tyrone Guzman, sweat lodge community near Hugo MN. Project funded by Catalyst Initiative/George Family Foundation.
RITA NAVARRETE is an elder from the Otomi Indigenous community of Metaxi, Mexico. She has decades of experience and expertise in many healing modalities, including being a Temazcalera (water pourer for the adobe sweat lodge ceremony), a Huesera (bone-setter), a Curandera (healer), and Maestra (master teacher). She is the director of a school in Jilotepec, Mexico and has become known as an international leader and teacher. She is one of the main instructors for the annual 2-week Summer Course in Curanderismo at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, and she is one of the Traditional Healing Professors at CEDEHC (Centro de Desarrollo Humano Hacia la Comunidad) in Cuernavaca, Morelos. She has been invited to lead many sacred ceremonies for Indigenous Nations as well as to teach/lead workshops and ceremonies in many states in the USA and Canada with multicultural communities. Rita also supports 3 different towns in Mexico giving toys and clothing to children and elders. One of her latest projects is a collaboration in bringing hydroponic greenhouses to three different communities which have limited access to water and extreme climates. She loves to remind all people that they are their own healers and she shares ways to continue the healing work for their own families and in their communities. Her belief is there should be a Healer in every Home. She excels in balancing energy, clearing trauma and helping move stuck emotions and thought patterns. Rita is gentle and loving, yet a very powerful teacher who will take you to where you need to go in order to heal, and she will be there holding you all the way.