MEET THE MEDICINE WOMEN
It’s always a joy to meet women from all over the world, those on the path of natural healing and medicine work. Meet these women who work or have worked within the Southwestern region. Some have studied under the best herbalists, elders, and teachers. Some have been given the gift and have information, techniques and remedies passed down through the generations. Some are young Maidens who have a gift, a calling, a path to share their ancient knowledge with others. Our Medicine Women/Teachers will share their knowledge with you (teachers/classes subject to change without notice)
We are here to honor ALL women, the Maidens, the Mothers, and the Crones and of course Mother Earth and her plant life.
Welcome Medicine Women
Gigi Rock – Creator and Connector for the Southwestern Medicine Women Gathering. Gigi has a Master’s in Cultural Anthropology and has had the honor of working with many indigenous medicine woman and men. A multi-generation herbalist, Gigi shares her passion of herbs and essences. “A mentor once told me that I had ancient wisdom with herbs, I have an uncanny knack of connecting with ancient plants for healing.”
Cynthia Olivera de Kapp is a Master Medicinal Aromatherapist working in concert as a spiritual counselor and uses the medicinal essences to cut old paradigms and patterns. She has roots in the Taino Nation of indigenous peoples in the Caribbean and the indigenous peoples of the Island of Corsica. Cynthia has been teaching woman to dance their prayer, meditation, healing and spirituality.
Bella Donna – Holistic Healthcare Practitioner and Apitherapist. Working with clients, mainly women with chronic health issues or those interested in long-term holistic health. Modalities of whole health include apitherapy, Reiki, aromatherapy, Shiatus, Information on honey and bees, beekeeping and apitherapy as used for alternative medical purposes.
Gail Whitlow – Pipe Carrier and Medicine Woman, of the Haudenosaunee, born into the Bear clan. This birth manifests as healing and medicine. We all once knew our paths according to what clan we were born into. Most now spend all their lives searching for a connection’. Her life’s purpose since she was 25 has been to create and facilitate events that foster the traditional ceremonies that allow our connection to Spirit.
Kathy Padecky – has been in the holistic healing arena for 35+ years. She integrates crystals with aromatherapy in bodywork sessions. She has trained and taught classes in Heated Stone Massage, Healing with Crystals and Essential Oils, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, and Advanced Spa techniques including body wraps, hydrotherapy, back exfoliation plus chakras and color therapy. She holds degrees in Massage Therapy, Aromatherapy, and Body Work
Feather Jones – is a practicing western clinical herbalist coupled with a background in Native American (Mandan) tribal teachings, She is faculty member of Botanical Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. We’ll visit the native plants of the upper desert around Sedona. Learn their edible, medicinal actions and flower essences through scent and taste.
Diane Nuckle – Is a lover of the Green World of plants and all the gifts that they offer us, and honors the “Wisdoms of the Ancients” of living a life close to nature and in rhythm with the cycles of the seasons. It is her belief that our Creator has given us all the food and ‘medicine’ that we need to live long healthy lives. And, of course, you can’t be ‘loving the plants’ without having that deep awareness of the Spirit that moves through and connects all things. Life is Sacred!
Sunshine Rose Claymore – is an Environmental Scientist from the Standing Rock Reservation in the Dakotas. She is passionate about educating others about our connection to the world around us and how our interactions with our natural habitat could be honored in a respectable way through personal ritual. As a human on earth she works to empower others as self-healers to work together while enhancing our role as caretakers of our beautiful planet.