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Decolonizing Latinx health and reclaiming traditional healing

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Flower Essence Medicine for the Heart and the Spirit

We use the essences of flowers in many forms as a people, from our abuelita's manzanilla teas to the curadera's esencias floridas also known as tinctures, flowers have served our bodies and hearts for generations.  In this episode we converse with Flower Doctor, Organizer and Masters In Family Therapy, Guadalupe Rocio Chavez about her path as a Flower Essence Healer in Los Angeles tending to formally incarcerated people and their families through the healing power of flowers.  She will teach us about transforming grief, anger, melancholy and restoring a sense of connection through the power of "plantitas". 

1hr 9mins

6 Apr 2019

Rank #1

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Conflict and Transformation

A politicized somatics and restorative justice practitioner, a tarot reader of 25 years and an initiate into the Orisha Oshun, Belia Saavedra Mayeno brings us her deep wisdom on what conflict is and how we relate to it making connections to shame, belonging, safety and dignity.  Belia references Generative Somatics in this episode. You can learn more at generativesomatics.org

1hr 3mins

5 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Healing, Resilience and Power

Listen to the Resilient Strategies team--Mark-Anthony Jonhnson, Prentis Hemphill and Francisca Porchas Coronado, host of La Cura Podcast on Politicized Healing and what it can offer us in this moment of Covid19 and beyond to heal and build power in the way that we need to. Resilient Strategies is healing justice project transforming the impact of state violence on our bodies, our behaviors and the organizations we build as a critical part of liberation.  To learn more about Prentis Hemphill you can visit their website at prentishemphill.com and you can follow them on IG @prentis.h and you can follow Mark-Anthony Johnson on twitter @FlyEgret.  Follow La Cura Podcast on IG @lacurapodcast and Mijente @conmijente. Please rate, subscribe and share our pod! 

1hr 1min

10 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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Elevating Our Ancestors, Elevating Ourselves

Ancestors are complicated.  Some of them we knew, loved immensely, and miss daily. Others we knew and their memory causes pain, and we hope to never repeat their mistakes again in the world.  Either way, they inevitably live in us and in our families' costumbres, personalities and behaviors.  Should we honor and elevate them all irregardless of their character? If so, how?  In this episode, we speak to Jose Rodriguez, "Agboola" about his ancient West African spiritual tradition of Ifá--which has made its way to every corner of Latin America from Chile to Colombia, Brazil to Cuba--and about what it means to praise the ancestors. We talk about why it is profoundly important, not only for their spirits, but for our own character, elevation and evolution here in the world as individuals and as a collective.


4 May 2019

Rank #4

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Healing Our Bodies with Food

The world might disagree on a lot. One thing is for sure--we all love food! From filling up our bellies with our delicious traditional dishes to treating our corazoncitos, physical pains, and illnesses with our ancestral ingredients, food is central to who we are and what we do. In this episode we are in conversation about the energetic and nourshing healing capacity of food with Julio Medoza, Chef and owner of The Ital Trap, a mobile and pop-up food concept that specializes in tropical plan-centric cuisine and Chef Maria Parra Cano, owner and mami-prenuer of Sana Sana Foods, a plant based movement aimed at healing our community through food.

1hr 7mins

20 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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Conflict and Transformation Part Two

Belia Mayeno Saavedra returns for the second part of our conversation on Conflict and Transformation. She takes us deeper into the intersection between conflict, vulnerability, shame and accountability. She answers questions by Mijente members on setting boundaries with family, moving past toxic chapters in our lives and building self-awareness. Please subscribe, rate our podcast and leave a comment on your favorite episodes!


24 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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Death Midwifery

In conversation with Boston based Boricua and Death Midwife, Luana Morales we explore our relationship to death spiritually and emotionally, the influence of the medical industrial complex on our self-determination after death, and that of our beloveds, and the funeral industry's elitist history. Luana will tell us what her powerful work of death midwifery entails and how to make the best choices around our transition and that of our loved ones. 

1hr 7mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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Is Therapy Only for the Locos?

Increasingly, Latinx people are more open and actively seeking counseling and therapy as a source of healing. At the same time, many in our familias still believe it is only for the "locos" or the "blancos", but the root of this belief is not unfounded. The history of psychology has been used as a tool of white supremacy for centuries. We will talk to Cristalis Capielo Rosario, Ph.D and Professor at Arizona State University about her journey and her culture shock after moving from the island of Puerto Rico to the U.S. South, loving psychology while still navigating racism and sexism as a student, and her passion to create culturally grounded theory and practice in the field. Also listen to great advice form Dr. Capielo Rosario on what to look for in a therapist and how to best exercise your own agency!


23 Mar 2019

Rank #8

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Holistic Immunity Support

Kicking off our Community Care Series with Dr. Diana Quinn Inlak'ech who educates and grounds us on a holistic view of how to take care of our system and each other. Diana Inlak'ech, ND is a licensed naturopathic doctor at the intersection of social justice, spirituality and healing. Specializing in somatic bodywork, integrative mental health, and decolonized healing modalities within a politicized framework. You can access her blog Holistic Support for Immunity and Viral Prevention at https://www.drdianaquinn.com/blog Please rate and subscribe to La Cura! You can follow us at @lacurapodcast on IG.


18 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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La Politica de Territorio y La Medicina

Season 1:  La Cura's FIRST episode in Spanish! Este es el primer episodio de La Cura en español! Esta es la primera parte de una conversación de dos partes con Mimi Salvador Lucero, joven Kichwa de la área de la Amazonia Ecuatoriana.  Mimi nos comparte sobre su comunidad de su pueblo originario indígena, Kichwa, su Cosmovisión, la lucha política y espiritual por su territorio y el futuro del planeta en acuerdo a su tradición.  La Cura Espisodes are out every other Sunday. Subscribe! Check us out at LaCuraPodcast.com and follow us on Instagram @lacurapodcast.  Follow Mimi's collective on Instagram @healinginresistance


8 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Storytelling as Medicine

Award winning HIV activist and artist, Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca joins us to share about the creation of The Gran Varones Project, which uses storytelling to elevate the stories of Latinx & Afro-Latinx Gay, Queer, Trans, Bisexual Men & Bois and his hit Youtube show Kikis with Louie! Check out @GranVarones on Instagram and Tumbler and Kikis with Louie on Youtube. 


8 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Sanacion y Resiliencia en Puerto Rico

Season 1: Lourdes Hernandez Rivera nos cuenta sobre los esfuerzos de sanación a través de su proyecto Caminando La Utopía y muchos más por toda la Isla de Puerto Rico dado la devastación de los terremotos recientes y el huracán Maria de hace dos años.  Con miles de personas desposeídas por la Isla, ella es una lider y sanadora entre muchos mas, creando conciencia política y resiliencia emocional y física a miles de ellos.   Si deseas saber mas de los esfuerzos de Caminando La Utopía por favor sigue en IG @caminandolaeutopia y POR FAVOR contribuye al proyecto! *****English**** Lourdes Hernandez Rivera tells us about her healing work efforts through her project Caminando La Utopia and many others throughout the Island of Puerto Rico given the aftermath of the recent earthquakes and Hurricane Maria two years ago.  With thousands of people finding themselves without homes, she is a leader and healer among many others creating political consciousness and emotional and physical resilience to thousands of them.  Follow her project Caminando La Utopia on IG at @CaminandolaUtopia and PLEASE contribute! 


19 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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Parte 2: Politica de Territorio y Medicina

Season 1: Esta es la Segunda Parte de la conversación con Mimi Salvador sobre la política de su territorio en la Amazonía Ecuatoriana, la cosmovisión de su gente y la medicina.  En este capítulo Mimi nos comparte su pensamiento sobre el Ayahuasca que viene de la cosmología de su gente y el hecho de que ahora esta siendo usado por estadounidenses y europeos fuera y dentro del territorio. Siganos en Instagram @lacurapodcast y envíenos un correo electrónico a lacurapodcast@gmail.com para compartir su sentir sobre este capitulos y capitulos pasados o visiten nuestra pagina de web lacurapodcast.com.


23 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Community Care Series: Ofrenda by Dr. Diana Quinn Inla'kech

Dr. Diana Quinn Inla'kech shares holistic and traditional recipes and the healing power of plants for immune and spiritual support generously shared to her by two Curadera friends especially for this offering on La Cura.  This offering is part of La Cura's Community Care Series which will include community organizers, artists, healers and leaders sharing how they are grounding spiritually and physically in this moment with us all as a way of building resilience together in this challenging moment globally.  Check out Dr. Quinn Inla'kech's blog on the recipes at https://www.drdianaquinn.com/blog 


25 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Community Care Series: Ofrenda by Muertero Yamil

Muertero Yamil is a Pennsylvania based health worker on the frontlines of the Covid19 pandemic. He shares with us his grounding spiritual practice of the past 27 years and especially now as he navigates care giving for so many battling illness daily.  Please share this practice with others!  This offering is part of La Cura's Community Care Series which will include community organizers, artists, healers and leaders sharing how their grounding practices and rituals in this moment with us all as a way of building resisilience together in this challenging moment globally.   Please share this practice, subscribe to our podcast and rate it! Follow us on IG @lacurapodcast


1 Apr 2020

Rank #15