Traditional Medicine of Mexico Immersion Program

July 13-20, 2019

traditional medicine of mexico immersion

Join us for a week-long immersion program focusing on Traditional Medicine of Mexico including excursions, educational workshops, and personalized treatments. Both present-day practitioners and those who have a special interest in learning more about self-care and healing are welcome to join.

Our purpose for creating this program is twofold. First, we are excited to share the ancestral wisdom of Sofia Diaz Hernandez, an indigenous Tzotzil healer from the state of Chiapas, Mexico with our participants to enhance their own knowledge and self-care practices. Our second goal is to raise funds for Sofia to continue to offer workshops in rural communities, creating space for sharing generational practices, so that these ancient wisdom traditions are maintained and expanded. Your participation in this program supports those who have limited access to mainstream health care and education.

Sofía Díaz Hernández practices and teaches traditional medicine and ancestral healing throughout Mexico.  She is certified to offer diplomas in Traditional Medicine of Mexico by the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Secretaría del Trabajo, Morelos. Her center, Mayahuelcalli has been training practitioners for 25 years.

Classes taught by Sofia will be in Spanish with bilingual interpreter, Alejandro De Santiago who is also a practitioner and student of Sofia. All other experiences and excursions will be in English. You do not have to be a Spanish speaker to participate.

Sue and Abigail McClam embarked on separate journeys 10 years ago, Sue’s in Huatulco, Mexico where she started Huatulco Intensive Language Courses teaching Spanish and English and Abigail in Charleston, South Carolina where she created Lotus Healing Center integrating her learning and experiences in Mexico, Central and South America. They are pooling their knowledge and experience to offer a unique immersion program this summer focusing on Traditional Medicine of Mexico.

They plan to combine Sofía’s coursework with excursions to a cacao ranch, a coffee plantation, and an organic farm along with contemplative walks on the beach and time for reflection.

Throughout the week you will have the opportunity to heal in mind, body, and spirit by receiving personalized treatments which include massage, flower baths, traditional saunas, and cleansing rituals.

Participants will stay in a family run hotel with spotless modern rooms and sample local fresh food and regional favorites.  

Rest assured that your safety and well-being will be kept in mind at all times. Huatulco is located along the Oaxacan coast (farther than the distance between Boston and Miami from the border). We will travel with guides we have selected who are bilingual and who are nationally certified.

We can’t think of a better place to learn than in the setting of the beautiful beaches of Huatulco’s sustainable paradise and in the foothills of the Southern Sierra Madre Mountains.

Give yourself the experience of a lifetime and take away tools to be equipped to maintain your body’s health in a balanced and natural way when you return.

Program includes:

  • 7-Nights hotel, private room

  • Transportation for airport arrival and departure, all excursions and events

  • All meals – A variety of traditional authentic regional foods

  • Excursions - all venues are local, small scale producers, family owned and operated

    • Regional outdoor market

    • Tour of Agro-Ecological Sustainable Farm

    • Organic cacao growers

    • Organic coffee growers

  • Experiences - lead by certified holistic health practitioners

    • Traditional Mexican Cleansing Ritual

    • Traditional Cacao Ceremony

    • Herb + Plant Identification Walk at Organic Farm

    • Temazcal - traditional steam sauna infused with medicinal herbs

    • Time for reflection

  • Educational Workshops - lead by certified holistic health practitioners

    • Introduction to Traditional Medicine of Mexico

    • Bean to Bar Chocolate Making

    • Herbal Medicine - properties and common uses

    • Herbal Medicine Making

    • Self-Care Massage Techniques

    • Traditional Oaxacan cooking class

  • Program Organization

    • Educational instruction will be conducted in a classroom setting and on the go during excursions to ensure that your learning is as experiential as possible.

    • All meals include fresh local ingredients and are vegetarian-friendly.

    • Accommodations are located in a small family run hotel with 11 rooms. Private bathroom, cable TV, free WIFI, and air-conditioning are included.

    • Located conveniently just 15 min walking distance to the classroom, beach, and town plaza.

      NOT included:

      • Round-trip airfare to Huatulco (average airfare is $700 round trip from Charleston, SC)

      • Gratuities

      • *Travel Insurance

      • Medical Expenses

      • Items of a personal nature

      Total Cost: $2200 US Dollars (Based on single occupancy) $2000 if paid in full by May 31st

Reservations: This personalized experience is limited to 10 participants.  Please make your reservations as early as possible to secure your place! We limit the number of participants to give plenty of hands on experiences to enhance your learning. Deposits received after we fill the program will be placed on a waiting list.

Register by completing and signing the Registration form and the Agreement (last 3 pages). Scan and return via email or US Mail (To Sue McClam, or 2727 Duncan St., Columbia, SC 29205). The deposit can be paid with the PayPal link PayPal.Me/suemcclam (Press control and double click) or a check can be mailed along with your registration and agreement forms.

  • Registration and deposit of $1100 due by May 31st, 2019

  • Balance due by June 15th, 2019

  • Pay in full by May 31st and take advantage of the $200 discounted price of $2000.