Course Overview

This class explores the history of Curanderismo, the usage of medicinal herbs, remedies, rituals, and instruments of healing used in traditional medicine. The class hosts speakers from throughout the country and other parts of the world including internationally known curanderos and herbalists specialized in this type of medicine which give lectures, carry out exercises for community members to learn and practice traditional healing rituals and conduct afternoon workshops (optional).

Students will explore an integrative approach to traditional medicine and will have the opportunity to examine demonstrations that incorporate Curanderismo with various traditional and holistic health techniques.

Guest speakers will include researchers in the field and healers from the US and Mexico.

There is an person two-week class (section 005) starting on June 13, 2022 and a live-online class (section 006) that starts on July 12, 2022.


What You'll Learn

  • Explain the concept of traditional Mexican folk healing in Mexico, the American southwest and other countries
  • Compare different classic methods of traditional medicine with communities of different backgrounds
  • Examine fundamental elements involved in the temazcal ceremonies from Mexico and New Mexico
  • Discuss the meaning and demonstrate spiritual/energetic rituals in Curanderismo
  • Address the inclusion and diversity of traditional healing from different cultures and age groups
  • Outline the effects of celebrating Day of the Dead to commemorate the soul of the deceased and how grief can be addressed through this ritual


Who Should Attend

This course is designed for all community members interested in the Hispanic traditional medicine of Mexico, the American southwest and other countries.

Additional Information

Upon request CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded as well as a certificate of completion upon successful completion and participation in the course.

The presenters and topics of course are subject to change.



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University requires proof of vaccination to both credit and non-credit students attending the in-person class in June held on Main Campus as well as wearing a mask inside all buildings. Every class attendee will be required to provide proof of vaccination on the first day of classes in order to remain in the class for the two weeks. 

Thank you for your interest in this course. This course is not currently open for enrollment. Please complete a Course Inquiry so that we may promptly notify you when enrollment opens.

UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty, and Retirees: This course is Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development. For more information, visit the UNM Tuition Remission information page click here.

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