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.



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.



Mask wearing is optional in this class.

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Partner Affiliate Live Online
T, W, F
10:00AM to 11:00AM
Jul 09, 2024 to Jul 26, 2024
Partner Affiliate Live Online
T, W, F
2:00PM to 3:00PM
Jul 09, 2024 to Jul 26, 2024
Contact Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Live Online  
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $350.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 06, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 06, 2024
Section Notes

This live online 3-week course offers knowledge of traditional medicine without border, Curanderismo in the Southwest and Mexico, involving medicinal herbs and rituals; medicinal plants for women; medicinal plants of the Southwest; ceremonial use of the sweat lodge (temazcal); energetic cleansings (limpias); preparing tinctures and microdosis using medicinal plants; traditional healing during covid pandemic times; healing grief through the Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, and many more. Guest speakers will include practitioners and researchers in the field of traditional medicine and healers from the US, Mexico and other countries.

CEUs and a certificate of completion are provided following successful completion which includes daily attendance and a written assignment submitted to the instructor. Recordings of the sessions will be available for enrolled students who miss sessions.

For additional questions or more information: curanderismo@unm.edu

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.

JTA Funding Opportunity

Full funding for this program is available through Job Training Albuquerque. Eligibility requirements include: Must be an employee of a business with less than 500 employees, headquartered within the Albuquerque city limits. To learn more about JTA funding, click here.

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