We all begin to walk our path in life from an early age, whether we are conscious of it or not. My path has led me to the healing arts. My abilities began to show themselves when I attended a funeral and rode with the deceased’s mother. I was able to share with her what was said to me about her son. It was a matter of fact to me at age 6 but she found it very comforting.
As an adult, I trained as an educator and ran several schools in my 35 years of service to my community. When I attended Columbia University Teachers College as a graduate student, I found time to explore and learn from some of the best educators of our time.
Grandfather Ines, my Taino grandfather, gave my mother the teachings of the Taíno¹ medicine wheel. However, his father was taken² from him at an early age and his training was interrupted. My mother received as much of the teachings as she could, but without formal training and support she only carried part of our story.
During my journey, I found Tom Brown Jr. of the Tracker School. His school gave me a profound understanding and appreciation of the spirit world. The Apache elder Stalking Wolf trained and developed Tom, leaving him with a mission to share the teachings and not let them die. It was what I was looking for, formal training in the ways of the healer. I have been associated with the school for over 25 years.
It was my good fortune that several years ago, Tom asked a long time student of his, Karl Direske to teach the healers. Karl started his own school, Wilderness Fusion, a school that I attended and graduated from a few years ago.
My love of learning and teaching is a thread that winds throughout my life from my graduate and undergraduate experiences to the coyote teaching of Grandfather Stalking Wolf. Coyote teaching has over 34 points a teacher must consider when mentoring or teaching. It opens doorways for the student particular to their needs in an experiential lesson that teaches self-sufficiency.
My journey continues today as I teach classes in collaboration with organizations and meet with individuals for personal sessions.
¹Taino is the name given to the indigenous people of Puerto Rico
²He was killed by the Spanish in a raid for more information visit The Regimen of the Laborers Booklet by Encyclopedia of Puerto Rico, June 6, 2015: http://www.enciclopediapr.org/ing/