Griselda Alvarez Sesma is a cultural educator and practitioner of Aztec & Mayan Medicine Ways.
Born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, Griselda, or Grace as she is better known, is Mexican of Yaqui and Kumiai ancestry. Her “don” (healing gift) was deeply influenced by the spiritual work of her aunt, a curandera, and an uncle who was a well-known sobador/huesero, bonesetter. Much later she undertook the study of ancestral healing traditions with indigenous healers of various native backgrounds, in Baja California as well as the United States.
A humorous and inspiring speaker, she has lectured on Curanderismo at the 2010 International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy & Energy Medicine Conference, Children’s Hospital-Denver, CO, the University of Southern California – San Diego Medical Anthropology Department, San Diego State University’s School of Social Work, and other institutions. She is Adjunct Professor at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona where she teaches “Exploring Native American Medicine Ways: Learning from, and honoring, Indigenous Healing Traditions.”
Grace also has had diverse leadership roles in community outreach and social action programs, helping organize grass-roots advocacy groups. In acknowledgment of her work, she has been the recipient of many leadership awards including a commendation from the California State Senate. She travels extensively offering workshops and lectures.
Grace speaks with Joanna about curanderismo as a healing and spiritual path; Nature, the greatest teacher; the meaning and power of ritual; dreaming of the Grandmothers; celebrating the sacred duality of the masculine & feminine; attuning to life; healing and the truth of who we are; re-membering together.
”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik