Traditional Healing Workshop at Los Altos History Museum

By January 8, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (January 8, 2019) Learn about indigenous Mexican and Mexican American traditional medicine with Elisa Marina Alvarado, Saturday, January 26th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, at Los Altos History Museum. The workshop will cover basic indigenous concepts about health and healing, and include activities to experience a few of the practices of medicina tradicional. Cost is $20 and includes lunch.

Elisa will facilitate a plant medicine meditation and will teach techniques that participants can include in their own health plan for 2019, including the making of a medicine bundle. The workshop will also include a presentation of herbal remedies Juana Briones would have used to heal common health issues, taught by Museum docent Marilyn Henderson, a certified homeopath.

Elisa Marina Alvarado’s education of medicinal plants began with her grandmother who grew plants used for the family’s wellness. In the 1980’s, she learned healing techniques from the Apache healer, Cristina Lopez, and later conducted forms of spiritual intervention under the guidance of Zapotecan elder, Doña Enriqueta Contreras. Elisa is active in social justice and cultural recovery initiatives of the American Indian and Chicano/Mexicano communities of San Jose, and is a health therapist with the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley.

The workshop is in support of the Museum’s exhibition “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera” running through March 31, 2019. Space for the workshop is limited, RSVPs required at

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact:

Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,