2021 The Future of Plant Medicine Summit
Program & Replays
Concepts of Spiritual Healing From a Maya Shaman
Rosita Arvigo focuses on universal examples of fright or "susto," and grief or "pesar." How do we access these emotions, what are the manifestations, and how are they treated within Maya medicine (as taught to her by Don Elijio Panti, Maya shaman of Belize).
In this session, you’ll explore:
- Concepts of fright and grief
- Causes of fright and grief
- The treatment and resolution of fright and grief
Dr. Rosita Arvigo DN, a native of Chicago, is a naprapathic physician, herbalist, international lecturer, and author. She has lived in remote areas of Mexico and Belize for over 40 years, and studied with many traditional healers (including don Elijio Panti, the renowned Maya shaman of Belize, and midwife/herbalist Hortence Robinson — both recipients of the coveted National Living Treasure Award).
Rosita and her husband, Dr. Greg Shropshire, founded Ix Chel Tropical Research Centre in Belize, an organization dedicated to the preservation and study of medicinal plants of the rainforest. They founded the Belize Association of Traditional Healers, Bush Medicine Camp for Children, The Rainforest Medicine Trail, and Rainforest Remedies (a herbal concentrate company). In 1987 they founded the Belize Ethnobotany project with Dr. Michael Balick of the New York Botanical Garden. Rosita is the co-founder of The Abdominal Therapy Collective that trains practitioners with her abdominal and pelvic massage techniques. Now retired from clinical practice, Rosita divides her time between teaching in Belize, Mexico and Chicago.