Earth Medicines: Recipes, Rituals, & An Altar for “The Day of the Dead”

with Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz


An Evening Talk, Q&A & Book Event
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 7:00 – 8:30 pm ET

On this evening A Curandera Creates an Altar for The Day of the Dead

Join Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz in a discussion on her new book, Earth Medicines: Ancestral Wisdom, Recipes, and Wellness Rituals from a Curandera. Felicia is a Curandera (or traditional healer) who is a Xicana with Tewa ancestry and an indigenous foods activist whose work is deeply rooted in the healing properties of sacred plants and combines ancestral wisdom from many traditions with the power of the four elements.

Her new book is a modern guide to time-honored indigenous wisdom with healing recipes and wellness rituals. This is a supportive guide for those on their path to wellness with lifestyle practices and recipes perfected by Felicia in her twenty-five years of training and working as a Curandera. In the book, Felicia teaches us to be our own healers by discovering our own ancestral practices and cultivating a personal connection to the elements.

These healing recipes and rituals draw on the power of Water, Air, Earth and Fire—a reminder that the natural elements are the origins of everything and can heal not only our bodies but the mind and spirit as well.

This work is organized by each element, with recipes and advice as follows:

  • Promoting inner harmony through Hydrotherapy for Headache Relief, Mayan Tea to Calm the Mind or Ginger Fire Honey Chews
  • Nurturing beauty inside and out with Tepezcohuite Honey Mask, Salt of the Earth Deodorant or Sweetwater Herbal Mouth Rinse
  • Taking care of the spirit by creating an ancestral altar, making loose incense or performing a Mayan Bajo Steaming Ritual

This evening Felicia will show us how to create an altar for El Día de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). This tradition is an indigenous practice of Mesoamerica and it is a beautiful way to remember ancestors who have passed on. The altar can teach us how we can create our very own ofrenda (offering) by incorporating the four main elements, water, fire, earth and wind, to welcome the spirits of our departed loved ones. So come and experience Felicia’s modern approach to healing and wellness through ritual and the earth’s elements.

Note: You may browse through the pages of the book through this link: Earth Medicines_HC (calameo.com)

Each ticket includes your own hardcopy of the book Earth Medicines: Ancestral Wisdom, Healing Recipes, and Wellness Rituals from a Curandera. The book will be mailed after the event to participants with the current U.S. mailing address. We cannot mail the book internationally. Please allow 2 – 4 weeks for delivery.

If you are joining us from outside of the U.S., we have an option for you, please email to hello@opencenter.org before registering for the event.

Note: This program will be offered online. Sessions of all our online programs will be recorded and shared with registrants after each is completed for 90 days.


Click HERE to read Meet the Teacher: Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz.
Click HERE to read Embracing Earth Medicine by Stephen Kiesling,  Spirtuality & Health.
Click HERE to read Decolonizing Alternative Medicine: Healing Communities with Indigenous Wisdom by Crystal Hoshaw, Healthline.

Kitchen Curandera


  • Prerequisites: N/A
  • Supplies list for the class: N/A
  • Zoom Software Requirements: This is an online course that requires Zoom webinar software. Zoom is easy to use. Click HERE to make sure your computer is set-up correctly.


“Felicia’s whole being and personal energy radiates healing. I am so excited that now so many others will be able to share in her wisdom and grace.” — Padma Lakshmi, Host/Executive Producer of Hulu’s Taste the Nation and Bravo’s Top Chef

“Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz has distilled twenty-three years of wisdom-gathering in one gorgeous book, making traditional, culinary healing accessible and inspiring for readers.” — Dana Cowin, founder of Giving Broadly and former editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine

“An exemplary guide to healing our bodies and our families through beautiful rituals and dishes! A gift to us all shared by Felicia, passed down from her indigenous lineage.“— Beatrice Valenzuela

“[Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz] is a role model for the ages, and I am so excited for her opportunity to share her wisdom, recipes, and healing spirit, all in such a beautiful book.” — Sean Sherman, CEO and founder of The Sioux Chef and NATIFS.org

“Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz reminds us that we’re all merely parts of a much bigger whole, and everything around us has so much to teach us.” — Julia Turshen, bestselling author of Simply Julia, host of Keep Calm & Cook On, and founder of Equity at the Table

Earth Medicines: Recipes, Rituals, & An Altar for “The Day of the Dead”

  • 1 Session(s)
  • Oct 26 2021 7:00 PM ET





Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz (Tewa/Xicana) shares the Medicine of the People, and weaves together stories of Indigenous wisdom with the intention of her dishes, applying “Culinary Medicine,” as named by one of her Maestras (teachers). (Photo Credit: Nicky Hedayatzadeh)


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