Curanderismo, the Healing Art of Mexico

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"My goal is to help you remember, access. and use, your own innate power and inner source of strength, wisdom and compassion in order to make positive, life-affirming choices. Empowerment not dependency."~Maestra Grace Alvarez Sesma

Lecture at University of California San Diego
Photo courtesy of Ericka Zamora
Cultural Educator. 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. Her formal apprenticeship and traditional training in native medicine ways began in 1997 with Yaqui/Lacandon Maya elder Tezkalci Matorral Cachora of Mexico.

Beginning in her late teens through her 30’s, Grace was visited in dreams over a period of many years, by a group of native Grandmothers dressed in the traditional clothing of various tribes. They gave her teachings and urged her to return to the ways of the Ancestors, of the Medicine, in preparation for the days to come when she (and other women) would help usher in and support the return of the energy of the Grandmothers...the force that would be helping restore the balance of power of the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine, in the world. Congruent with these personal visions, Grace, in May 2006, attended the gathering of the 13 International Indigenous Grandmothers Council in Huautla de Jimenez in Oaxaca, Mexico.


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. She has presented at various educational institutions on leadership and social advocacy. In acknowledgment of her work, she has been the recipient of many leadership awards including a commendation from the California State Senate. She is the founder of MANA of Imperial Valley which promotes advocacy and leadership of Latinas and is a 1993 Fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, a collaborative leadership project with Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

 She travels extensively offering workshops and lectures. She lives half of the year in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains and near sacred Mt. Kuchuma in Southern California the other half, with her husband, Ken Cohen. Their blended family includes three beautiful daughters and five grandsons. She is available for native doctoring, consultations, and lectures.

For more information, please visit her new website at or  email Grace.



Las Que Curan: Who are “Las Que Curan”?
An excerpt from the poem by Elaine Luna, R.N. MSN, Curandera
"Las Que Curan stand in the circle of ritual and ceremony... We watch unseen open wounds bleed and dry teardrops fall, We pray the universal prayers of love, light, hope, and peace. Guided by the souls who bore us, Las Que Curan will not be lost again. We are here to teach the next generations — no olvides!  When we join the abuelas and abuelos in antepasado heaven,  Our Legacy will live on, old souls reborn to serve again."