FIESTA EL PILAR 2007
Meet Beatrice Waight and Alfonzo Tzul,
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Beatrice Waight is a Maya midwife, shaman and healer from Santa Familia Cayo, Belize. She has been practicing Maya healing practices for more than 30 years, using plants from the forest garden and dream visions. She has a vast knowledge of Maya medicinal plants and has taught classes on healing the spirit, woman's wellness, herbalism, massage, and traditional healing. Beatrice’s approach includes both physical and spiritual cures. She has traveled in the US to give classes. She has also served as an adviser to both the New York Botanical Garden research on medicinal plants with Mike Balick, and the Student Rainforest Fund in Pennsylvania. For more information on these projects, check out:
Alfonso Tzul is a Master Maya forest gardener from San Antonio, Cayo, Belize. Well known around Belize for his work with the Department of Agriculture, he retired 8 years ago to write the history of the Belize Maya and to advocate for their traditions. He is a founding member of the U Kuxtal Masewal Maya Institute of Belize and teaches the Mayan language in the primary school of his home village He speaks in a enthralling voice in Mayan, Spanish, English and Creole. He belongs to the El Pilar Forest Garden Network and is a regular participant in the forest garden workshops. Alfonso has been very involved in the promotion of the Maya Forest Garden Coloring Book, and is presently translating it into Mayan.
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