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Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 9 am to 3:30 pm
at Adagio Holistic Therapies, LLC
710 W 40th St
$189 Course Fee*
Includes a personal copal kit for home use
REGISTER BY AUGUST 15 FOR THE EARLY BIRD PRICE OF $162
Adagio Holistic Therapies, LLC is excited to host this very special 6-hour workshop with San Francisco, CA based Curandera, Margarita Carmarena who will lead us in the exploration of the powerful healer, sacred Copal. Copal resin is fundamental in Curanderismo as part of healings, ceremonies, and is the bridge between the visible and invisible worlds. We will explore and go in depth about each of these roles copal plays. During this class, we will explore:
• What is and where does Copal come from
• Healing properties and uses of Copal
• The responsibility of holding the Fire
• What are Limpias (spiritual cleanse) with Copal
Each participant will also receive a small kit with several samples of Copal and what you need to burn at home for your personal healing of your inner and your outer environment.
What is copal?
The resin of copal comes from trees. These trees are part of the Burseraceae family, under the categories of protium and Bursera trees. There are many different Copal trees that range from shrubs in the high deserts and Central America to enormous eighty feet tall trees in more tropical regions of central and South America.
Even though not all of these trees give the medicinal resin, we do have many trees that offer this sacred resin with varying colors, fragrance, texture, and energetic frequency. For this reason, each of these copal resins have different uses and purposes. We are going to take a look at samples of these and go more in depth with some of them, experience their fragrance, texture, and learn more about how they are worked with.
The way that Copal is presented and burned is also sacred. These incense burners are known as Popoxcomitl. The practice is as sacred as the Copal itself and not everyone is allowed to “carry the fire.”
Traditionally, this sacred practice of "carrying the fire" was only given to those chosen by the fire itself and it was the priests and teachers who knew who these individuals were and would guide them into being ready to take on the immense responsibility. The responsibility of carrying fire includes being available for those who needed the healing of the sacred smoke and who needed a prayer over them or their situation. The Mayan elders literally call this task “the giving/passing of weight/responsibility”. People who were chosen could not say no after receiving it and they commit the rest of their life to being of service to their community and those in need for the rest of their life.
We will Learn about the history of the Popoxcomitl (Nahuatl language) or Saumerio (Spanish for in incense burner) and how it evolved through the ages. These differences will help you decide what kind of Popoxcomitl you connect with.
Please Bring a journal and pen to take notes and an open mind and heart.
Who is Margarita Camarena, BA, CMT, RMT?
Margarita is a UC Davis Alum who has built a multidisciplinary healing practice in the San Francisco Bay area over the past 15 years.
In Mexico City, she learned the Toltec healing ways from her grandmothers and the Toltec way of the artist through her father's lineage. She is an advanced practitioner of massage therapy, myofascial release, trigger point release, craniosacral therapy, Reiki healing, Curanderismo, Mesoamerican fire cupping and many others.
One of Margarita's passions is working with women at all stages of pregnancy from the fertility stage to postpartum. She practices Mesoamerican womb massage and postpartum bodywork adding to these ceremonial practices. Her experience in pediatric craniosacral allows her to offer this nurturing healing touch to babies, infants, children, and their parents.
Her mission is to reconnect people back to themselves through the ceremony of healing and personal ritual.
We are so grateful for Margarita's willingness to come to Adagio Holistic Therapies, LLC to share her wisdom and knowledge of this living medicine.
* If you find this course fee prohibitive, please contact Adagio Holistic Therapies, LLC to enquire about possible scholarship support.