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Original medicine 

This program is a  psycho-spiritual cross-cultural mindfulness approach to the teachings that weave together indigenous wisdom, mindfulness, and earth-based practices in order to integrate seasons and the transitions between the seasons as cross-cultural mindfulness tools.  In indigenous societies, there are long-standing practices of creating the sacred, cultivating stillness and embracing silence. They  cherish being in nature and conducting rituals to acknowledge the coming changes in the world around them and within themselves. 

community healing council

The practice of the healing council is based on indigenous wisdom that integrates psycho-spiritual experiences of self-development.  Our approach to healing the collective is from a holistic understanding of cultivating authenticity.

Current offerings

Original Medicine 4-Part Series

This program is a psycho-spiritual, cross-cultural, mindfulness approach that weaves Indigenous Wisdom, Buddha-Dharma, and Earth-based practices. We will work with each Season as a teacher, so that we might unify ourselves with the Natural world.

In Indigenous societies, there are long-standing practices of honoring the sacred, cultivating stillness, embracing silences, and forming a relationship to deep listening; these practices open our hearts to the mysteries of life. They are the messengers that guide us back to the wisdom of our precious hearts.

We invite you to explore the possibilities that lay within, allowing authenticity to emerge as Original Medicine.

Saturdays, 4:00 - 6:30 PM


April 10 (Closed)

July 24 (Closed)

October 16 (Registration Open)


January 22



Original Medicine 4-Part Series 

October 16, 2021




community healing council

In most cultures, the symbol of a circle represents wholeness, and the potential for unity. When we come together as an intentional community, for personal development and healing, we are honoring the sacred. We will cultivate the collective practice of listening,
witnessing, and holding space for the whole as we heal ourselves by acknowledging what needs to be healed.

We will work with the Seasons, Elements, and Nature as direct mirrors for the healing process. Indigenous cultures recognize that the healing of self is connected to the whole community.

Sundays, 10:00 - 12:30 PM


April 11 (Closed)

September 12 (Closed)

October 24 (Registration Open)


January 23

The event registration is for the third healing council on Sunday, October 24 from 10:00am - 12:30pm Pacific Time. A Zoom Link will be sent a few days prior to the event.


New event registrations will be sent out for the remaining sessions - please save the date for our January 2022 event! 

This is a donation based offering. 


Special Guest:

Verlinda Montoya also known by her given Indian name, Mato Ta Pejuta Wakan Nawjin, (Mato Winyan), is an elder, medicine woman and spiritual leader from the Picuris pueblo of New Mexico. Her tribe is Northern Tiwa/Hopi and she comes from a maternal bloodline of Medicine People. Adopted by the Lakota-Sioux tribe, she has been facilitating Native American ceremony (Lakota and Hopi) for over 20 years, conducting traditional Lakota ceremonies under the guidance of Lakota

medicine people. With a Master's Degree in Health Education and Health Service Administration, Mato Winyan founded Heart of Humanity, the first agency in Marin to practice integrative medicine, and has received numerous awards for her work, serving as president for non-profit organizations and other boards, committees and diversity panels, as well as two appointed terms as Commissioner for the Marin Women's Commission for the Novato District. She has also produced and hosted 20 TV productions and served as keynote speaker for over 40 organizations.

Original medicine YEARLONG PROGRAM

January 26, 2021 - December 7, 2021

*Registration closed.


Indigenous societies recognize individuals holding our personal power as Original Medicine. The shadow of the false self is purified as we strengthen our authentic self through the practice of coming home to our truth and power. The teachings of Buddha and Indigenous wisdom build this foundation of truth, trust, and love. 


Together we will explore ways of come into our own Original Medicine and enhance our personal growth and purpose.

Registration closes on January 24, 2021. 


Program Fees 

You have the option of choosing 1) the reciprocity contribution level and 2) the frequency by which you'll submit payments to Braided Wisdom. 


Reciprocity Contribution Levels

Benefactor: $900 

Spiritual Friend: $750 

Supporter: $600

Community Builder: please contact to discuss options 


Payment Frequency

Full Up Front, Quarterly, or Monthly 

**If you choose quarterly or monthly, you will be expected to submit a payment to Braided Wisdom at the end of each month. An event link requesting registration and payment will be sent to you quarterly or monthly. 


yearlong program dates


Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm PST

January 26 

Feb 9 & 16

March 9 & 23 

April 6 & 20 

May 4 & 18

June 8 & 22 

July 6 & 20 

Aug 10 & 24 

Sept 7 & 21

Oct  5 & 19 

Nov. 9 & 23

Dec. 7  

** Due to COVID19 all class are on Zoom**  

Dates for Solo wilderness experience is TBA (2 night on the land) may be delayed to the following year 2022.