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Webinar replay: Protect the Rainforest, Heal the Planet with Rocío Alarcón

Date and Time
April 4, 2022 12:30 pm EDT
This is an online Zoom webinar event.

Suggested Donation: $5.00

“The great Amazon jungle is the birth-right of future generations. It is our duty and responsibility to protect the rainforests and preserve the unique cultures and traditions of the indigenous people who live in these regions. Their astonishing ability to exist together in a mutually beneficial relationship is the key to humanity’s survival on Earth in these critical times.” 

~ Dr. Rocío Alarcón, IAMOE Founder.

Join us on April 4 for a timely conversation about the Amazon with Rocío Alarcón. She will share stories of her life’s work at the IAMOE Center, preserving and protecting the Ecuadorian rainforest. Rosemary Gladstar and Deb Soule will join the conversation, so it’s sure to be lively!

Since 1980, IAMOE has led research programs, educational expeditions, and experiential workshops in a tireless effort to protect the rainforest and preserve the interaction between indigenous people and plants for the benefit of humanity and all living creatures on earth.

Rocío’s grandmothers held intimate connections with the forces of nature, particularly the plants and the hummingbirds, whom they could call upon for the healing of their communities. Recently, Rocío has been bringing forth this ancestral heritage. She brings to her inherited knowledge a scientific understanding of the co-evolution of plants, animals, and ecosystems, as well as an understanding of healing based on modern neuroscience. She weaves this all together in her teachings on the healing power of the plants and the hummingbirds.

Together, we can raise awareness for critical social and environmental challenges that threaten the sustainability of rainforests and help us to flourish in our efforts to protect and preserve them.

The purpose of this webinar is to build awareness of the Amazon rainforest and for our upcoming healing workshop led by Rocío Alarcón, PhD, Curandera, April 9, 2022, Releasing Trauma with “Manteo.” This workshop will be a fundraising event for IAMOE.


About Rocío Alarcón

Dr. Rocío Alarcón, an ethnobotanist with ancestral roots in the lineages of the curanderas of the Ecuadorian Andes, is a healer for our times. She has worked tirelessly for decades to preserve indigenous cultures and land both in the Amazon and in the Andean community where she grew up, under the tutelage of master healers. She has lovingly brought many modern seekers and skeptics into the fold of the healing traditions of her ancestors, teaching especially about our relationship with the world of divine forces.


About Rosemary Gladstar

Rosemary Gladstar is, literally, a star figure in the field of modern herbalism, internationally renowned for her technical knowledge and stewardship in the global herbalist community. She has been learning, teaching and writing about herbs for over 45 years and is the author of eleven books. Rosemary co-founded and was the former director of both The International Herb Symposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference, is the Founding President of United Plant Savers, founded The California School of Herbal Studies, the longest-running herb school in the U.S., and was the co-founder and original formulator of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company. Rosemary has led many trips to Ecuador and has developed a deep friendship with Rocío over the decades.


About Deb Soule

Deb Soule is an herbalist, gardener, teacher, and author of The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs, How to Move Like a Gardener, and The Healing Garden. Deb began organic gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs at age 16. Her faith in the healing qualities of plants includes a desire to make organic herbs easily accessible to women and families living in rural areas. In the fall of 1985, with her first mail order catalog and a small selection of herbal extracts and teas, Deb launched Avena Botanicals, an apothecary that now serves thousands of customers. Deb has a special connection to the hummingbirds and has traveled to Ecuador with Rocío to study them.

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