Huichol Tradition

As in most indigenous traditions, Huichol healing works with the root spiritual cause of illness, seeking to restore balance in our lives and connection with the energies of the sacred world. One does not need to have a manifested physical illness to benefit from this work. Balance in the world is central to the Huichol culture. The balancing of opposites, such as the wet and dry seasons, or darkness and light, is prevalent throughout their ceremonies.  Rituals are performed and offerings are made to ensure successful crops and hunting, fertility, and health.

Today, the Huichol people say that they perform their ancient rituals and prayers of gratitude not just for their own people, but for the benefit of everyone in the world.


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Huichol Marakate

In a Huichol village, the marakate (healers) help with individual ailments and maintain the emotional and spiritual well-being of the people through ritual and pilgrimage.The medicine of the old cultures was holistic, deep and effective. They pay a spiritual price or debt for the materialism of our world.  Their lives are dedicated to bringing harmony and balance to the world.

Renowned for their lineage of shamanic healers, the Huichol are geographically isolated, making them one of the few traditions that remain relatively untouched by the influx of Europeans and modern western culture. The Huichol people have kept alive their humor, their communities, and their profound medicine. Recognizing that their tradition now stands at a crossroads, they are passing their ancestral teachings to westerners who have been called to this path.  

Healing & Spiritual Counsel

Gary and Deanna make a yearly visit to the Huichol homeland in the sierras of western Mexico.  In a little village on the edge of the mesa, they and their colleagues are welcomed by the local people to gather and camp. It is important that they have this connection to the homelands to know what is missing in the culture in which they live. Here they feel a way of life of people who have lived in community continuously for centuries, perhaps even millenia connected in a way we may never experience, to a world rich with movement between the realms and suculent in its extraordinary way of being.  Martin Prechtel speaks boldly about this going to other cultures, "The only reason to explore another culture is to be able to smell the poverty of your own."  We agree. 

As healers in the Huichol tradition, Deanna and Gary offer a perspective steeped in connection to the natural world. With their awareness of the challenges in today’s world, their counsel provides a life raft in the tumultuous waters of our times, teaching a way to navigate through obstacles and barriers to a fulfilling life of joy amidst the natural emotions of life. They are available to provide healing and counseling in the context of their ancestral traditions, healing that helps you find the beauty, harmony and balance which is your birthright.

How they live in the world is informed through their connection with the Huichol people and the gods of this tradition. They have backgrounds in body work, movement and other healing modalities.  And by their connection to the natural world and the sacredness of place, they offer a well-rounded approach to health and well-being.  As marakate (shamans) they are emissaries of the God of Fire, Tatewari.

Sitting at the Fire out of doors or in their Consultorio, they listen deeply not only to the patient but to Kauyumari (the sacred deer messenger of the gods) and the God of Fire who guide them into restoring balance for the patient.

To Make an Appointment       
Please contact us to schedule an appointment with Deanna and Gary individually or together at their consultorio (healing house) in Mesa, Colorado or at specified locations in the United States and abroad when they are traveling. Appointments are about one hour in length but may vary depending on the situation and the location.

See our Calendar of Events for our offering and travel schedule.

Ritual and Ceremony

Gary and Deanna are authorized by their traditions and teachers to serve in a number of ceremonial and ritual roles. To learn more about these offerings, visit Ritual and Ceremony.  
Prinicipal Tuki Fiesta - February 9-13, 2012, Tepoztlan, Mexico - go to for more information. Deanna is a jicarera - one who carries the offerings to the sacred place - along with 4 other marakate. With her fellow jicareros she helps to oversee the well-being of this sacred structure, that it's fed and cared for andthat the appropriate rituals are carried out in order to maintain it's life and the life of our people. This Fiesta is open to anyone although there is limited space available so register early. 


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