Batul True Heart is Yaqui (Yoeme) from the border of Arizona/Mexico on her father's side and mixed Panamanian, Spanish, and European on her mother's side. Born in East LA, raised in Mendocino County, and currently living in Oakland, Ca, Batul is a two-spirit prayer warrior, decolonizer, herbal activist, and medicine maker. Batul has been healing on the red road for 12 years, and with the guidance of her elders and ancestors, she's been deepening on the path of Curanderismo for 3 years. Currently Batul teaches a class called Curandera's Toolkit at Ancestral Apothecary in Oakland as well as hosts a group of curanderas/os/xs on a trip to Oaxaca each year to heal with maestras, los ancestros, the plantitas, and the energias of the land. Batul doesn't actually speak Spanish porque deep colonization (ok, she's learning) pero....having lost this important piece of herself only propels her life's work to decolonize and support other indigenous folks in connecting with their ancestral roots, becoming more of who they (we) truly are. As a mixed person with European blood and family Batul acknowledges the atrocities committed by her people, past and present, and honors the indigenous roots of all her blood lines. Batul denounces white supremacy, misogyny, and earth destroying capitalism through the beauty of her words, actions, altars, art, medicines, and prayers.
Presently Batul is in her 2nd year of studies to become a Clinical Herbalist.