Batul True Heart is urban, queer, mixed/indigenous with Yaqui (Yoeme) roots from the border of Arizona/Mexico on her father's side and mixed Panamanian, Spanish (Salamancan), and European on her mother's side. Born in East LA, and living in Oakland, Ca for nearly a decade, Batul is a two-spirit prayer warrior, traditional herbalist and medicine maker. Batul has been healing herself on the red road for 13 years, and with the guidance of her ancestors and elders, 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 colonization (ok, she's learning) pero....having lost this piece of her identity shows how deep colonization goes and only propels her life's work to heal and decolonize as well as support other indigenous folks to connect to their ancestral roots, becoming who they 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, homophobia, and earth destroying capitalism through the medicine of her words, actions, altars, art, remedios, and prayers.
Presently Batul is in her 3rd year of studies to become a Clinical Herbalist.