~Camille (Kowa-bawn-shunni, Path to get Evergreen)
Camille was raised in the Pueblo of Isleta. Through out her youth she was always by her grandparents; raising livestock, hauling hay, ranching, and baking. Her mother, Karen and her Grandparent's, shared their teachings of love, gratitude, and respect for all. They emphasized the care and respect for the enviroment and nature as it takes care of the animals and all other beings.
Her family provided a strong structure for her personal growth. She was taught how to care for All Beings, offer a helping hand even when its not called upon, and always recognize and honor where she comes from. Camille has attended and supported her family at the South Dakota Sun Dances; moved to Boston to learn about Korean healing in mindfulness and cancer related; cared for her grandfather and great uncle when they both had Alzheimer's and Dementia; and Camille has also had the privilege to travel the world learning about and respecting all cultures. Camille has previous experience in healing, as she has worked for the Collaborative, which cares for individuals whom are in need of daily caregiving. She has also helped the former Center for Native American Integrative Healing, LLC. when located in Santa Fe Plaza, New Mexico. She assisted the healers in ceremony and care for sacred spaces. She became certified in applying American Clay. American clay is natural indoor clay plaster that is so similar to her Grandparents adobe and natural clay walls in their home. With Camille joining Wa'kanda Retreat & Spa, she will specialize in creating organic, medicinal, and herbal homemade teas, juices, soap, bath, and beauty products. Her compassionate and energetic spirit welcomes you as the door opener and path to healing.
~Karen (Ba-Whee, Rain that comes over the Mountains)
Karen Waconda was born into a very strong, united, educated, and loving family. She did spend a lot of her time with her grandparents who originally showed her the value of our Mother Earth, minerals, gardening, herbs, and healing. Her parents and grandparents always reminded her to be respectful and caring to all Beings, and to have faith, love and humility as a foundation in serving others.
While Karen was attending College for Nutrition/Dietetics and Community Health, her grandfather had a stroke; she immediately offered to care for him. She often tells the story of her sneaking in herbal remedies to cure her grandfather of paralysis while he was in the hospital. The attending physician caught her and suggested she obtain a massage license. Later, she was initiated by her Medicine Mother to carry the sacred native medicine and heal others in need. Her devotion is to the sacred medicine and combines with mastered hands-on-healing, intuitive healing and ceremonies.
Her passion is caring for crystals, minerals, essential oils, herbal remedies and the sacred medicine. She enjoys beading, making pottery on the wheel, soaps, lotions and creams, and caring for her family and animals. In the heart of all, she supports the continuity of spirituality growth, the balance of the four elements (Air, Water, Earth, and Fire), support the passion of life through creativity and education, care for and support fearlessness in life transformation processes.
She loves to travel and meet people all over the world; sharing stories, medicine, food, and laughs. Her soul connection is sharing with her daughter Camille and granddaughter Ka'achini (the One who Brings Rain), meditating and being in the moment.