About - Rachelle Garcia Seliga and Jose Juan Garcia Alfaro

 

 

 

 

Rachelle Garcia Seliga, CPM

My pathway into midwifery began with understanding that:  I wanted to use my life’s energy to CREATE in harmony and alignment with Life itself.

I apprenticed for 6-years with midwives in Mexico and the United States, in both home and clinic settings.  My midwifery apprenticeship paralleled my ceremonial mentorship with my elders Donna Maria Camps- White Cloud of the Carib Nation and Kanucas Durant Littlefish of the Ojibwe/Chippewa Nation, and has spanned over the past 13 years. 
  
I have a B.A. in International Relations and I am a Certified Professional Midwife.

My work as a midwife is dedicated to midwifing a cultural shift—to a culture that honors our innate wisdom, our personal authority and to one that is aligned with the sacredness of life.

I have a Holistic Well-Woman Care practice where I offer a new paradigm of women’s health care, taking into account and caring for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.  Current ‘well-woman’ care is based upon diagnostic testing, and diagnostic testing is not health care.  Health care is first and foremost preventative in nature—and diagnostic and curative when need be.

My Holistic Well-Woman Care practice utilizes the modalities of: Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, Holistic Pelvic Care™, Holistic Breast Care and Healing Ceremonies to support women in connecting with and utilizing what is inherently ours: abundant creative power and thriving, vibrant health. 

Women are the heart, the foundation of the people; and so healthy and empowered women means healthy and empowered families, communities and world.

Ceremonial work assists us to walk upon the Earth in alignment with who we truly are and is such a missing piece of today’s modern culture. It has been said that: The miracle is not walking on the Water, but walking on the Earth.  Ceremony is preventative health care—and—is particularly important and potent during life’s great transitions. Honoring ourselves as women is indeed the same as honoring life itself and ceremony is a way to potentize this honoring.

I am also committed to the revival of true postpartum care for women, with the understanding that postpartum care is one of the most effective ways to care for the future generations.  I offer Certification Training in: INNATE Postpartum Care for birthworkers and health care professionals worldwide. 

INNATE Postpartum Care-Certification Training is a system of postpartum care that draws upon ancient postpartum traditions and modern science, following the mandate of our physiologic design.  INNATE Postpartum Care-Certification Training teaches through information and techniques—how proper postpartum care is imperative to women’s health through menopause and beyond.

Innate Traditions is a Pastoral Health Association and I am licensed by the Pastoral Medical Association rather then by the State.  As a 1st/14th Amendment private health membership group, I have the freedom to serve you as –you- see fit and I am able to keep all of your information private.  The laws that restrict health care in Oregon do not apply to Innate Traditions’ members, as this is a private (not public) group.

This means that to receive holistic well-woman care, to participate in our courses and trainings, for personal consultations via Skype or phone and for all ceremonies, you must join our membership group—which is entirely free of charge.  

I have chosen this route of licensure because I know that we are innately intelligent beings, that our health and well-being is our own primary responsibility and that practitioners (like myself) support us on our healing journeys—but do not ‘heal us.’  I believe that life is sacred and that we are inherently resilient and powerful; especially when aligned with life.  All of my work blends spiritual wisdom with current scientific research and information.

Together with my husband Juan, we raise our children and do our life’s work with love and dedication.

Please feel free to CONTACT me with questions.

   

Jose Juan Garcia Alfaro - Firekeeper for all ceremonies associated with Innate Traditions

My name is Jose Juan Garcia Alfaro and I was born and raised in Mexico. My Mother was my first spiritual teacher and elder—she taught me the gifts of love and compassion. She always said “Haz el bien, y no te fijes quien” which means “Do good—it does not matter to who.” My paternal grandmother was a midwife and healer, from the state of Gunajuato. My Dad had the ability from a young age, to be a spiritual channel for healing spirits. I have shared many years taking care of the sacred Fire with my brother. The context in which I grew is connected with a spiritual path, and the traditional ceremonies have been the base in my life. Combining my work with the work of my wife, we have discovered that our work together, is to help our family and other families to thrive. 

The Temazcal/sweatlodge became part of my life at a very early age. During the course of my life, I have learned some about the art and the healing capacities of the Temazcal, from the caretakers of this old way. There are many ways to take care of this Temazcal ceremony, and for me the most important part, is that each person is clear about their relationship to the Divine. The spiritual aspect of the Temazcal, is that it is a work of faith. The physical aspect of the Temazcal is that health and well-being are created through activating the four elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water). 

I am a Gold and Silversmith by trade. I have been creating my own original work for the last 30 years, using this medium to express who I am. I use mixed-techniques in my work, with influences of traditional Mexican jewelry. All of my work I make entirely by hand, as I do not use ‘moulds’ or ‘castings’ in my jewelry. My work can be seen at: www.GarciaAlfaroArtJewelry.com and www.GarciaAlfaroArtJewel.etsy.com

 

Photo credits to:
Melissa Rae at: www.melissaraephotography.com and
Jade Beall at: www.jadebeall.com