Tue, Feb 05 | Jewelweed

Living Well With Shifting Hormones with Dr. Selma Sroka

Hormones, stress, and the rhythm & cycles of perimenopause (the years leading up to menopause). Join Dr. Sroka as she demystifies the dance of our shifting hormones and offers tools for self care. $55
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Living Well With Shifting Hormones with Dr. Selma Sroka

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Feb 05, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Jewelweed, 611 Lake Street East, Wayzata, MN, USA

About The Event

Hormones are chemical communicators that manage body and brain function, in response to external stressors and triggers, as well as to the internal cycles and rhythms. We will discuss some of these interactions, especially at times of transition i.e. perimenopause (the years leading up to menopause), as well as some tools for self-care during this time. Join us for a light, fun conversation about learning to dance with these shifts

We are very honored to host Selma Sroka at Jewelweed.

Presenter Bio: Selma Sroka received her MD from the U of MN, and practiced Family Medicine for 28 years. She did the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the U of AZ Ctr for Integrative Medicine; she founded an Integrative Health Clinic in the HCMC system as well as initiated Integrative Medicine for the Family Medicine Residency Program. Selma has been through the Foundations in Herbal Medicine with Tieraona Low Dog MD and loves plant medicine. Selma has also been studying Traditional Healing with Indigenous Healers and Curanderas for over 20 years, and has been sharing what has been shared with her through her classes and workshops.

Selma found her personal path to healing through experiences/teachings with a Lakota Tiospaye (healing family) in SD in the 1990s. She was guided through a Hanblache (Vision Quest) which was about her life's work and the development of her faith. When she completed this process (which took her 11 years) she was told by her family that she had earned the right to teach. She travels back to SD for periodic reconnection with her Lakota family and Mahto Paha (Bear Butte).

She is part of a Sweat Lodge family/community in MN. She is working to build trust and relationship with more of the local Indigenous Elders and act as a liaison between traditional healing and conventional medical communities, as well as between cultures. She has dreamed of nurturing the development of a Traditional Healing Alliance, as a network for improving cross cultural communication

Selma began studying and practicing Curanderismo (Traditional Mexican Healing) with Elena Avila over 10 years ago through retreats at Ghost Ranch, NM, visits and conferences in MN. Some years later during travel to sacred sites around Mexico City, Elena took the group to Rita Navarette Perez's Healing Center. Elena passed on 4 months later, and it was her wake/funeral in March 2011 that reconnected Selma with Rita and her apprentice Tonita Gonzales. She has been traveling to Mexico and NM to study, practice, heal, laugh and cry with them ever since. Rita told her she needed to "go home and share what you have learned"

Rita and Tonita came to Minnesota from 2013-2016 to "light the fire" of traditional healing for the community here. With grant support from Catalyst Initiative a training program called the A Healer in Every Home was developed, to help build individual and community resilience. She is continuing to lead the Foundations of Traditional Healing Intro and a 9 month training course

And since she left her clinical practice at HCMC the end of 2017, she has increased her traditional healing practice and teaching in the community.

For additional information please see her website: http://www.wellrooted.org

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