Johana was born and raised in Colombia, and is the sole person behind MamaTortuga.org, a multicultural, conscious, and mindful bilingual website for parents that want to raise global citizens. She is raising two multicultural and multilingual children with her Honduran partner in South Florida, speaking and learning
Lover of nature, culture, and languages, backyard gardener, has a background of anthropology and nursing studies. Has served as a parent advocate in her local school board, and had participated in several community mindful events around Florida (Florida Herbal Conference, Dia de los Muertos Lake Worth Beach, Spanish Conversational Groups and Spanish Nature Playgroups) and in North Carolina (Firefly Gathering). She has collaborated with different websites (Multicultural Kids Blogs, Spanish Mama, Raising World Children, Barefoot cards, etc) and projects around her city of West Palm Beach, Florida and till this day keeps supporting community building efforts in her community through advocacy, education and gardening. She believes that “we need to be the change we want to see in the world” and that our mission as parents and educators is to empower others to offer their unique gifts for the common good of all in their community. She offers classes, speak at conferences and support and
organize events that are mindful, eco-conscious and look to bring justice and awareness to our multicultural connections and relationships. She is the organizer of Moon Talk for Teenage Girls and Moon Talks for Women classes in West Palm Beach FL.
Johana will at the 2020 Florida Herbal Conference teaching the following classes:
Basic Spanish Class for Herbalists
Which things would you like to know in Spanish to make your herbalist experience more successful?? I grew up In Colombia receiving a lot of direct knowledge from the women of my family on how to use plants and natural remedies. Now I live in South Florida where I created a family backyard garden for the needs of my family and my community. I have seen much growth in the herbalism field, especially in the intercultural knowledge that occurs between different communities and I am fascinated by all the wonderful things we can achieve together. But many times, our cultural and language knowledge tends to get in the way. I will be offering very basic Spanish herbal terms and basic plants terminology. Do you love cultures and languages? Would you like to practice your Spanish with a native speaker, multicultural specialist and also a fellow plant lover?
Spanish Nature walk
I usually offer Nature Spanish playgroups locally, so I love leading opportunities with children to play in
Spanish in nature! We can read a small book and head to do a scavenger hunt in Spanish!! Open to all
the families at the conference!