Professors

Sean Murphy

Adjunct Faculty

Sean Murphy, MFA Sean Murphy has had nearly three decades of formal Zen meditation training, including extended periods of monastic retreat. He’s the author of the American Zen chronicle One Bird, One Stone, which won a 2014 International Book Award, and three award-winning works of fiction, including The Hope Valley Hubcap King, which won the […]

Ginger Mongiello

Adjunct Faculty

Ginger Mongiello, MA Ginger Mongiello is an award winning Taos artist who has shown her work extensively from coast to coast.  She works in several media, including drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, and ceramics.  Ginger has had over 20 solo exhibitions and has taught extensively in Michigan, Wisconsin, and New Mexico. In 2006 she was […]

Lucy McCall

Adjunct Faculty

Lucy McCall, Herbalist Lucy McCall began studying astrology 47 years ago with her Aunt Susan Horton. Within the same timeframe she started working with herbs, natural foods and farming. She had many profound teachers over the years, including herbalist and astrologer Peter Kabaska, who taught her the key to plants and the relationship of plants […]

Dr. Angelika Maria Koch

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Angelika Maria Koch, DNM, LCH, H.N.H.Ir Dr. Angelika Maria Koch is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, Health Consultant and the owner of MEDICA NOVA, Practice for Integrated & Educational Medicine. For over three decades in her clinical practice, Dr. Angelika Maria Koch has synthesized and applied a unique blend of effective, cutting-edge therapeutic tools […]

Heidi Gates

Adjunct Faculty

Heidi Gates, LMT, RMTI  Heidi Gates was born and raised in Northern California where she was introduced early to a holistic healthy lifestyle. She moved to Taos in 1991 and lived off grid for 11 years. Heidi became a Massage Therapist in 2008 and has worked in the Spa Industry ever since. She received the “Favorite Spa […]

Miriam Garay Foronda

Adjunct Faculty

Miriam Garay Foronda, MA Miriam Garay Foronda’s family ancestry is from Honduras, Central America. She was born and raised in New York City, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the City University of New York. As long as she can remember she had the gift of healing through her hands or channeling.  […]

Daniel Pretends Eagle

Adjunct Faculty

Daniel Pretends Eagle, LMT Daniel Pretends Eagle is a licensed massage therapist with over 35 years of experience in meditative movement that includes tai chi, aikido, yoga and Japanese sword. Through the use of easily learned martial arts forms students in my classes experience increased relaxation, coordination and flexibility. The curriculum also encourages the student […]

Gary Cook

Adjunct Faculty

Gary Cook, MFA Gary Cook is a tenured Associate Professor of Art with forty years of university teaching experience, 17 of those years at UNM-Taos. He was Head of the UNM-Taos Art Department from 2005 to 2010. He teaches painting, drawing and printmaking in the Art Department, as well as, courses on creativity and consciousness in the Holistic […]

Ana Chavez

Sobadora/Adjunct Faculty

Ana Chavez, Sobadora Ana Chavez is a native New Mexican Sobadora, born and raised in the Land of Enchantment. A Sobadora, or native healer by birth, Ana learned the healing traditions from both of her grandmothers. Ana recognized at an early age that she was a conduit for healing energy. Focusing that energy Ana investigated […]

Lily-Marie Blecher

Adjunct Faculty

Lily-Marie Blecher, DOM Dr. Lilly-Marie Blecher is a Doctor of Oriental medicine and a Naturopathic physician. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Portland State University.  Then she graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, the oldest Naturopathic medical school in the country.  She completed ten years […]