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Traditional Sugar Skull Making (evening class)

October 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


This class will be offered at two different time! Please register for either 12-3pm or 4 to 7 pm 

Fee includes an Extra Large, handmade blank sugar skull and all the supplies you will need to decorate it.

The thinning of the veils is upon us and we will soon be setting our altars and communing with our ancestors during the Celebration of Life-Día de Los Muertos. Amongst the beautiful ofrendas (offerings) of bread, fruits, candy, liquor, tobacco and flowers you will find beautifully hand made sugar skulls.


The tradition of calaveras (skulls) being placed on altars goes back at least 3,000 years. This was a way of honoring and representing our ancestors who have died. Around the 17th or 18th century (depending on who tells the story) the New World Italian Missionaries brought their sugar art from Palermo to Mexico. Mexicans were too poor to buy the fancy decorations, but the country was abundant with sugar cane, so some individuals learned sugar art from the friars. In Mexico, sugar skulls are still poured into molds (that are passed down for generations) which is what gives them the smooth boney color before decorating them. If made well, sugar skulls can last decades!

During our time together you will have an intentional opportunity to “load” your sugar skull will various herbs, roots or personal items before beginning the process of decorating it! We’ll talk about the various meanings of symbols, colors, and items used to embellish our skulls and we’ll discuss the different elements that go on a proper ofrenda/ Día de los Muertos Altar.

We will be using traditional methods to decorate- Royal Icing, Color Foils, Glitter and flowers.


This class is most appropriate for ages 13 and up.


Lisa Martinez is a board-certified Doctor of Natural Medicine who walks the traditional healing and spiritual path of Curanderismo.

Lisa Martinez is a board-certified Doctor of Natural Medicine who walks the traditional healing and spiritual path of Curanderismo. This path can be described as a multifaceted blend of healing practices from the past and present that include indigenous folk medicine modalities from Mesoamerica to Africa and it strongly influenced by Spanish Spiritualism and Judaism. Her family roots are from Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado where curanderismo was and still is an enriching and common way of life. Lisa’s grandmothers were her biggest influences providing her a lifelong apprenticeship. These teachings lead to the development of sacred connections with plants, stones and spiritual practices that are used to help others in their journey to emotional, mental, physical and spiritual healing.

Private sessions with Lisa are holistic and intuitive in nature and are personalized to include the body-mind-spirit connection in conjunction with the cosmic energies, ancestors, santos, angels, and guides. Her therapies and modalities utilize a variety of traditional techniques such as platica (heart to heart conversation), body work, sacred plants, aromatherapy, dream analysis and use of obsidian to encourage and engage the body’s innate healing response. Her practice also includes limpias (spiritual cleansings) and end of life transitions.

Lisa is a registered Psychotherapist with the State of Colorado. She is a student of La Maestra Clarissa Pinkola Estés and has attended many years of her trainings via the Archetypal and Cross Cultural Studies Institute. She is also a participant of The International Collaboration of Indigenous Healers, Curanderos, Sanadores y Shamans which originated in the sacred mountains of the Tepoztlan Valley in Mexico.

When able, Lisa supports clinical sites and community outreach operations in collaboration with others in the Denver Metro area providing culturally based services and education.  You can follow Lisa on Instagram @Itzpapalotl74


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October 20, 2019
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


RitualCravt School
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Ritualcravt, 7700 W 44th Ave CO
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 United States
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