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Meet Hakim Archuletta who has worked within the healing arts profession for over 30 years. His interest in medicine and natural health and the study of God’s Creation began as a child. His first formal studies were in the Fine Arts which he studied in the 60’s in Berkeley where his expertise ranged from graphic arts to theater, cinema and ethnomusicology.

He studied homeopathy and apprenticed with Dr. John Damonte in London in the early 70’s. He continued these studies in Berkeley apprenticing with homeopathic doctors and working with the first Homeopathic Study group there. He continued his studies in the Middle East, England and North Africa in the mid 70’s. In 1978, Hakim went to Pakistan at the invitation of Hakim Mohammad Said of the Hamdard Foundation and studied there with various Hakims (traditional Islamic doctors) supported by grants from the Bawani Trust.

His main teacher was Hakim Taqiuddin Ahmad at the Nizami Dawakhana, where he also learned Pharmacy in the Unani tradition. There he earned the title of “Hakim”. Returning to the Americas in 1980, he began teaching students privately and established a Family practice clinic in Santa Barbara California. He has conducted and taught study groups for homeopathy in Santa Barbara, California, Taos, Abiquiu, and Los Alamos, New Mexico for professional and lay persons. He began extensive work as counselor, consultant and Hakim/Homeopath in Abiquiu, New Mexico and by traveling nationally for over ten years. This also included workshops on communication and community consensus building including special focus on youth.

He has worked with young people for many years and taught science on a high school level for six years in a very “hands on” method and worked on curriculum that is age appropriate and spiritually based in science for young people. More recently he began to focus on trauma and was trained in the methods of Dr. Peter Levine and others. Today he lectures and teaches classes and workshops nationally. He has conducted workshops and lectured at University of California Berkeley, Harvard, Wellesley, Stanford, UCLA, University of Houston and many others. He addressed and led the New Mexico State Congress in opening prayers after 9/11, writes, reads and organizes poetry readings. He has students and patients across the world.

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