About

TJU-EPU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was incorporated on May 4, 2006, and was granted public charity church status on June 18, 2007. Our members, supporters and contributors live in communities around the globe.

Tinamit Junan Uleu-Earth Peoples United was built upon the work and many accomplishments of our Founder and Mayan Spiritual Guide, Tata OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez. His work over the past thirty years has supported Native communities, their wisdom keepers and spiritual elders, to bridge traditional indigenous values, culture, and spirituality with modern-world society.

We are currently building our Spiritual Advisory Board and our Business Advisory Board to provide guidance and support to help fulfill our mission with abundance, grace, love and gratitude.

TJU – EPU Board of Directors

  • Erick Gonzalez- Founder & Spiritual Leader
  • Heddi Neale- President & Spiritual Leader
  • Raquel Hugo- Director
  • Kirana Miller- Director
  • Sally Hunt- Director

Tata OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez - Founder
Kaqchikel Maya, Ajq’ij (Staff of Light, Daykeeper and Spiritual Leader)
Spiritual Leader of Tinamit Junan Uleu – Earth Peoples United

Having walked a life long journey with the ceremonial and spiritual ways of the Earth, Tat Erick is a Mayan Kamal B'ey (Spiritual Guide/Teacher). This incredible journey has guided him to create spiritual sanctuaries north of Mount Shasta in Nothern California and on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - places of profound beauty, learning and healing. He is the Founder and Spiritual Leader of Earth Peoples United, dedicated to connecting people with the Natural and Spiritual worlds.

With a foundation in oral tradition, Tat Erick shares with a global community via tele-class teachings and lectures at universities, schools, international gatherings and conferences. His wisdom and teachings have also been featured in various documentaries, magazines, journals and books.

Currently Erick is directing the co-creation of the School of Earth Wisdom. With an empasis on connecting Elders and youth, he continues to coordinate and organize international events, gathering Spiritual Leaders and leading ceremonies.

Tat Erick's personal healing and ceremonial work can be seen in more depth at www.spiritjaguar.com

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OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez
 

Nana Heddi Neale, M.A. - President Mayan Ajq’ij (Staff of Light, Daykeeper and Spiritual Leader)

Nana Heddi Neale has been working to support the exchange of indigenous wisdom alongside her husband, Tata OmeAkaEhekatl Erick González, since 1998. Fluent in Spanish, she has traveled throughout the United States, Guatemala, Canada, and Northern Europe to help organize, facilitate, and interpret for various international Councils and ceremonial gatherings with Mayan and other indigenous elders, as well as non-native peoples from all over the world. Through these experiences, Heddi has been a witness to the incredible healing and inspiration that indigenous ceremonies and knowledge brings to native and non-native people alike, and feels it is so important to healing our Mother Earth that she has dedicated her life to serve this work in whatever way possible.

In 2005, Nana Heddi received her sacred bundle and spiritual mission as an Ajq’ij in the Mayan tradition. She earned a Masters degree in Creation Spirituality from the University of Creation Spirituality/ Naropa University in 1999. Nana Heddi is also Founder and President of Tinamit Junan Uleu- Earth Peoples United; a non-profit dedicated to connecting people to the natural and spiritual worlds, and bridging the wisdom of the Ancient Ones with the world of today, so that the diversity of life can flourish for future generations. In addition, since 2000, in support of Tata Erick she has coordinated healing services and ceremonies given in the U.S. and Canada through Mayan Shamanism and Spirit Jaguar.

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Raquel Hugo - Director

Raquel brings over 13 years of experience in visionary business leadership, community organizing, holistic design, alternative education and traditional healing wisdom to our tea. Her gift is to weave the wisdom of the ancient with the emergent conscious social-business practices of our time, to empower and optimize the potential of the organisations she is aligned with.

She currently leads Paloma, a private practice in Portland, OR, offering services as a transformational life coach, inspired business consultant and facilitator for multicultural circles and conscious community events.She has offered part time administrative program direction within the Earth and Spirit Council since 2010, where she develops inter-generational transformational programming dedicated to deepening one’s connection to the natural world. She also serves as Tribal Relations and Community Engagement Chair within Convergence Network. Her leadership in the CN Administrative Council has been dedicated to the articulation of outreach communications, and program direction development  dedicated to fostering alliances with other socially and ecologically just organizations, First Nations people, and innovative social leaders dedicated to positive impact.

Her work focuses on cross cultural bridging, network weaving,  and development of systems to sustain the new paradigm collaborative community relationships that a thriving humanity requires.

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Kirana Miller - Director

Kirana received her BA in Psychology from Colorado State University, and her MS (and ABD) in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University.  Her interest and commitment to Children and Youth is further evidenced by 3 years serving as a Waldorf School Teacher in Nairobi, Kenya.

Her commitment to involvement with charitable organizations began with house and community building in Botswana with Habitat for Humanity; included providing essential human care for HIV positive children, who are orphans in Kenya; and helping to establish the first Waldorf School in Nairobi, Kenya to ensure that children from all walks of life can blossom to their full potential, through en experiential, holistic-approach to education.

Her connection with various international and indigenous communities was founded on 10 years of living in Kenya, traveling to neighboring countries throughout Africa during this time, and spending a substantial amount of time in India as well.  During and since this time she has had the honor of being invited to witness, observe and take part in some of the most sacred ceremonies of the Masaai people of Kenya, the Oromo of Ethiopia, and the Maya of Mexico and Guatemala. 

She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Waldorf School Trust during her time in Kenya.

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Sally Hunt, B.Sci.(Ecology) - Director

From young beginnings, Sally has been dedicated to preservation of Nature and reconnecting people to the natural and spiritual worlds. She is passionate about supporting young leaders and gifted children to live into their full potential as spiritual earth beings and inspire them to their own love of Nature and the sacred. Sally loves to surf, travel, grow things, be outside and be curious.

Currently Sally co-creates and coordinates gatherings and teachings with Elders, youth and people from around the world and is working in the development of the School of Earth Wisdom and the ceremonial center of Patziapa in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

Her professional pathway has taken her into many places across the globe, and into the worlds of environmental activism and conservation, non profit management, ecotourism and coaching and holistic healing. She is an aspiring Midwife and beekeeper.

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TJU – EPU Founding Members

  • Laura Centorrino
  • Marsha Forrest
  • Mary Kay Bates
  • Veronica Ramirez
  • Mary Webb
  • Kirana Miller
  • Hope Setso
  • Stevan Simich
  • Warren Brodey
  • Karene Lyngholm
  • Julie Jenson
  • Malika Rani Freedman
  • Christina Broadhead