Earth Peoples United Board of Directors
Erick Gonzalez: Founder & Spiritual Leader
Heddi Gonzalez-Neale: President
Kirana Miller: Director
Raquel Hugo: Director
Tat Erick Gonzalez - Founder
Spiritual Leader of Earth Peoples United
Since his early childhood, Tat Erick Gonzalez has received profound and sustained healing from the indigenous medicine of Guatemala. As a small boy, carried by his grandmother to tribal healers for treatments, he formed an early and lifelong connection to the natural and spiritual forces that would guide his astonishing earth walk.
Within the traditional indigenous circles and the native people of the Maya, Tat Erick carries the responsibility of an Aj Q’ij and Kamal Bey (Spiritual Leader, Teacher and Earth Wisdom Keeper). Over a thirty-year period, Tat Erick traveled with, trained under, and was initiated by spiritual Elders from México, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala and throughout North America. And he has been blessed with a truly unique connection to the sacred guidance which comes directly from Spirit. Without hesitation as a youth, Tat Erick participated in Native movements in an effort to protect sacred lands, the heartbeat and essence of the indigenous ways. And in subsequent years, he dedicated himself to serving communities in re-establishing their traditional ways, keeping them alive and flourishing for future generations.
Through the years and with an unwavering conviction, Tat Erick has participated in Indigenous Councils throughout the Americas, gathering tribal Elders and part of a sacred call to action, promoting increased cooperation and unity between diverse traditions. He is passionate about the inclusion of all lineages for healing and unification.
As the Founder & Spiritual Leader of Earth Peoples United, Tat Erick nurtures a powerful international alliance of Earth Wisdom Keepers, and inspires many who are on a path of re-establishing their Earth Wisdom connection.
Through this incredible life journey, and in support of this vision, Tat Erick has created two truly unique spiritual sanctuaries: one in his home country of Guatemala, on the shores of Lake Atitlan, and the second, north of Mt. Shasta, in Northern California – both are places of profound beauty, learning, and healing. Tat Erick holds the vision of supporting and unifying sanctuaries such as these, all across our Mother Earth.
Today, Tat Erick continues to teach, heal, and lead ceremonies. His inspiration comes from ceremonial instructions to support the transformation and unification of humanity through the sharing of knowledge that comes from “the Original Instructions”: those instructions left by Creator, for all of life to follow, in order to live in balance and harmony with all of creation.
Currently Tat Erick lives in Northern California with his wife (and partner), and spends part of the year in Guatemala. He has five children and four grandchildren.
Tat Erick's personal healing and ceremonial work can be seen in more depth at www.spiritjaguar.com
Nan Heddi Neale, M.A. - President
Nan Heddi Neale has been working to support the exchange of indigenous wisdom alongside her husband, Tat Erick Gonzalez, 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, Nan 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.
Nan 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. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Waldorf School Trust during her time in 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.
In 2016, Nan Kirana received her sacred bundle and spiritual mission as an Ajq’ij in the Mayan tradition. She holds a ceremonial fireplace, Aj Xik Jay, in Santa Ynez, CA.
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 organizations 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.