About Us

Medicine Lodge Ranch is a health and natural medicine school, located in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest. We are a family company blending multi-generational wisdom of healers and teachers with the very best of what modern science has to offer, in an effort to empower individuals to take their health and wellness into their own hands.

Firm in our belief that medicine belongs to the people, we take inspiration from the indigenous belief in the medicine bear who, standing on two legs, brought medicine to our people. Through our online courses and and herbal intensives at our ranch, it is our intention to share this medicine and illuminate the innate ability to heal and take care of ourselves.

We invite you to take your health and happiness into your own hands by joining us on the medicine road.

Animal lover. Plant whisperer.
Science nerd.

With over 35 years in the field, Tieraona is an expert in the areas of integrative medicine, women's health, dietary supplements, and herbal medicine. And if you think that's impressive, just wait until you see her making her lotions and potions in the apothecary!

Tieraona is passionate about empowering people to take charge of their health and wellness, and she brings her knowledge, experience, and expertise to Medicine Lodge Ranch Education. You can find her in her spare time playing in her gardens, riding her horse Kohana, and hiking her beautiful desert land with her husband Jim and two dogs.

Cornhuskers fanatic. Tech guru.
Ranch enthusiast.

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, we think Jim is as salt of the earth as it gets. Though both of his parents were in the medical field, Jim took a different path and spent most of his life in the field of marketing and tech. That is, until he discovered his greatest passion - living the good ol' ranch life.

He brings his experience in technology and account management, and his big heart to Medicine Lodge Ranch Education. You can find him in his spare time hiking the mountains with Tieraona and their two German shepherds, Joey and Jesse, and cheering on his hometown football team the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Forest child. Proud chicken mama. Glamper.

A homebirth baby, Kiara has been immersed in the world of natural and holistic medicine her entire life. After getting her degree in anthropology, Kiara became fascinated with the ways that cultures view and practice their medicine, particularly at the intersection of widespread technology use and modern medicine with the resurgence in traditional models of healing.

Through her love of social media, she is a bridge between those with important messages and the people who need to hear them. She brings this passion of bridging gaps and sharing knowledge to Medicine Lodge Ranch Education.

In her spare time, you can find her traveling around the Pacific Northwest in her camper, gardening with her dog and chicken companions, or enjoying a great glass of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

Language Master. Adventurer. Urban Gardener.

Though Mekoce has flown the coop to become an elementary school teacher in Washington DC, you can still see the amazing contributions he’s given to Medicine Lodge Ranch Education in our videos, which he edited with great love and care.

And, if you’re lucky, you can try one of his amazing home-cooked meals at one of our summer intensives! In his spare time, you can find him making homemade pizza and gelato, scuba diving, and jet setting to a foreign country to practice one of the five languages he speaks.

Joey & Jesse
Bone Enthusiasts. Mountaineers. Late-Night Barkers.

These two are the hairy, four-legged members of our family, and life just wouldn’t be the same without them. Though we lived here first, they generously let us live in their kingdom as long as Jim keeps the barbeque chicken coming!

In their spare time, which is most of the time, you can find them snoring and chasing bunnies in their dreams, gnawing on bone marrow, and tearing up and down the sides of mountains.