Health—General & Rehabilitative

Yanawana Herbolarios

Reclaiming our inherent sacred connection to live in agreement with the land

Floresville, TX


To share, preserve, and honor cultural knowledge of the land and make it universally accessible as a means to empower and revive the practice of holistic living, medical herbal usage, water catchment and purification, land preservation, and coming together as a community in times of need.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Operated as Herbal Medics, Inc from 2012-2017, then agreed to restructure with a new board, updated mission, and name change to Yanawana Herbolarios. Yanawana Herbolarios merged with San Antonio area nonprofit, Herbal Medics, in 2017. The name was amended to Yanawana Herbolarios and the board, directorship, address, and mission were updated.

Ruling Year



Maria C Turvin


Heidi Sobotik

Main Address

209 Country View Ln

Floresville, TX 78114 USA


healthcare, education, underserved, indigenous, minorities, youth, elderly, families, sustainability, community





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Support Services (E60)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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There is a direct correlation between lack of health insurance and health issues leading to death. Uninsured adults are 25% more likely to die prematurely than insured adults due to the delay in seeking medical care. This delay in treatment can result in late stage diagnosis which can lead to poor treatment results and death. The uninsured also have less health care access, often receive a lesser quality of care, and frequently experience worse medical outcomes than that of the insured. They suffer death at higher rates from accidents and chronic/acute conditions. Health issues experienced by the uninsured and underinsured often stem from roots deeper than inadequate health coverage. These issues relate to the loss of independent sustainable lifestyle skills once practiced by native peoples across the U.S. As the practice of growing, foraging, hunting, and preserving one's own food has drastically reduced, so has the ability to nurture and care for the health of one's self and family.

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Sowing La Futura

Honoring Our Elders

The Community Garden at OLLU

Post Disaster Relief and Rescue

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To serve the communities we work in with respect, humility, compassion, empathy, and competence. To create botanically based healthcare models for medically and economically underserved communities through education and integrative community healthcare clinics. To preserve, catalog and expand medicinal plant information of herbs in the communities that we serve, including their habitats, their horticulture, and their use. To nurture new paradigms of healing that allow for a fully integrative model of healthcare. To provide this model of medical assistance in remote, post-disaster and underserved urban environments, locally and globally, that models a truly self-sustainable model including epidemiological sources, self-sustainable nutrition, cultural integration and logistical support. To provide free community education on topics of sustainability. To work synergistically with other community organizations, locally and nationally, for the betterment of the communities we serve.

We are grateful to have relationships all over San Antonio, but the majority of our work is concentrated in three specific areas: the near east side including the Eastside Promise Neighborhood, Denver Heights, and Jefferson Heights; the west side including Avenida Guadalupe, Prospect Hill, Los Jardines, and Loma Vista; and the south side including the Hot Wells, Thelka, and Highland Park. We are active in the communities we serve, approaching issues with compassion, understanding, and knowledge. We are constantly seeking out resources, establishing community relationships, and furthering the education of our team members in order to better serve the communities we work in. These communities are full of families, working hard to ensure a life for their families that is safe, happy, and healthy. Yanawana offers free botanically integrative healthcare, fosters a spirit of self-sustainability, and reintroduces skills that help these communities achieve their goals.

Yanawana has a diverse membership coming from a variety of ethnic, professional, and educational backgrounds. Members include clinical and bioregional herbalists, doulas, bodyworkers, physician assistants, former military medics, permaculturists, botanists, engineers, and educators. Team members have actively worked in these communities for years at a grassroots level beside community members with respect, compassion, and empathy, actively working to deconstruct limiting societal constructs and improve our communities. Each part of our programming is a vital piece of the puzzle that makes up our organizational structure and program. Modeled after Special Forces Medic Units, our structure allows us to efficiently work as a team to accomplish our goals, as well as be self-sustainable in remote clinical and post-disaster environments. The foundation of our work though comes from our connection to the land and its people and the center of that connection is our work with the plants.

Yanawana measures the progress of our programs through input from program participants and the nonprofits we partner with. We are constantly evaluating our programs, talking with community members about how we can better improve our programs, and assessing current community needs. We keep the lines of communication between us and the communities we serve open, making certain that we are accessible to receive their input. Our continued growth and the requests we receive from the community to offer our programs are indicators of our progress and our successes.

Successful Projects Free botanical healthcare clinics to communities in Nicaragua, Mexico, West Virginia, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. We've brought off-grid clean water solutions to communities in Nicaragua, West Virginia, and Arizona. We've provided post-disaster relief to communities affected by Hurricane Harvey We have partnerships with multiple organizations in San Antonio, Texas in which we provide free education on topics of sustainability and healthcare. Topics include permaculture, nutrition, botanical medicine making, and water purification techniques. We hold these classes and workshops for folks of all ages, with classes adapted especially for youth and elders. Future projects In 2019 Yanawana has plans to expand its offerings. Some of our planned projects are: Free weekly community botanical healthcare clinic at our headquarters Free mobile healthcare clinics Family healthcare services Home healthcare services Family Farm Food Project Indigenous Intern Program

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