where Indigenous wisdom meets Science
Omaro ti in Taino means Little Moon, a name given to me by my adopted Taino mother, Bibi Kukuya, during my adoption on the island of Borikén to Tribu Yuke Inc.
Omaroti is rooted in wellness in the Well of Indigenous Wisdom school teachings. After moving to the island of Borikén, and living through the aftermath of hurricane Maria, the call of Omaroti became more important as my contribution to wellness work increased. My wellness work is about fulfilling and immersing myself in the position of the calling; enhancing life by using plant medicine to heal people. An important part of my clinical work is offering devotional service in collaboration with Herbalists without Borders International by providing free clinical and herbal remedies to underserved populations.
Located in the heart of Mayagüez town center, Omaroti is a space offering local collaboration, creating healing opportunities, empowering through consultation and being a vortex for health consciousness. Simply put, we specialize in herbal medicine, nutrition, education and body care (yoga, dance and energy medicine).
I am Olatokunboh Obasi, owner of Omaroti, a business of the Well of Indigenous Wisdom teachings. My roots are grounded in Africa. I am of indigenous East and West African lineages of the Luhya (Kenya) and Ogori (Nigeria) people. I learned the art of healing from the age of 9 from my mother's people. From my father, I was gifted with the path of Ifa. I am Iyaawonifa. In Borikén I am Tekina, a Taino word to mean one in service to many. Many years ago, I decided to complete my Master's of Science in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health, there I also received my board certification as a certified nutritional specialist. I have a Bachelor's of Arts in French Education and I have been a birth doula for over 15 years. I am a certified dance instructor and a yoga instructor in the Sivananda tradition and received the title Shiromani under Romi Singh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I integrate all my knowledge in my consultations which honors both an indigenous and scientific approach to health and wellness.
Education is where my heart lies. I am a teacher first and foremost. I have taught many over the years and proud to see the success of my students wherever they are. Several of my students are already in business or practice worldwide. I have also been invited to teach at universities, churches, community organizations, herbal medicine schools, conferences and fairs such as the American Herbalist Guild, Southeast Women's Herbal Conference, Arbor Vitae in New York, Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine in North Carolina, Great Lakes Herb Faire, Institute of American Indian Arts, as well as many others.
Omaroti is a collaboration of our family effort. My young adult children assist and co-create many of the products in our inventory.
Welcome to Omaroti in the Well of Indigenous Wisdom teachings!