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Following the footsteps of her family, Denise started her spiritual path at the age of 15, when she began traveling frequently to the highlands in her home of Guatemala to learn about Maya culture from the elders. Part of her work as an Ajq’ij, Maya Spiritual Guide, is focused in supporting the communities and in the rescue, preservation, and transmission of the sacred knowledge of the ancient Maya tradition, a work she has been doing hand in hand with Saq’ Be’, an organization dedicated to this purpose. She worked with her father, Elder Carlos Barrios, for more than twenty years. From him she learned many of the secrets, techniques, and wisdom of the Clan of the Eagle. She is also the author of the book “The Energies of the Day” which is a daily guide to the energies of the Sacred Cholq’ij Calendar. Currently she is focusing on the study of medicinal plants and walking her path towards becoming an Aq’omanela’, Maya Healer.