Atava (she/her) is inspired by the folk, indigenous and ancestral healing traditions of the world. She is a teacher, healer and author dedicated to remembering and honoring the healing traditions of her Mexican, Polish, Diné (Navajo) and Hungarian ancestors. She also is committed to creating supportive spaces for others to remember their own ancestors and ancestral medicine. Atava especially loves to connect people to our common ancestors, the plants.
Atava has been studying and practicing healing arts for over 30 years and is a professionally registered clinical herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. She has been studying curanderismo since 1999 with many maestras/maestros including esteemed Mexican curanderas Doña Enriqueta Contreras and Estela Roman.
In graduate school, she researched the healing traditions of her father’s Polish Slavic ancestry and wrote about this experience in her thesis entitled “Journey to my Polish Indigenous Mind.”
Atava is the founder of Ancestral Apothecary and has taught in schools and universities throughout California and across Turtle Island. In her clinical practice she supports people of all ages and genders on their healing journeys with herbal medicine, curanderismo, flower essences, dream work, and energetic bodywork.
She is the author of The Curanderx Toolkit, Reclaiming Ancestral Herbal Medicine and Rituals for Healing which is based on the class of the same name. She also has an herbal product line inspired by her herbal allies and ancestral medicine. Learn more about her offerings on her website, www.ancestralapothecary.com.
For thirty years she called Huichin (Oakland, CA) home, and has been recently transplanted to Tewa Pueblo territory (Albuquerque, NM) where she lives with her wife and cat and is learning to grow food and medicine in the high desert.