Herbs to Grow Now

We have learned in this pandemic that essential items including medicinal herbs can quickly disappear from grocery stores. A good way to ensure that we have access to herbs that we need is to start growing our own medicine.

Resources for Building Relationship with Plants

I started this page to offer resources to people who are interested in deepening their relationships with medicinal plants and in learning history of how plants have supported people’s reslience.

Building Relationship with Herbal Allies to Support Our Resilience

The key is building relationships with plants. We must decolonize our way of thinking about plants. They are not objects or commodities. Plants are our relatives. They are our elders. They are living beings with vast intelligence and capabilities.

MINDBODY Radio interview with Ancestral Apothecary founder Atava Garcia Swiecicki

Check out the MINDBODY Radio interview with the founder of Ancestral Apothecary, Atava Garcia Swiecicki. In this short interview Atava shares a little bit about her training, her healing work and her dream to convert Ancestral Apothecary School into a worker-owned cooperative. October 18, 2019

Support diversity in herbal medicine! Please donate now to our POC scholarship.

We’re raising money for our student of color scholarship fund for our 2020 Cecemmana class. We will have about 35 students enrolled next year, the majority of whom are people of color. Many of our students depend on scholarship to help them cover the cost of tuition. Please make a donation today to help make sure our herbal community in the Bay Area is reflective of all the diverse communities that live here! DONATE HERE NOW TO OUR SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Thank you!

Introducing our Cecemmana 3 Graduates!

We’re so proud of our Cecemmana 3 graduates and the beautiful work they’re offering to their communities. Some of them are starting their practices, others are creating product lines, and some are teaching classes. Support your local herbalists — visit their websites, buy their products, book a consultation, and check out their classes!

Remembering Our Roots: An Ancestral Medicine Zine

This has been a dream for three years, to create a platform to share our stories of ancestral medicine and healing from our Cecemmana classes. Last year we received a grant to make this dream come true. Thank you to Kindle Project for the seed money. Thank you to Tatille and Danielle for doing the work to make it happen. Gracias Elisa for the cover art and all our students who contributed! Remembering Our Roots is a zine inspired by the amazing work of our students. All of the people who have… Read More

Ancestral Apothecary Healing Clinic

Join us for a healing clinic at Ancestral Apothecary to fundraise for our Cecemmana Student of Color Scholarship fund! We’ll be offering herbal consultations, massage, and energy work. Availability for 50 minute and 25 minute sessions. Date: Friday, February 22nd Time: 2pm – 7pm Cost: $75 and up plus cost of herbs for 50 minute herbal consultations; $80 and up for 50 minute massage & energy work sessions; $40 and up for 25 minute massage & energy work sessions Location: Ancestral Apothecary, 3798 Grand Avenue Oakland, CA Contact school@ancestralapothecary.com to book your… Read More

My love poem to plants

Dear beloved plant friends,
Thank you
For your unconditional love
For always sharing with me
For always offering your support
For continuing to help us humans
Even when we’ve forgotten how to respect you.

Help us raise money to support herbalists of color!

Many communities of color are still connected to their traditional herbal knowledge, although people of color are still unequally represented in herb school classrooms. We launched this fundraising campaign to provide financial support to our students of color to help cover the cost of their herbal education.