Celebrating 2017 at Ancestral Apothecary

We are grateful to be wrapping up another amazing year at Ancestral Apothecary.  This year we offered almost a dozen classes and also graduated two groups of students from both our first and second years of Cecemmana.  Congratulations to all our graduates! One of the highlights of the 2017 was our trip to the American Herbalist Guild Symposium to receive our award for Diversity and Equity in Herbal Medicine.  I traveled to Silverton, Oregon with four of my Cecemmana students to accept the award.  We enjoyed mingling with herbalists from around the… Read More

My Solstice Hope

I am grateful to be part of a circle of healers dedicated to healing themselves, their communities, their ancestors and the earth. And this circle is growing and getting stronger.

Herbal Allies, An Introduction to Herbal Medicine, Spring 2018

This class will focus on building our relationship with our herbal allies. Each class will focus in-depth on one or more herbal medicines and we will learn how they work both physically and energetically . We will learn recipes and other ways to incorporate the plants into our lives.

Planting Seeds: Herbalism Diversity Fund

We’re launching a fundraiser to raise scholarship money for our students of color!

Northern CA Fire Support Resources

The deadly north bay fires have killed dozens of people and have destroyed almost 6000 homes and businesses.  The impact on our communities has been devastating.  However, there are many grass-roots efforts to organize and mobilize support for those who have been directly impacted by these fires. 

Second Annual Holiday Herb Fair

Join Ancestral Apothecary for our second annual Herbal Fair this holiday season! Saturday November 26th from 1 to 6 PM

Studio Grand Oakland, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland

Cecemmana Info Night, October 27th!

Interested in learning more about Cecemmana, our nine month training program in herbal medicine?

Join us for an open house and chance to meet Cecemmana teachers and students. We’ll talk about the program and give you a chance to ask questions.

Award for Diversity in Herbal Medicine

We are honored that Ancestral Apothecary has been chosen to receive the Victoria Fortner Award in Diversity, Inclusion and Equity from the American Herbalist Guild that recognizes “outstanding accomplishments in the field of professional herbalism that address the health care needs of diverse communities.”  I am grateful for our incredible teachers and students who shape our learning and healing community. We’ll be attending the American Herbalist Guild’s Symposium in October to accept this award.  Hope to see you there! https://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/victoria-fortner-award-diversity-equity-and-inclusion

New cycle of Cecemmana starts soon!

More than ever before people need well-trained herbalists to serve and support their communities! If you feel the call to the plants, we invite you to check out our nine-month training program that starts next week.

Drawing to win free workshop with Sergio Magaña!

We are excited to be co-hosting maestro Sergio Magaña again this March, when he will be back in the Bay Area to teach two new workshops. Now you have a chance to win entrance to one of his Berkeley workshops!  Simply enter the drawing by reviewing Sergio’s new book: Caves of Power: Ancient Energy Techniques for Healing, Rejuvenation and Manifestation. Drawing Details: 1. Purchase Caves of Power at Amazon. 2. Write a review. 3. Notify Valerie Niestrath that you wrote a review:valerieniestrath@gmail.com Drawing will occur on February 2nd, 2017. Winners will be notified on… Read More