Dreamwork as Spiritual & Healing Practice for BIPOC

As the nights grow longer, let us turn inward to replenish and drink from the starlit well of our dreams. When people of color dream together, we nourish each other and change the world. Like our ancestors before us, we draw upon all our resources to protect and manifest what is precious and sacred. This dream group cultivates our healing path and spiritual growth, activating our highest selves.

Herbal Allies, An Introduction to Herbal Medicine

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’ll learn recipes & other ways to incorporate the plants into our lives.

Donate to our Black Student Scholarship Fund

Ancestral Apothecary School was born of a dream and a prayer to create herbal educational spaces centered on people of color. Herbal medicine has always been integral to people’s resilience in the struggle for liberation and this moment is no different. We believe in the power of plants and our ancestral medicine to help us heal individually and collectively from systemic racism and the impact it has had on Brown, Black and Indigenous people. . We all agreed that a way to contribute to the movement is to increase our class offerings… Read More

Herbal Allies for Stress and Trauma

Gracias a todxs, thank you to all who joined us for our Herbal Allies for Stress and Trauma. We (Batul and Atava) enjoyed talking about our favorite herbal allies. Plants we covered included chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, pericón, cempazuchitl, scullcap, CA poppy, lavendar, rose, reishi and ashwaganda.

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!