A Conversation with Ancestral Apothecary

Thank you to Guido Mase of Urban Moonshine’s blog for taking the time to interview Ancestral Apothecary stewards Atava Garcia Swiecicki, Myrna Cabán Lezcano and Abi Huff. The article is called “Supporting Each Other, Honoring the Traditions,” and writes about the history of the school, our transition to new stewardship, the importance of ancestral medicine and what inspires each one of us. https://www.urbanmoonshine.com/blogs/blog/supporting-each-other-honoring-the-traditions

Ancestral Apothecary Teachers Featured in Los Angeles Times

Beautiful piece in the Los Angeles Times on Black herbalists featuring our very own, Abi Huff and Danielle Benjamin, alongside other amazing folks! Follow Abi: @_thestingingnettle_ Follow Danielle: @danielleelainebenjamin Thank you Julissa James!

BIPOC + POC Scholarship Fund

Ancestral Apothecary School has been dedicated to training BIPOC + POC herbalists for the past fifteen years.  We are launching a fundraising campaign to raise money for our nine-month herbal training program called Cecemmana which begins in April of 2021.  Cecemmana is a Nahuatl word that means to sprinkle and plant seeds on the earth. The Cecemmana program is dedicated to planting seeds in our diverse Bay Area communities for future herbalists. This 250-hour training provides students a solid foundation in the art, science & spirituality of herbal medicine from a people… Read More

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!