Curanderx Toolkit Virtual Book Launch Recording on YouTube!

We had a wonderful, heartfelt virtual book launch event on August 11th. Our speakers included Atava Garcia Swiecicki, Brenda Salgado, Eleanor Barron Druckrey, Angela Aguilar, Marcela Sabin and Raheni Gonzalez. The event was a free webinar on Zoom and also live streamed on YouTube. We are grateful for the amazing panelists and all who attended virtually from across the continent. We plan on having a few more free virtual events to continue celebrating the book and continuing the important conversations with our community curanderx.

Book Launch Celebrations

The Curanderx Toolkit book was officially launched the week of July 12th in both Oakland/Huchiun and Sacramento/Nisesan territory. I was happy to return to the land and communities which shaped the stories and teachings in the book. My heart is full with all the love, celebration and appreciation for our curanderx communities!

Curanderx Toolkit Book Launch Events

I am excited to returning next week to Oakland/Huchiun and Sacramento/Nisenan Territory to celebrate the launch of my first book, The Curanderx Toolkit, Reclaiming Ancestral Latinx Plant Medicine and Rituals for Healing.  I will also be offering a virtual event on Zoom on Thursday August 11th. 

The Curanderx Toolkit: Reclaiming Ancestral Latinx Plant Medicine and Rituals for Healing

Atava’s first book, first book, The Curanderx Toolkit:  Reclaiming Ancestral Latinx Plant Medicine and Rituals for Healing , will be available in bookstores on July 12th through Huchiun/Berkeley based non-profit press, Hey Day Books.

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.

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.