Cecemmana Student Post Series: Recognizing Plants

This year, as spring comes, I am recognizing plant friends everywhere. Small chickweed flowers surround a sidewalk tree on my street. The feathery leaves of California golden poppy, not yet in bloom, catch my eye by the side of a road. In a park, I spot the leaves of yarrow, also feathery, but in a different way from California poppy. Walking an urban park trail, I see what I think is cleavers, and touch it just to be sure. Another plant, woodruff, looks enough like cleavers to be mistaken for it by… Read More

Ancestral Apothecary featured on Bespoken Bones Podcast

We were honored to be invited to be interviewed for Pavani Moray’s Bespoken Bones Podcast, “ancestors on the crossroads of magic, sex and science.”  We talked about ancestral healing and plants as ancestors. Check out the episode with Atava Garcia Swiecicki, Ancestral Apothecary founder here: http://bespokenbones.com/episode-009-plants-are-our-ancestors/ Please also check out all the other great interviews as well: http://bespokenbones.com/  

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.

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.