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!

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 Drawing will occur on February 2nd, 2017. Winners will be notified on… Read More

Support from our Herbal Allies

In these turbulent times, when I’ve lost faith in humankind, I turn to the plants.  The plants love us unconditionally and have been helping humans since the beginning of time.  They provide us food, shelter, clothing, medicine, spiritual guidance and beauty.  They give us life every moment we breathe and take in their oxygen. Thankfully, the plants have not given up on humanity yet.  They continue to support us on many levels.  This post is dedicated to our Herbal Allies and sharing how we can build stronger relationships with them. What is an… Read More

Holiday Herb Fair, November 26th at Studio Grand in Oakland

Join the Ancestral Apothecary community for our first Herbal Fair!    Find unique herbal products and gifts made by our teachers and students.  We’ll also be offering healing services including limpias, ear acupuncture and tarot readings. All profits go to our Cecemmana Year 2 Scholarship fund. For more updates, check out the event page on FB.  

Teacher profile: Francine Madrid

Today in the Ancestral Apothecary classroom a small circle of women gathers around an altar with one candle and a bouquet of fresh flowers and herbs.  Throughout the day they share deeply personal stories amid much tears and laughter.  This safe and sacred space was created for women to tell their stories about their wombs, their menstrual cycles, and their histories of sexual abuse, pregnancies or abortions. Teacher Francine Madrid created the Matriz Sagrada (Sacred Womb) class to help women make a healing connection to their wombs and to their bellies.  Francine… Read More