People’s Community Medics Training

On Sunday, our Cecemmana herbal students had a great training with Shareena and Leslie from the People’s Community Medics of Oakland.   Many times in brown and black neighborhoods there is a delay in the arrival of EMT’s after injury or violence in the community.  Shareena and Leslie founded this organization as a response to the 2009 murder of Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale Bart Station in Oakland,  whose medical care was delayed 20 minutes due to racist infrastructure in the police force. These women train community members to be first responders… Read More

Cecemmana weekend herb walk

              Cecemmana, our nine month herbal training program meets during the first weekend of each month.  This past weekend started with an herb walk led by Kara Sigler at Briones.  Our students learned how to identify local plants and wildflowers.  There was also plenty of time to sit and meditate with the plants. Sticky money flower is a local wildflower.  As a flower essence it can be used to clear fear we hold in our second chakra, specifially fear around intimacy and sexuality.  

Listen to us on the Ancestral Telesummit!

Atava Garcia Swiecicki, founder of Ancestral Apothecary, has been invited to speak as part of the Ancestral Telesummit.  She’s talking Thursday, March 30 at 1 pm PDT on “Reconnecting with Indigenous Mind for Ancestral Healing.” Click here to visit the Ancestral Telesummit page for more information!

New Classes! New Apothecary!

  We are excited to start the new year off with a brand new custom-made herbal apothecary for our office.  It’s ready just in time to help us launch our nine month Cecemmana Herbal Program!  Many thanks to Maia Bodreaux for the design and construction and 12 Starrz Briggs for helping paint and put on the finishing touches to make it look fabulous. Cecemmana starts on February 6th and the class is full.  However, we still have room in our upcoming classes Herbal Allies and the Curandera’s Toolkit.   We are happy… Read More

Curanderismo immersion in Oaxaca, Mexico!

Coming up soon, in January of 2016, we will be holding our third curanderismo workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico.   This is a very special opportunity to be immersed in the medicina tradicional, the traditional medicine of Mexico.  This workshop is led by esteemed Mexican curandera, and author of Nuestra Medicina, Estela Roman, and Atava Garcia Swiecicki from Ancestral Apothecary.   We will also spend time with well loved elder curandera and midwife Dona Enriqueta Contreras.   We have a few spaces left for our workshop, so please contact us for an application.

We reached our fundraising goal!

Thank you to everyone who helped to support our fundraising efforts through Kiva Zip.  Kiva Zip offers 0% loans which are funded by community.  We successfully reached our goal of raising $10,000 to support the growth of the Ancestral Apothecary school. We highly recommend that you check out Kiva Zip and help support other small businesses to achieve their dreams!  A little loan can make a big difference!

Support the growth of Ancestral Apothecary school!

We have until November 28th to raise the rest of the $10,000 loan to help us establish the Ancestral Apothecary school of herbal, folk and indigenous medicine.

Cecemmana: Nine Month Training in Herbal Medicine

A program dedicated to planting seeds in our diverse Bay Area communities for future herbalists. This 400 hour training will provide students a solid foundation in the art, science & spirituality of herbal medicine from a multi-cultural perspective.