Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH (AHG)

Atava is the founder of Ancestral Apothecary.
She is dedicated to remembering and honoring the healing traditions of her ancestors and also to creating spaces to support others to also make this connection.

Abi Huff

Abi Huff is an ever- evolving community & clinical herbalist, medicine maker, intuitive life strategist, community activist, and overall plant nerd.

Myrna Cabán Lezcano

Myrna Cabán Lezcano is a queer Boricua herbalist, educator, and cultural organizer. She grew up eating mangos and being doused in Agua Florida. Her abuelxs inspired her to connect to Spirit and healing by growing gandules, raising chickens, making dream-based predictions, and singing spontaneous songs.

Ayo Ngozi Drayton

Ayo is a community herbalist, educator, artist, and historian. She is a believer in ancestral tradition, a documentarian of Black herbal and cultural practices, and a community worker. Trained as a clinician, Ayo is an instructor at community-based herbal schools and conferences, owns a small herbal business (The Creative Root), and runs the Planting Reparations Project, a reparations-based, mutual aid initiative that redistributes plants and healing resources to Black people.

Melissa Reyes

Melissa (she/her) is an herbalist, writer, facilitator, and birthworker based in Ohlone Territory/Oakland, CA. Melissa’s family has roots in Puerto Rico and Poland and she has spent over 18 years working in a variety of social justice, learning, and healing spaces.

Batul True Heart

Batul True Heart (they/them) is a Yo’eme (Yaqui) and Panamanian-American (of Indigenous, African, & European descent) Queer and Two-Spirit community herbalist, medicine maker, caregiver, and death doula. On a lifelong journey of uncovering their ancestral roots, and all the trauma their ancestors both endured and enacted, Batul has been walking a healing road for over 15 years reclaiming the truth of who they are by (re)connecting with their ancestors, (re)membering everyday traditional practices and ceremonies, (re)learning languages, and making relations with the medicine of the plants (re)matriating.

Tatille Jackson

Tatille Jackson, CMT, is a lifelong student of massage therapy, herbal medicine, and the ways in which our bodies innately strive toward a state repair.

RaheNi Gonzalez

RaheNi Gonzalez I’naru is a Two-Spirit Boricua Taino Ceremonial Prayer Warrior, Healer & Activist. They have spent the past 20+ years focused on healing and learning how to transform trauma, chronic illness & suffering into beauty, love and a higher consciousness.

Rebekah Sze-Tung Olstad

Rebekah Sze-Tung Olstad is passionate about building relationships and connections with nature in all its forms. She graduated from the first Cecemmana cohort in 2018, and is now practicing as a community herbalist.

Danielle Elaine Benjamin

Danielle is an Afro-Indigenous herbalist and astrology apprentice, called to self-healing and soul evolution, inwardly and together. Danielle is a 2019 graduate of Cecemmana.