Winter 2019: Loving Yourself: Botanical Healing for Women of Color

Connect with the plants to support you in self care and self love practices. We will meditate with the plants, get creative, prepare healing foot and hand baths, and make special ointments to lift our hearts.

Winter 2019: Self-Care Sisterhood: Folk Medicine Making for Women of Color

In this class we will begin our journey into reclaiming herbalism and self-care by exploring the kitchen, and medicine making, as a site of revolution and nourishment.  We will gather around herbs and household tools, recall our healing back into our lives and our communities. We will learn how to use the plants available in our urban herbal pharmacy to make self-care rituals and ceremonies that strengthen our hearts, our bodies, honor the grandmothers and the Sacred Feminine within.

The Fifth Season: Herbs for Wildfire Season

Guest student post by third year Cecemanna student Beth Sachnoff. Here in California a fifth season has emerged. As we move from the warm months of summer into the dry winds of autumn we enter what has been the peak time for California wildfires.  In this era marked by extreme drought, years of fire suppression and climate change, fires have raged up and down California and the Pacific Northwest. This year alone, 1,258,880 acres have burned in California[1]. Driving up north to the mountains last month I was met with gray skies and… Read More

Save the West Berkeley Shellmound!

Ancestral Apothecary stands in solidarity with the Ohlone people (the indigenous people of the Bay Area) in their fight to protect their sacred site from development.  Please join us in taking action now.

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.