9 Month Herbal Training


Cecemmana / Planting Seeds

 Year One: Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine 2020

We will not be offering Cecemmana in 2019, but please consider applying for 2020.  

Cecemmana is a Nahuatl word that means to sprinkle and plant seeds on the earth. This program is 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.

The focus of Cecemmana is to help students build a strong relationship with the plants; and to also support them to develop an intimate and healing relationship with their own bodies. We will cover the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of herbalism and healing. Class time will include lecture, class discussions, medicine making, herbal gardening, herb walks, field trips, and small group apprenticeship. Class projects include a long term study of one herbal ally, and researching and presenting a project for each student’s ancestral medicine.

Cecemmana will give our students the skills to work with herbal medicine for themselves and their family. This is not a clinical herbalist training program. The American Herbalist Guild requires 1600 hours of training to become a certified professional herbalist. In this way, what we are offering is a first step for those who wish to achieve that. Our curriculum will provide a solid foundation for those who wish to continue their herbal education and train to be a clinical herbalist.

Our curriculum will include both 300 hours of core classes and additional classes in special topics. These 300 hours are either taught or supervised by our core or adjunct faculty. In addition, 100 hours is independent work in which students will be gardening, volunteering, or working on school projects.

Core teachers: TBA

Core classes:
Materia Medica
Herbal Allies for physical, emotional and spiritual health
Herb walks & field identification
The Elemental Body (an embodied study of our body systems)
Health & wellness
Anatomy & Physiology
Medicine Making
Pharmacy building
Gardening/botany (class time + field work)
Small group apprenticeship

Additional classes:
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Herbal practices of the African Diaspora
Street medic training & emergency herbalism
Herbs & astrology
Herbs and magic
Flower Essences

Independent hours:
Gardening & community service (50 hours)
Homework & class presentations (50 hours)

Cost: TBA

Locations: Ancestral Apothecary office; home office & garden; out in the field; community gardens.

For more info contact:   ancestralapothecaryassistant@gmail.com

10 Comments on “9 Month Herbal Training

  1. Hello, Born and raised in Oakland ca, I am a tradition Mexican medicine practitioner in morgan hill ca. I am familiar with and use plants from traditionally used in Mexico, and would like to learn more about local medicinal plant. I have been studying under a curandera in Mexico for the past 4 years and travel there 2 times a year. I would like to know what kind of flexibility there is in your learning programs for an abcence as well as what class might be appropriate. My personal interest is in learning so that I might teach. Thank you, teresa


    • Hi Teresa,
      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, I was away for much of December! We have several classes that cover herbal medicine. Either the Curandera’s Toolkit or Herbal Allies is a good start. The Toolkit is taught from a perspective of how plants are used in Curanderismo and Herbal Allies is more general. We also have a nine-month herbal training program that is called Cecemmana that begins in February. In all these classes we do teach about local plants as well as many other medicinal herbs.
      For Cecemmana, we ask that students attend 80% of the classes to get their certificates. For the other classes we encourage as much attendance as possible, but know that it is common for students to miss a few classes.
      We are having an Open House on Friday January 6th from 7-8:30, so please come by to learn more!
      Take care, Atava


  2. Love this. Can you please refer me to any similar training programs in the Los Angeles area? I would really love to gain the knowledge to heal and reconnect with my heritage. Thank you.


    • I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with what is available in LA. You might want to check out the list of herbal schools on the American Herbalist Guild website. (www.americanherbalistguild.com)


  3. Good Day Sir/Ma
    What is your prerequisite for someone from.Nigeria to attend your herbal school and graduate?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.



    • Hi Tony — thanks for your interest! We don’t have prerequisites for our year 1 Cecemmana program but we do have an application process. We’ll be offering the 9 month training again is 2020. If you have additional questions, you can email us at school@ancestralapothecary.com


  4. I would love to do the 9 month program, do you ever plan to offer it evening hours for those of us who cannot make it during the day.


    • We’re still working on the schedule for Cecemmana 2020 and we’re not sure if it’s going to be offered during the day or evenings. Email us at ancestralapothecaryassistant@gmail.com if you’d like to be on the list of interested folks for Cecemmana 2020 so you’ll be the first to know when we have the details settled.


  5. Can the cost be covered in installments or does it have to be paid all at once?


    • We don’t offer payment plans but we do offer scholarships for students of color. If you’re interested in being added to the list of folks interested, which we’ll send an email to when we have the details finalized, email ancestralapothecaryassistant@gmail.com.


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