Year One: Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine 2021
The application for Cecemmana 2021 will be launched on Monday, October 19. Please scroll below for information on how to apply as well as FAQs (frequently asked questions).
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 250 hour training will provide students a solid foundation in the art, science & spirituality of herbal medicine from a people of color (poc)-centered 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, and medicine making. In-person time will include 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.
Weekly sessions will be held online on Tuesdays from 10am-1pm PT. First Saturdays classes, apprenticeship days and intensives will be held in-person using safe social distancing protocol. Due to the pandemic, in-person sessions may need to be shifted to be online. We are committed to holding Cecemmana in whatever creative ways possible as we navigate the shifting landscape.
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 200 hours of core classes and additional classes in special topics. These 200 hours are either taught or supervised by our core or adjunct faculty. In addition, there will be 50 hours of independent work in which students will be gardening, volunteering, or working on school projects.
2021 Core teachers: Teachers for 2021 are still being determined. We commit to letting all applicants know who the teachers will be in January of 2021 before program deposits are due.
- Materia Medica
- Herbal Allies
- Herbal Energetics
- Herb walks & field identification (as possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
- The Elemental Body (an embodied study of our body systems)
- Health & wellness
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Medicine Making
- Apothecary building
- Gardening/botany (field work as possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic )
- Small group apprenticeship
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Herbal practices of the African Diaspora
- Street medic training & emergency herbalism
- Herbs & astrology
- Flower Essences
- Botanical illustrations
Additional class hours
Medicine making hours (20 hours, 2.5 per month, online, self-paced)
Gardening & community service (25 hours)
Homework & class presentations (25 hours)
Each student will get 1 hour of one-on-one, virtual mentorship time with an instructor in the spring and in the fall.
2021 Class Schedule:
Tuesdays, 10a – 1pm & first Saturday of the month 10am – 4p
Dates: April 3 – December 14, 2021
Beginning Weekend Intensive: April 3 & 4, 10am-2pm
Summer Break: July 27 – Aug 17
Fall Session Resumes: August 24
Locations: Online, home gardens; public parks; out in the field; community gardens.
Cost & Payment
Cost: $3,458 [$3,200 + $250 materials fee + $33 application fee]
All fees are non-refundable. If accepted, the application will be applied towards your balance for the program.
Payment Options & Dates: We are not doing payment plans at this time.
- Early Bird Discount = Pay in full by February 15, get $100 discount
- Non-refundable $500 deposit due = March 1
- Balance due = March 22
We will be fundraising for our Student of Color Scholarship Fund and will be sharing more information soon.
1) Submit Application + two letters of recommendation (see below for more details) + $33 application fee (non-refundable, applied towards tuition if accepted)
2) If selected, interview with at least one of our teachers
3) Once accepted to program, turn in your deposit and balance
We anticipate this program to fill up quickly, so submit your application ASAP.
We will be scheduling interviews as the applications come in, so we encourage you to apply early in the process.
- Info Sessions = Nov 13: 6-7p PT + Dec 3: 10-11am PT RSVP to email@example.com to receive Zoom link
- Application Due Date = Mon, Dec 7
- Notification of Acceptance = Mon, Jan 8
- Early Bird Discount = Pay in full by February 15, get $100 discount
- Non-refundable $500 deposit due 500 = March 1
- Balance Due = March 22
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Please submit two letters of recommendation. They can be uploaded at the end of this form.
1 professional letter (employer, colleague, teacher, mentor) and 1 personal letter.
Please ask the authors of the letters to address the following:
- How long have you known the applicant? In what capacity?
- Why do you recommend the applicant for the Cecemmana Herbal Training program?
- How do you envision the applicant bringing what they learn into their life and their community?
- What do you see as the applicant’s growing edge or ways they can improve that could be applicable to this learning community?
For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLY HERE – Application will be launched on Monday, October 19, 2020
Click here for the application. You will need your two letters of recommendation to submit
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS [email additional questions to email@example.com]
What does a hybrid program mean?
We are offering all of our weekly classes online for the 9 months of the program. Weekly sessions will be held online on Tuesdays from 10am-1pm PT. First Saturday classes, apprenticeship days and intensives will be held in-person in Oakland, CA (Ohlone lands) using safe social distancing protocol. Due to the pandemic, in-person sessions may need to be shifted to be online. We are committed to holding Cecemmana in whatever creative ways possible as we navigate the shifting landscape.
Will you be offering a version of this program that only happens online?
Yes! This will be a shorter program in the spring of 2021. Stay tuned for more information.
What are the start and end dates?
The first two intensive sessions will be held on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 from 10am-1pm PT. Weekly classes begin on Tuesday, April 6 and will end on December 14. There will be a summer break between July 27 and Aug 17.
When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program?
All applicants will be notified on January 8. If the class becomes full, we will add you to the waitlist in the order you submit your application.
What topics are covered in this program?
Please review our flyer and info above on this page for a list of these topics.
Is this a clinical program?
No, Cecemmana is not a clinical herbalism 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.
Will I receive a certificate?
Yes, you will receive a certificate from the school for 250 hours.
Can I apply the hours from this program towards another?
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. All herbal schools are different. We encourage you to check the policies of schools you may want to attend in the future.
Is my deposit refundable?
No, once your deposit has been made, it will not be refunded.
Will there be a waitlist?
There may be a waitlist. If the class becomes full, you will be added to our waitlist in the order you have submitted your application.
How will in-person gatherings be?
We hold the health and safety of our students, staff, and community with the highest regard. In person gatherings will ALWAYS be held outdoors, weather and air quality permitting, socially distanced, with everyone required to wear masks. The class will be separated into smaller groups, each facilitated by a core or guest teacher.
What does the materials fee include?
It includes herbs and other medicine-making materials that will be provided monthly as well as for apprenticeship days.