9 Month Herbal Training

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Cecemmana/Planting Seeds

Year One: Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine 2022


Year One: Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine 2021

The information in the flyer is laid out in more detail below.

BELOW YOU CAN FIND GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CECEMMANA CURRICULUM AND THE SESSIONS THAT ALREADY OCCURRED IN 2021. DATES FOR 2022 ARE STILL BEING LAID OUT. SIGN UP FOR THE 2022 INTEREST FORM ABOVE TO RECEIVE UPDATES.

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 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.

In 2021, 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. NOTE: WE HAVE NOW ADJUSTED THE PROGRAM TO GIVE FOLKS AN ONLINE OPTION FOR FIRST SATURDAYS IF YOU CANNOT BE PRESENT IN-PERSON

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 registered 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 : Abi Huff, Ayo Ngozi, Myrna Cabán Lezcano

Core classes:

  • 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
    • Nutrition
  • Medicine Making
    • Apothecary building
  • Gardening/botany (field work as possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic )
  • Small group apprenticeship

Additional Classes:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Ayurveda
  • Curanderismo
  • Herbal practices of the African Diaspora
  • Street medic training & emergency herbalism
  • Herbs & astrology
  • Flower Essences
  • Aromatherapy
  • Botanical illustrations

Additional class hours

Medicine making hours (20 hours, 2.5 per month, online, self-paced)

Independent hours:
Gardening & community service (25 hours)
Homework & class presentations (25 hours)

Mentorship 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 – 2p

NOTE: WE HAVE NOW ADJUSTED THE PROGRAM TO GIVE FOLKS AN ONLINE OPTION FOR FIRST SATURDAYS IF YOU CANNOT BE PRESENT IN-PERSON

Dates: April 3 – December 14, 2021

Beginning Weekend Intensive: April 3 & 4, 10am-2pm (now likely held online)

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: $3,483 [$3,200 + $250 materials fee + $33 application fee]. Please include an additional 3% of your total if paying by PayPal https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AncestralApothecary

If you have already paid the application fee, you can subtract the $33 from your balance = $3,450

If you are paying in full by February 15, you can subtract $100 from your balance = $3350

Payment options are check, money order and PayPal. Please add 3% to the total you are submitting if you are paying by PayPal as well as “Cecemmana 2021″ in the notes”

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AncestralApothecary

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 but the full balance is not due until March 22.

  • Early Bird Discount = Pay in full by February 15, get $100 discount 
  • Non-refundable $500 first deposit due February 11
  • Non-refundable $500 second deposit due = March 1  
  • Balance due = March 22

Payment options are check, money order and PayPal. Please add 3% to the total you are submitting if you are paying by PayPal as well as “Cecemmana 2021″ in the notes”

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/AncestralApothecary

Scholarships

Please see our FAQ section for more info on scholarships

APPLICATION PROCESS

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. 

IMPORTANT 2021 DATES

  • Info Sessions = Nov 13: 6-7p PT + Dec 3: 10-11am PT RSVP to ancestralclasses@gmail.com to receive Zoom link. Missed the info session and want to see the recording? Email ancestraclasses@gmail.com
  • NEW Application Due Date = Mon, Dec 21
  • Notification of Acceptance = Mon, Jan 11 
  • Early Bird Discount = Pay in full by February 15, get $100 discount
  • Non-refundable $500 first deposit due February 11
  • Non-refundable $500 second deposit due = 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?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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. 

NOTE: WE ARE NOW OFFERING THE OPTION FOR FOLKS TO DO THE FIRST SATURDAY CLASSES ONLINE. THOSE THAT CAN DO THE SESSIONS IN PERSON IN THE EAST BAY, WILL DO SO TOGETHER IN-PERSON.

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 11. If the class becomes full, we will add you to the waitlist in the order you submit your application.    

How do I apply for a Cecemmana scholarship?

A: We are fundraising for our BIPOC + POC Scholarship Fund here. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please apply to the Cecemmana program by December 21 and indicate you are interested in a scholarship.

In the past, we have given out an average $300-500 to students who apply for scholarships. We typically take all the funds raised and divide them. We also encourage students to do their own fundraising.

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.

14 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

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    • 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

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  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.

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    • 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)

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  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.

    Tony

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    • 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

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  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.

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    • 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.

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

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    • 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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      • Is this an online class…if not where is it located…Ames I’m interested in the scholarship as well for students of african or other ancestry

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      • Thanks for your interest! It’s an in person class at our school located at 3798 Grand Ave. Oakland, CA. You can apply to the program at the link on this page. We’ve had an overwhelming amount of applicants for the 2020 program and, after receiving your application, we’ll reach out to you for an interview if there is space in the program. The scholarship application will be available to folks accepted into the program. You can email ancestralapothecaryassistant@gmail.com with any additional questions.

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    • Thanks for reaching out! We have waitlists for both the Tuesday evening and Monday daytime class and registration is closed. You can email us at ancestralapothecaryassistant@gmail.com if you’d like to be on the list of folks interested in future Cecemmana classes.

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