Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I access a class recording or closed captioned transcript?
A: Sorry, we are not recording any of our classes or offering class transcripts. We are small school with limited resources.

Q: I cant attend Cecemmana’s daytime program, will you be offering evening or shorter classes? A: Yes! Details coming in the near future. Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook or sign up for our newsletter here to receive updates.

Q: How do I donate to your BIPOC & POC Scholarship Fund? A: We are fundraising for our BIPOC + POC Scholarship Fund. You can donate here:

Q: I am having problems signing up for a class.  Is there another way to register?
A: Unfortunately, there is no other way to register. Please contact for support?

Q: Are you offering payment plans?
A: Unfortunately, we are not offering payment plans for any of our classes right now.

Q: How do I apply for a Black student scholarship?
A: In the spring, summer and fall we gave out 56 full scholarships to Black students for our classes. Currently, we are focusing on our BIPOC & POC Cecemmana Scholarship Fundraiser

Q: Are you offering more online classes? 
A: Yes! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @AncestralApothecary for upcoming offerings.  You can also visit us at and sign up for our newsletter here

Q: Can you refer me to an herbalist, practitioner or healer? OR Can you recommend herbs for ___? A: You can find the list of our teachers and practitioners here, many of whom are POC/QTBIPOC.  We do not make any recommendations on herbs, protocols, etc.  You can also purchase herbal products by our founder Atava Garcia Swiecicki  here

Q: How do I sign up for your newsletter? 
A: You sign up for our newsletter here


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3798 Grand Ave, Oakland, California 94610

(510) 788-7908

Our school’s physical location is currently not open due to the COVID-19 pandemic




6 Comments on “CONTACT and FAQS

  1. Hi Maureen. Thanks for your feedback. Our website is brand new and we’re still figuring out the kinks. Can you tell us specifically which pages you are referring to? What is the “more information” you are looking for?


  2. How much is the curandera retreat Jan 16-24?

    Thank you,


  3. Hello Ancestral Family,

    I have an 11 year old son that was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 8. He was a born prematurely and has always been a very sensitive person. Lately I have been feeling that he has not made the bridge to this plane of existence. I feel that he may need healing from his birth trauma. I don’t know where to start so I am sending this message. Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


    • Hi Andrea: I would recommend that you find a good natural healing practitioner for your son. There are many modalities that could help him; herbal medicine, flower essences, acupuncture, homeoapathy, or energy work. Ask around for referrals in your local area. Good luck!


  4. Wow, this is incredible! Do you anticipate any online classes in the future or long weekend/ week courses?


    • Hi Tierra! We don’t have any online classes in the works yet but we do occasionally offer weekend courses. Check out our class page to see what we’re offering now and, if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter so you can stay up to date with all of our offerings!


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