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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: I am having problems signing up for a class.  Is there another way to register?
A: We’re trying a new system and there is no other way to register right now. We will get back to you as soon as possible.  In the meantime, feel free to send your optional donation or registration fee via or Venmo: @Ancestral_Apothecary.  Please include the name of the class.

Q: Can I access a class recording?
A: Sorry, we are not recording any of our classes.

Q: How do I apply for a Black student scholarship?
A: Each class has a listing under our the classes portion of our website. Click on the class you are interested in and there you will find the link to the scholarship/registration form. Scholarships are on a first come first serve basis.

Q: Can I donate to the Black Scholarship Fund with Venmo?
A: Yes, Venmo: @Ancestral_Apothecary.  You can also donate via PayPal 

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: Will the Cecemmana program be offered in 2021? A: We are working to figure out what is possible for the future in light of the pandemic.  Be sure to complete our Cecemmana 2021 interest form here: and  sign up for our newsletter for updates on future offerings. 

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, STAFF and FAQ

  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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