Plants as Doorways to Ancestral Consciousness with Atava Garcia Swiecicki + Cecemmana Alumni

In this workshop we will explore our innate connection to the plant world. We will talk about how working with plants from our own ancestral lineages can awaken ancestral memory. We will also learn about special plants (although not entheogens) that help us to connect to our ancestors in both waking and dream states.

A Conversation with Ancestral Apothecary

Thank you to Guido Mase of Urban Moonshine’s blog for taking the time to interview Ancestral Apothecary stewards Atava Garcia Swiecicki, Myrna Cabán Lezcano and Abi Huff. The article is called “Supporting Each Other, Honoring the Traditions,” and writes about the history of the school, our transition to new stewardship, the importance of ancestral medicine and what inspires each one of us. https://www.urbanmoonshine.com/blogs/blog/supporting-each-other-honoring-the-traditions

Indigenous Mind: Remembering Who We Are

Much of the vision of Ancestral Apothecary is inspired and informed by my experience in the Indigenous Mind Program.  As the founder of Ancestral Apothecary, I, Atava Garcia Swiecicki, received a graduate degree from  from Naropa University in the Indigenous Mind Program in 2003.  The Indigenous Mind Program focuses on reconnecting to one’s indigenous ancestors, no matter what their cultural or ethnic background.  The program was founded by Dr. Apela Colorado, who also is the founder of the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network. Heidi Corning, of White Tigress Ancestry, was also a student… Read More

Ancestral Apothecary featured on Bespoken Bones Podcast

We were honored to be invited to be interviewed for Pavani Moray’s Bespoken Bones Podcast, “ancestors on the crossroads of magic, sex and science.”  We talked about ancestral healing and plants as ancestors. Check out the episode with Atava Garcia Swiecicki, Ancestral Apothecary founder here: http://bespokenbones.com/episode-009-plants-are-our-ancestors/ Please also check out all the other great interviews as well: http://bespokenbones.com/  

Remembering Our Ancestral Medicine, Part One

By Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH (AHG) Remembering our Herbal Ancestors One of the most important aspects of Cecemmana, our nine-month herbal training program, is the Ancestral Medicine Project.  For this assignment, each student researches and presents about one aspect of healing that comes from their ancestral lineage.  For example, their project may be about herbs, foods, music, mythology or cultural ceremonies.  For their presentations, my students have shared rituals, recipes, songs, folk tales and personal stories. The class presentations reflect the diverse cultural backgrounds of my students.  They have shared ancestral… Read More

Listen to us on the Ancestral Telesummit!

Atava Garcia Swiecicki, founder of Ancestral Apothecary, has been invited to speak as part of the Ancestral Telesummit.  She’s talking Thursday, March 30 at 1 pm PDT on “Reconnecting with Indigenous Mind for Ancestral Healing.” Click here to visit the Ancestral Telesummit page for more information!

Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH (AHG)

Atava is the founder of Ancestral Apothecary.
She is dedicated to remembering and honoring the healing traditions of her ancestors and also to creating spaces to support others to also make this connection.