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

Herbal Allies for Stress and Trauma

Gracias a todxs, thank you to all who joined us for our Herbal Allies for Stress and Trauma. We (Batul and Atava) enjoyed talking about our favorite herbal allies. Plants we covered included chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, pericón, cempazuchitl, scullcap, CA poppy, lavendar, rose, reishi and ashwaganda.

Resources for Building Relationship with Plants

I started this page to offer resources to people who are interested in deepening their relationships with medicinal plants and in learning history of how plants have supported people’s reslience.

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

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.