Atava’s first book, first book, The Curanderx Toolkit: Reclaiming Ancestral Latinx Plant Medicine and Rituals for Healing , will be available in bookstores on July 12th through Huchiun/Berkeley based non-profit press, Hey Day Books.
Cecemmana is our long term herbal training program. As our school is currently in transition, we plan to launch the next cycle in 2023. Fill out our Cecemmana interest form for updates.
Learn basic self-care practices rooted in curanderismo such as herbal medicine, self-limpias, baños and dreamwork.
Faciliated by Atava Garcia Swiecicki, Eleanor Barron Druckery, Elisa Soto, Cera Merrick & special guest maestrx.
On Zoom and each session will be recorded.
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
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.
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.
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 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.