Help us raise money to support herbalists of color!

Many communities of color are still connected to their traditional herbal knowledge, although people of color are still unequally represented in herb school classrooms. We launched this fundraising campaign to provide financial support to our students of color to help cover the cost of their herbal education.

Graduation Celebration!

On Wednesday December 12th, eleven students graduated from our third year of Cecemmana.  Most of these students have been part of Cecemmana for the past three years. In this third and final year they received training in clinical herbalism.  They were taught skills for working with clients as herbalists and began to see clients in our supervised herbal clinic. After they graduate many of them will go on to work in their communities as clinical herbalists.

New cycle of Cecemmana starts soon!

More than ever before people need well-trained herbalists to serve and support their communities! If you feel the call to the plants, we invite you to check out our nine-month training program that starts next week.

Cecemmana Open House, October 26

After almost completing a successful first year of Cecemmana, our nine-month training in herbal medicine, we’ve decided to offer it again in 2017!   All those interested in learning more about Cecemmana are invited to come and see our classroom and apothecary and to meet our core teachers. We’ll share an overview of the program and be available to answer your questions. For more info and a great slide show of this year’s program, see the class page on our website. For people interested in the second year of Cecemmana, which focuses on herbal… Read More

People’s Community Medics Training

On Sunday, our Cecemmana herbal students had a great training with Shareena and Leslie from the People’s Community Medics of Oakland.   Many times in brown and black neighborhoods there is a delay in the arrival of EMT’s after injury or violence in the community.  Shareena and Leslie founded this organization as a response to the 2009 murder of Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale Bart Station in Oakland,  whose medical care was delayed 20 minutes due to racist infrastructure in the police force. These women train community members to be first responders… Read More

Cecemmana weekend herb walk

              Cecemmana, our nine month herbal training program meets during the first weekend of each month.  This past weekend started with an herb walk led by Kara Sigler at Briones.  Our students learned how to identify local plants and wildflowers.  There was also plenty of time to sit and meditate with the plants. Sticky money flower is a local wildflower.  As a flower essence it can be used to clear fear we hold in our second chakra, specifially fear around intimacy and sexuality.  

Rona Luo, L.Ac

Rona Luo L.Ac. is a second-generation acupuncturist and herbalist dedicated to providing body-positive and trauma-sensitive care at Shift Acupuncture Collective in Oakland and Chinese Hospital SF.