Ancestral Apothecary School has been dedicated to training BIPOC + POC herbalists for the past fifteen years. We are launching a fundraising campaign to raise money for our nine-month herbal training program called Cecemmana which begins in April of 2021. Cecemmana is a Nahuatl word that means to sprinkle and plant seeds on the earth. The Cecemmana program is dedicated to planting seeds in our diverse Bay Area communities for future herbalists. This 250-hour training provides students a solid foundation in the art, science & spirituality of herbal medicine from a people… Read More
We’re raising money for our student of color scholarship fund for our 2020 Cecemmana class. We will have about 35 students enrolled next year, the majority of whom are people of color. Many of our students depend on scholarship to help them cover the cost of tuition. Please make a donation today to help make sure our herbal community in the Bay Area is reflective of all the diverse communities that live here! DONATE HERE NOW TO OUR SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Thank you!
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.
I am grateful to be part of a circle of healers dedicated to healing themselves, their communities, their ancestors and the earth. And this circle is growing and getting stronger.
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.
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
Over ten years ago, I developed the first version of Herbal Allies with a class called Plants as Spiritual Allies. Modern herbalism often focuses on the physical healing qualities of plants and I wanted to create an herbal class that gave space to learning the emotional and spiritual healing properties of plants. From an indigenous science perspective, plants are not only alive, but they also have spirit and intelligence. As modern people, we have much to learn from our plant relatives. The first step for many of us is learning how to… Read More
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.