Alejandra Olguin is a doula and promotora of curanderismo deeply committed to community healing work. Shaped by her family’s immigrant experience from the Mixteca region in Oaxaca, Mexico her own journey of uncovering and reclaiming the ancestral practices of her family has guided her work among different communities.
Marisol Castillo is of Salvadoran decent, raised in New Jersey, who has lived in California for the last 15 years. She recently received her Master’s Degree in East West Psychology primary focused on eco therapy and indigenous ways of knowing. Her passion lies in her ability to teach, to write and to artfully create a space that brings people from diverse backgrounds together for transformative and self-empowering practices.
Erin Caitlin Sweeney
Erin holds a master’s degree in Integrative Health, is a certified reiki and guided imagery practitioner, and has been studying and practicing ancestral healing work with her teachers Kimmy Johnson and Atava Garcia-Swiecicki since the Spring of 2015. She is a workshop facilitator, teacher, and holds monthly New Moon circles in Oakland, CA.
Rebekah Sze-Tung Olstad
Rebekah Sze-Tung Olstad is passionate about building relationships and connections with nature in all its forms. She studies plant and herbal medicine at Ancestral Apothecary in Oakland, CA where she is in the third year of the Cecemmana program and is preparing to be a community herbalist.
Sirama Bajo is a yerbera of Mankeme Chorotega and Andalucian descent. Her people and medicine come from a part of the Great Nicoya territory, know today as Nicaragua. She is a Western Herbalist who studied at North American Institute of Medical Herbalism and is completing her clinical year at Ancestral Apothecary under the direction of her long time mentor Atava Garcia Swiecicki.
Bethany (they/them) is a teacher and student of ancestral skills. Bethany has found that working the hands with elements of nature brings some of the deepest healing and feels like it is their path to help bridge the gap between humans and nature, bringing to light how that relationship can help heal trauma.