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.
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.
Claire Chuck Bohman
Claire Chuck Bohman is a Certified Herbalist with over 8 years of private herbal practice. Claire Chuck is also a practicing Chaplain and serves as the Program Director for Sojourn Chaplaincy, the Multi-Faith Spiritual Care department at San Francisco’s only public hospital and Trauma center.
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.
Margarita is a certified and licensed Massage and Craniosacral Therapist. She practices Curanderismo in combination with other ancient healing practices. Margarita Camarena was born in Mexico City growing up with the traditional medicine through her grandmothers and the elders in her family.
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.
Myrna Cabán Lezcano
Myrna Cabán Lezcano is a queer Boricua herbalist, educator, and cultural organizer. She grew up eating mangos and being doused in Agua Florida. Her abuelxs inspired her to connect to Spirit and healing by growing gandules, raising chickens, making dream-based predictions, and singing spontaneous songs.
Terry has lived with eczema since she was 5 years old. It is her dream that one day there will be eczema specialists in eczema for every form of health, beauty and therapy, so that this set of skin symptoms will no longer be taboo and allow people with it to live free and fulfilling lives.