Ancestral Apothecary School

of Herbal, Folk and Indigenous Medicine

Atava is the founder of Ancestral Apothecary School which is based in Oakland, California and now offers classes online.  It started as a few small classes in Atava's backyard in Oakland and has grown to include dozens of teachers and classes and hundreds of students.   Atava was inspired to create an herbal education space centered on people of color where everyone could connect with their ancestral medicine ways.


The school offers classes in herbalism, ancestral healing, curanderismo, dreamwork, and other cultural healing practices.  We have a great line-up of teachers representing many different backgrounds and identities.


Ancestral Apothecary School is committed to creating a multi-cultural learning community for the study of herbal medicine, which honors the diverse cultural healing traditions of the Bay Area.


We are currently raising money for our 2021 Student of Color Scholarship Fund.  To donate please click on image to the right.

For a full listing of all Ancestral Apothecary classes, go to the school's dedicated site at