BIPOC + POC Cecemmana Scholarship Fund

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Ancestral Apothecary School

Thank you for donating! We have now given out all scholarship funds to our Cecemmana 2021 students!


raised by 57 people

$25,000 goal

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 POC-centered perspective.

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 are launching this fundraising campaign to provide financial support to our students of color to help cover the cost of their herbal education in our Cecemmana 2021 herbal training program.

We will prioritize giving 60% of what we raise to Black students.   The cost of Cecemmana is $3,458 per student.   We anticipate having at least 20 students apply for a scholarship.  We want to raise enough money to give  scholarships to each person who applies.  Thank you for helping us make this program more accessible. We're grateful for your generosity.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 by March 15, 2021! Thank you for your support!


"I chose Cecemmana because as a queer person of color, it was important for me that my foundational studies in herbal/plant medicine be reflective of me and the world I want to live in and secure for future generations.  A whole new world has opened up for me, as if it had been waiting for me all along."  - Pua

"I can confidently say that joining Cecemmana was one of the best decisions of my life.  My life has been changed by the course and connections I've made with the plants, students, teachers and my ancestors."  - Grethel

"Cecemmana was the highlight of my year. The Cecemmana program is a unique offering in the world of herbal medicine. I am so glad I participated in this program. When I was searching for herbal programs I knew I wanted something that would center the voices and knowledge of BIPOC and Ancestral Apothecary is dedicated to this. The teaching staff is knowledgeable and caring. Not only did I become more connected to plants and their medicine but I created important relationships with my own ancestral medicine and fellow plant people. " - Asia

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