Nuestra Medicina:  The Practice of Herbal Medicine in Curanderismo

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Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH(AHG)
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 8:00pm EDT

Please note webinar time is: 8 pm Eastern Time, 7 pm Central Time, 6 pm Mountain Time, 5 pm Pacific Time

Curanderismo is the traditional cultural healing system of Mexico and other Latinx countries.  This class will discuss herbal medicine from a place informed by Mexican and Mexican-American curanderismo. 

We will share a brief history of herbalism in Mexico and talk about some of the primary ways herbs are used in curanderismo such as for baths, steams and limpias.  We will share some of the gifts curanderismo has to offer the practice of herbalism in the US.and talk about some of the most important plants used in this system of healing.

Bio: Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH (AHG).  Atava’s healing work is guided by her Polish, Mexican, Hungarian and Diné (Navajo) ancestors.  She is inspired by her plants and counselled by her dreams. She is an herbalist, healer, and teacher who is dedicated to remembering the healing traditions of her ancestors and supporting others to reconnect with their ancestral medicine.   She has been studying and practicing the healing arts since 1992 and has been trained in acupressure, Jin Shin Jyutsu®, herbal medicine and curanderismo. Atava has been mentored by western herbalists, Mexican curanderas and traditional indigenous healers.   

Atava has researched extensively the indigenous healing traditions of both her indigenous Mexican ancestors as well as her Polish Slavic ancestors.  Her healing practice includes herbal medicine, flower essences, dream work, curanderismo and deep genealogy coaching. She works with clients in person in both Oakland and Albuquerque and across the world online.  She is the founder and lead instructor at the Ancestral Apothecary School of Herbal, Folk and Indigenous Medicine in Oakland, CA.   She also produces a hand-crafted herbal product line and is currently working on a book based on her popular Curandera’s Toolkit class.  Her websites are: and