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Atabey Medicine Apprenticeship

Atabey refers to the Taino Cosmic matriarch and from which all life proceeds.  She is mother Earth but also represents the dwelling place of the dead.  This has been a part of lara pacheco's (founder) ancestral lineage and has manifested in another year of the apprenticeship program, as well as a year two for current apprentices. The 2020 Apprenticeship focuses on supporting community through healing and part of that includes decolonizing and unlearning the ways we've been taught to interact with our bodies, mind, land and each other.  The program will  include a few monthly formal classes such as 'Traditional Western Energetics' pulling from Mayan and Chinese perspectives at the beginning of the year onto more hands on like basic medicinal plant cultivation, medicine making and more during the warmer seasons.  Folks are encouraged to tap into their own ancestral lineage and co create ceremony around the Spring and Fall Equinox and Summer solstice.  Included are some field trips to connect to the plantitas on the land we occupy.  Anti racism class for white participants is mandatory as well as a gender and trans competency workshop.

2018 cohort

2018 cohort

Other components are astrology, botany, generative cycle, medicine making and flower essences. Classes are all taught by POC queer, NGC femme healers.  Included will be a guide to limpias for BIPOC folks that will be offered separately while there will be a Eurocentric approach taught.  This is part of the healing for this time we inhabit.  There will be medicine making for us to share and encouraged for participants to share to the wider communities we hold close that do not have access to herbal medicine. Our medicine and healing is a part of this program and supporting each other and our health questions is a part of the journey. This is in the vein of the pop up mobile clinic, The Seasonal Wellness Clinic, which launched the summer 2017 and there’ll be informal education around herbalism and access.  Atabey Medicine program requires self motivation and initiative to spend a lot of personal time and study, while there is guided direction on books and references and materials.  Year 2 program focuses more on organ systems in the body and clinical practice to support pop up clinic and each other in our healing.

Atabey Medicine Cohort 2019

Atabey Medicine Cohort 2019



Over 12 months and 250 hours, you will learn how to identify, harvest, and prepare herbs. Students will study the materia medica along with the history and folklore around plants used in traditional healing.


First Year

Foundational Actions of Plant Medicine

Botany & Plant Identification

Growing & Cultivating Herbs

Discussion of Wildcrafting & Foraging

Medicine Making

Astrology and Herbalism

Plant Spirit Medicine

Medicinal Mushrooms

Flower Essences



REGISTRATION FOR 2020 is open!



Regular Registration (by 12/1/2019) payment plans available and no added cost for this option because why would we want to add penalties to people who are already have to do a payment plan to make something work financially!

$ 2,200-2,500

Space is limited. To secure your spot, please submit both your application and deposit ($200) to secure your spot by 12/1/2019.


Payment Options:

All payments are non-refundable.

 For people using a payment plan, we require a $200 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot.

If you cannot afford the program, please email us a letter describing  your financial situation. We offer one full scholarship and a couple need-based partial work trade scholarships. Our scholarships are for QTBIPOCs who are currently out of work, in school full-time, are under the age of 18, are under disability, or have other financial hardships that prevent them from making the minimum monthly payments. We ask that all interested students look at their monthly budgets in advance to assess what they can afford. The sustainability of our programs and ability to offer need-based support is dependent on the majority of students making payments within the regular pricing structure. 



The year two program focuses on organ systems and clinical applications. Students will will work one-on-one with folks in their own communities or willing Year 1 apprentices.  These spots are open for first year students and negotiated through work trade as steps are made to take on more leadership within the work we provide to each other and our communities.


Topics include:

Classes on Nervous, Endocrine, Immune and Digestive Systems, Tongue Diagnosis

Continued Herbal Formulation

Discussion on Nutrition

Clinical Case Studies and Encouraged independent research

Continued journey on Plant Meditations and option to lead more with Year 1 apprentices

Opportunity to teach classes with Year 1 apprentices if there’s a class one is passionate about