Atabey Medicine Apprenticeship
Atabey refers to the Taino Cosmic matriarch and from which all life proceeds. She is mother Earth but all 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 2019 Apprenticeship will focus more 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' 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 wildcrafting trips and field trips. Anti racism class for white participants is mandatory as well as a gender sensitive language workshop to make the space safe and inclusive for everyone.
Other components are medicinal mushroom cultivation, botany, Amazonian herbalism, Herbal acetates, Medicine making and flower essences. Classes are mostly taught by POC queer, NGC femme healers. Included will be a guide to limpias for the BIPOC folks that will be offered separately while there will be a Eurocentric approach offered to white apprentices. This is part of the healing for this time we inhabit. There will be medicine making for the pop up mobile clinic, The Seasonal Wellness Clinic, which launched the summer 2017 and 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
FIRST YEAR PROGRAM: HERBAL FOUNDATIONS
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. The program will include a monthly formal classes such as 'Traditional Western Energetics' at the beginning of the year. Then, we will dive into hands on learning during the warmer seasons. Included will be a guide to limpias for the BIPOC folks that will be offered separately while there will be a Eurocentric approach offered to white apprentices. This is part of the healing for this time we inhabit. There will be medicine making for the pop up mobile clinic, The Seasonal Wellness Clinic, which launched the summer 2017.
History of Herbal Medicine
Botany & Plant Identification
Growing & Cultivating Herbs
Wildcrafting & Foraging
Plant Spirit Medicine
REGISTRATION FOR 2019 NOW closed!
Early Registration (before 11/19/2018)
$ 1,500-2,000 (paid in full)
Regular Registration (before 1/1/2019)
$ 2,000-2500 (paid in full)
Space is limited. To secure your spot, please submit both your application and deposit. No BIPOC person will be turned away if this program calls to you and your path of healing and reclamation.
Debit and credit card payments are subject to a 3% processing fee. All balances are due prior to the start of the first class. All payments are non-refundable.
For people using a payment plan, we require a $100-250 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot.
Register with a friend to get a $150 discount for you both!
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.
SECOND YEAR PROGRAM:
The year two program focuses on organ systems and clinical applications. Students will will work one-on-one with clients at the Season Wellness Pop-up Clinic. 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.
Anatomy & Physiology
Flower Essence Formulations
Clinical Case Studies