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. 

 2018 cohort

2018 cohort

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

 Talking about the medicinal virtues of Nettles,  Urtica dioica , with 2015 Apprentice, Cai.

Talking about the medicinal virtues of Nettles, Urtica dioica, with 2015 Apprentice, Cai.



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

Medicine Making

Herbal Acetates

Plant Spirit Medicine

Medicinal Mushrooms

Flower Essences







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.


Payment Options:

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.  Interviews for these positions will begin in the Fall of 2018.15



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.


Topics include:

Anatomy & Physiology


Flower Essence Formulations

Herbal Compounding


Clinical Case Studies

Facilitators bios:

letty chichitonyolotli martinez - founder for sacred lattice collective, flying dogheart farm

Queer, Indigenous Mexican, raised in Chicago, letty has lived in portland for 5 years working in various capacities as a community health educator. letty uses writing, drawing, and painting as a way to document their process of decolonization of their self, heart mind and spirit while working as a folk herbalist, and animal communicator. letty's path towards reclamation has been a winding one that began with reading poetry in nahuatl at the age of 9 and building skills in heart to heart talks (platicas) beginning at the age of 15. letty's professional path has been that of a counselor and community healer by way of community health education and resource sharing employing social justice focused and trauma informed lenses. Over the last decade and a half after suffering a trauma resulting in a kind of soul loss (susto), letty has been working more intentionally in reclaiming ancestral knowledge through connecting with earth practices of herbalism and animal observation and communication. letty works to learn more about Aztec Danza and is in community with a number of capullis in the Portland Metro area and studies the teachings of young Master  Akaxe Yotzin  of the Nahua Lessons School in Chicago. Lastly, letty is a student of the way of the dog, learning through stewardship, observation and cooperation.

Noxtin Nomecoyotzin~All of Our Relations

Kat Venegas

was born in Bogota, Colombia where her grandmother would cure everything with singing and VapoRub. Her father taught her esoteric arts like tarot and astral projection. She began giving her family members sobadas by the age of five with the help of reflexology charts. She studied Wicca for several years which lead to a love of herbal medicine. She received a Bachelor's of Science from Michigan State University in Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling. She also attended the National College of Natural Medicine for postgraduate studies in complementary and alternative medicine. She is currently a traditional healer for people of color in Portland, Oregon. Her specializations include, but are not limited to, spiritual counseling (platicas), muscle and organ manipulation (sobadas), herbalism, flower essences, and holistic nutrition. Kat V is also the founder and CEO of Kat V Media that helps entrepreneurs launch the business of their dreams.

Jeevan Singh


Jeevan Singh is a doctor of East Asian medicine who specializes in womb and pelvic health. She is a womb-listener, menstrual activist and birth keeper, with a special love of supporting patients through their moon cycles, fertility, pregnancy and postpartum. Plants and minerals are strong allies in her work. She weaves their wisdom into her practice through eastern and western herbalism, herbal pelvic steams, ritual plant baths, flower and stone essences and connecting with plant guides. A child of three continents, Jeevan’s recent lineage comes from India, Puerto Rico and Ecuador. She gives thanks daily to her ancestors and credits them with her passion and curiosity to learn about traditional systems of medicine from many different lands, including her own. Jeevan believes that by turning to traditional wisdom and re-aligning with the cycles of nature, we can find collective healing for the planet and all of its children.

Meghan Hawkins

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Meghan is a working class folk herbalist, intuitive channel, tarot reader, earth friend, energy worker, nutritional counselor, and spiritual coach. Meghan's work with the mysteries and plants is fueled by her devotion to the remembrance and reclamation of ancestral wisdom, plant medicine, animism, and land-based spiritual kinship. In her experience, both Earth medicine and divination provide a radical roadmap to decolonization by offering us liberated forms of thought and being that transcend binaries, trauma, disconnection, and internalized oppression. Through her work as Moonseas Tarot, Meghan offers people direct access to their mythic and mystic selves, reigniting their direct connection to source-wisdom as well as the elemental spirits of plants and place.