Atava Garcia Swiecicki

Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH

Adjunct Faculty
Integrative Health Studies

Indigenous Medicine

CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Atava is dedicated to remembering and reclaiming the indigenous healing traditions of her ancestors. She has been studying and practicing healing arts for over 20 years. Atava has apprenticed with traditional healers, Mexican curis, is certified in both Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu, and is a clinical herbalist. Atava's teaching and healing work is a unique and powerful combination of herbal medicine, curanderismo, dream work, energetic bodywork and ancestral healing. She also runs a small herbal product company that specializes in hand-crafted herbal remedies and potions. Her website is

Atava teaches Indigenous Medicine

This course will focus on understanding trans‐cultural elements ("universals") of indigenous medicine and learning how to distinguish them from culture‐specific elements. We will identify the model of health embodied in indigenous healing and compare and contrast it with agrarian/industrial/technological models. The values and worldview that underlie the indigenous model will be examined via anthropological studies, healers' personal narratives, and various media. The contemporary relevance of perennial healing practices will be discussed, and there will be opportunities to explore them experientially in individual and group format.