Rebekah Sze-Tung Olstad 敖恩彤

I’m originally from Boulder, Colorado and have called the Bay Area home for the past seven years. I have worked at organizations advocating for human rights and environmental protections for the past decade. This herbal practice is a continuation of my respect for the sacredness of ecological communities and a desire for all beings to be well.

I created this practice, Red Autumn Apothecary, to share my offerings as a community herbalist, herbal educator, and medicine maker. I offer one-on-one support through herbal consultations, teach workshops and classes in the Bay Area, and offer small batches of high quality, ceremonial herbal medicine.

I’m a graduate of the three year clinical herbalism program Cecemmana at Ancestral Apothecary in Oakland, CA. My primary teachers are Atava Garcia Swiecicki, Elokin Orton-Cheung, Tracey Brieger and Kara Sigler. Through the program I developed close relationships with plants, studied the body, patterns of balance and imbalance, and ease and (dis)ease. I began researching the ancestral medicines of my Chinese and European traditions to honor the wisdom of my lineages.

The name Red Autumn Apothecary is based on my Chinese name 敖恩, which is more directly translated as "Thinking of Red Autumn." Autumn is my favorite season, and serves as a reminder to take the time to appreciate beauty even when it seems fleeting.

I live and practice gratefully on Ohlone lands. Learn more about protecting the West Berkeley Shellmound and paying the Shuumi Land Tax.

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