Reclaiming the Witch
The Myth and Mystery of the Wise Woman – with Sharon Blackie
In this one-day online workshop with Sharon Blackie we will be looking at the myth and folklore of the witch and her potential as a role model for our times.
With her she brings a reverence for the natural world – a wild, green spirituality linking feminism and environmentalism, and many much needed gifts from the old ways to the new. What can we learn from her and how can we imagine and reclaim her mystery and power now?
Is this for you?
The women we think of as witches were edge-dwellers: haunters of moonlit crossroads, inhabitants of the margins of community. They were keepers of the ‘old ways’ – natural animists who saw plants and animals not just as allies, but as kin.
They were healers and medicine women, shapeshifters and storykeepers. They were dancers, diviners and dreamers; they were visionaries, consorting with the Otherworld. They were the ‘fairy witches’, the cunning folk, the wise women. They were the guardians of women’s mysteries.
The source of the witch’s power wasn’t culture and hierarchy, but community and grassroots. It was a power, above all, which threatened the establishment – and the patriarchy.
How is it, when witches were once so widely feared and reviled, that they’ve become our role-models for valued new ways of being in the world? Today, the witch embodies all of our longings for the old ways of our ancestors: a reverence for the natural world and our other-than-human kin; a wild, green spirituality linking feminism and environmentalism.
The archetype of the witch is complex and multi-faceted, and there are so many ways to embrace it. In this daylong online workshop, we’ll delve deeply into the many facets of the witch in the history, myth and folklore of Britain and Europe, and in contemporary culture. From the henwife to Baba Yaga, from Granny Weatherwax to the Witches of Eastwick, we’ll work with these questions, and more:
- What does it mean to claim the Witch archetype, and to reimagine the old ways for today? What is the Shadow side of the witch, and how do we reclaim her power without espousing it?
- What are women’s mysteries? What are the gifts of the feminine in our native European traditions?
- How has the legacy of the witch trials damaged us? How do we acknowledge, transform and heal this deepest of archetypal woundings?
- What do we mean by magic, and enchantment? How do we strip these words of their negative connotations of control and manipulation?
We will start this online workshop at 10am GMT, with doors opening at 9.50 for checking your technology. There will be breaks for tea and coffee and for lunch, and likely some dreaming homework.
We look forward to seeing you for our first online workshop of the season.
Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer and international teacher whose work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology and ecology. Her highly acclaimed books, courses, lectures and workshops are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today. www.sharonblackie.net