The mythic image of the witch as village healer is a powerful one for many modern witches. We can all vividly recall those images conjured by the Grimm brothers about the old witch living in a thatch-roofed cottage on the edge of the dark forest. Inside her cottage, the air is filled with the scent of the herbs hanging to dry from the rafters, the earthy smell of roots and bones, and the pungent smell of spices. There is always a fire in the hearth with a cauldron boiling with some kind of elixir, medicine or maybe just dinner. Usually a familiar, a cat, dog, toad, raven or other creature stirs in the corner. It is a shadowy yet welcoming place of wonder and mystery at the intersection of the wild forest and the world of people. This is a fitting location, for this mythic witch walks the line between the worlds, serving as the perfect intermediary between the mysteries of Nature and humankind. It is this connection with both nature and humanity that gives the witch the power to harm or to heal; the power of life and death.
And let’s face it, many of us wanted to be that healer. Unfortunately, most of that ancient wisdom has been spread to the winds. In the western world some of it was actively repressed while much of it was simply abandoned. From his background in several ancient traditional healing systems, renaissance medicine, and folk magic, the presenter has recreated a healing system that honors our village witch ancestors. This workshop is an introduction to this healing system that never was from a place that is not a place and a time that is not a time. It is mythic, walking between what was, what is, and what could be and because of this, like the village witch, it has great power for change and healing of both Nature and humanity.