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At The Root Circle

2739 Newport Rd, Newport, NY

A full day with author Karyn Crisis

 Saturday September 15, 2018


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Karyn is author of the groundbreaking volume I book, Italy's Witches and Medicine Women, and she will share her research and discoveries from her experience with the indigenous healers of Italy. The day will include part lecture and part hands-on/demonstration of the practices of Italy's healers.

The day's activities will include a chance to try practical, daily apotropaic magic (magic that turns away or wards of evil influences such as malocchio/the evil eye) that comes from these river-valley and mountain-top healing methods. Everyone will get a chance to make their own creation using Italian herbs to take home. 

Along with a meditation and invocation we will learn about:

  • magic plants
  • natural protective charms
  • how to use burned bundles we make from a cauldron fire we'll build
  • what are the "apotropaic plants" of Italy and how they're used


To learn more about Karyn and her work go to:

Italy has a strong and ongoing tradition of healing that has remained intact for centuries despite a multitude of political and cultural changes. Even when the work of healing and medicine became predominated by men and masculine forces, the village healers and witches were relied upon for cures even by the likes of the famous physician Paracelsus. As Karyn writes in her book:

"It was witches who developed an extensive understanding of bones and muscles, herbs and drugs, while physicians were still deriving their prognosis from astrology and alchemists were trying to turn lead into gold. So great was the witches knowledge that in 1527, Paracelsus, considered the 'father of modern medicine,' burned his text on pharmaceuticals, confessing that he 'had learned from the Sorceress all he knew.'"

There were cities and centers in Italy that were considerable "crossroads" for travelers and practitioners from cultures and countries who brought their healing and magical traditions to Italy where they merged.

Therefore, many of these ancient medicine ways hold influences and keys to other cultural inheritances as well.

There are still medicine people alive today carrying on their lineage magic and living in devotion and service to their communities. These enclaves of feminine resilience, power, and mastery have survived even through the deadly inquisition and hold a supreme relevance to the necessity and liberation of the divine feminine as a force of nature and ally in resistance to patriarchy and oppression everywhere. 

There will be a light lunch and tea served. Please bring snacks or any special foods that you might require. 

The event is held in our one-room classroom space. It is wood-heated and equipped with a sink, stove, and refrigerator. The restroom is an outdoor composting toilet (aka outhouse). 

We do have limited space for anyone that would like to stay the night in the classroom for $15 per night and is first-come, first-serve.  There is a futon, air mattress, and room for sleeping bags. We also have unlimited free camping on our land. 

For questions email Lisa:

The Root Circle is an inclusive space and everyone is welcome!

Pre-registration is required and space is limited!


****To Purchase Karyn's Book beforehand go