Located in the Lanark Highlands of Ontario, for the past 40 years these grounds of intense natural beauty have been home to one of Canada's oldest Covensteads, the Coven of the Silver Wheel. In October 2014 the lands and home were purchased by a long-time practicing Occultist, Helene Arts, and her children. Witch Hollow is now run by Helene Arts with the help of family and friends.
Today the aim of Witch Hollow is to educate and explore in numerous aspects of Magick, Witchcraft and the Occult, through the transmission of knowledge and live experiences. We seek to broaden people's knowledge and understanding of the Occult, and to work with them using Magick for positive self-help.
Visits and retreats to Witch Hollow are by appointment (see Events). If you are interested in visiting Witch Hollow, please contact us.
Witch Hollow also offers education and services through the Bank Street location of Planet Botanix in Ottawa (see Education and Services).
Our Education and Events pages are updated regularly so please check back often!
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This site would not be complete without honouring the previous owner of (what is now) Witch Hollow. Gina Ellis and her large entourage of like-minded friends, and family, soaked the land with their Pagan energy and hard work for a great many years. Witch Hollow is what it is today because of them. Here are Gina's words:
"Nearly four decades ago I felt the need to flee the madding crowd for sanctuary in the country. I found the place now known as Witch Hollow and lived there happily for many years.
One of the first things I did was to locate the "moonlit meadow on dusky hill", and that was where the Coven of the Silver Wheel set up a circle and a stone altar. We worked there for all these years – every Spring through Samhain. A mouldering collection of old maypoles, slowly releasing their energy back to the land, show the passage of time.
With much help, I put together installations – the Ancestors' Grove, the barn temple, the earth meditation site, the stage and viewing shelters, the spiral, the gardens...
Kaleidoscope started there (then known as Mini-Fest). Years later its grandchild, In-fest, a small informal gathering, was held on the Labour Day weekend. There were women's weekends, a man's weekend, Hecate's Web gatherings, local sabbats and full moons, initiations, and lots of times around the firepit. I used to sit there and alternate staring into the flames with gazing up at the stars that shone down in the circle of sky framed by the surrounding trees ... and think: I am home.
But the Greater Wheel turns, marking the seasons of one's life, and there came a day when the land and I came to a mutual understanding that we must part, and I found another home, far away. I hoped for a Pagan person to take over the land and care for its special places. I put the word out...to no avail.
And then Helene walked through the front gate...
And I was able to say to this sacred place "Merry Part." And hopefully some summer day, for a little time, "Merry Meet Again."
See Gina's website here: http://gaiapublishing.atwebpages.com