At Witch Hollow, our educational approach is always comprised of the transfer of knowledge by experienced teachers, the building of skills through real practice, and self-reflection through personal work.
Our workshops can be accessed one of two ways. A workshop can be tailored to meet the needs of any group of people who would like to have a learning experience together. Or, you can participate in any of the ongoing public workshops that Witch Hollow hosts at the Planet Botanix location in Ottawa (see below). Gift certificates are available.
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE @ PLANET BOTANIX (301 Bank Street, Ottawa)
All Witch Hollow workshops combine fascinating learning and accurate information, with inter-active and dynamic fun. Participants in most workshops will be making magickal or divinatory objects that they can take home and use for themselves, or give as gifts. All workshops include printed reference material, a bibliography for further reading, and include most materials, at a cost of $50 per person (unless otherwise specified). Gift Certificates are available. Participants must pre-register - please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE WITCHCRAFT SERIES Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 2018, 6 - 9 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/2153317898244382/
A series of presentations, conversations, and experiences that cover the fundamentals of the practice of Witchcraft from a Western Pagan perspective. Participants will explore the history & philosophy of Witchcraft, will learn the basics of creating altars & sacred circles. and will begin to discover the art of conducting rituals and crafting spells. There is take-home reading and practice between the sessions. The framework of this series is ethical practice, ecological sustainability, and positive self-development, with each session building on the previous one. Cost is $150 for the series and includes all materials. Participation is limited to 20 people and pre-registration is required.
ASTROLOGY Friday September 21, 2018 5:30-8:30 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/384376995366037/ In this workshop you will learn the basics of astrology so that you can begin to use them for your personal benefit. We will look at how an astrological chart (aka horoscope) is cast, and how it is used to do things such as predict the future, understand relationships, make decisions, and much more. You will be able to identify your own sun, moon and rising signs, and understand their significance. You will also be taking home a print of your own astrological chart. The reasons why Astrology has been used for thousands of years by royalty and spiritual advisors will become clear in this riveting workshop!
HALLOWE'EN: MAGICK AND LORE Friday September 28, 2018 5:30-8:30 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/2046296722299524/
Hallowe'en, or the Celtic Samhain, is a most mysterious and fascinating time of the year. This workshop will explore the history and origins of Hallowe'en, and its Pagan spiritual side known as Samhain. You will learn why it is associated with the contacting the dead, ghosts & spirits, trick or treating, pumpkins, witches, bats & black cats, shape-shifting, and much more! You will also learn how to create a ritual for Samhain to mark this very special spiritual celebration.
THE TAROT Friday November 16, 2018 5:30-8:30 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/492604194495564/
Tarot is a divinatory tool with a long and fascinating history. In this workshop you will be introduced to the beauty, power and mystery of the Tarot, and you will learn the fundamentals of reading the Tarot using several different popular decks. You will gain a deeper appreciation of the esoteric tradition that says "The most powerful sources of information come from within; the Tarot aids in coming in contact with one's Higher Self." (Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn). Join us for a very special evening with the Tarot.
Candle magick is a simple yet powerful form of spell-casting that works with your intention, imagination, and passion using the element of Fire. In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals and ethics of candle magick, and how to make this meaningful for the Winter Solstice. You will craft your own (non-toxic) candles that can be consecrated and used in a spell or ritual, or given as a gift to someone. Join us for a beautiful evening full of the mystery and elegance of candle magick! Workshop fee is $60 and includes all materials.
GHOST HUNTING 101 tba Most of us have seen tv shows about paranormal investigations - would you like to find out what really goes on during "ghost hunting"? Come to this workshop! This will be an absolutely fascinating afternoon exploring the world of ghosts, spirits, orbs and entities. We will talk about what these things are, and why they are. We will have a professional paranormal investigator as a special guest, who will demonstrate the equipment that is used in ghost hunting. You will also see presentations of actual findings from investigations captured on video, photography, and audio recordings, and hear some great - and real - ghost stories! This workshop is not to be missed!
CRYSTAL BALL SCRYING tba Crystal balls have been used for scrying for thousands of years to gain mystical insight. Images seen with a crystal ball come from deep within one’s subconscious mind, and the crystal ball is the door through which these subconscious thoughts can be accessed. In this workshop you will learn tools that will help you work with the Crystal Ball for the purpose of enabling information from the subconscious to pass through the mind’s eye.
MAGICK, WITCHCRAFT & the OCCULT tba What is the difference between "Magick", "Witchcraft", and "the Occult"? Come and find out! You will learn what these compelling words actually mean as we survey fascinating topics such as: Gods & Goddesses, Druidry, Wicca, Heathenry, Luciferianism, Satanism, and much more. Learn about some of the larger-than-life Occult figures such as Aleister Crowley, explore the realms of the Left-Hand Path, and different types of witchcraft. This amazing evening will stir your shadow side and challenge conventional thinking about these topics!
RUNES: Ancient Oracles tba Runes have been regarded throughout Norse and Scandinavian history as a powerful oracle for self knowledge; as tools for reading hidden truths, and as a system of communication between the mundane and occult realms. In our evening together you will be making your own personal set of Runes, and will learn how to interpret and use them for wisdom, insight and guidance. This workshop is a fantastic opportunity to create and learn about this ancient and magickal system of divination. Workshop cost is $60 per person and includes all materials.
"One must find out for oneself, and make sure beyond doubt, who one is, what one is, why one is ... Being thus conscious of the proper course to pursue, the next thing is to understand the conditions necessary to following it out. After that, one must eliminate from oneself every element alien or hostile to success, and develop those parts of oneself which are specially needed to control the aforesaid conditions. "