Investigating the Mistress of Will: Nature Crafting, Hoodoo & Witchcraft
with Lou Florez & Cypress Fey
Friday-Sunday, May 29-31
Homes and natural landscapes in Oakland
sliding scale $90-$240
In the fire and darkness there is the stone of creation and from it all light is born. As it is cooled and condensed it is this power that we reach to touch and manifest change in our lives and the world.
Born from divergent political, spiritual, and cultural upheavals in the South, Hoodoo and Conjure are traditions rooted in the Bantu and Yoruba peoples of West Africa. While Witchcraft and Conjure are very different spiritual practices, both are based in the magics of the nature and the Earth, and honor the deep wisdom and transformational medicine that can be found there.
Investigate magic and sustainable change through the lens of the 3 forms of will:
Good will - the ability to communicate effectively what you desire
Disciplined will - the physical behaviors and labor needed to manifest the desire
Skillful will - the ability to create the most poignant change through using what is held within our environment
This weekend intensive is filled with spell-craft and conjure. We will work with and in the redwood forests and wild landscapes of the Oakland hills , as well as 2 locations in Oakland, one being a dedicated Temple space. All the work we do together will give us tools for integrating and continuing this work at home.=
Come join us as we conjure change using practices that draw from medicine of the primal energy of the fire and darkness that lives in the landscape we walk now.
Prerequisite: Elements of Magic
To reserve your space, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
$50 deposit - non-refundable after May 22nd - contact Cypress for name on check and address.
Lou Florez is an internationally known speaker and lecturer of folk magic traditions of the South. He is a deeply rooted Spirit Worker, Priest, and Medium who has studied with indigenous elders and medicine holders from across the globe.
Lou is graduate of Catherine Yronwode’s Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course, and is a member of The Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers, a gathering of professional practitioners of African American folk magic, hoodoo, conjure, and rootwork, who provide psychic readings and spiritual root doctoring services to the public.
Lou is fresh from his pilgrimage to Ile Ife, Nigeria where he was initiated to IFA and was crowned as Awo, high-priest in training. In 2008, Lou was confirmed as an Olorisha and Priest of Shango under Iyanifa Ifalade Ta’Shia Asanti of Ile Ori Ogbe Egun, and is a Tata Nkisi in the Bacongo Tradition. Lou also holds the titles of High Priest through Wicca, and he has studied and apprenticed with Curanderos and Hoodoo Workers throughout the South.
Lou currently resides in Oakland, CA and works and teaches in the Bay!
Cypress Fey is a nature mystic who loves working the ecstatic side of magic and ritual along with science and naturalist skills. The sky and earth are her temple. It makes her happy and fulfilled to work with the wild ones (seen and unseen), and to the love wild in herself and others. She was honored when Lou invited her to teach this class. Lou has helped her understand how her nature mystic practices deeply resonate with Hoodoo and Root Work, and is looking forward to exploring this juicy blend together in the Reclaiming Tradition.
Cypress is a local Bay Area Reclaiming teacher, and has served in a teaching capacity at a number of Witchcamps. Cypress’ work in the world is based in Oakland, CA where she is an orthopedic massage therapist, but she feels most at home in the Sierras where she enjoys tracking wild beings, skiing, hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking.