The Viridis Genii Symposium: Plant Magic, Mysticism, and Medicine
Friday-Sunday, July 31-August 2
Still Meadow Retreat Center, 16561 SE Marna Road, Damascus, Oregon
see website for registration details
There are many herbal conferences around the world that mainly focus on the clinical, holistic and natural herbalist facets and idealisms of herbalism. Some of these conferences touch upon folk magic and herbal esotericism from time to time, but we feel there is a greater need for a symposium more focused on herbal magic. The genii of plants have spread their roots throughout all cultures in one way or another. There is an increasing rise in both folklore and esoteric knowledge for working with plants. Our goal is to be the first to offer a holistic multidisciplinary and multicultural awareness and approach to the study of plants from the perspective of magick. Plant magick is the Axis Mundi that our symposium revolves around and is the focus thereof. Our deeply held intention with the manifestation of this symposium is to offer the opportunity for presenters and participants to look at and discuss the hidden world of herbalism from a more in-depth exploration into the green mysteries.
In this Symposium we invoke those called to do the great work of the green spirit. The Viridis Genii calls upon those who seek the secret knowledge of the green world. Through myth, folklore, mystic and spiritual medicine traditions and above all those who wish to connect to the Viridis Arcanum - the hidden and revealed mysteries of the green arte. We invite practitioners from an array of disciplines to discuss, share and revel in the green mysteries, through art, ritual, lectures and workshops. The symposium will feature presentations and/or workshops by authors, scholars, practitioners, and artists who are researching or working in herbal esoteric currents. Topics or workshops may include but are not limited to the following: Herbal Alchemy, Wortcunning, Ethnobotany and the magickal use of plants, Wildcrafting with spirit, Herbal Astrology, Medicine with a focus on spiritual herbal practice, Shamanry, Witchcraft, Indigenous Traditional plant wisdom, Entheogen studies and ritual practice, The role of plants in ceremonial magick traditions, Herbal Charms and Talismans, Artists whose main body of work focuses on plants, craft brewing and distilling, and much more.