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Swept Away: Broom-making, witch lore & herbal cleansing practices
Sweet Magic: a workshop + event space by Seagrape
Portland, OR
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Swept Away: Broom-making, witch lore & herbal cleansing practices
We know that witches fly on broomsticks, but beyond that image, what is the significance of brooms, and cleaning in folk culture the world over? In this class we will explore the magic and medicine of broom lore and handcraft with Broom-Maker Bruja Bethany Ridenour and the messy-by-nature folk herbalist Milla Prince. Participants will get to make their own hand-brooms, handy for dusting, ritual cleaning, and tidying up all corners of our hearths and homes. We discuss craft magic, cleaning rituals like smoke, water and steam medicine, broom lore, and learn practical ways to cleanse our spaces both physically and spiritually. Participants will get to leave with their own handmade broom, a handout and a cleansing herbal bundle."

Bethany (they/them) is a teacher and student of ancestral skills. For as long as they can remember theyve turned to the trees and animals in the forest for council. Bethany believes strongly in the healing powers of nature, believing that strengthening our connection with the natural world can improve our interpersonal relationships and emotional wellbeing. Bethany has found that working the hands with elements of nature brings some of the deepest healing and feels like it is their path to help bridge the gap between humans and nature, bringing to light how that relationship can help heal trauma. Bethany has worked with many different natural elements with a strong emphasis on different ways of processing animal skins (e.g making and using Brain-tan, Bark-tan, rawhide, and furs), earth pigments; and is a professional Broom Maker.

Milla was born and raised in endless Boreal forests of Finland, surrounded by hidden messages of ancient plant medicine traditions, and folk magic. Her work as an herbalist in the Pacific Northwest is deeply rooted in the practice of bio-regionalism, Earth Activism, and local resilience. It is her dream to empower folks to discover their own ancestral magic, and revive their own holistic traditions.

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Sweet Magic: a workshop + event space by Seagrape (View)
4810 NE Garfield Ave
Portland, OR 97211
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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