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All Hallows Eve "Witches Ladder"

  • Sat Oct 28, 10 a.m. - noon
  • Sat Oct 28, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

DATE: Saturday, October 28, 2017 
TIME: Two Sessions available

MORNING SESSION from 10 am to 12 Noon
AFTERNOON SESSION from 1 to 3 pm

LOCATION:  Studio 206 (on the upper level of the Alton Mill Arts)
COST:  $55 + HST per person (includes all materials)
AGES:  Suitable for ages 12 years and up

The Celtic festival of “Samhain” (pronounced ‘sow-wen’) is the pagan origin of our modern day All Hallows Eve or Halloween. This was an important time for our ancient ancestors as it marked the beginning of the Dark Half of the Year or winter. Traditionally celebrated around the first of November, this was the time when the ‘veils between the worlds’ were thin, meaning spirits, ghosts and goblins could pass easily from the world beyond into ours. It was also a time for remembering and honouring the ancestors or appeasing restless souls.

Join artist CJ Shelton to learn more about where our Halloween customs came from as you weave your own traditional ‘Witches Ladder’ from wool, ribbon and found objects. Locally farmed alpaca wool plus twigs, berries and other organic bits and pieces gathered from the forests and meadows will also be used to make the “ladders”. You may also bring along any other meaningful small objects that you would like to incorporate into your spell weaving.

This is a wonderful way to “harvest” your dreams and set new intentions, thoughts and prayers for the winter ahead. Your finished ‘ladder’ can be hung indoors or outdoors where it can send its message out into the spirit world as it protects your home.

PRE-REGISTRATION WITH FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED – please email or call 519-942-2018