Lecture & Workshop Host
LECTURE: The Midnight Barn Dance of 100 Spirits: Ozark Daemonology
Taking the famous Japanese idiom “Hyakki Yagyō” or “Night Parade of One Hundred Demons” as inspiration, we will be focusing on my research into the Ozark region’s own pandemonium. Since 2012 I’ve been categorizing and compiling magical creatures from Ozark folklore as well as my own work as a spirit medium into this Midnight Barn Dance. We’ll all join in on the fun together and look at a number of the creatures, although sadly not all 100. Specifically we will be focusing on plant-spirit daemons, or those spirit entities that inhabit inside or take the form of specific plant species. Field guide information includes the daemon’s habitat in our world as well as designations in the Ozark Otherworld, temperament, diet, characteristics, method of exorcism, and of course, information on how these daemons might benefit a cunning magical worker.
WORKSHOP: Hiring from the Otherworld: Crafting Plant Spirit Helpers
2 HOUR INTENSIVE– space is limited to 20 participants
Building off of information presented in The Midnight Barn Dance, we will be looking at how Ozark healers and magical practitioners over the years have used certain plant daemons in their craft. Participants will be able to build their own spirit helpers using native Ozark roots and botanicals as well as receive detailed instruction on caring for their newborn daemon. This workshop offers participants a mixture of both traditional and modern Ozark folk knowledge.
$45 Add on Fee
$15 materials fee and shipping (optional)
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**You must be registered by August 31st to received materials in time of workshop. Materials are not mandatory to attend the workshop. You may register after August 31st but materials will receive the materials after the event.
BIO: Brandon Weston is a folklorist, spiritual healer, and writer living in the Arkansas Ozarks. He is author of Ozark Folk Magic: Plants, Prayers, and Healing and the forthcoming Ozark Mountain Spell Book. He is owner of Ozark Healing Traditions, a collective of articles, lectures, and workshops focusing on traditions of medicine, magic, and folklore from the Ozark Mountain region. As an active healer, his work with clients includes everything from spiritual cleanses to house blessings and all the weird and wonderful ailments in between. He comes from a long line of Ozark hillfolk and works hard to keep the traditions that he’s collected alive and true for generations to come.
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