2017 Workshops


Hoodoo: The Persistent American Magic Tradition 90 minutes with authors Jack Montgomery and Tony Kail – 12:00 noon
Hoodoo is a word that gives rise to a number of images both positive and negative in our modern society. Many of us have seen it portrayed in movies like “The Skeleton Key” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” as well as in blues music like “Got my Mojo working” and “Hoodoo Man Blues.” This presentation hopes to present an honest and accurate portrait of the people, places and things of Hoodoo as well as the history of it in the Southeast and Memphis, TN region. Your hosts will be author, musician and university professor Jack Montgomery and former law enforcement officer, historian and celebrated author Tony Kail. Together they will take you on a 90 minute journey into this often secret, hidden world of magic, mysticism and mystery. They will also be bringing a collection of authentic Hoodoo artifacts not often seen in public anymore.

EBBO AND THE ORISHA: A lesson in Southern Rootwork with Papa Oloyada – 2:00 pm
Have you ever felt a disconnect between divinity and yourself? What if I could show you, that you were living in the heart of Divine on Earth. The Orisha, were first realized by the Yoruba people of West Africa. They are in the water we drink and the paths we take. Even though some people are not aware of the Orisha’s presence, they continually look over everyone as a silent parent. For those of us whose spirits have been aware of the Orisha, a symbiotic relationship is created. Creating a relationship between child and divine parent, through feeding of the Orisha, known as the sacred tradition of ebbo. In this class we will discuss Southern Rootwork, the Orisha, and give a display of giving ebbo to Orisha Elegba, while allowing participants to give petitions, to open new roads in their lives.

THE BLACK JAR with Iajahnni – 3:30 pm
Inspired by Hoodoo tradition, Iajahnni created The Black Jar to be a vessel for purification and protection on all levels. Simple to create and incredibly effective, The Black Jar can be used to cleanse a person or a space, absorb negative energy, block Jinxes, curses, clear past life vows and contracts; and banish entities. In this workshop will guide you in the construction and blessing of The Black Jar as well as discussing its various applications.

WORDS OF POWER: Using Scripture in Folk Magic with Sister Charity – 4:45
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Words are powerful. They shape and alter our perception and thus reality. Come explore with Sister Charity how to use Holy Scripture in your intentional workings.

TIMING and COLORS IN MAGIC with Doc Bastian – 6:00
Join Doc Bastian as he goes over all the ways that perfect timing and the right conditions can make for better magic whether it be: the days of the week, the hour a spell is cast, moon phases, the colors selected, even listening to your own body.

MAGICAL OILS in Hoodoo, Prayer & Spellwork with Papa Gee – 7:15
Magical oils have been utilized throughout history to bring about change and empower the powerless. They have been used to anoint Kings and priests, to cleanse sacred objects, and to heal wounds, and broken hearts. Join Papa Gee as we follow anointing oils back in time and how they have been used Biblically, in Hoodoo, in prayer, and in spellwork. Learn how to use magical oils to anoint spell candles, prayer papers, mojo bags, to ritually cleanse the home, on the body, on objects, and secretively. Class is based on his book of the same name.