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Conversation Club: The Sacred Herbs of Samhain

October 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CT United States

Ellen Evert Hopman will discuss her book, The Sacred Herbs of Samhain – Plants to Contact the Spirits of the Dead, with Virginia Wolf, founding member of the Mary Barnes Society and founder of Herstory Theater.

A practical guide to using the sacred herbs of Samhain for healing, divination, purification, protection, magic, and as tools for contacting the Spirits that explores the identification, harvest, and safe practical and ritual use of more than 70 plants and trees sacred to the Celtic festival of Samhain, the origin of Halloween.

Details the most effective plants for protection from the mischief of Fairies, herbs for releasing the Dead, and visionary plants for divination and shamanic work.

Provides instructions and suggestions for a traditional Dumb Supper, offerings to the Land Spirits, Samhain rites, and recipes for the sacred foods of Samhain.

The ancient Celts separated the year into two halves, the light half and the dark half, summer and winter. The festival of Samhain, from which the modern holiday of Halloween originates, marks the transition from summer to winter, the end of the Celtic year, a time when the barriers between the physical and spiritual world are at their most transparent. The herbs most characteristic of this time have specific magical and healing properties that echo the darker aspect of the year and offer potent opportunities for divination, contact with ancestors and Land Spirits, and journeys in the Otherworld.


The Conversation Club at Stanley-Whitman House endeavors to make new ideas and perspectives accessible and to spark lively conversation by using history as a basis to engage and frame meaningful dialogue, learning, and reflection by reexamining the past and helping us to envision the future.

Our club is based on “The Conversation Club” originally formed c. 1818, which gathered to discuss the leading issues of the day in Farmington, Connecticut.

Conversation Club at Stanley-Whitman House is held on the third Thursday of the month and features a short guest presentation followed by moderated discussion for approximately one hour. Admission is free but donations in support of the Museum are welcome.


October 20
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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