Sunday, 14 September 2014

Meet the Kitchen Witches...

We thought we would give you a peek behind the scenes and introduce you the Kitchen Witches...

The Kitchen Witch Online School, Kitchen Witch Coven, Goddess Pathways and Herbal Pathways are run by:

Rachel Patterson & Tracey Roberts

We have followed the path of Witchcraft for many years and both journeys have twisted and turned along the way to bring us to our pathway of Kitchen Witchcraft.

Both of us have worked through and completed the three Wiccan degrees and we both hold the title of High Priestess.

Between us we have studied, completed courses on, received the certificates and got the t-shirt for: Herbalism, Tarot, Aromatherapy, Crystal Healing, Reiki, Empathy, Affirmations, Qabalah, Yoga, Historical Paganism, Witches Runes, Hedgeriding, Mediumship, Progressive Magick, Celtic Tree Lore, Hoodoo, Druidry, Shamanic Practice and Pendulum to name a few.

We also have a regular column in the Mystick Way with our recipes and a regular slot on the Moon Books blog with our Goddess writings.

For full details see our website

Rachel is a published author and also writes regular columns for Pagan Dawn, Mystick Way and The Magical Times, for more details on her books please see her website

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Kitchen Witch rituals...

We (as in Kitchen Witch) ran a survey recently just to give us some idea of how to plan out 2015 for events, rituals and workshops.

We were quite overwhelmed with the positive response - so a huge thank you to everyone ♥

Just to cover some of the queries/suggestions:

- Day trips to Glastonbury and Avebury are covered by several groups in the area already, let us know if you need details.
- Online lessons, study halls and rituals are already covered in our online school as well as mentoring (we also have Webinair planned for the school)
- Evening moon rituals and meditation evenings are also covered by several groups in the area - again let us know if you need details (we don't want to duplicate what others are already doing!).

One of the main requests was for us to continue holding open rituals (and in fact the majority asked us to do more!) which we will be doing in 2015.  The other main request was for more online this space...

However a few people asked us to hold rituals in other locations, this is a tricksy one...for a few reasons. When we made the decision to start holding open rituals we were (as far as we were aware) the only witchcraft group holding open rituals in the area, we made sure of that because we would not want to upset any other covens!   

We researched carefully the location to hold our rituals with some important (to us anyway) factors in mind.  It had to be a lovely nature setting, it had to be easily accessible with not too much walking to get to, it had to be in an area that other groups didn't currently use and for had to have toilets..the onsite cafe was an added bonus!

There are certain restrictions that some may not be aware of when holding an open ritual, it is classed as an 'organised event' and that comes with all sorts of Health and Safety and insurance issues.  Whilst you can just roll up to a field and hold a ritual if you want, you may find that you get caught out.  Most forests and fields are owned by someone, whether it is a farmer, landowner, a society or the local council so most places require permission from the owner first (which is only good manners after all).   Most places also have restrictions on numbers of people and the use of fire/open flame.

The Queen Elizabeth Country Park were amazingly helpful and open to us holding our rituals and although the first field we used was OK, the spot (Larkwhistle site) that we moved to at the top of the hill is perfect with the yew tree grove and the beech trees, but we have to book each date officially with the park for legal/Health & Safety reasons, we also have to state the number of people attending (although they don't charge us a hire fee) and we are not allowed to light fires...which actually makes total sense when you are in the middle of a huge forest!

We, as Kitchen Witch also have Public Liability Insurance...not that anyone would blame us if they fell over a log during a ritual but you never know...

So for 2015 our rituals will still be held on a Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park but we will be avoiding the sabbat dates as we don't want to clash with other local groups (the Genesis Order of Druids hold sabbat rituals at Hilsea Lines on a Sunday and a couple of other groups hold regular open rituals at Kingley Vale nature reserve - see facebook or contact us for more details).

Monday, 28 July 2014

August with Kitchen Witch

We have two fabulous workshops in August...

Both will be held in the Forest Annexe at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Horndean, Hampshire

Sunday 24th August 2014
10am to 3pm
in partnership with Lift Your Spirits Tarot

Amazing price of £20 for the workshop
to include unlimited teas & coffees and as much homemade cake as you can eat
and includes a reading for each person by the fabulously talented tarot reader Carol Riley
(£15 for Kitchen Witch students)

Open to all levels - we will do a brief overview of the cards but focus will be made on reading intuitively, readings, spreads and layouts - really getting hands on with it!

To book see our website

Payment required before event to secure place.


Sunday 31st August 2014
10am to 3pm

Join us on a journey to meet and connect with eight Celtic Goddesses
Myths, connections, meditations
Make your own clay goddess
Create Celtic Goddess prayer beads
And make a unique Celtic Goddess medicine bundle

Rhiannon, Sulis, Elen, Cailleach, Bridget, Danu, Arianrhod and Cerridwen

£30 to cover all materials, unlimited tea & coffee, homemade cake
a £15 deposit is required to secure your place, thank you
(£25 to Kitchen Witch school students) Everyone welcome
To book see our website

Monday, 21 July 2014

There is no escape...from us!

We are very excited to announce two new places to find our words of wisdom...well our words anyway...

A new regular column on the Moon Books blog - Year of the Goddess

The first post is up

and secondly:

We have a new column in the online magazine The Mystik Way featuring some of our favourite food recipes, you will see us in the next issue.

And whilst we are here...our new Online Celtic Goddess Pathways course has been taken up by a huge amount of you lovely people, thank you all so much, we are looking forward to taking the journey with you starting on 1st September, for anyone that hasn't seen the details (have you been hiding under a rock?) you can find them here

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Witch's Bottle by Unity

Just wanted to share this cute little Witch's bottle made by our student Unity for the Amulets, Talismans and Charms lesson

We have such talented students :-)