About this trip

Join us in the heart of "Witch City" over the Fall Equinox for a 3-day transformational weekend exploring the history and magic of The Witch through a feminist lens. We've rented a beautiful centrally-located 1900s historic home for everyone to stay in within walking distance to all of Salem's best shopping, restaurants, and attractions.  As part of an intimate group, you'll enjoy a thoughtfully-curated selection of private walking tours, metaphysical workshops, and discussions guided by clairvoyant and NowAge Travel owner, Melissa Nierman, along with other passionate feminist witches of the local HausWitch store. The Witch has long been a symbol of our collective shadow and a tool used by the patriarchy against countless innocent people - mostly womxn.  Rather than ignoring the tragic history of The Witch, we'll embrace it and all that it has to teach us about our world and ourselves.  By doing so, we'll start to break the unconscious patterns of history and reclaim the power that has been lost - including access to our own magic. 

SOLD OUT! WAITLIST ONLY

 
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Highlights

  • Connect with other curious magical folks from around the country

  • Be guided by passionate local metaphysical teachers, healers, and historians

  • Live like a local right in the heart of Salem's most beautiful and walkable districts

  • Visit all of the most famous Salem Witch Trials related sites around downtown

  • Dive into your own personal relationship with magic and the term "witch"

  • Explore Salem's beautiful historic gardens with a local folk herbalist

  • Tap into your intuition through a hands-on Tarot workshop

  • Take a tour through Salem's Spiritualist movement and its connection to The Witch

  • Learn about traditional witchcraft from a local shamanic witch

  • Celebrate the Fall Equinox with a catered feast and ritual

  • Gather for an intention setting moon circle

  • Practice psychic tools for protection, energy clearing, and transformation

  • Question the ways in which The Witch archetype has been used by people in power

 

Salem, Massachusetts

Today, Salem is known both for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and as a hotbed for the growing feminist witch movement. Thousands of people every year travel from around the world to learn about The Trials, shop the wide variety of witch stores (including the first one in America), partake in metaphysical readings and séances, and, since the 1980s, celebrate Halloween.  There's plenty for those who enjoy "spooky" - from haunted houses to a monster museum - but there's also a thriving population of present-day practicing witches and healers. The downtown is totally walkable - and for those who love history and the arts -  filled with historic homes, cemeteries, a beautiful wharf along the ocean, and one of the longest running museums in the country. You’ll get lots of recommendations for walkable attractions to explore in your free time, including:

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The House

Live out your quaint New England fantasies in a beautifully-restored 1900 home in the coveted McIntire Historic District.  Only blocks away from historic gardens, museums, restaurants, and shopping, you'll be able to walk everywhere - although you may not want to leave!  Each room has a character all its own with bold wallpaper, thoughtful furnishings, and plenty of nooks and crannies to relax in. Chill out on the big comfy couches. Read a book in one of the rocking chairs or chillax on the front porch. Take a bath in one of the large clawfoot tubs.  Watch a movie on the big screened smart TV (The Craft anyone?).  Listen to music on one of the working vinyl record player and/or nerd out with some board games. For those who like to cook, there's a huge fully-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, coffeemaker, and blender - also,  a dining room that seats 12! Off-street tandem parking available for 2 large or 3 small cars.

General Flow

Friday 20th

Check-In to House - 4-6pm 
Dinner on Own 
Cosmic Mocktails Meet & Greet  - 7-8pm
Opening Moon Circle & Discussion - What is a Witch? 8-10pm
10pm-12am - Hang-Out 
12am on - House Quite Time 

Saturday 21st

DIY Breakfast @ House
Psychic Meditation - Energy Clearing - 9-10am 
Witches: 1692-Today Walking Tour - 11am-1pm 
3hr Free Time - Lunch, Shopping, Attractions
Intro to Witchcraft & Shadow Work Class - 4-6pm 
Dinner on Own
Transformation through Tarot Workshop - 8-10pm 
10pm-12am - Hang-Out 
12am on - House Quite Time 

Sunday 23rd

DIY Breakfast @ House
Psychic Meditation - Energetic Boundaries - 9-10am 
Talking to Spirits Walking Tour - 11am-1pm
3hr Free time - Lunch, Shopping, Attractions
Herb Witch Walking Tour - 4-6pm 
Fall Equinox Celebration Feast + Closing Circle - 7-10pm 
10pm-12am - Hang-Out 
12am on - House Quite Time 

Monday 24th

DIY Breakfast @ House
Goodbyes! 
Pack Up + Check out - 10am

SOLD OUT! WAITLIST ONLY

What’s included

  • 3 Night's Accommodations

  • 3 Guided Tours

  • 2 Metaphysical Workshops

  • 2 Meditations

  • All Workshop Supplies

  • 2 Museum Admissions

  • 1 Moon Circle

  • 1 Fall Equinox Dinner

  • DIY Breakfast Supplies

  • House Snacks

Does not include

  • Transportation

  • Travel Insurance

  • Additional Activities

  • Other Meals + Drinks

  • Gratuities

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Facilitators

Melissa Nierman is the owner of NowAge Travel and the main facilitator and tour guide for the retreat. She's a trained clairvoyant, tarot teacher, feminist history nerd, and a forever 80s stand-up comic in a past life.  With a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in Education, she's passionate about reclaiming our "occult" histories from the clutches of patriarchy and picnics.

Kate Laurel is a folk herbalist, Reiki healer, tarot reader, and owner of Laurel Tree Healing Arts. She's passionate about sharing her knowledge of herbal medicine with the community, decolonizing witchcraft, and honoring the knowledge of all the displaced indigenous peoples.  

Zhana Levitsky is a shamanic witch & healer, and owner of Yes! Wolf Spirit.  She's a professional tarot reader and educator, Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, Reiki Shamanism Master, teacher of various magic modalities and medicine mama. Born in Lithuania, she holds an ALM in Literature from Harvard University

Policies

This retreat is open to all female, queer, trans, non-binary and two spirit identified people and is meant to be a safe space for those who attend. 

You're welcome to put down a non-refundable deposit to hold your space. Full payment must be received by September 1st 2019. 

Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in the retreat for any reason, you're welcome to find someone else to take your spot and we'll do our best to help replace you, but cannot promise this. 

If for some unexpected reason, NowAge Travel cancels the retreat, we'll refund you in full for all payment including deposits, but cannot compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. We do recommend purchasing Travel Insurance, if that's a worry. 

Attendees are responsible for leaving the house as they found it it. Any damage or fees incurred due to the state of the house upon departure will be the responsibility of the attendees. 

By putting down payment, you agree to abide by all of the above policies.