This group is an introduction to topics in contemporary witchcraft practice, with an emphasis on intersectionality and creating space for marginalized people. Each class will include a topic, with historical information and practical demonstration or group activity. Topics will be approached for someone with no previous experience.
The goal is to create a safe and accountable space for people to learn from each other, regardless of whether or not they identify as witches or pagans. With an aim to celebrate queer experiences and life, respecting Indigenous territory, and build or grow a witchcraft practice which does not steal from marginalized peoples and cultures.
This location does not have ramp access.
About the facilitator:
Taylor Harder is a practicing solitary witch. They use They/Them/Theirs pronouns. They come from a Germanic and Métis background. They identify their practice as a blend of Wicca, Animism, and Traditional Witchcraft, with some ceremonial influences.
This is a FREE class. The facilitator is not being compensated. However, donations are welcome to help pay the rent space for CSIE.
— This event takes place on Treaty 7 land and we acknowledge and thank the caretakers of this land — the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot): Piikani, Siksika, Kainai, the Nakoda (Stoney), Tsuu T’ina Nations, and Metis region 3 people for allowing us and any other travelling or visiting tribes to have this event on their territory. We also acknowledge the Inuit people of this land.
Safer Space Standards
CSIE does not tolerate discriminatory or abusive behaviour, and a participant may be removed from any event if they do not follow our safer space standards outlined below. These will also be posted at each event for participant reference.
Use Correct Pronouns
We will have nametags for attendees to write pronouns on. For example, They/Them, She/Her, They/He, etc.
We will also go over names and pronouns at the start of each class.
Physical Boundaries – Respect others’ boundaries by asking first. Eg. ask before hugging someone. “No” is always an acceptable response and must be respected.
No Offensive Jokes
Jokes that “punch down” (i.e. take aim at a marginalized community) are not acceptable here.
Not Tolerated: Racism, Sexism, Transphobia, Ableism, etc.
Participation is not mandatory.
You do not have to participate in everything asked. You always have the option to pass on activities in the class.
Not Every Event is for Everyone
Some events will specify they are for specific groups (eg. Queer Craft Night). If you are not in the group specified, wait to attend one of our other events.
— Mission Statement
Calgary School of Informal Education is a small, informal network of peers who facilitate classes, workshops, and skill-sharing events outside of a traditional institutional setting.
Our classes aim to be a safer space for people of many backgrounds to learn and share knowledge and experiences, making space for people of our communities to come together as we are– queer, trans, femme, racialized, neuro-divergent, low-income, marginalized in other ways, and active allies who follow safer space standards.
– Valuing lived experience
– Intersectionality and de-centering privilege
– Fair compensation for labour