39. Appalachian Folk Magic, Foraging & Witchcraft - Interview with Becky Beyer
How do we navigate the spiritual landscape of our unique bioregions while honoring both our own ancestry and the history of the land and its people?
This is a line of questioning that seems to unite all of the passions of Becky Beyer, a teacher and practitioner of foraging, folk magic, and witchcraft outside of Asheville, North Carolina.
Becky is equally knowledgeable about the spiritual practices of her European ancestors and of her predecessors in that backwoods melting-pot we know as Appalachia.
“Nature constantly gives us a lesson in accepting that we will never know everything.”
She teaches about folk traditions and ethnobotany through her blog, Blood and Spicebush, and through the classes and workshops she offers in person. She's also a foraging instructor for No Taste Like Home.
We had a great conversation about the intersections of paganism, animism and witchcraft; the indescribable magic of the Appalachian region; how ethnobotany is living, breathing body of knowledge that we can contribute to as foragers; and how we settlers can honor both our European ancestry and the original peoples of our continent and bioregions, without falling into the traps of nationalism, colonialism or appropriation.
Related Links and Further Resources:
- Becky's blog: Blood and Spicebush
- 2018 Class Schedule
- No Taste Like Home
- Becky's reading list: The Well Read Witch
- Win a free copy of The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk
- Study foraging fundamentals at Ardea Homestead Sanctuary in North Carolina
- The Farm and Forage Challenge Facebook group -- join our growing community of local foodies around the world!
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