Sweet Magic Event Space

07-09-2022 - Body as Sanctuary: Altars and Ancestral Magic

Altars are sacred places where we ritualize the presence of the holy or divine by placing meaningful objects that symbolize our intentions, requests, prayers, offerings, and devotions to the unseen. Creating altars is a somatic practice, because we move, arrange, and interact with sacred space, that activates our own inner knowing of how to be in relationship with magic and spirit.

The items that we place on our altars and the way that they’re arranged bring our focus to whatever is represented by them. An altar is a place of focus and contemplation where we can direct our attention toward the sacred. Basically, the altar elicits a shift in consciousness because of the meaning we have attached to it and the items placed upon it.

In this class we will discuss various styles of altar building including the ancient Roman “lararium” or altar to the household spirits and familial gods. We will also learn about seasonal altars, ancestor altars, and Benedicaria (Italian folk Catholic) altars.

This talk will include a demonstration of each of these styles.



This is a live workshop, with a recording available for 1 week sent out to all registered participants.

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Enrollment is accepted up until the day of the event.

Technical difficulties on the attendees end (sound issues, tardiness, wifi connection, video cut out, etc) do not entitle attendees to a refund. We recommend signing on 10 minutes early to sort out any issues.

Seagrape does not offer guidance around computer or Zoom usage, though we do send out a link including instructions on how to use Zoom 24 hours prior to all workshops.

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Questions? Email us at events@seagrapeapothecary.com


About the instructor:

Lisa Fazio is a folk and clinical herbalist, astrologer, writer, mother, and the descendant of Irish and Italian immigrants. She lives on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in the foothills of the Adirondack mountains in what is now known as New York State. Lisa is a second generation Italian American, a practitioner of Benedicaria (the art of blessing, and a lineage witch whose Nonna (grandmother) was born in the city of Benevento, Italy that is also known as La Citta Delle Streghe (the city of witches). Lisa’s Nonno was born in the ancient village of Feroleto Antico in Calabria, Italy. She teaches courses on plant medicine and using plants for ancestral reconnection from an Italian American and traditional western herbalism perspective. Find Lisa on Instagram here.

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