Botanical Alchemy Amulets (2 days)

Botanical Alchemy Amulets (2 days)


Throughout human history, amulets & talismans have reminded us of what we are capable of, at times when we have needed such crucial wisdom. Learn to craft your own unique, beautiful strand of amulets, and about the health, healing, and ecological importance of the plant-dyed fibres, and other materials, you incorporate.

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~ About The Instructor ~

Mervi Haapakoski is a multi-media artist based in Cape Breton. Originally from Finland, Mervi trained as a ceramic and glass artist. Since then she has become well-known across Canada for her hand-blown glass, jewellery, whimsical wood work, and a range of fibre works. Mervi is a juried member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, and her work can be seen there, at Baddeck’s Victoria County Creates, and at Glass Artisans on the Cabot Trail. (day 2 batik with plant dyes; day 3 wood block printing with plant dyes).

When: July 27-28, 2019; 10 am to 4 pm each day

Where: Mamie’s Schoolhouse, 97 Rooster Hill Road, Goose Cove, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Class Size: max 14 to ensure support and feedback for each student

Age & Experience: 18 years or older; suitable for beginners

Registration Fee:

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$240 + tax, which includes

  • 2 days of instruction (see outline below)

  • catered vegetarian lunch each day

  • all materials and supplies

  • students are welcome to bring small items of personal significance to incorporate into their amulet/talisman (perhaps you have an old charm of your Mother’s? a scrap of quilt your Grandmother made? etc.)


~ Workshop Outline ~

Throughout human history, in cultures around the globe, amulets & talismans have reminded us of life and powers that exist beyond surface appearances. They remind us of what we are capable of, at times when we need such crucial wisdom. Crafted from natural materials, each with its own healing properties and role in the ecology of our planet, they also remind us that we are part of Nature - that we can call on her profound qualities of courage, generosity, protectiveness, etc. whenever we need to, and that, in return, we owe Nature our own courage and fierce protection.

  • using naturally dyed fibres provided by the studio (fabric, paper, threads, yarn), along with local, organic healing herbs and flowers dried in advance for your use, and any personal items you bring with you, learn to create a spectacular strand of amulets/talismans to protect/inspire you or the person for whom you craft it

  • learn beautiful methods for joining your amulets, including simple braid, knit, and crochet techniques

  • learn about the ecological importance, health and healing properties, and historical symbolism of the dried herbs and flowers incorporated into your unique creation

  • using a botanically dyed mini-journal provided by the studio, record the materials you use and their significance for you

  • take home skills to further explore amulet making on your own, along with a beautiful, unique strand of amulets whose materials, and their meanings, will guide and protect you

    ~ About Registration ~

Payment Terms:

  • Payment is due at time of registration via this web site. At this time, we can not take registrations in person, by phone, email, etc.

  • Cancellations on or before February 28 will be charged a $100 + tax administration fee.

  • Cancellations on or after April 30 receive a 50% refund.

  • Cancellations on or after May 31 receive no refund.

  • With permission of Mamie’s Schoolhouse, registration is transferrable to someone else nominated by the registered student.

  • Anyone registering for someone else is responsible for that registration, and will continue to be the point of contact on all related matters.

The Registration Fee Does Not Include The Following, Which Are The Student's Responsibility:

  • Accommodation

  • Transportation to/from Cape Breton, to/from the workshop each day, and all other local travel

  • Travel insurance

  • Meals (other than the catered lunches noted aboe)

~ About The Venue ~

  • 25 minutes north-east of Baddeck (the nearest full service community), and one hour from Sydney (the island’s largest community and location of the nearest airport), Mamie’s Schoolhouse is located on 70 peaceful, organic acres stretching west from the North River and the world famous Cabot Trail, in the small, beautiful community of Goose Cove.

  • The studio is fully accessible, and there is plenty of parking.

  • There is plenty of nearby accommodation, including an ever growing number of Airbnb options.

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With the exception of the Google Map, images © Mervi Haapakoski or © Mamie’s Schoolhouse.