Underworld Overviews

Myth + (bio)Mimicry

Recycled Stories for Re-imagining Life 

27 August, 2-4pm ET

Are you…

  • …yearning for the story that gives you permission to root deep into your own fullness + power?
  • …searching for a way to connect to your power and use it to navigate this shift-y, change-y, world-transforming moment?
  • …wanting to make life and living into an art, a craft?
  • …a creative witch in love with nature and obsessed with mycelium?
  • …in a doom-scrolling, hope-tripping loop and looking for a way to understand your role in this moment of compost & creation?
  • …curious about how deep time, the patterns of nature, and the human responsibilities within those cycles can be informed by the Underworld to support your life & magic & art?

The Underworld is…

  • …always churning beneath us. 
  • …the worms wriggling through the dirt; magma flows and tectonic plates shift; the water slowly carving paths through rock, creating deep and intersecting cave networks. 
  • …our vessel, our floor, our nourishment, our burrow. It is our home, from which we and everything else live, grow, die, and decay. 
  • …the root, the origin.
  • …a place where things go to die, to be composted, recycled, remade, reborn.
  • …creation and destruction all at once.

In the Underworld:
Souls rest
Deities rule
Heroes journey

Underworld Overviews is an exploration of this hidden world of decay and transformation. Through art and magic, conversation and journeywork together we’ll adventure down into the Underworld and back again. 

Underworld Overviews: Myth + (bio)Mimicry is a 2-hour workshop where you’ll join your guides, Emily and Lex, and a small group fellow journeyers, in musing, mutters, and mysteries.

$33 / $55 / $77

Use code THIRTY-THREE or FIFTY-FIVE for sliding scale.

“I’ve dipped my toes into the worlds of art, magic and the Underworld before, but never explored the connections to each other! I loved feeling more free in my drawing and art-making during the trance portion. It has inspired me to draw more, create more, meditate/tarot readings, and explore more about the underworld. I am so excited to incorporate these ideas into my life!”

– Molly, about a previous Underworld Overviews workshop

There is so much you can learn from others when you’re sharing your journey that will only add to the richness and complexity of your art. That is something I got from Emily’s class and I’m so glad I signed up!”

–Brooke Rawson, about Art & The Underworld class

Myth is…

  • …a human vessel for deep time.
  • …at once both a personal and a collective art.
  • …the stories we tell ourselves.
  • …the dreams we dream.

What stories do you tell yourself of the future? What stories do you tell yourself of the past? How are these stories a human responsibility? How do stories help us face the unknown? What ancient, natural mysteries does myth help us to face? These are the questions we’ll be exploring through art, magic, and conversation.

$33 / $55 / $77

Use code THIRTY-THREE or FIFTY-FIVE for sliding scale.

Underworld is timeless.

Myth is ancient. 

Art is the cycle.

Magic is the responsibility to recreate, recycle, and remake.

About the Workshop

Underworld Overviews: Myth + (bio)Mimicry is a 2-hour workshop of art, magical journeys, and conversation. It is a participatory exploration of the Underworld through art and magic.

We’ll begin by introducing you to the Underworld, and art & magic as processes in the Underworld. While we will be facilitating and guiding this conversation, this will be a space for you to tap into your own knowing and wisdom. You’ll have the opportunity to share your ideas and participate in thought provoking discussion. 

Then we’ll spend some time exploring both art and magic as processes for accessing the Underworld. As we adventure magically and artistically in the Underworld, we’ll be exploring what the Underworld has to teach us about home and what home has to teach us about the Underworld. 

As a part of this workshop you’ll get:

  • A digital Notion zine all about the Underworld, Myth, Magic and Art with activities to explore after the workshop ends
  • 2-hour workshop
  • Recording of workshop

$33 / $55 / $77

Use code THIRTY-THREE or FIFTY-FIVE for sliding scale.

About Your Guides

Lex Ritchie is a tarot reader, folk witch, spirit worker, and queer mystic. They are a guide through the misty lands of the liminal and spiritual. Lex helps folks connect to their own wisdom and learn to be in conversation with the beyond so that they can set off on their own mystical adventure. 

Emily Prentice is an artist and creative facilitator. Her work often shifts and changes, but it always revolves around the basic building blocks of visual art: the colors, shapes, and symbols that connect us to everything else. Emily is the resident web-weaver behind The Center for Underworld Studies, a creative hub for all things BELOW. She believes that everyone is an artist and that creativity belongs to all beings.

$33 / $55 / $77

Use code THIRTY-THREE or FIFTY-FIVE for sliding scale.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I can’t make it live?
    This workshop is going to be highly participatory and we really do encourage you to make it live! However, we know life happens so there will be a recording sent to all registered participants.
  • What is trance/journey work?
    Trance journeys are a little bit like meditation, only instead of being designed to observe the mind they’re designed to escape from the confines of your every day consciousness! This is done through a mix of guided visualization, music, and repetitive action. Lex is a trained trance practitioner and will be guiding you through a safe, but exciting encounter with your own inner underworld and story.
  • What’s the deal with sliding scale?
    Emily and Lex are both committed to running businesses that are aligned with their values. Sliding scale is one way to increase the accessibility of an offering in recognition of economic injustice in our society. Once you hit the button to register you’ll be taken to a page where you can choose to pay an amount between $33-77 for the workshop. Wondering where you might find yourself in this scale? Check out this handy graphic from Alexis J. Cunningfolk!
  • I’m not good at art…
    We are not here to judge art’s inherent “goodness” or “badness.” That’s a subjective measure that is different for everyone. Instead, we’re here to practice creativity as a verb: making art instead of calling ourselves “artists.” You may (HINT: probably will!) end up with sheets of scribbles at the end of this workshop. It’s the meaning we ascribe to those scribbles that will be important. Lean into the mess – it’s major Underworld magic! 
  • I’m not a witch…
    No witchy experience necessary for this workshop! Just an open-mind and willingness to engage with the unlikely and unexpected! While we 100% believe that everyone is magical and can make AMAZING magic, you’re not gonna be called on to do that during this workshop, though we hope you’ll be inspired to make some magic after this! Instead, Lex will be facilitating the magic by guiding all participants through a trance journey. Trance journeys are a little bit like meditation, only instead of being designed to observe the mind they’re designed to escape from the confines of your every day consciousness! This is done through a mix of guided visualization, music, and repetitive action. Lex is a trained trance practitioner and will be guiding you through a safe, but exciting encounter with your own inner underworld and mythic spirit.
  • The Underworld is scary…
    Are seeds scary? Are worms scary? What about nests and burrows? If those strike fear in your heart, then this might not be the workshop for you! The Underworld is indeed the land of the dead, but it is also SO MUCH MORE, and it is this so much more that we’ll be exploring in this workshop. 

“The workshop helped me connect the physical with the metaphysical in ways that I think will improve both of those spaces. I have a totally new way of looking at things that gives me joy and energy where before there was dread and shame. I have an Underworld home to explore.”

Denise M., about a previous Underworld Overviews workshop

Join us on this journey beneath into the compost, root, mycelium, seed of myth, magic and art.

If you’re ready to…

  • Connect to your story and engage in sacred art of fantasizing fable…
  • Explore the ways the Underworld can help you live into your embodied responsibility to create from compost…
  • Build a relationship with the Underworld all around you…
  • Find support in the stories your heart dreams of…
  • To make magic and make art…
  • To turn life and living into an art, a craft, and embodied cycle of creation and re-creation…

Then join us on this journey!

$33 / $55 / $77

Use code THIRTY-THREE or FIFTY-FIVE for sliding scale.

“This drastically expanded my consciousness of all the things that had already been possible! I began the course feeling very self-conscious and carried worry that I would inadvertently do something to upset my ancestors, and this course not only put my heart at ease but allowed me to work through this feeling (which, turns out, was connected to ancestral trauma). Lex did a fantastic job holding space for and supporting us while we encountered wounds — and helped us identify whether or not we were ready to undertake that particular journey at the time.”

– Emily Corturillo, about Tending Radical Roots class