Sauerkraut Spell Making Sessions


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Part creative writing, part collaborative devising, part Tarot consulting, and ritual sauerkraut spell enacting.

Sauerkraut Spelling Making Sessions is a performative workshop process where we do as the title suggests: we make sauerkraut and we make spells. The process has five parts, which can happen online or in person:
1. The Word to Transform: A writing and meditation process that invites participants to identify a word they wish to transform.
2. Tarot and Spice: The word and the writing are used as stimulus during a one-on-one Tarot session.
3. Constructing a Spell: Participants come together with all their thoughts and words to devise a spell using the actions of making sauerkraut as the basis for their rituals.
4. Enacting a Sauerkraut Spell: A performative ritual through which participants generate a ‘spell poem’ and a jar of fermenting sauerkraut.
5. Imbibing the Spells: Two weeks later, the group comes together to share their poems and taste their spells!

Sauerkraut conjures images of alchemy and magic because fermentation is literally the transformation of a vegetable - through interactions between unseeable micro-organisms - into a more digestible and health-giving food. Spell-making harnesses the power of thoughts and words to pull our visions for the future into the present. ‘Sauerkraut Spelling Making Sessions’ recognizes the degradation and destruction of DIY, traditional, and indigenous health-giving practices at the hands of the white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy and seeks to reclaim and nurture skills for self-governance and self-care.

Sauerkraut Spelling Making Sessions has taken place at a.pass Performance Research Institute (Brussels) with a group of artist-researchers, online as part of Derby Rises with the local LGBTQ+ community (in association with Milk Presents and Collective Mind Space), at Ponderosa Arts Centre with a group of artists, In the Heart Of Glass Take Over Festival in Saint Helens in Association with Incredible Edibles Community Allotments and as part of The Cambridge Junction Spring 2023 program.

"Totally wowed about the opportunity to not only change my relationship with a word that I choose but also somehow tap into a spiritual guidance to support me and give me a sense of co-creation with the universe. The act of creating a spell and the physicality involved in chopping, massaging, spicing up the cabbage brought a beautiful and embodied commitment to my spell."

[ Cinzia Schincariol, Artist participant: Ponderosa Arts Centre, Germany ]
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