I started the Little Green Witches apprenticeships and campouts for girls in 2010. A few moms had told me that their daughters wanted to learn about wild plants and herbal remedies from me. With my own 9-year-old daughter in tow, I began gentle afternoons at Green Gate Farms and Boggy Creek Farm, sharing with the girls some of my favorite wild plants as well as some of my favorite practices: lolling about in tall grass, letting the wind whip my hair, running and laughing, and sticking my nose into flowers.
The campouts were next. I ambitiously started a 4 night, 5 day campout in the woods of Bastrop County in June 2010. I think there were 14 girls ranging in age from 7 to 13. We explored the 5 elements: air, water, fire, earth, and spirit. We created a healing ritual for the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. We learned to touch Bull Nettle without getting stung. We sat with trees and ate wild grapes. My friends Patrice, Caroline and Jen helped out. It was a huge success.
Next came the apprenticeships. Eight homeschooling girls began studying with me in the Fall of 2010. From there came more camps, more girls, and more transformations.
In March of 2012 I decided the programs had run their course where I was concerned. I loved the spirit of these programs, and every girl touched my heart in a special way. I truly feel blessed to have been a part of the awakenings to the natural world and the path of herbalism for so many of these girls. —Ginger Webb
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