Treasure Valley Witches teach healing and acceptance: 'We're not devil worshipers'
BOISE, Idaho (CBS 2) —
We've seen them in movies, especially around Halloween. We're talking about witches.
Turns out, there's a group of witches right here in the Treasure Valley.
"We're just existing and helping people,” said group founder, Woventear. “We're not devil worshippers. If you wanted to worship the devil, that's fine too, we'll welcome you.”
Woventear does not classify herself just as a witch or a studier of Wicca. Instead, Woventear said the group she founded studies everything from New Orleans Voodoo to tarot card reading.
But, when it came to a name for her group, "witches" worked best.
"I started my own group, which is the Treasure Valley Witches,” Woventear said. “And, Bella's Grove is the hub of Treasure Valley Witches. Then they wanted to learn how to do things, so I decided to teach them how to do things. And, that's how the Tri-Council Academy came about."
Woventear said her practice is only to teach what she knows personally which, for a long time, was the study of Reiki.
"Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of energy healing,” Woventear said.
And, she says her store, Bella's Grove, reflects that.
Along with the jars of graveyard dirt and bone readings, Woventear offers hypnotherapy and sound vibrational therapy.
She said it's this belief in healing that's made her group what it is today.
"The group as a major thing is healing,” Woventear said. “And, we all learn about healing, we all learn how to take care of each other. We have a food bank. We learn about respect, non-judgement, and it's for basically people who feel unwanted."
Every year, the Tri Council Academy picks a different tradition to study the practices and rituals, including Shamanism and Greek paganism.
For someone who didn't intend to teach, Woventear said this is now her favorite part.
"The education part is my life,” Woventear said. “It's my passion. This is the best job I've had in my entire life."
Bella’s Grove is located at 2210 Broadway Ave Suite B and is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.