Application Fee:

$25 submitted with application, non-refundable.

Annual Fees:

$500 includes nine rituals/classes, quarterly individual meetings with Katrina, sequestered weekends, plus discounted admission to all public mystery school classes. (We also offer annual scholarships of up to $200 and monthly payment plans. Please see our Admissions page for more information.)

Sequestered Weekend Fees:

$50 food fee for five communal meals. (Special guest instructor weekends may have additional costs.) Students on the Fellowship Path pay the full fee of $175, which includes food.

Public Class and Workshop Fees: (See notes below)

Generally mystery school participants are charged 50 to 60% of the public fee for non-residential classes. The discounted rates for residential programs will vary according to fixed costs.


Refund Policy

Why Charge Money?

We charge for our classes because, first and foremost, it provides income for our teachers. Secondly, it insures that the exchange that is made between teacher and student is as clean as possible given the nature of spiritual instruction and training.

Money is a token of life force energy. A student receives life force energy from their teacher or mentor. If a student does not pay or provide for the instructor there is an imbalance in the energy exchange. This imbalance can create an energy debt that cannot be repaid fully, which over time can build up into a form of resentment. This kind of indebtedness can also later cause problems within the communication between teacher and student and inhibit further training. Students who pay for their instruction, are relived of this energy imbalance. This provides space for true indebtedness, the debt that should not be repaid, only honored and remembered. We become free to acknowledge the debt we owe to all our elders, teachers and ancestors.

We also charge for our classes because we do not buy into the notion that one should not charge for magical trainings. The notion of free training reflects the reality of another era and one that frankly has a cultural and class bias.

Early teachers in the wiccan revival, especially in England, discouraged witches from accepting money due to the restrictions against witchcraft within British law. However over the years, this early restriction came to be interpreted as a moral stance instead of as a response to a legal reality.

Many of the early British practitioners were also members of a privileged class. One of the ways to inhibit those of working class origins from taking on leadership roles in the nascent movement was to make participation at those levels contingent on not needing to supplement or earn an income from the work. Thus the moralist stance became embedded due to this class-based perspective.

This moralist stance has caused many elders in the craft, who over the years literally gave away all their time, talent and energy, to find themselves living at or below the poverty level in fairly destitute conditions in their old age. The only way to counter this dangerous trend is to re-examine the assumptions that caused it.

Many ministers, shamans, mullahs and rabbis are allowed to earn an income as spiritual leaders and clergy to support themselves and their families. Additionally, the legal restrictions against receiving monetary compensation for occult and Wiccan training no longer exist. All that is left is the false moralism that inhibits pagan teachers and elders from receiving adequate financial support. Maybe in days of old, the village routinely provided for the care and feeding of its wise women and men, but in today’s realities bartering can not assist our teachers in paying their rent, utilities, and healthcare costs or plan for their eventual retirement.

Where Does the Money Go?

The simplest answer is that the money goes to support the Order of the Elemental Mysteries. There are however two buckets.

The teacher portion includes teacher travel, housing, and meals as well as teacher fees. Teachers are paid to provide compensation for their time, talent, and energy. Katrina Messenger, as the head of the Order and primary instructor, is paid as clergy from the administrative bucket. The teacher bucket is used to provide compensation to visiting teachers and faculty members on a per class basis.

The administrative portion includes all costs associated with housing, food, materials, and paying clergy and staff.