Women & Spirituality Conference

S3: Strega Nona’s Wisdom: Everyday Energy Healing with Carol Geisler & Janet Marinelli

We have been intrigued by Tomie de Paola’s Strega Nona books for children. Although De Paola didn’t base his stories directly on Italian folk tales, Strega Nona, the grandmother witch, holds true for us as a healer with a big heart. In this workshop, we explore our inner and outer energetic landscapes, our connection to the land, and claiming what has heart and meaning in our lives. Some say Strega Nona’s hands are magical, but we know that everyone can learn to heal with their hands. We introduce basic energy healing principles and techniques that you will have time to experience.

Additionally, we use a creative arts exercise to create an image and engage in dialogue about what has heart and meaning for you in this workshop. You will leave the workshop with “hands-on” tools to use for self-care and an image to remind you of your experiences tapping into the Strega Nona archetype.

Carol Geisler, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies at St. Catherine University. Carol’s life journey is one of integrating mind, body, spirit. She uses her experiences as a psychologist, nurse, researcher, holistic healer, ritualist, mother, and collaborator to inform her work in the world. See more detailed work at: https://works.bepress.com/carol-geisler


Janet Marinelli, M.S.,Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies at St. Catherine University. Janet enjoys working with students at the graduate level and in community workshops. Topics that form a foundation for her work include the creative arts, energy healing, spirituality, transformative learning, and circle process. An overarching theme of Janet’s work is transformation and she deeply appreciates exploring with others on the journey.

Janet Marinelli & Carol Geisler
*not live-streamed or recorded