looking at weird websites again?

ren+spiritwork

animism, traditional witchcraft, and trance

I'm Ren. I like long walks in the woods, finding bones in those woods, and trying to decide if my altar really needs more bones.

It doesn't. Or does it?

I offer freethinkers and old souls the crystal-clear language they need to confidently and creatively navigate life's deeper mysteries without losing their shit. 💩

free training

Ren's approach to spiritual cleansing

I'm new to this stuff.

I'm new to this.

Join a free introductory training. You’ll get a warm welcome and clear steps without any dogmatic bullshit or culture theft.

New topics offered winter, spring, summer, and fall. Coming up next:

free+spiritwork

spiritual cleansing

I'm ready for more.

An advanced curriculum with more words than the Harry Potter series is available to folks who have finished the introductory materials.

Your grasp of the language used here makes advanced study and mentorship possible. That’s not to say that you need to make this language your only or primary language. Feel free to be magically and cosmologically multi-lingual. I speak multiple traditions, too!

So, if the deeper waters are calling, you can begin by bringing your adept senses to an introductory training. Feel the hidden currents under my words. A map is being offered, a compass laid, and a language shared that is unique in its ability to bring nuanced clarity to the most tangled landscapes. 

I'm new to this.

Join a free introductory training. You’ll get a warm welcome and clear steps without any dogmatic bullshit or culture theft.

New topics offered winter, spring, summer, and fall. Coming up next:

free+spiritwork

spiritual cleansing

I'm ready for more.

An advanced curriculum with more words than the Harry Potter series is available to folks who have completed the introductory and fundamentals trainings.

Your grasp of the language used here makes advanced study and mentorship possible. That’s not to say that you need to make this language your only or primary language. Feel free to be magically and cosmologically multi-lingual. I speak multiple traditions, too!

So, if the deeper waters are calling, you can begin by bringing your adept senses to an introductory training. Feel the hidden currents under my words. A map is being offered, a compass laid, and a language shared that is unique in its ability to bring nuanced clarity to the most tangled landscapes. 

what is spiritwork?

Why would shifting our state of mind through trance help us cross some kind of supernatural border between worlds? Because the separation exists only in our minds. The Otherworld isn’t really Other—isn’t elsewhere. It’s everywhere.

Spiritwork is the art of engaging in meaningful conversation and relationship with spirits, especially hidden or subtle spirits. That definition is pretty standard. A more telling question is: How do you define spirit?

Around here, spirit means identity. If there’s a word for it, then it’s a spirit. The Moon is a spirit. Hope is a spirit. Music is a spirit. A leaf is a spirit. A tree is a spirit. A forest is a spirit. My heart is a spirit; it’s a leaf in the forest of my ancestors, who are spirits.

Maybe you don’t believe in ghosts and think it’s just the idea of our ancestors that lives on after death. That’s cool. Ideas are spirits, too. I have meaningful conversations with my ideas all the time.

Spiritwork requires no particular beliefs, if anything, I’m here to support you in questioning your beliefs. I’m also here to help you see.

(Seeing not required. Hearing also works. So does touch. All physical senses are valid. Non-physical senses are also valid. I’m working on smell-o-vision, personally.)

Spiritworkers utilize altered states of consciousness, called trances, to communicate with spirits that are ordinarily too subtle to notice, much less invite over for a cup of tea. The word trance comes from Latin transire meaning to go across. You can imagine a boundary separating the physical world from the hidden world. We cross that boundary through trance.

But why would just shifting our state of mind through trance help us cross some kind of supernatural border between worlds?

Because the separation exists only in our minds. The Otherworld isn’t really Other—isn’t elsewhere. It’s everywhere.

The spiritwork that I’m sharing here is animistic, meaning, it’s not just everywhere, it’s in everything. Animism is the idea that all things are animated, that all things have a kind of life worth noticing and worth knowing.

I think you’re worth knowing and noticing, too, and would love to get to know you during the next free training!

free+spiritwork

spiritual cleansing

a path with a purpose

a path with a purpose

curriculum

1

BIG QUESTIONS

NEW ANYTIME OFFERING + COMING SOON!

hello+spiritwork

Animism isn’t just another cool thing to add to your ever-growing want-to-do list. Animistic spiritwork offers a new way of relating to your want-to-do list, of communicating with your desires, and bringing your spiritual journey to life.

Through animistic spiritwork, we can ask our spiritual practice what it wants. More importantly: we can ask it why. What are we practicing for? Is our spirituality just a hobby, or do all of these pieces we’ve been gathering add up to something more?

SEASONAL SESSIONS + FREE!

free+spiritwork

Ren's approach to spiritual cleansing

The human body is a fantastic guide in spiritual matters. Our immune system is complex. but it is a complexity with which we are all intimately familiar. This familiarity makes it simple to develop a more nuanced, responsive spiritual practice, rather than relying on one-size-fits-all prescriptions.

This body-led method can be applied to psychic shields, cleansing, cord clearing, and even curse removal. Sometimes we need a mask and gloves. Sometimes we eat the cookie we dropped on the floor. (30 second rule!) Sometimes we need a long, hot bath. Sometimes we just need to get the dirt out from under our nails with the garden hose.

Animism invites us to think like poets, finding magic and medicine in a well-crafted metaphor.

This FREE two-week training will be taking place on a private Instagram account. Register using the form below, then check your e-mail for instructions on how to join. Want to share this training with your friends? Send them to: www.freespiritwork.com

SESSION STARTS MAY 13th + REGISTER TODAY 👇

1

HOT TOPICS

The Mechanics of Trance
Magic and the Hidden Folk
Intro to Initiation

1

HOT TOPICS

The Mechanics of Trance
Magic and the Hidden Folk
Intro to Initiation
SEASONAL SESSIONS + FREE!

free+spiritwork

Ren's approach to spiritual cleansing

The human body is a fantastic guide in spiritual matters. Our immune system is complex. but it is a complexity with which we are all intimately familiar. This familiarity makes it simple to develop a more nuanced, responsive spiritual practice, rather than relying on one-size-fits-all prescriptions.

This body-led method can be applied to psychic shields, cleansing, cord clearing, and even curse removal. Sometimes we need a mask and gloves. Sometimes we eat the cookie we dropped on the floor. (30 second rule!) Sometimes we need a long, hot bath. Sometimes we just need to get the dirt out from under our nails with the garden hose.

Animism invites us to think like poets, finding magic and medicine in a well-crafted metaphor.

This FREE two-week training will be taking place on a private Instagram account. Register using the form below, then check your e-mail for instructions on how to join. Want to share this training with your friends? Send them to: www.freespiritwork.com

SESSION STARTS MAY 13th + REGISTER TODAY 👇

2

TAKING ACTION

I can build a daily practice.
I can turn my luck.
I can face death.
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL SESSIONS

simple+spiritwork

I can find my spiritual path.

Have you ever wondered if you’re a hedgewitch, a kitchenwitch, or a sandwich? Am I a polytheist, pantheist, animist, or atheist? Scorpio? INFJ? Which Disney Princess am I?

It’s normal to experience seasons of acute identity-hunger. What am I? Who am I? Why do I have to be a human right now? BEING HUMAN IS HARD.

Our spring Simple+Spiritwork session is: I CAN FIND MY SPIRITUAL PATH. This training is for freethinkers who want to explore their relationship to their spiritual path, identity, tradition, and sense of purpose—or lack of those things, or confusion around those things.

We’re going to discover what our spirit is really craving, beneath the desire for labels, recipes, and the outer trappings of tradition. We’ll clarify the difference between cultural sharing and cultural appropriation (theft). And, because my work is for free spirits, we’ll question common dogma around what it means to have a calling or greater purpose.

By the end of the training you’re going to know exactly what to do every day in order to become a conscious creator of a path, life, and legacy that feels ethical and exciting!

These sessions are $79.80 with options to pay in full, pay over 3-months, or receive a discounted payment plan—no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

STARTS JUNE 1st + GET ON THE WAITLIST 👇

2

TAKING ACTION

I can build a daily practice.
I can turn my luck.
I can face death.
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL SESSIONS

simple+spiritwork

I can find my spiritual path.

Have you ever wondered if you’re a hedgewitch, a kitchenwitch, or a sandwich? Am I a polytheist, pantheist, animist, or atheist? Scorpio? INFJ? Which Disney Princess am I?

It’s normal to experience seasons of acute identity-hunger. What am I? Who am I? Why do I have to be a human right now? BEING HUMAN IS HARD.

Our spring Simple+Spiritwork session is: I CAN FIND MY SPIRITUAL PATH. This training is for freethinkers who want to explore their relationship to their spiritual path, identity, tradition, and sense of purpose—or lack of those things, or confusion around those things.

We’re going to discover what our spirit is really craving, beneath the desire for labels, recipes, and the outer trappings of tradition. We’ll clarify the difference between cultural sharing and cultural appropriation (theft). And, because my work is for free spirits, we’ll question common dogma around what it means to have a calling or greater purpose.

By the end of the training you’re going to know exactly what to do every day in order to become a conscious creator of a path, life, and legacy that feels ethical and exciting!

These sessions are $79.80 with options to pay in full, pay over 3-months, or receive a discounted payment plan—no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

STARTS JUNE 1st + GET ON THE WAITLIST 👇

CREATIVE TRANCE JOURNEYING COLLECTIVE

hedge+riders

Hedge+Riders is the training ground for folks of all experience levels to gather in pursuit of one thing: BETTER TRANCE ✨

Grasp the fundamentals of trance journeying and spirit communication for your own healing and development. Cultivate a more conscious relationship with trance so that you can spend less time in a fog, caught between the worlds, and more time riding out into your spirituality with a clear purpose and bringing home the insights and experiences that can change your life for the better.

Learn how to make creative, free-flowing workings for your friends, clients, or community. Collaborate on a future for humanity where folks recognize the use and abuse of trance and know how to use their hedge+riding powers for good!

Hedge+Riders is a community of like-action, committed to studying the mechanics of trance and grasping the language tools needed to share with each other in a meaningful way.

Hedge+Riders is a community of like-listening. There’s nothing better than gathering ’round and telling stories about what we’ve seen, where we’ve been, and what we’re working towards for the future.

OPENING SEPTEMBER✨

+

BUILDING SKILL

Making & Breaking Trance
Riding & Guiding Spiritworkings
Working with the Hidden Folk
Supportive, Committed Community

3

BUILDING SKILL

Making & Breaking Trance
Riding & Guiding Spiritworkings
Working with the Hidden Folk
Supportive, Committed Community 💙
SELF-PACED TRAINING & COMMUNITY

hedge+riders

Creative Trance Journeying Collective

Hedge+Riders is the training ground for folks of all experience levels to gather in pursuit of one thing: BETTER TRANCE ✨

Grasp the fundamentals of trance journeying and spirit communication for your own healing and development. Cultivate a more conscious relationship with trance so that you can spend less time in a fog, caught between the worlds, and more time riding out into your spirituality with a clear purpose and bringing home the insights and experiences that can change your life for the better.

Learn how to make creative, free-flowing workings for your friends, clients, or community. Collaborate on a future for humanity where folks recognize the use and abuse of trance and know how to use their hedge+riding powers for good!

Hedge+Riders is a community of like-action, committed to studying the mechanics of trance and grasping the language tools needed to share with each other in a meaningful way.

Hedge+Riders is a community of like-listening. There’s nothing better than gathering ’round and telling stories about what we’ve seen, where we’ve been, and what we’re working towards for the future.

OPENING SEPTEMBER 🔥

5

INITIATION

Who owns my soul?
Can I forgive myself?
Where does inspiration come from?
What does it mean to be Human?
ADVANCED STUDY + MENTORSHIP

human+spiritwork

Learn spiritwork and related magical arts through the study of human life from babyhood to death (and beyond.) Babbling, uninhibited like a baby, teaches us to speak power. Building an imaginary world like a child teaches us inner vision. Breaking the rules like a teen, we learn to create magic. Our adult awakening brings spiritual crisis. We learn creative power through the spirits we nurture and guard like a parent. And, we discover from elderhood that old dogs have the best tricks. We explore death and the ancestral lands. And, we finish deep in the Beyond, the place from which life emerges and to which it returns, the crucible of spirit.

In addition to lessons, guided workings, workbooks, journal prompts, quizzes, and opportunities for live discussion, this course contains a lovingly crafted series of guided and on-your-own initiatory encounters that prepare journeyers to perceive the many realms of the Hidden World, build relationship with the Hidden Folk, and work together with spirits to explore some of life’s most challenging questions.

The first draft of this extensive program launched in 2016. A second draft is now in the works and, for the time being, the doors are closed. 

CLOSED FOR RENOVATION ✨

ADVANCED STUDY + MENTORSHIP

modern+spiritwork

Modern+Spiritwork pushes us to work even more deeply in the present world, with an eye to the future. We will look at computers, technology, money, politics, transportation, food systems, time manipulation, and many other forms of delightful pre-apocalyptic spiritwork. Modern+Spiritwork asks us to participate in the creation of culture.

COMING SOON

6

INTEGRATION

Who owns my soul?
Can I forgive myself?
Where does inspiration come from?
What does it mean to be Human?

7

DESTINATION

Who owns my soul?
Can I forgive myself?
Where does inspiration come from?
What does it mean to be Human?
ADVANCED STUDY + MENTORSHIP

traditional+spiritwork

Traditional+Spiritwork is conscious collaboration with the Hidden Folk facilitating connection between the worlds done in committed service to a community. You have Spirit Guides. Are you ready to become a Spirit Guide? When Voice, Vision, & Purpose unite, Traditional+Spiritwork begins.

COMING SOON

MASTERMIND GROUP

professional+spiritwork

Animism isn’t just another cool thing to add to your ever-growing want-to-do list. Animistic spiritwork offers a new way of relating to your want-to-do list, of communicating with your desires, and bringing your spiritual journey to life.

Through animistic spiritwork, we can ask our spiritual practice what it wants. More importantly: we can ask it why. What are we practicing for? Is our spirituality just a hobby, or do all of these pieces we’ve been gathering add up to something more?

COMING SOON

8

OCCUPATION

Who owns my soul?
Can I forgive myself?
Where does inspiration come from?
What does it mean to be Human?

meet the teacher

Say, “Hi!” on Facebook Messenger. What are your burning questions about spiritwork and witchcraft?

💬 CHAT WITH REN

Hello, Free Spirits! This is a transcript of the video introduction. I’m Ren Zatopek, a traditional spiritworker from Texas, long-time west coast witch, now living in beautiful North Carolina. I look a bit younger and sweeter than I really am. I take that back. I am genuinely the sweetest. I’m sweetly humming a tune as we dig through mounds of ancestral skulls together, weeping sticky tears that look like crude oil and starlight. You’re getting tired, and I’m there to put an arm around your shoulder and say, “Keep digging, friend!”💀

My full-time is teaching animistic spiritwork, traditional witchcraft, and trance journeying to help freethinkers, deep feelers, and old souls navigate life’s most challenging mysteries so that they can experience the deep connections they crave and embody the potential they know they possess.

I’m the creator of the HUMANspiritwork online training where we treat our human life from babyhood to death and beyond as the mythology and grimoire for navigating initiatory spiritwork. But, before we get there, I’ve got a great curriculum of short trainings to help folks get their feet wet and learn the fundamentals before we head out towards deeper waters.

I have been teaching online for five years and have over 15 years of experience teaching and leading rituals and workings at shops and festivals as well as in my private practice as a spiritual counselor, spiritual healer, and witch-for-hire (wardings, readings, cleansings, blessings) all done in alignment with my deeply considered, nuanced, and ever-evolving sense of ethic and compassion.

I am currently an initiate of the Ced Tradition’s EarthHaven Coven, practitioners of Traditional British Witchcraft, where the tradition is mystical heresy. And I’m an initiate and previous member of Raven’s Cry Grove, Ár nDraíocht Féin, an organization for the modern study and practice of druidry. I’ve studied death midwifery and home funeral preparation with Sacred Crossings, faery lore, seership and folk magic with House of Brigh, and bodywork, energetic healing, meditation, and Tai Chi at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing.

Basically, I’m your mystical Mary Poppins complete with magic purse of infinite depth and ability to turn chalk drawings into portals to the Hidden World.

I also am inclined to swearing like a sailor, shape-shifting around bonfires, and studying a variety of martial arts…which may or may not be like Mary Poppins, because really, what do we know about Mary? She might be into swords and sailors. She’s a very mysterious witch.

If you feel like sharing, I’d love to hear something that makes you a little mysterious or unlikely.

testimonials

lauren tannenbaum

maker of music, potions, and mischief for good

I have been humbly asking to meet my teachers for a while now. I’d looked at other courses in the magical arts, but when a friend shared Ren’s work, I thought: “Yes! This is what I’ve been looking for!” 

Ren verbalized a knowing I’ve had in my body that there’s more to this life—something deeper, something else—and invited me further into that mystery in a way that aligned with my ethics, values, and interests.

Ren creates a safe, inspirational, fun, and truly extraordinary environment where transformation, healing, and profound magic isn’t just possible, it’s inevitable. (Although, beware, her sense of humor might make you pee yourself!) I am seeing the beauty of simple things—the tendrils of ivy, a friend’s freckle, a trusted soup ladle…bread! 

I am noticing a huge uptick in my creativity, problem-solving, and experience of synchronicity. I feel empowered by what I don’t know and what I have yet to discover, rather than discouraged. I am trusting myself in a way that is new and astounding to me.

I experienced awesome growth during the winter trainings. I made bold choices that didn’t feel possible a few months ago. I feel stronger, lighter, clearer. 

I feel wild. I feel free.

julie james

master herbalist, gardener, and skeptic

Folks, particularly you woo-woo witchy types, you really need to check this out!

There are very few people I would trust to teach this type of work as much as I trust Ren Zatopek. She is wildly brilliant, hilarious, radically inclusive, inclusively radical, a truly powerful witch, and an all around awesome person.

For folks like me who are fascinated by this, but a bit resistant to woo-woo witchiness, Ren is really splendid at helping us re-frame how we see and think of concepts like Spirit–part of her welcoming vibe.

Take a class, You’ll instantly see why folks adore her so much!

kelli winter

professional baker, local-food maker, spiritworker

Have you ever gone down an Instagram rabbit hole that changed your life? Last year I would’ve told you I was new to all of this. I had heard of practices like these, but never participated. It felt distant. Now I can say: I’ve been working with animism and trance my entire life, deep down it was so familiar, I just didn’t have words for it or ways to work with it until now. 

I confess, I started these classes pretty confused, doubtful, and frustrated. Sometimes I wanted to scream, “Please be more specific!” when Ren was dropping bread crumbs and answering questions with questions. But, if you stick with it, the doors will fly open and reveal a whole new way of life. 

Ren’s voice will live in your head, reassuring and calling out and continuing to teach long after class is done. She’s funny and fun to watch, but also dead serious and here to help. In just a few months, I’ve grown immensely. I feel empowered, integrated, and sure of my Work.

The community that formed during the class continues to uplift and inspire me long after our session ended. I am profoundly grateful for our connection. Maybe we’ll be welcoming you next! 

testimonials

lauren tannenbaum

maker of music, potions, and mischief for good

I have been humbly asking to meet my teachers for a while now. I’d looked at other courses in the magical arts, but when a friend shared Ren’s work, I thought: “Yes! This is what I’ve been looking for!” 

Ren verbalized a knowing I’ve had in my body that there’s more to this life—something deeper, something else—and invited me further into that mystery in a way that aligned with my ethics, values, and interests.

Ren creates a safe, inspirational, fun, and truly extraordinary environment where transformation, healing, and profound magic isn’t just possible, it’s inevitable. (Although, beware, her sense of humor might make you pee yourself!) I am seeing the beauty of simple things—the tendrils of ivy, a friend’s freckle, a trusted soup ladle…bread! 

I am noticing a huge uptick in my creativity, problem-solving, and experience of synchronicity. I feel empowered by what I don’t know and what I have yet to discover, rather than discouraged. I am trusting myself in a way that is new and astounding to me.

I experienced awesome growth during the winter trainings. I made bold choices that didn’t feel possible a few months ago. I feel stronger, lighter, clearer. 

I feel wild. I feel free.

julie james

master herbalist, gardener, and skeptic

Folks, particularly you woo-woo witchy types, you really need to check this out!

There are very few people I would trust to teach this type of work as much as I trust Ren Zatopek. She is wildly brilliant, hilarious, radically inclusive, inclusively radical, a truly powerful witch, and an all around awesome person.

For folks like me who are fascinated by this, but a bit resistant to woo-woo witchiness, Ren is really splendid at helping us re-frame how we see and think of concepts like Spirit–part of her welcoming vibe.

Take a class, You’ll instantly see why folks adore her so much!

kelli winter

professional baker, local-food maker, spiritworker

Have you ever gone down an Instagram rabbit hole that changed your life? Last year I would’ve told you I was new to all of this. I had heard of practices like these, but never participated. It felt distant. Now I can say: I’ve been working with animism and trance my entire life, deep down it was so familiar, I just didn’t have words for it or ways to work with it until now. 

I confess, I started these classes pretty confused, doubtful, and frustrated. Sometimes I wanted to scream, “Please be more specific!” when Ren was dropping bread crumbs and answering questions with questions. But, if you stick with it, the doors will fly open and reveal a whole new way of life. 

Ren’s voice will live in your head, reassuring and calling out and continuing to teach long after class is done. She’s funny and fun to watch, but also dead serious and here to help. In just a few months, I’ve grown immensely. I feel empowered, integrated, and sure of my Work.

The community that formed during the class continues to uplift and inspire me long after our session ended. I am profoundly grateful for our connection. Maybe we’ll be welcoming you next! 

looking for prosperity with a purpose?

entrepreurial+spirit

I'd love to start a business!

My witchy biz-bestie Sarah Chappell is the creator of the Holistic Business Academy, an incredible self-paced course and community for folks like you who want to use strategy and intuition to make more money and help more people.

Holistic Business Academy is the place to go for learning how to sell and serve without feeling sleazy, slimy, or like a sell-out. It’s for folks that care about creating a better world and creating a life they look forward to every day.

If you’re ready to grow a business that’s aligned with your spiritual values and crave some of that sweet dogma-free support that y’all know I love, check out Sarah’s free masterclass: 

FREE LIVE MASTERCLASS

how to impact more people without working crazy hours

I'm ready for more magic.

Sarah and I are offering a small group mentorship and mastermind for folks that want to learn magic, spellcrafting, and traditional (ethical, mystical) witchcraft in order to manifest the full potential of their business.

(Witch!) Craft Your Biz starts at Summer Solstice and REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!

A magical business is alive—it’s a relationship. It’s a mirror and an invitation into greater purpose. It’s a vehicle for initiation with clear, action-oriented integration built right in. Yeah, business is rife with ethical dilemmas. Money turns some people into monsters. But, who better than witches to look something dangerous and taboo in the eye and turn it into a tool for blessing? 

looking for prosperity with a purpose?

entrepreurial+spirit

I'd love to start a business!

My witchy biz-bestie Sarah Chappell is the creator of the Holistic Business Academy, an incredible self-paced course and community for folks like you who want to use strategy and intuition to make more money and help more people.

Holistic Business Academy is the place to go for learning how to sell and serve without feeling sleazy, slimy, or like a sell-out. It’s for folks that care about creating a better world and creating a life they look forward to every day.

If you’re ready to grow a business that’s aligned with your spiritual values and crave some of that sweet dogma-free support that y’all know I love, check out Sarah’s free masterclass: 

FREE LIVE MASTERCLASS

how to impact more people without working crazy hours

I'm ready for more magic.

Sarah and I are offering a small group mentorship and mastermind for folks that want to learn magic, spellcrafting, and traditional (ethical, mystical) witchcraft in order to manifest the full potential of their business.

(Witch!) Craft Your Biz starts at Summer Solstice and REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!

A magical business is alive—it’s a relationship. It’s a mirror and an invitation into greater purpose. It’s a vehicle for initiation with clear, action-oriented integration built right in. Yeah, business is rife with ethical dilemmas. Money turns some people into monsters. But, who better than witches to look something dangerous and taboo in the eye and turn it into a tool for blessing? 

Online learning is perfect for free sprits.

+ Work at your own pace.

+ Eat during class.

+ No pants.

Here I am teaching some witchery.
You have no idea if I'm wearing pants.

Get in on my free spring training!

free+spiritwork

Ren's approach to spiritual cleansing

WEBSITE MADE WITH 💙 and ⚡ by REN