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Witch School International Announces New President
Alan Salmi named to leadership position in Witchshool.com site's organization.
Alan is an initiate of the Hermetic Order of Chicago which has both Gardnerian and Golden Dawn roots through the Pagan Way system. He has been active in the Pagan community since his initiation in 1986, both locally in Chicago and teaching at the Starwood festivals in New York and Ohio. He has been a social work professional for many years, both in medical social work and substance abuse counseling with a specialty in terminal illness. Currently, he has a private practice in psychotherapy in Chicago and serves as a resource for the esoteric community in mental health issues. He also teaches and practices astrology.
“Aside from Alan’s esoteric background, he was a Dean for a small vocational school that taught bodywork and herbalism, so he’s familiar with the academic environment”
When asked about the change, Salmi stated “I see this as an opportunity to take up my own life’s purpose to find and share wisdom, and to open WitchSchool up to the broader esoteric community while still providing support to the Correlian tradition which has been so instrumental in the organization's past success. My own perspective, which is strongly Hermetic from my spiritual teacher’s influence, allows me to have an esoteric viewpoint that is inclusive of many traditions. I’m hoping to attract more teachers to the school with wider viewpoints to provide more offerings.”
WitchSchool includes a free social networking site, numerous YouTube videos on their MagickTV channel, and the popular “Pagans Tonight” online radio shows featuring numerous traditions and Pagan Leaders.
Salmi added: “As we transition towards not-for-profit status, I will be interested in hearing ideas from the community of how to use our student base and social media resources to be of even more benefit to the Pagan community as a whole. As WitchSchool becomes more vibrant, I can hope that our community and mailing list can come to aid of multiple projects for Pagans, not just in the U.S. but all over the world.”