What is a Salon exactly?
Wikipedia describes a salon as “a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.” The Salon gatherings were intended to follow what Horace, the leading Roman lyric poet, defined as the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (“aut delectare aut prodesse est“). Salons were traditionally associated with the French 17th and 18th century literary and philosophical movements. However, Salons have continued to be in existence in many urban settings throughout the world until modern day. I’m here to revive this tradition in our local St. Louis community.
Historically, a Salon was an important place for the exchange of ideas and education of the participants. The location of Salons were called salonnières. I would like to welcome you to my salonnière and invite you to join me on a spiritual journey of education and enlightenment as we pursue knowledge, training, practical experience and camaraderie on our journey into earth-based spiritual practices. Be a part of the St. Louis Mystic Salon and experience an intimate form of study in your faith or explore something new. The aim of Mystic Salon is to provide knowledge, community and a forum for discussion.
Mystic Salon Council
Dawn Leslie Lenz
Dawn is a fiction author and Master of Fine Arts graduate in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. She is active in the St. Louis literary community, member of the International Thriller Writers & (Un)Stable Writers Group. Her writing has appeared in journals, books, online and elsewhere, including Truck, The Rambler, The Green Tricycle, Mirror, Mirror: Reflections on the Way We Look (Midmarch Arts Press 2004) and Springfield Magazine, among others. Her short story “Zephyr of Ashes,” an ebook published by Untreed Reads Publishing was a bestseller in August 2011. She is also a designer and artist. Connect with her at dawnleslielenz.com.
Jennifer L. Jacoby
Jennifer is an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, licensed in Missouri, Arizona and British Columbia, Canada. A graduate of the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Jennifer is a general practitioner with 10 years of experience treating a wide variety of illnesses, ranging from traumatic injury and the flu, to asthma and fertility. Jennifer cultivates special clinical focuses in women’s health, birthing issues and men’s health. Her extensive training in alternative healing therapies reflects her belief in the healing power of the human spirit.
Jennifer is also a soul midwife and shamanic practitioner specializing in Celtic mystical techniques and practices. Jennifer’s formal training in shamanism spans almost two decades and includes extensive study with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, The Invisible Druid Order, The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, as well as with Celtic practitioners internationally. Jennifer is a Minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth, a church of animism fostering shamanic principles and practices.
In addition to these credentials, Jennifer holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Russian and French languages and literatures from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Jennifer is a published poet and gives voice to her Bardic craft on her blog ThroughShamansEyes.