Sojo’s Covid-Closure, 11th Birthday and How you can help!

 

Hello Sojourners!

As of March 27th, The Sojo completely closed our doors to the public in compliance with the Pitt County, City of Greenville, and State of NC mandates to “Shelter in Place” so we can stop the spread of COVID-19. We will remain closed until the State or local authorities give us the all-clear to safely leave our homes again, likely not before April 30th.

As our shop would normally be celebrating our 11th birthday this week, we are instead struggling to find alternate income streams from a distance. We take the pandemic very seriously, as should you. We WILL NOT be able to offer any shipped orders, nor curb-side pickup. That would still require too much interaction. The Sojo is committed to keeping our staff well and paid through this closure. That won’t be easy, without getting creative, and asking for your financial support.

Teespring Fundraiser: Sojo Pride and Namaste Away to Covid-19!

Go to this link: https://teespring.com/stores/the-sojourner-tees to see several designs on many apparel, bag, mug and sticker options. Apparel sizes go up to 5x! They’ll print and ship directly to you.

Other Ways to Help from a Distance

We are still able to remotely apply deposits to a customer account for you to spend in-store later, after the pandemic threat is resolved. To make a deposit on your account, send money through Paypal to: orders@thesojo.com

In the note’s field, mention you’re making a deposit on your customer account. Give your preferred customer name, email address, phone #, and mailing address. After we get the all-clear, I’ll mail a special promotional gift and coupon to everyone who makes a deposit during the closure. To spend your in-store credit after we open again, you need only give us your customer name at time of check out.

Thank you for being great customers, and blessings of good health to you all!
~Heron Michelle
Owner of The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions
414 Evans Street
Greenville, NC 27858
252-758-7656 (SOJO)
http://www.thesojo.com

Namaste Away! Original Graphic by The Sojourner

The Sojo’s Covid-19 Response: Curb-side, Personal Shoppers, Distance Support

The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions is dedicated to serving our local community in service to holistic wellness on all levels of being – physical, spiritual, emotional – especially in times of crises. We are here to build and protect the interconnected web of existence we all share. We do not currently offer any on-line sales. Nor are we currently set up to make shipments, though that may change in the coming weeks.

I’ve always been inspired by the quote from Mr. Fred Rogers who said “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.'” Our staff remains committed to service as “helpers” of our local community, while implementing responsible safety measures, so that we all remain well throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Rogers Quote "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

To best serve our customers, the following changes to our operations begin Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and will be in effect until further notice:

Hours:

Open-door hours are reduced to  12:00-6:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. We will close Mondays for the next few weeks, at least, in an effort to reduce over-head costs.

Social Distancing:

We will serve in the shop one customer group at a time. So, 1-3 related customers, may come in to browse quickly, with our help. We ask others to wait outside, keeping 6 ft distance. We’ll set out chairs, and take folks in order of arrival.

Hygiene:

In addition to aggressive sanitizing, we require all customers in the shop to wear plastic gloves that we will provide. We can also offer hand sanitizer. Considering all our bins of tiny, touchable things, this will reduce risks.

Call-in Personal Shopper service, Curb-side pickup: 252-758-7656 (SOJO)

Especially if you are at risk, or feeling unwell, call-us on the phone at 252-758-7656 and place your order with our associate as a personal shopper service. We’ll pull together your order for you. You may pay by credit card over the phone, or we can send you a paypal invoice. We’ll bag up your order ready for pick-up at the front door by a friend.

If you need curb-side delivery, pull up to our back door parking lot off of Washington street, behind Winslow’s restaurant. We are across the alley from the Merchant’s Parking lot. (Our lot neighbor’s building still has a big “Iteach” sign, but our door has the green awning.) Call us back when you arrive and we’ll carry it out to you.

Classes and Readings

All scheduled classes and readings throughout March are either canceled, or moved to an on-line platform. Stay tuned for more details about distance opportunities for tarot card readings with Julie Anne. We’ll make decisions about April events in the coming week.

Gift Certificates and Store Accounts

Many have asked how you can support us at a distance, even if you don’t currently need to purchase anything.

  • Printed Gift Certificates: available for purchase for any amount. We’ll mail you the physical certificate. Use it yourself, or give it to a friend; great for gifts, and easily transferable. All we need is your mailing address!
  • Store Account Deposit: Set up a store account with us, and make a deposit. To be used by yourself anytime in the future; store accounts are not transferable unless you are physically present at time of purchase. To apply your deposit at time of purchase, all you have to do is give us your customer name. Easy peasy!

    Screen-shot of Paypal ‘Send Money’ tool.

     

    Two ways to purchase or deposit:

  • Call us to arrange your purchase or deposit, and pay with a credit card.
  • Send money through paypal to orders@thesojo.com. Include in the memo your full name, phone number, mailing address, and whether you’d like a paper gift certificate mailed, or applied to a store account deposit.

Future plans:

Should there be mandated closures of non-essential retail businesses, we will close as directed. Know that The Sojourner is committed to support our staff through these challenges, with no one left behind. We will emerge on the other side of this storm, to continue serving our Sojourner community’s spiritual and wellness needs. We are also working on additional fund-raiser ideas. Stay tuned; stay well; know you are loved and appreciated.

Blessings,
~Heron Michelle
President, The Sojourner Company, Inc.

414 Evans Street
Greenville, North Carolina 27858
252-758-7656 (SOJO)
www.thesojo.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thesojogreenville/
Facebook Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/131673983909739/

Elderberry Syrup for Anti-viral and Immune System Support

Hello Sojourners!

This time of year everyone is on guard regarding their health – and for a good reason! In addition to common sense measures like washing your hands thoroughly and often, and responsibly isolating yourself when you are sick, there are many complementary actions you can take to increase your wellness.

One of those is an herbal staple in our neck of the woods – Elderberry! The following information comes from an article on the Coronavirus and Elderberry on this website: https://scienceandartofherbalism.com/coronavirus-elderberry/

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

  • Boosts our immune system
  • Reduces the intensity and duration of the cold and flu by ½ to ⅓
  • Contains a large amount of Vitamin C
  • Chemical constituents in Elderberry inhibit the early stages of infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for attaching and penetrating our cells.  They also reduce the replication, therefore, reducing the intensity and duration!
  • The US National Library of Medicine did a study of Elderberry & chickens who had been infected with this strain of the coronavirus showing Elderberry was able to inhibit the coronavirus in chickens.
  • How does this translate to humans?  The US National Library of Medicine felt that S.nigra (Elderberry) has proven to inhibit the virus and this warranted that future studies should be done.

The Sojourner carries dried organic elderberries for $3.25 per ounce, and prepared syrups, extracts, and gummies from Norm’s Farms for those of us who prefer something high quality and premade. 

The Sojourner also carries a wide range of natural soaps, body care products, and essential oils to aid in the hygienic washing of hands to prevent the spread of disease. Come see us!

New Year and Inventory Closings, Astrology with Jupiter

Happy New Year, Sojourners!
2019 was a great year of business for us.  With your loyal patronage we’ve been able to greatly expanded our merchandise selection. Our building barely contains it all! So, we’ve moved many of our book shelves into the sitting room. There are now three rooms full of wonders, as well as the hallway of tapestries, banners and used books. Come browse all our enchanting titles, have a comfy seat, and enjoy the wi-fi.

The 2020’s look very bright for our little haven of love and spirit in Eastern North Carolina! In the coming days we’ll be upgrading our lighting, security systems, and sound systems!

We are open until 6:00 on New Year’s eve (tonight), then will be closed on January 1! We will also be closed during our year-end inventory on Monday-Tuesday of January 6 and 7th. We hate to turn away disappointed visitors when we close for this torturous task…but alas, it is necessary.

You’ll now find us open until 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

Astrology Readings

January 2, 2020.
2:00-6:00 by Appointment

Hello! My name is Jupiter & I’m your friendly neighborhood astrologer! Readings are $75 & are an hour long. I explain your natal chart, & give advice on the past, present, & what to expect in the future. For aspiring astrologers the hour may be used as an astrology lesson if preferred. Readings are held in a private one on one setting at the Sojourner. Must be able to provide birth date, location, & time. Readings must be booked at least 24 hours prior. Send an email to jupiter@thesojo.com or call the Sojourner @ (252)758-7656 to schedule! 🧙🏾‍♂️🔭

Sojo Inventory Clearance up to 50% OFF! Modern Witchcraft Classes

Happy New Year, Sojourners!

We hope you all had a happy and restful solstice holiday season. As the calendar year winds down, we need to send these beautiful things home with you before we have to count it all during our yearly inventory. Sale begins Saturday Dec 28th and runs through New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31st!

  • 20% off all regular inventory (excluding consignment items)
  • 30% off all Seasonal Beeswax Figure Candles
  • 40% off all 2020 calendars, almanacs and day-planners
  • 50% off all Jacob’s wind chimes
  • 50% off all Sorciere Magickal anointing oils

Year End Inventory Sale

Modern Witchcraft 366: The Art, Science and Psychology of Nature-Based Spirituality

Five weekly classes begin Thursday, January 2, 2020
6:00-9:00 pm, $90.

at The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions
414 Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858

Now taking paid registrations. 10% off of class textbooks with registration.

Call 252-758-7656 for any questions in advance, also more info may be found online:
http://www.thesojo.com/modern-witchcraft-classes.html

Description:

For any adults over the age of 18 who are interested in pursuing training in Modern Witchcraft through The Sojourner Tradition of Witchcraft. Weekly classes are held on Thursday nights at 6:00, beginning January 2nd, 2020.

Registration fees are due at time of enrollment; $90 for the first 5 weeks of classes, and is non-refundable. Seating is limited and is a first-come-first-serve basis, so please enroll in advance.

Please note that this first session is the ONLY open enrollment time of the year–afterwards, it will be closed to new students for the remainder of the year.

We prefer new seekers to be present for every class, as they build upon each other.

What is a “seeker?”

Good question. A seeker is a person pursuing training in Modern Witchcraft, and trying out different traditions, styles, groups, teachers, before settling on one particular program.

Seekers to Witchcraft with our coven, can be any sex, gender identity, or sexual preference; of any race, from any heritage, creed, nation… However, we will ask that our students be at least 18 years of age (for legal reasons) and physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially stable enough to beneficially utilize the things we teach, and able to contribute in a fair and equitable way to the over-all success of our group.

In short, paganism is for everyone. A Witch can look like, be, and come from anywhere, but Modern Witchcraft as a praxis and job-description is a demanding path not appropriate for everyone. It’s demands of radical personal sovereignty, self-reliance, service and responsibility will best serve a relatively small subset of pagans, and that is absolutely OK. You’ll never know if this path is correct for you until you give it a try, and we are here to help you discover the answers to these questions.

Are you ready to level up in your personal empowerment?  We look forward to meeting you!

Modern Witchcraft Classes at The Sojourner

Modern Witchcraft 366: The Art, Science and Psychology of Nature-Based Spirituality

Registration Meeting:

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions
414 Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858

Doors open at 6:00 for the “Meet and Greet” with the instructors and members of The Sojo Circle Coven. Presentation begins at 6:30. We’ll begin taking paid registrations after the presentation is complete. 10% off of class textbooks with registration.

Call 252-758-7656 for any questions in advance, also more info may be found online:
http://www.thesojo.com/modern-witchcraft-classes.html

Description:

This seeker meeting is for any adults over the age of 18 who are interested in pursuing training in Modern Witchcraft through The Sojourner Tradition of Witchcraft. We invite you to this free and open event to meet us, and learn about the program. Weekly classes are held on Thursday nights at 6:00, beginning January 2nd, 2020.

Registration fees are due at time of enrollment; $90 for the first 5 weeks of classes, and is non-refundable. Seating is limited and is a first-come-first-serve basis, so please enroll in advance.

Please note that this first session is the ONLY open enrollment time of the year–afterwards, it will be closed to new students for the remainder of the year.

We prefer new seekers to be present for both the seeker meeting and every class, as they build upon each other.

What is a “seeker?”

Good question. A seeker is a person pursuing training in Modern Witchcraft, and trying out different traditions, styles, groups, teachers, before settling on one particular program.

Seekers to Witchcraft with our coven, can be any sex, gender identity, or sexual preference; of any race, from any heritage, creed, nation… However, we will ask that our students be at least 18 years of age (for legal reasons) and physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially stable enough to beneficially utilize the things we teach, and able to contribute in a fair and equitable way to the over-all success of our group.

In short, paganism is for everyone. A Witch can look like, be, and come from anywhere, but Modern Witchcraft as a praxis and job-description is a demanding path not appropriate for everyone. It’s demands of radical personal sovereignty, self-reliance, service and responsibility will best serve a relatively small subset of pagans, and that is absolutely OK. You’ll never know if this path is correct for you until you give it a try, and we are here to help you discover the answers to these questions.

So, Are you a legal adult with the resources you need to survive, thrive and contribute fairly? Can you manage your life and current responsibilities reasonably well?

Do you have the extra time and energy to commit to this program, including reading the required texts, and working independently on your meditation and spiritual practice?

Are you ready to level up in your personal empowerment? After that, all you really need is an open and curious mind, and an open heart.

We look forward to meeting you!

Ancestor Veneration and Container Spell Classes with Octavia DaBoss

Happy Thanksgiving, Sojourners!

We are very grateful for all our amazing customers, and for the great 10th year of business we’ve had so far! Note that the shop will be closed on Thanksgiving day, but offering specials on Black Friday Nov.  29 and Small Business Saturday Nov. 30. Read on below about our new merchandise, and classes with Octavia on Ancestor Veneration and Container spells.

Instead of shopping at big box stores this weekend, come see what all of Uptown has to offer! Shop at the the unique and locally-owned retail stores, grab some lunch at one of the amazing Uptown restaurants, grab a coffee, and walk around some more! We will be announcing sales on our Facebook event throughout the next few days, so stay tuned.

It *really does* make a difference to shop local! Expect sales from us on unique and symbolic silver jewelry, stones and crystals, herbs and teas, tarot decks, books and more! Plus, free gift wrapping this weekend only. Stay tuned!

Tapestries in the Hallway

Merchandise Expansion!

We’re making changes! We’ve expanded our retail display area into the sitting room, so that more new books may be displayed. Take a seat on the couch, and peruse all the amazing books we’re getting in comfort.

We’ve also moved the tapestries, banners, prayer flags and fabric wall-hangings into the hallway. To make room, we’ve down-sized our used book section to include only non-fiction titles pertaining to spirituality, religion and other metaphysical topics that support our merchandise. We will continue to accept donations for those types of books, but are discontinuing our consignment program. If you have books on consignment with us, we’ve pulled them aside and emailed you about pick-up and donation options.

Sun’s Eye Pure Oils Collection Expanded!

We’ve completely reorganized our existing oil displays, fully-restocked, and added 72 additional scents! We’re ready for all your olfactory needs! Deities from around the world, including the African Orishas, Zodiac signs, mystic intentions, folk magick intentions, and all manner of herbs, trees, roots, resins, fruits, flowers, musks, and many delightful perfume blends! All of these may be used in oil diffusers, or to anoint candles, mojo bags and other magickal objects. All are $11/bottle.

So much new Merchandise!

We have so much new merchandise arriving daily we can barely keep up. First in were these new sterling silver and high quality gemstone rings in sizes up to 13!  Labradorite and rainbow moonstone, raw orange and green kyanite, amazing natural SouthWest turquoise and polished Persian turquoise with pyrite, green raw diopside, raw black tourmaline, Ethiopian opal and many more rare varieties.

Ancestral Veneration Class on Black Friday

Please call and register in advance by 6:00 Wednesday Nov. 27th. 252-758-7656

November 29th, 12pm-2:15pm
Cost: $45

Octavia will hold a lecture on the history and protocols of Ancestral Veneration rites, building a relationship with your ancestors and ways of working with them.

Please register in advance by Calling the Sojourner at 252-758-7656

Container Magic Class with Octavia DaBoss

Please call and register in advance by 6:00 Wednesday Dec. 4th. 252-758-7656

Friday December 6th, 1pm-3:30pm

Cost $44.

Learn the Origins of Container Spells, the science of their construction and purpose, how they can be used for prosperity, protection, love and health. Also covering how to “bust out” of a jar spell worked against you. Together you will construct a honey jar spell together, all materials provided except for the honey.

13 Days of Halloween End, Smudge Bundles, Ancestor Veneration Class

Blessed Samhain, Sojourners!

We had a fun Halloween and Samhain (Sow-wen) season, which sadly now draws to a close. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped us throw our All Hallows Bash on Nov. 1. If you still have your party flyer, don’t forget the coupon stamped on the back is valid from now through the end of the year.

We drew 13 names from our Loyalty Club cauldron, and gave out 13 Treat Bags of merchandise worth $29. Congratulations to our loyal winners, please come pick up your gifts.

13 Days of Halloween Treats

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Sojo Circle Coven is facilitating a non-perishable food drive, for donation to the food bank. You’ll find that collection area in our sitting room. We will be closed on Thanksgiving day, but offering specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. See below for an Ancestor veneration class on Black Friday.

We’ve restocked so many books that we don’t have enough shelf space to hold them all. Come have a look at the new titles!

New Smudge Bundle Varieties in Stock

Beautiful new flower wrapped smudge bundles are now in stock! Featuring rose and wildflowers. We also carry white ceremonial sage, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, cedar, juniper, blue sage, mugwort, yerba santa, palo santo, and sweetgrass braids! All are burned for clearing the energy of the home and self.

Ancestral Veneration class

November 29th, 12pm-2:15pm
Cost: $45

Octavia will hold a lecture on the history and protocols of Ancestral Veneration rites, building a relationship with your ancestors and ways of working with them.

Please register in advance by Calling the Sojourner at 252-758-7656

Container Magic Class with Octavia DaBoss

Friday December 6th, 1pm-3:30pm

Cost $44.

Learn the Origins of Container Spells, the science of their construction and purpose, how they can be used for prosperity, protection, love and health. Also covering how to “bust out” of a jar spell worked against you. Together you will construct a honey jar spell together, all materials provided except for the honey.

Liminal Traveler: Lipbone by Candlelight Sept. 27th

Lipbone Show This Friday!

Ticket sales now available on-line through Eventbrite. Just click through the Facebook Event Page at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/476941863100773/

Liminal Traveler: Lipbone Redding by Candlelight – Tales and Tunes from Other Realms

Date: Friday September 27, 2019
7:00-9:00 pm
$20/Adult
Reserve your seat by calling 252-758-7656 (SOJO)

Join us at the Sojourner for a private concert with our very own intrepid bard, singer, songwriter and voicetramentalist, Lipbone Redding, for a very special set of his stories and music, featuring weird adventures, astral travels, and otherworldly encounters of the mystical kind.

The shop will be closed to the public after the 7:00 show-time begins.

Reiki Master and Channel, Howard Minton Returns Oct 4-6

Join Howard Minton at The Sojo the first weekend of October for Aura Photography, Numerology Readings, Reiki level 1 or 2 training.  Howard Minton is a Reiki Master Healer & Teacher, Aura Reader & Channel visiting us from England. Event details below. Please call the shop to register in advance.

Aura Photography and Soul Contract Numerology Readings

Friday, October 4th 10:30 am – 8:00 pm
Private appointments available, please call 252-758-7656 to book time with Howard Minton

Aura Photography and Channeled Message
with Howard Minton, $60 each
Aura Reading $60
** Price includes color photo, 2 page printed explanation & channeled message.

Receive an extraordinary & beautiful full-color Aura Photo which reveals information about how you are functioning in your mental, physical, spiritual and emotional life. It aids self-awareness & gives a deeper insight into yourself. Everything from physical health to mental, emotional and spiritual states show throughout the colors of the aura.

Soul Contract Numerology Reading $60
** Price includes a 30 minute Soul Contract Reading.

Would you like to be empowered by having an accurate, in depth, channeled spiritual numerology reading that will empower you by decoding the secrets of the blueprint of your life that are hidden within your birth name?

Would you like to understand & work through your challenges? Express your strengths? Manifest your dreams? Connect with your life purpose?

Usui Reiki First Degree Training

Saturday, 5th October 11am-5pm
@ The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions
414 Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858 ~ www.thesojo.com
252-758-7656 to register in advance, seating is limited.
The cost of the course is $140

Reiki is a very powerful form of healing that helps promote physical, mental, emotional & spiritual healing & well-being. This accelerates & supports your own personal & spiritual development. Reiki healing is an extremely useful healing tool that aids & promotes the healing of a great many health problems & conditions.

The Reiki First Degree teaches you how to self-heal as well as how to help heal your family, friends, animals & even plants.

The Reiki 1 course includes the following:
History & Origins of Reiki , Reiki Attunements
Self-healing & how to give full body Reiki treatments to others
The many & varied uses of Reiki, Chakras & Colors
Energy field protection & much more!

Relaxing guided meditations included, allowing you to fully relax & integrate the Reiki healing energy throughout the day.

On completion of this Reiki First Degree course, you will receive a personalized certificate to commemorate your achievement.

This course is suitable for beginners & no previous Reiki experience is necessary to attend this course.

Usui Reiki Second Degree Training

12 – 5pm on Sunday October 6th, 2019
At The Sojourner, 414 Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858
Cost of the course is $175.

Join Howard Minton on this very special & sacred day. The Reiki Second Degree Level course can only be attended by students who have first undertaken the Reiki First Degree training course

Reiki Second Degree Benefits:
. Your healing power will flow at a stronger & higher vibration & your Reiki
experience is deepened!
. Your healing touch becomes more powerful & you activate the Reiki healing energy faster than before.
. You learn the first three Reiki Sacred Symbols & Distance Healing
. You will be able to heal at the mental & emotional .level
Relaxing guided meditations are also included allowing you to fully relax & integrate the wonderful Reiki healing energy throughout the day.

On completion of this Reiki Second Degree course, you will receive a beautiful personalized certificate to commemorate your achievement.