An innovative cultural learning program dedicated to the observation and preservation of southern folkways and spiritual systems . . . passing down the root, one course at a time.
An Innovative Cultural Learning Program
Crossroads University is an innovative cultural learning program developed by noted author, artist, and cultural anthropologist Denise Alvarado. As an online learning resource, our purpose is to observe and preserve the folkways and spiritual systems of the American South.
Crossroads University's courses are designed to pass on indigenous knowledges that are otherwise being lost and forgotten in today's busy, technology-focused world. We provide access to these knowledges to those who may otherwise not have such access, fill in the blanks for those that do, and help those who wish to reconnect to their cultural roots. Teaching about these indigenous folkways and spiritual systems ensures their survival, preservation, and continuation of practice. Our courses are ideal for students of the social sciences, folk practitioners, and the curious alike.
With respect for our Elders and Ancestors
Crossroads University believes in an open and inclusive learning environment and does not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or creed. Anyone with a sincere desire to learn is welcome here. We do not believe in cultural, spiritual, and religious gatekeeping. Rather, we are tradition-keepers doing our best to safely pass on knowledge through a respectful process.
Crossroads University is the educational arm of the American Rootwork Association.
There are a number of reasons why Crossroads University is the number one learning choice for today's busy students of the conjure arts.
Courses are self-paced.
Enroll at any time.
Breadth and depth of subject areas is unsurpassed.
Free Access to Conjure Corner community forum whether you are an enrolled student or not
Exclusive communities and forum spaces for each class.
Payment plans make enrollment quick and painless.
This mini course is an introduction to the history of hoodoo, rootwork, and conjure, including core practices, the magickal associations of herbs, roots and plants, Ancestor reverence, and the Doctrine of Signatures.
American Rootwork Association membership includes orientation course, forum, mini courses, and a digital copy of the Journal of American Rootwork.
$100 / year
Intro to New Orleans Voudou is a mini course that covers the history of Voudou in New Orleans and its characteristics. It is recommended for anyone interested in understanding the tradition due to simple curiosity or a wish to become a practitioner.
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