Crossroads University

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.

An Open and Inclusive Learning Environment

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.

Crossroads University Courses Include:

In addition to lifetime access

  • Interactive Forums

    Each course comes with a custom specific forum to help students expand their learning and integrate concepts into practical, daily living.

  • Satisfaction Guaranteed

    If you are not completely satisfied with a Crossroads University course, no worries! Each course comes with a 15 day money back guarantee.

  • Discounts on Products

    Use your course code to get discounts on Crossroads University courses and Creole Moon books, products, and services.


There are a number of reasons why Crossroads University is the number one learning choice for today's busy students.

  • Courses are self-paced.

  • Enroll at any time.

  • Breadth and depth of subject areas is unsurpassed.



Denise Alvarado

Senior Instructor/Program Director

Denise Alvarado was born and raised in the unique culture of New Orleans, Louisiana and has studied indigenous healing traditions from a personal and academic perspective for over four decades. Denise is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists, and the Association of Latina/o & Latinx Anthropologists. She is the author of Witch Queens, Voodoo Spirits and Hoodoo Saints, The Magic of Marie Laveau, The Conjurer's Guide to St. Expedite, Editor in Chief of Hoodoo & Conjure magazine, Journal of American Rootwork and Gumbo Ya Ya, and over twenty books that focus on folk magic traditions of the American South.

Baba Eli Norris

Senior Instructor/Consultant

Baba Eli Norris (Awotunde Ayodele Ifalere) was born in Northwest Pennsylvania and began his journey towards the realm of spirit when he noticed that as a teenager, deceased loved ones would come to him in dreams. These visits from the spirits lead to an obsession with all things mystical and esoteric. Baba Eli first discovered Celtic Shamanism which he obtained training under the tutelage of Tira Brandon-Evans, which lead him to the Wicca where he became an ordained High Priest and where he co-founded Wisteria Temple with his Mentor and High Priestess. As a Wiccan, Baba Eli felt the a calling to another connection with the Divine. With the adage "Blood calls to Blood" in mind, He began to search out African concepts of the Divine which lead him to discovering the Orisha. The connection with the Orisha was immediate and intense. In 2004, Baba Eli began his journey with Orisha and Ifa and on December 7, 2012, he was initiated as a Babalawo. Today, Orisha and Ancestor veneration are at the core of his practice. Baba Eli has been a consultant for Crossroads University since 2014 and has successfully completed our curriculum. He is also a graduate of the Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course and a Practitioner of Core Shamanism. He walks the worlds of man and spirit as a Witch, Babalawo, Root Worker, Shaman, and Priest of Oshun.

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