Burning Serpent Workshops

Rachel and I are getting ready for our first Burning Serpent workshop, here in Rhinebeck. Here is all of the information. Space is limited, so Don’t delay if you want to participate. To sign up please contact Zoe at:



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A Workshop with Rachel Pollack and Robert M. Place
July 12, 2014, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Starr Library, 68 W. Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572

(from Rachel Pollack)
After months of waiting as the deck and book make their way through the labyrinth of printers and shipping, from Belgium and China, the cards have arrived in New York and will be with us in just a few days.

Robert and I will be teaching and giving workshops on the Burning Serpent in many places, including Australia and China, but we will begin right here, in the Rhinebeck Library—fitting because while I, of course, live in Rhinebeck, Robert lives across the river, in Saugerties. The BSO has always been a Hudson Valley native.

The workshop will run from 11 AM to 5 PM, with a short break (we ask that people bring their own lunch).

Robert will begin our journey with a presentation of how the deck came to be, its roots in the Lenormand tradition and 18th-19th century cartomancy. He will then demonstrate his approach to reading the cards, based on the pictures and how they relate to each other.
After the break I will explore some of the traditional ways of reading, and how the Burning Serpent uses them and at the same time allows us to bring in other levels. We will try out simple three card readings, with a look at one or two more advanced levels.

Because this workshop is longer than our usual Tarot On The Hudson events the price is slightly higher, $75 for the day. If you pre-ordered the deck and book set we will have mailed them to you before the event, and we ask that you bring them along (this is also your chance to have them signed by Robert and myself). If you have not pre-ordered we will have copies available.

See you on the 12th

Workshop Information (All the stuff you need to know to get there)

Date: Saturday, 12 July 2014

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m./5:30 p.m.

Place: Starr Library, 68 West Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Cost: $75 (See Payment methods below)

Bring: Burning Serpent Oracle, other Lenormand decks (optional)
Materials to take notes (optional)

Parking: Please park in the rear of the Library, near the dumpster. If the spaces in the rear of the Library are already full, please continue around the circle again, past the Library’s front doors and down the hill to the Community Center parking lot. The spaces in the front of the Library are reserved for regular Library patrons.

Special Note: Enter through the rear door of the Library near the dumpster. Do not use the Library elevator to get to the bottom floor. And, if you leave the workshop, do not go up in the elevator. Walk around the Library to your car in the Community Center parking lot. Alarms will go off if you use the elevator after 4 p.m., the police will arrive and Rachel and Bob will have diffuclty with Library administration for future workshops at the Library.

Payment Options:
(1) Advance Payment: Send full workshop fee to rachel@rachelpollack.com (Rachel’s email account at http://www.paypal.com)
(2) Payment in full by cash or check at the door. No credit cards.

Registration: Registration is by notification to Zoe Matoff, zoemaat@hvc.rr.com


Please notify Zoe in advance so that we may reserve your seat for you. We are limited to 25 people. As of the writing of this email, we have been notified by 13 people of intent to participate. You may notify Zoe as late as Friday evening before the workshop begins on Saturday morning, and we will let you know if there is still space.

If you have already notified Zoe, it wouldn’t hurt to write to zoemaat@hvc.rr.com, to verify that you have already indicated your intention to take this workshop. We really want to get the names and numbers straight because of limited space. Zoe would really appreciate this second reply from all participants who have already responded!

Rachel already mentnioned our request that you bring a lonch. This is because we will be having a very brief lunch break. As always, you are welcome to eat at any time during the workshop. We are very casual, except about keeping on time and on track!

We will have a brief break time so we invite participants to use the facilities whenever necessary. They are situated right next to the workshop room.

There is no drinking fountain or other facilities for refreshment so plan to bring some cold water or drinks with your lunch.



Rachel and Robert will present the Burning Serpent Oracle Workshop again at the Dallas Tarotcon, October 18 and 19, 2014.



3 thoughts on “Burning Serpent Workshops

  1. Olá Robert moro no Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, e quero comprar esse baralho “The Burning Serpente Oracle”, como faço?…..Nao encontro aqui no Brasil. Obrigado. Denise

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