Things got a little witchy at the Putman Family YWCA this past Sunday, when the Witch’s Inn partnered with YWCA Hamilton to host the Tea & Tarot fundraiser in support of the Women Build Hamilton campaign.

Karena Osborne is owner of the Witch’s Inn, a “place to awaken, rise & liberate your inner Witch archetype,” and a former Women of Distinction nominee. Her previous career in the women’s services sector, along with her experience as a Women of Distinction nominee, inspired her to connect with YWCA Hamilton to support our #WOMENBUILDHAMILTON capital campaign.

Guests were treated to a 20-minute tarot reading to explore their deeper selves, have questions answered, or receive guidance. Along with tea and coffee, sweet and savoury treats from Cake + Loaf bakery were on the menu for the day. Guests also had the option to purchase raffle tickets to win prizes donated by local businesses.

Along with Karena, seven other tarot readers generously volunteered their time to support this event. Thanks to the generosity of readers Susan Winning, Colleen Smith, Isabelle Gargagliano, Frank Lawrence, Sarah Klodnicki, Mel Bye, and Sarah Jean Helmer, one hundred per cent of ticket sales went directly to supporting the Putman Family YWCA.  The event raised $1,800 in support of the #WOMENBUILDHAMILTON campaign

Several local businesses donated prizes for Tea & Tarot’s penny raffle, including:

  • Humble Bee
  • Witch Mother Shop
  • The Move Room
  • Jai Crystal Jewels
  • Obskurah Bazaar
  • Crock A Doodle Stoney Creek
  • Sue Winning Tarot Reading
  • Intuitive Me
  • Jana the crazy plant lady
  • Studio 22 Aesthetics
  • Blue Lace hair salon
  • The Witch’s Inn
  • Rollie Coaching

Our friends at Cake + Loaf also donated a veritable feast of treats to fuel participants and readers throughout the day.

For many participants, this was their first experience with tarot reading. “It’s a really great way to sort of dip your toe in and try something new without the pressure of an intense one hour session,” said YWCA Hamilton’s Events and Community Fundraising Coordinator, Cristina Lopes.

“It’s been such a great experience working alongside the Putman Family YWCA staff to bring together the Tea and Tarot event. Thank you to the entire community that helped make this event a success. It’s amazing to see what’s possible when a community comes together to support each others’ experiences,” said Karena.

Karena hopes that this year’s success will lead to Tea and Tarot becoming an annual event to support the YWCA Hamilton community.

Thank you to everyone who donated and supported this unique event!