About Me

Hi.  I’m Rachel. Some folks call me Esa. I am a researcher of women’s health from the ancient world to the middle ages, with special emphasis on menstruation, sexuality, and bodily autonomy. My interest in medieval women goes hand-in-hand with my interest in witchcraft (both modern and historical) and the long legacy of the witch archetype.

I teach workshops on the topics of medieval medicine, medieval women/women’s work, witchcraft, traditional healing, herbalism, and ritual – all of which are always free of charge.  Always.  I also fund abortion, and actively work to end Period Poverty.

I reside in Richmond, Virginia where much of my work is with the Society for Creative Anachronism, The Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, The Richmond Doula Project, & The Blue Ridge Abortion Fund. Within the SCA, I am also an active member of Period Heroes, The Knowne World Courtesans, and am a Fellow of The University of Atlantia.  I have an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii, and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

In these pages, I’ll publish some of my research, give the occasional update on the organizations I support, and share opportunities to support similar causes if that’s your thing.


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