Baba Yaga’s Apprentice

Baba Yaga’s Apprentice:
A Faerie Tale Ritual


If ever we needed ways to stay focused and whole, and experience some gentleness, this is the time.

Baba Yaga’s Apprentice is my gentle enchantment that creates focus and wholeness. I believe this magic is all the more powerful and effective for its gentleness.

This storybook is for grown-ups . . . but the sort of adults who remain, or want to remain, childlike at heart.

This book’s format: PDF.
List price: $25
Price: $19.99


The tale is my revisioning of Baba Yaga folklore.

As the book’s story proceeds, a ritual simultaneously unfolds for the reader.

Here’s one of the illustrations:SampleILLstrtn

Baba Yaga’s Apprentice is fun, easy reading.

Along with being a Faerie tale and a gentle ritual, this book is also a work of art for you. Trying to evoke the embellishments in old Faerie tale books and add a layer of enchantment to the magical foundation I’d spun with the text, I ornamented every page with my original full color art. Most of the art is my spin on Poland’s folk art.

I have felt immense mojo on the project; I wanted this spell to happen so much.


From the preface:

“The spell is very easy to do. You don’t even have to “do” it. The sheer reading of the Faerie tale to oneself, just for fun, even silently, and enjoying my paintings, is all it takes for the spell to work.”

“The storybook’s magical current helps you:
* Focus on what’s important to you.
* Follow through on it.
* Stay centered in your power and your love.
* Protect your dear heart from being hurt or blocked.
* Feed your witchy soul.

“The ritual also supports you if you are introverted, empathic, exceptionally magical, or sensitive psychically.

“And when you are fearful or nervous, this is a good tale for you.”

The book is 7000 words and 46 pages.

Here’s another sample, a text frame I painted:

This volume was created with my sincerest hope that the gentle love and hope with which the Muse infused the pages will sustain and empower you … over and over.

Available only from the author.


15 thoughts on “Baba Yaga’s Apprentice

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  3. I have all of Francesca’s books, and I was so excited to see another one coming out. I love her writing, and so will you! “Baba Yaga’s Apprentice” has some of my very favorite illustrations she’s ever done, too. Francesca is the kind of teacher who gently guides you rather than plonks down a series of rules and restrictions, which allows her works to unfold a bit at a time for each individual. I’ve come back again and again to her work and always found something new. This is something you won’t just read once and set aside.

  4. What a great book!!

    The art is so luscious and creates a visual weave for this story spell to live within.

    I was tickled by the storytelling and totally felt inspired and invigorated in my heart.

    Thank you Francesca for your wondrous words!

    • Jenelle, when a working artist such as yourself likes my art, it feels so good. I almost can’t believe it. Thanks as always for your support. I’m so glad the book touched your beautiful heart.

  5. The world Francesca creates with her words and images is a place I would love to inhabit! Luckily, her book is also a road map to that place, so that we may all live it every day.

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  7. Blessed Francesca, every day, I’m going to open the book you made and give myself the wonderment of a single page, just being with it, open, quiet … and let it do that marvelous thing you do: create a space for magic to happen.

    I wish I could put words to the magic your writing and painting create, but it’s untranslatable. I make myself present, in whatever state I may be in, no requirements of being at my “best”! … and then just open to whatever comes next. You’ve made a safe place where that is possible.

    You conjure a wonderfully VITAL experience: a desperately needed, wider sense and experience of reality.

    Such a richness immediately touched me, the colors and shapes. I love you so much and honor your gifts and most of all your heart and your spirit beyond my power to say. Thank you!

    • Rebecca, thank you, thank you!

      You are so eloquent, even if your words weren’t so kind, I’d love reading them.

      And your review repeatedly hits the core of what I try to do as a shamanic guide. Wow!

      Your feedback is valuable to me. Your saying that what you get from the book is beyond words shows me you see what I’m trying to do and that I succeeded: though I use my words and my paintings in this book to explain shamanic truths, I also tried to use words and art as a doorway through which a reader can walk into the wordlessness of deep magics.

      And yes yes yes “creating a space for magic to happen,” that sums up a core aspect of how I guide. All beings are so special that, given a safe space for their magic to emerge and for them to connect to the magic around them, most people soar.

      I’m happy you’re letting yourself come to the book in whatever state you’re in. That too is core to my work and something I passionately want us all to know about ourselves: we are each fabulous just as we are. As a matter fact, wait till you see what the character in the book learns about allowing herself to be exactly who she is.

      And yes yes yes “a wider sense and experience of reality.” You are so eloquent.

      Thank you again!!!

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  9. This is a wonderful story with beautiful illustrations. I devoured the book in one sitting. Every book I read of yours I always have an “ah ha!” moment while reading it, this one was no exception. I cant wait to read it again because I know I will have a different “ah ha!” moment when I do, your books always give me what I need when I need them.

    • Thank you so much, Brianne! May you have many wonderful aha moments, every time you read this book. (Judging from her comment, Brianne clearly knows the following, but for anybody else reading this comment: the book can be read again and again, to continue to nurture you.) I feel blessed by your saying my books give you what you need right at the moment. It makes me feel like we are in the Goddess’ flow of beauty and grace. Love and big gratitude, FDG

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