Welcome to The Wiccan Brigade
Ipsita started her Wiccan work in India many decades ago. It was in the 1960's that she first brought before the people the ways and philosophies of the ancients, and revealed the true nature and origin of a much maligned word - witchcraft, or as known in India, dakinividya.
Ipsita revealed the healing powers which lie hidden within Nature and stood up for women battered as dayans in a callous society. She stood before all and dared to call herself a dakini - a dreaded word in those days. That is when the journey started -that which today is a movement embraced by people across all ages and all walks of life.
In November of 2006, Ipsita formed her Wiccan Brigade which works out of Kolkata India. Here, a small group of students are hand picked up by Ipsita, and are trained and taught the old ways and traditions of Wicca even as they lead their day to day lives.
Their learning embraces the esoteric traditions of the East and West, science and mysticism. These students stand with Ipsita at the forefront of bringing about change in an often blinkered society and in return they are also taught how to bring out the best in themselves and how to experience empowerment in the highest sense of the word.
Ipsita and her Wiccan Brigade work to eradicate superstition and to bring before the people, the true face of Wicca. And ofcourse in the final analysis, though each Wiccan Brigader is screened and chosen with great care, Ipsita says,
"You don't choose Wicca - Wicca chooses you"
As the Wiccan Brigade grew, the learning embraced more than just Wicca. Subjects which fell into the bracket of comparative religion, philosophy, and psychology became part of the curriculum. Ancient scriptures and mystical traditions across the world were brought to the fore. Moreover, the movement to return to values and preserve an old way of life grew- one which had honour, dignity and self-sufficiency. Thus, in October 2013, the umbrella organization The Young Bengal Brigade came into being with Ipsita as Chairperson. It is under the YBB that our various schools and activities now function, including the Wiccan Brigade.