Mervyn Alphonse Mervyn is a teacher, writer, musician, poet, and actor, and has studied Meisner acting technique and Improvisation Movement Theater. He has taught and practiced Hatha and Kundalini Yoga extensively and is certified to teach ‘Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan’. He is a certified Reiki Master and utilizes a 34” gong in his Sound Healing practice as well as his Yoga and Sacred Play workshops. He has presented these workshops over the years at the Starwood Festival, Serendipity Festival, Sacred Spaces Village at Burning Man, The Sanctuary at Phases of the Moon Festival, the Resonance Festival, and at various studios across the Midwest. He currently lives and teaches Hatha and Kundalini Yoga in Bloomington, Indiana. Kundalini Yoga Kundalini Yoga has been called the Yoga of Awareness. This workshop takes the individual on an experience of Kundalini Yoga via participation in a ‘kriya’: a prescribed set of exercises, asana, meditation, mantra and breath patterns designed to awaken and radiate the dormant spiritual power that lies within us. Also included in the experience is a sound-healing session via the use of a 34” poly-symphonic gong, which balances the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems and induces a state of spontaneous meditation. Burning the Box This workshop releases the ties that bind, so to speak... We will break through our calcified self-images to unveil the inner being in all its playful and prayer-ful glory, in safe company of others that are revealed to be just that – other versions of one’s Self. This is achieved via synergistic exploration of healing and expressive modalities such as Yoga, pantomime, energy-feedback, authentic movement, sound healing, and sound circles. Breathe. Flow. Vizualize. Animate. Rejoice.
Nina Amaya Returning to Starwood for her second year, Nina invites you to celebrate yourself in movement! Nina has been studying Middle Eastern dances for over 20 years. Her bellydance band, Brinjal, and bellydance troupe, Aubergine, and her stilt-walking company, Big Whimsy, have been performing for many years at Faerie Festivals, Renaissance Festivals, etc. up and down the East Coast. Before running away to create her faerie dance circus, she was a classroom teacher. ALL genders welcome in her classes.
www. NinaAmaya.com www.BigWhimsy.com Intro to Bellydance Learn the posture, authentic movements, and cultural backgrounds for belly dance. You will learn specific isolations and steps, combinations of moves, shimmies, and how to express yourself in Bellydance.
The Mystery & Sensuality of the Silk Veil Experience joy as your veil catches the air. Dazzle your audience with an ethereal vision of you and your silk. Learn swoops, swirls, turns, and tricks. This workshop will cover traditional use of the veil in belly dance: entrances, illusions and interactions. We will also explore recent innovations in veil dancing. Novice dancers welcome, advanced dancers will learn something new. Nina Amaya teaches how to make veil look easy, natural, and beautiful, and welcomes all genders to the class.
Sue Balaschak Sue is the creator of Primal Rhythm and a founding member of Burning Sage. She has produced and engineered many CDs and records. She owns her own record label, Fireband Records. She has facilitated drum circles and drum workshops within the Pagan community for the past 20 years. She has taught accredited classes for Licensed Music Therapists. She has facilitated healing circles at Memory Care facilities and has performed journey work. Sue blends her professional musical career and her spiritual life. Dive into Drumming Ride the wave of energy created by drumming! Expand your connection between yourself, your drum and Mother Earth's energy. We will discuss the spirit of the drum, drumming techniques, basic rhythms, and raising energy at drum circles. This is an introductory drumming class. Drummers of all levels are welcome. Bring your drum and a chair.
H. Byron Ballard, BA, MFA, is a western NC native, teacher, folklorist and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Summerland Spirit Festival, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference, Heartland, Starwood, Scottish Pagan Federation Conference and other gatherings. She is senior priestess and co-founder of Mother Grove Goddess Temple and the Coalition of Earth Religions/CERES, both in Asheville, NC. Her essays are featured in several anthologies and she writes a regular column for Witches and Pagans Magazine. Her book “Staubs and Ditchwater” debuted in 2012 and the companion volume “Asfidity and Mad-Stones” was published in Oct. 2015. “Embracing Willendorf: A Witch’s Way of Loving Your Body to Health and Fitness” launched in May, 2017. “Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time” debuted in June 2018. Byron is currently at work on “Gnarled Talisman: Old Wild Magics of the Motherland” and “The Ragged Wound: Tending the Soul of Appalachia.” Fetch, a new way of working with old spirits The idea of a familiar spirit is popular in Western folklore and magical practice. But what is a fetch? This lively discussion will explore the idea of spirit helpers and companions, look at their place in folklore and popular culture and ponder the use of these beings in the modern world. Honey on the Stones: Sovereignty, Sex and Myth The counterbalance to living in a culture of death is to embrace the totality of life and enrich the life force through conscious and intentional action. This workshop will explore the Sacred Sexual as a healing modality for both ecosystem and human community. We will examine techniques for utilizing the life force as it courses through human bodies to enact change in the world around us—sexual activity (partnered or otherwise) as a means of raising energy. This is an intensely adult workshop covering several aspects of sexual activity (including technique) in the service of Earth healing and of magic.
Beebalm Beebalm has worked as an executive coach and workshop leader for over 20 years. He focuses on queer spirituality and healing from the trauma of abuse and oppression. A Little Conversation about Fear and Shame American pagans grow up in a culture of fear and shame that serves the dominant religion but which undercuts our beliefs. This workshop invites participants to identify how shame and fear operate, what they do to our spiritual practices, and how we can heal. We will use the radical faerie Heart Circle ritual as a core practice to explore how fear and shame create three separations and three corresponding dreams. We will learn how to help one another heal from the impact of ongoing fear and shame. Radical Faerie Path Queer elders created the Radical Faeries in the 1970s as an extension of the gay liberation movement that called on spirit as an essential part of our lives. Learn about the history and practices of the rad faes, including the Heart Circle, landed Sanctuaries, and best practices for making food for 85 queers with no running water.
Larry Brown Lawrence Diehl Brown is a novelist, astronomer, and musician. He attended The Ohio State University where he received a B.A. in English Literature. His studies included Honors history, Astronomy, and Early Music. He is an ordained Shamanic Priest through the Lineage of Gary Stamper and the Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts in Asheville North Carolina. He was formally initiated into the Mankind Project in 2008, and staffed an MKP Initiation weekend in October 0f 2012. He has lectured and taught astronomy classes. Larry leads an elder group in his home. The group combines experiential with cognitive processes to explore ways that men over fifty can give back to younger men with the goal of creating a safer world. He is an experienced group leader, lecturer, and teacher.
He builds and uses his own telescopes and eyepieces. He is an avid writer and contributor to scientific journals, and an active member of the Cincinnati Observatory in Mt. Lookout. After college, he lived for a short time in Istanbul, Turkey where he explored ancient ruins and developed an interest in the astronomy and astrology of ancient civilizations. He travels widely exploring ancient astronomical sites in England, Europe, and Central America and the Caribbean.
He has discovered that astronomy is a profound source of spirituality. As an example, one of his favorite pastimes is "sidewalk astronomy" where he sets up his telescope in a local neighborhood to allow passers-by to view the moon, the planets, comets, star clusters, and any other bright objects visible from urban sites. He loves to see the expression on a viewer's face when it's the first time they've ever looked through a telescope and they fall headlong into a crater on the moon, or soar by the moons of Jupiter, knowing that their perception of their place in the Cosmos is changed forever! It is an expansion of the mind; it is a different perspective on reality. Observing light that left a galaxy 20 million years ago, astronomers know that the past or future is only an illusion.
Published works include his novel FLARE which is currently selling well on Amazon. FLARE is a science-based thriller incorporating ancient and modern astronomy. Astronomy I will bring a professional telescope mounted on a tripod to view the heavens. I will focus on what can be observed and identified in the night sky. During the day we will observe sunspots with a professional solar filter on the scope. In the classes I will also touch on the connection between modern Astronomy and ancient Astrology (at one time they were one and the same), and the ways in which Astronomy has expanded our consciousness, both in historical as well as modern times. I believe that Astronomy is opening the way to a new form of human spirituality. Based on my studies of evolutionary connectedness to a changing and growing universe, this new spirituality, if fully realized, will transcend ancient ideas of a supernatural creator and create in each individual an expanded consciousness.
Jimmy Clark New Jersey native Jimmy Clark has been a professional musician for 25 years, as well as an active member of the national Pagan community. He travels to both East and West coasts to participate, teach, present, and perform at festival events. Since 2017 Jimmy has been working on a full length music film feature with his song writing partner Josh Kobel entitled "Clark And Kobel's Tarot: The Fool's Journey". Together they have produced over 80 original and traditional Pagan themed compositions. Poly-Tics Jimmy brings his experience to this discussion group which tackles topics from relationship dynamics, to communication styles, boundaries, and tips for managing multiple loving relationships. Music as Magick A class that explores songwriting from a magickal perspective integrating music theory, lyric crafting, and in-depth explanations on the topic of songwriting theory. Participants will delve into chord progression work, scales, and the sacred geometry of music.
Ian Corrigan Ian is a founding organizer of the Starwood festival, a former Archdruid of A.D.F. druidry, and a lifelong student of occult arts. He is the author of the Grimoire of Brigid, the Book of Summoning, and several other books on modern Paganism and magic. Invocation, Conjuring & Summoning; Principles Of A Pagan Spirit Art It has become fashionable to discuss magic as the use of ‘occult energies’, but much of traditional magic depends on conjuring and making alliances and deals (i.e. ‘pacts’) with spirits. Drawing on Late Pagan ritual magic, with reference to world spiritist customs and modeled on the work of the grimoires, Ian discusses work with the spirits as part of a modern practice. Topics include:
• How To Meet A God – basics of devotion and Invocation
• Daemons and Demons – Who are the spirits?
• A Pantheon of my Own – Becoming the priest-magician of your own temple.
Rebecca Crystal (Wilde Majiker) Walking into Authentic Being for decades of Starwoods, Wilde*Majicker is the Ribald Teacher you never thought you'd find. Flickers of Yoda, the Wicked Witch of the West, Robin Williams and yer Granny, combined with sharp wit and Truth, I will be what you need at the moment. You may not like it. Divination and spirit healing (Wish upon a star) Wish upon a star, ask the magic 8 ball, what do the cards say? Divination and spirit healing without the tools of the trade - time to scare your pants off! Watch as Wilde*Majiker leaps from reality to reality to bring what you need/want back. It’s up to you (& your therapist) to reintegrate. Honoring the Dead/Support the Living In Sacred Circle, we will Call the names of our departed. Welcoming each participant with chant, once 13 have been gathered, Each one sounds a name to be answered by all in the Circle. If a participant has more than one Beloved departed, they will go to the end of the circle until all names have been spoken. Simple in production, profound in implication. This is a service of CAW’s Roster of our Beloved Departed.
Jeff D'Angelo Jeff has been playing music since age 5 including piano, guitar, bass, and West African djembe and djun djuns. He performs regularly in musical groups such as Dirty Agnes, Clark and Kobel, and Drums of West Africa. Djembe Boot Camp Come get your groove on and establish a basic vocabulary of the djembe. Learn to hear and repeat common phrases, calls and responses from West African drum repertoire. Learn various accompaniments of popular poly-rhythm. All skill levels welcome. Kassa Rhythm of the Farmers Kassa, which means granery, is a traditional Malinke rhythm played during work in the fields of Northeast Guinea. Come learn the 6 djembe parts to this swinging rhythm. Intermediate skill suggested but not required.
Adam Davis Adam is an experienced, multidisciplinary naturalist. He is skilled in diverse methods of exploring and interacting with the natural world: observations, meditation, scientific research, art, communication, shamanic techniques, rituals, and others. Adam has been leading multidisciplinary nature connection workshops in diverse venues and communities for over 20 years. He is committed to helping people connect with nature with body, mind, and spirit. Alchemical Journey Through a Sacred Landscape You are invited to join us for a walk among the landforms and natural communities of Wisteria. After ritually connecting with the energies of place and nature allies, we will move through and engage with multiple dimensions of the landscape. Through our interactions with nature entities and energies, we will have opportunities to do healing, emotional management, visioning, problem solving, and other transformational work. Conversations with Nature Spirits This workshop involves multidimensional interactions with the nature entities and energies of Wisteria. We will discuss and demonstrate nature connection techniques, and then we will have opportunities to use the techniques to enhance our relationships with the natural world. We can connect through observations, song, metaphorical inspiration, dance, prayer, meditation, shamanic methods, and other kinds of techniques.
Sharon Dean and Aaron Ray Partners Sharon Dean and Aaron Ray have been traveling the country for the last decade, attending festivals and vending Sharon’s art. They call Zanesville, Ohio home where Sharon has her art gallery and studio. Her art hangs in collections nationwide and in two other countries. Aaron Ray has researched and grown mushrooms for several years and has learned from the best. Mad Hatter Tea Party Don’t be late for this important date! It’s the Un-Birthday Birthday Party and you’re invited! Join us for proper English tea and biscuits and read from Lewis Carol's “Alice in Wonderland with your best British accent. Bring your fancy hat or borrow one for the party. Remember what the Doormouse said, “Feed Your Head!” Down the Rabbit Hole There is “Fungus Among Us” and it has so much to teach us! Not only will you gain a deeper understanding of mycelium and mushrooms, their diversity, how they grow, what they do, how they benefit humans and the environment. You will be able to sample edible mushrooms that you can grow yourself and we will demonstrate how. Mushrooms are magic!! Manifestation Dream into Reality What do you desire most in your life? If you could dream something into reality, what would it be? The Universe wants to grant your wishes! Learn about ways to intentionally draw things into being to benefit you and yours. Gratitude leads to good things, what will you be blessed with?
Bi Youan Djo Emmanuel is the lead drummer with Djobi Ensemble- Wake up Spirit! Emmanuel teaches the djembe drum and dun duns. He knows over 100 African songs and speaks seven different languages. Born in Ivory Coast, Africa. He began drumming at church as a child. He became a lead drummer for the Ivory Coast Sotheca orchestra and many more. Started recording and pushed to learn on. Kimberly Djo Kimberly plays drums, dances, and teaches dance with Djobi Ensemble – Wake Up Spirit. Began African drumming with the djembe drum and dancing in 1996. Her spirit was reawakened by the drum. Drum Circle Drumming and Etiquette Kimberly will be discussing the unspoken rules and etiquette of drum circles. She will help those that don’t understand how to drum in a circle. Kimberly and Emmanuel will end the discussion with a demonstration of drumming in a circle with the participants. West African – Ivory Coast style - Djembe/Dun duns drumming - Basic drumming Learn traditional sounds on the Djembe drum, dun duns, bells, and more. Never played before? This is a great class to learn a traditional song and how to play the African drums and make it sound amazing. West African – Ivory Coast style - Djembe/Dun duns drumming- Advanced drumming class Learn traditional sounds on the Djembe drum, dun duns, bells, and more. If you are an experienced drummer, this class will help you advance your personal drumming style. He will teach you to put drum patterns together. West African dance – Ivory Coast style Kimberly Djo Bi and Saturnin Ba teach West African Dance with Ivory Coast influences. There will be live drummers from the Djobi Ensemble and they will teach an Ivory Coast traditional dance. If you've never danced before this is a great class to learn how fun African Dance can be.
Amber Holmes Dodge Henna demonstration Learn how to create lovely temporary tattoos with the beautiful art of henna. This class is a beginner level and will teach you how to make artful designs using simple techniques.
Candee Edwards Candee is a Vibrational Sound Therapy certified practitioner and proponent for deep relaxation. Vibrational Sound Therapy and Singing Bowls A class that talks about different singing bowls. Their history and current use. Will have a special section on Vibrational Sound Therapy using bowls on body for healing. Bring up the science behind Vibrations and healing. Moonlight Sound Bath A moonlight ritual and chakra balancing sound bath meditation.
Philip H. Farber is a magician, a teacher, and the author of Brain Magick and several other books on magical subjects. He has taught seminars and workshops throughout the USA and Europe and maintains a private practice in NLP and hypnosis. Philip lives in New York's Hudson Valley. Visit him online at www.Meta-Magick.com. High Magick: A guide to Cannabis Come celebrate the release of Phil’s new book, High Magick: A Guide to Cannabis in Ritual and Mysticism! The mystery and magick of cannabis is both deep and ancient. As the plant continues to gain more cultural acceptance in the coming years, we have more and more opportunity to explore and discover the spiritual wealth that is found within cannabis. Get a taste of ancient and contemporary traditions as Phil fires up a session of information, ritual, and mind-bending fun. Expect a blazing exploration of cannabis practices from around the world and throughout history. Into the Unconscious Mind The human sensory apparatus is, by it’s very nature, limited. We usually experience only in a very narrow band of visible light, audible sound, tactile sensations, tastes and smells. But the world is so much greater and most of it remains hidden to our conscious awareness. Parts of our consciousness, however, remain in contact with everything else in the universe, and our minds, properly directed, can explore and extrapolate incredible experiences and information. Relax and enjoy this guided meditation in which Phil will take us into an expanded experience of reality, both conscious and unconscious. Laughing Magick While some occultists take themselves very seriously, some of us know that laughter is one of the most useful altered states and, perhaps, an oft-ignored key to magick. Laughing feels great, is one of humanity’s most important social cues, oxygenates your brain, opens your mind, improves your immune system, alleviates stress, and beats the hell out of whining. Feel free to giggle, guffaw, chortle, and snort as Phil attempts to keep a straight face while discussing this seriously important topic.
Flomentum Fire Safety
Staff/ Double Staff Batons
Everyday Flow! & Flow Jam
Renea Frey Emblemata: Art and Alchemy Finding and Maintaining a Daily Practice
Jason Gough (Zentra El) Zentra El is a Priest of Chaos in The Illuminates of Thanateros (IOT) and acting Head of the Order for The Order of Emergent Magi (OEM). With over 20 years experience in various types of magick; Zentra El has presented workshops and rituals throughout the US and Europe. Co-author of the forthcoming book "Emergent Magick." Adventure Time Ritual The wonderful animated series "Adventure Time" is a rich tapestry of magical, spiritual, and occult themes woven between hilarious adventurers and creative art. Join us in some fun rituals to explore the elements of ice, fire, slime, candy & lumps... The power of the Enchiridion unleashed! Build Your Own Magick Group The Order of Emergent Magi are an open source group of experienced magicians looking to help other groups to get set up to do safe and effective magick. Occult organizations are rife with frauds, predators, and other unseemly characters. Learn how to set up your own coven, tribe, temple, etc. and what to look for, what to be weary of, how to deal with conflict and the best ways to define membership requirements. We have seen many groups set up successfully, and you can do it as well. No previous group membership required.
Taliesin has been studying the occult and the paranormal for almost 40 years. He’s an independent film-maker (Dark of Moon) and author. He appears monthly as “The Pagan Pundit” on the “Desperate Housewitches” radio show. He lives with his wife, two children, and three cats in Northeast Ohio. The Magickal Novel Weaving real magick and occultism into your fiction
Everyone’s familiar with the array of “how to” books on magick and modern Paganism that are available today. And yet, most are not aware that the first modern book written by a real Witch wasn’t a manual, but a novel! In the years before and since “High Magic’s Aid” was written by Gerald Gardner (under the pen name of ‘Scire’), many authors have chosen to share their occultism through creative fiction instead of dry instruction. In this workshop, Taliesin will share a brief history of real occultism in fiction, as well as how to spice up one’s own writing with real occultism. Writers are welcome (and encouraged) to bring their own questions and ideas to a group discussion at the end. Publishing for Pagans Most people walking Pagan and other magickal paths came to their practice via the written word. Whether book or blog, it was the work of writers who opened our minds to possibilities beyond mundane reality. It goes to follow, then, that those inspired by words may wish to become writers themselves. But how to do it? Traditional publishing? Self publishing? There are pluses and minuses to both. In this workshop, Taliesin will go over the myriad of ways that modern Pagan authors have to bring their works to the public, as well as tips for finding success no matter which path you choose. Bring a notebook.
Tracy Greenberg (Sunshine Joy) Tracy has been attending Starwood Festival for 9 years and loves that she was able to find recovery while attending. Sunny has struggled with finding balance amidst the multiple layers of conscience and subconscious enlightenment that the Starwood Festival offers. She celebrates 27 years of recovery and embraces all forms of universal beings. Sunshine is grateful and welcomes all those who need a safe sacred space to clear and open their spirit. Free Flow Movement Move to the sounds of different musical beats and transcend into a feeling of joy, self-love, and happiness as we release our inner rhythm. Music and body movement is scientifically proven to help reduce stress and is considered, by many, to be a form of meditation. This workshop does not require any specific activity level. There will be a variety of genres and no set program to follow. So come and join us, rain or shine, close your eyes, and dance!
Deborah Hill Deborah is an award-winning belly-dancer, nurse and massage therapist from Northeast Ohio area. She has taught and performed professionally for 18 years and enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of music, dance and freedom of healthy living. Her classes and playshops are fun, informative and a great way to enjoy Starwood Finger Cymbal Playshop Place rhythm at your fingertips as you move in step with the beat. This is fun and easy to learn rhythm play-shop for beginners and experienced enthusiasts. We will explore the history and cultural references of finger cymbals and then move onto learning simple traditional and non traditional rhythms! Finger cymbals will be provided for use but feel free to bring your own! Thai Massage with friends Thai Massage for Friends is an fun and interactive workshop that will introduce the healing and therapeutic benefits of this Asian style of bodywork. This system of healing introduces the concept of metta or loving kindness which provides benefits for practitioner and participant. In this workshop we will explore sen energy systems, breath work and yoga postures. Please bring yoga mat/blanket, water, towel, and wear loose comfortable clothing to facilitate movement.
Zen Holmes Natural Childbirth I & II More and more women are opting to have an unmedicated childbirth. During these workshops we'll discuss the benefits of natural childbirth: physically, emotionally and spiritually. The workshop also includes natural childbirth within the hospital, birthing center, as well as home births; the benefits and risks of interventions such as epidurals, pitocin and cesarean birth; the business of being born, and preparing the mind/body for birth with relaxation techniques such as hypnobirthing. Sound Bath Meditation During this guided, sound vibrational healing meditation, we will focus on bringing balance and harmony to our mind/body/spirit by activating and balancing the chakras. We will open our hearts with gratitude for the blessings that we have received and reflect on changes we would like to manifest in our lives.
We will be accompanied by the healing sounds of the Didgeridoo, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Gongs and Ocean Drum,. These vibrations help to remove blockages on an emotional, physical and spiritual level.
Genevieve Houck Genevieve is a massage therapist and songstress who grew up with a physical therapist for a mother. A host of spinal injuries and trading the subtle bodywork therapies from a young age with her mother led her to delve deep into the world of self care. Her self-massage teaching practice ‘Aware Self Care’ developed from years of Iyengar yoga, Pilates reformer, mantra meditation, self massage and trading massage. These therapies have helped Genevieve spiral out of intense daily chronic pain she sustained from 3 major spinal injuries. Genevieve has also had vocal performance training for over 12 years, which lends to her skills in guiding people to find where their voice is most resonant. With a photographic memory from a young age, Genevieve has a treasure trove of chants memorized from many walks, groups, practices, and loves to them teach you! Song Circle for the People is a song circle Genevieve facilitates in Pittsburgh PA and around the country, in which community gathers to sing songs together around the fire, with a focus on chants—short repeating songs that get the flow flowing. Mixing chant with freestyle flow is a beautiful technology that has emerged from years of circling. Aware Self Care ‘Feel into the three points of gravity in your feet—the big toe ball mound, the pinkie ball mound, and the heel of the foot. Each point of gravity equally pressing into the earth. Quads firm against the bone, knees soft, shoulders rolled back and down along the spine, palms floating out in anatomical position. Occipital ridge floating up towards the sky, back of the neck elongating towards the stars as our feet press into this beautiful earth. Tadasana. Standing tall like a mountain, feeling the weight of the earth and the lightness of the air give space between each vertebrae.’ Join me in this exploration of self, where we feel into our problem areas, areas we lack range of motion, and we give our bodies the movement and self massage they are asking for. We shall work on Iyengar yoga alignment cues to first get the awareness of structural support in our movements, and then we will explore the world of myofascial unwinding. With time, attention, and allowance for whatever may happen to happen, our bodies know how to unwind us out of chronic pain. We shall practice unwinding ourselves to the liquid music of Dixon’s Violin, and then get down onto the mat with specialty massage tools that will be provided to work out problem trigger points. Come learn how common postural -isms could be contributing to your pain body, and many tools to unwind it from your being. We are the ones we have been waiting for. Let’s delve deep into this intimate work of the body, through which all other selves alchemize. Bring a mat, a cushion or bolster if you have one, and yoga blocks and straps if you have them. Extras will be available at class. Song Circle for the People Join us around the fire for a late night song circle, where we shall learn many English chants —short repeating songs with strong true messages that soothe the soul and strengthen intent. Join us as we play with our voices, from the back of our throats to the front—to find that true resonant space where it feels effortless and flowing. Join us honoring the sacred fire, fueling the flames with our song. We shall sing and see where the flow takes us—mixing song with freestyle flow, focusing on vocal harmonies,or singing in sweet simplicity—all are possible within the deep listening space created at Song Circle for the People.
Sarah Hoppe (Sera Solstice) Sera Solstice is dancer/choreographer, electronic music producer, and sculptor based in Brooklyn, New York. Sera directs dance events in New York, both in the theater and in the club scene, and choreographs group dance pieces to her self-produced music. Sera has been invited to teach workshops and perform throughout Europe, the UK, South America and the United States. Sera has performed with musicians: Beats Antique, David Starfire, Sub Swara, Imani, Haana, Copal, Raquy and the Cavemen, Billy Woods, Djinn, Beatbox Guitar, and the Rhythm Shamans. She is driven artistically from electronic music culture and is grounded in drum circle and Pagan ceremony. Trancing the Fire Discussion and application of inducing ecstatic states through dancing the fire circle. We will identify and practice traversing the multiple realms of awareness when dancing, with the goal of reaching ecstasy through movement. All (levels/abilities/neuro-frequencies) welcome except spectators. Mindful connection to Movement-Body Let's move together, gently, meditating while engaging in movement, seeking the inner drive to express through the body. Examine our emotional connection to this moment in time, as well as our current energetic frequency, our aliveness, our connection to the land, and the goodness that surrounds us. All are welcome except spectators.
Ed 'the Pagan' Hubbard A Pagan Pioneer, Adventurer, Futurist, Psychic Explorer, Author, self-confessed addict of cognitive ecstasy. Co-founder of Witch School, Magick TV, PagansTonight and The Daily Spell. First Elder of the Correllian Tradition. Working as an Ontological Engineer, to design entheogenic tools to hack reality, to create community, between spirit,physical, and cyberspace to share with people around the globe. Also a known Coffee Pusher. Magic and Miracles In every life, the power of magic can change the way one perceives the world. Ed has traveled the world, and has witnessed and facilitated magic and miracles. In 2019, at Starwood, he received the greatest miracle yet, having a Spirit healing that gave him full spectrum color vision after a life of color blindness. Now, more then ever, his belief has given guidance, bringing magic to more lives. In this workshop, he seeks to lead you to your own magic and miracle moments. Cyberspace is Psychic Space Cyberspace is becoming every more tangible, changing lives and reality itself. For those who know, this space acts as a enhancer of Psychic Reality. Ed, a leading voice in the Internet world, offers a deep dive into how the next gen Internet, will bring our psychic gifts to the forefront. From simple empathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, akashic records, cyberspirits, and finally, fully uploading our minds. Ed will take you through a new future that is emerging now.
Kim Keffer Kim is a visionary artist. Her art is part of her self care, which also includes yoga and meditation. Kim graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburg in 1986 with a degree in photography. In 1989 she opened a portrait studio in Ohio specializing in photographing children and their families. In 2011, in an effort to cope with depression Kim started painting. It worked, Kim found that art is therapy. Utilizing the book, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron further transformed Kim's life. Kim shares her experience and the information learned from the Artist's Way with groups and through guided painting workshops. Kim travels, shares her art and live paints at festivals throughout the US. Guided Painting (1&2) Kim will guide participants in many different painting techniques while discussing ways to silence the inner censor and release the creative self. Each participant will leave with a completed painting.
Mandy Kivowitz-Delfaver (Phat Man Dee) Phat Man Dee is a cosmic jazz cabaret vocalist, bandleader, events producer, video maven and music educator with 6 CDs in her discography. She regularly appears with her jazz group “The Cultural District”, The Lemington Gospel Chorale, and with Liz Berlin, cofounder of "Social Justice Disco" a project that features over 60 musicians, spoken word artists, and dancers. Mandee is a vocal coach at the Afro American
Music Institute and Creative Life Support's We Rock Workshop. She was voted #1 Best Local Jazz Act in the 2018 Best of Pittsburgh City Paper Reader's Poll! Vocal Techniques An exploration of vocal technique. We will spend time practicing breath work and discussing the basics of vocal production. We will learn and practice vocal warm up exercises. To conclude the class we will learn a couple songs to sing together as part of Mandee's stage show. A Discussion of Racism and Cultural Appropriation Join Phat Man Dee and Alicia Lynn for a conversation on racism and cultural appropriation in the pan spiritual community. There is a difference between cultural exchange and appropriation. Learn the difference between appreciating and respecting aspects of culture that are not of your own heritage, and just outright thievery. We live in a beautiful community of people who regularly practice religions, music, dance, and cuisine not of our own ethnic and cultural backgrounds, lets have a conversation on how to respect and support the people whose cultures created the things we love so much. A big part of this conversation is the discussion of white supremacy and what we must do to end it in our immediate communities.
Kharma Lindsey I am a Drum Medicine Carrier. I make drums, facilitate drumming circles and connect people to themselves and each other thru drumming and Medicine Song. I have been a practicing witch for over 25 years and have studied Shamanic practices in South America. I bring an alchemy of traditions for healing and integration. Manifesting Through Somatic Experiencing Join Kharma to learn the alchemy of Tantra, Magick and Somatic Expression/Experiencing to manifest your deepest desires! We all know that one person who swears by sex magick, right? In this 90 minute discussion and interactive ceremonial space we will dive into the hows and why's of sex magick and how we unknowingly block the unlimited creative (and procreative) power inside of our bodies! You will leave this experience with the tools necessary to remove those blocks and begin transforming your world in a Transformagickal way!
Bring your intention and together we will utilize our bodys physical process to wake up the creative centers needed to manifest. Through creative expressive use of dance, movement and breathwork we will achieve the heightened states of consciousness used in tantric sex practice. This is where the magick happens! Of course discussion afterwards regarding partner magick is offered. Please bring a blanket or mat to lay on, water and a journal.
Richard Loomis/Mark Kelsey/Craig Surette Richard has been tuning pianos since 1966 and has been a student of the scared vibration ever since. He studied herbal medicine with Ellen Evert Hopman and trained as a fire keeper for native American sweat lodges and medicine ceremony. In 1996 he attended Starwood for the first time. Here he learned many magical skills including drumming, trance work, fire dancing and the primal scream. He’s still dancing and howling.
Mark has created and led magical and intentional groups. He was a leader of the sacred Luminaria cult at Starwood - a team lighting 1,000 candles light the path for participants each night. Craig is an active magical practitioner for over 30 years. His lifelong interest in spirituality, altered states, healing and magick led him to a degree in Ethnomedicine and Psychology from UMass Amherst. There he studied about the connections between Shamanistic initiatory his and mental illness , as well as the common inner world experiences of healers and shamans around the world. He also studied Classics as the history and practice of various European spiritual traditions. Craig trained as traditional Asian bodyworker, a lay herbalist and has a passion for creating an integral culture of wholesome relationships between the human realm and the natural world. Magical World Project- A Screening See the newest videos produced, directed and featuring magical people at Starwood. This grassroots documentary project has been recording the ideas and opinions of many of today’s magical people - including you! Join us at for more. Parts of several completed and in-progress programs will be screened and participants are encouraged to offer feedback to the producers, Mark, Richard and Craig. This is the time to use media, to tell unique and important stories about the magical and spiritual adventure. We Want to Talk about Your Magick - Join Our Discussion! (note this session will be recorded and participants will be asked to sign release forms) The Magical World Project is a grassroots documentary project to help real magicians make their magic better. For all Starwood participants this is a time and place to share your ideas and questions about magic. Topics and questions might include: care and feeding of the magician, power of magical festivals, making magic in everyday life, animals in magic, psychic self-defense and more.
Jack Lowry Jack is a musician who works with developing innovations in world fusion music through a confluence of musical influences and chi energy. Being a percussionist from a young age, Jack developed a keen ear for rhythm in drum circles. A guitarist in his youth, Jack has become proficient in Oud and Cumbus which he plays along with a mini 12 string guitar as well as his voice in the band Gypsy Funk Squad. Having been in the music business for over 30 years, Jack feels it is a form of prayer when he is able to connect and share his musical chi with the people of the Earth.
Drumming Games Spice up your drum jams with some back and forth call- response techniques using 1, 2, 3 or 4 measure call and response or call and repeat. Learn how to tease your drum and the drum circle with the power of space, hand claps and "break downs" and how less can be more. Some practice tips for dexterity and timing will also be shared. Middle Eastern Doumbeck We will learn the three basic hits - Dum, Tek and Ka. Then we will put those together to make ayyoub, chiftitelli and maqsoum rhythms (maybe even masmoudi, beledi, and saidi rhythms too). If we are feeling ambitious we can even try some 9/8 rhythms; Karsilama; “Gypsy Nine”! Bring your frame drum, dumbek or any drum, I will have only a few to share. Rhythm notation sheets will be handed out.
Nina Ma Swati
Nina truly cares about each client and making each treatment exceptional. By staying educated in the latest natural health, massage, personal development modalities, and mainstream treatments, healing techniques and knowledge. Traveling and studying in Natural Health. She provides Services such as private healing sessions with Reiki, Yoga, Massage Therapy, Hypothesis, Crystal Balancing, Sound Therapy and Life Coaching. She has been dedicated to her work for 5 years. She has also been a performance artist all over the world for 8 years. Sound Healing & Cacao Ceremony
Just as you can practice heart opening in your thoughts and emotions, you can also experience opening the heart space in your physical body. Come Immerse yourself in the symphonic, soothing sounds as we open the heart with Cacao, Crystal Singing Bowls, Handpans, Gongs, Swinging Chimes, Guitar, Wind Chimes and Song. Listening to percussive instruments helps the listener achieve a meditative state to reduce stress. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely which benefits all organ systems within the body. Postures are deeply supported by blankets, blocks and other props to help you achieve a comfortable state of pure relaxation in each pose for several minutes at a time. The combination of melodic sound and restorative yoga creates an ultra-sensory experience that gives us pause to linger in the moment and connect more deeply with our heart space to heal mind, body and spirit in a profound way. Cacao feeds the body, the Spirit and The Soul. The ceremonies of cacao are soft invitations to reconnect to our sacred nature of increased self awareness, expansion and healing. You will be guided into a deep meditative journey to meet and listen to your inner wisdom while facilitating a process of transmutation and healing. Experience the bliss of surrender and completely letting go as you settle into a place of stillness, leaving us feeling nourished and well rested.
Gary Moon Gary is a tarot reader and speaks on varous subjects on herbal and magical topics. Intro to candle magic: Dressing your Ritual Candles How to dress your ritual Candles. We will look at oils and herbs combined with candles for ritual purposes.
Maegdlyn Morris Maegdlyn is a long-time member of the pagan community. She has been practicing polyamory with her husband Gregory Morris for many years. Having lived for twenty years as a Scarlet woman, she is well-versed in the arts of spiritual libertinage and consorting with spirits both embodied and otherwise. She is a practitioner of the left-handed path and New Orleans style spiritual voodoo, living in Cincinnati with her husband and tribe, circumventing the cultural paradigm. Birthday Party (Alice in Wonderland) Birthday party for everyone who had a birthday in 2020... Covid 19 Ancestor Memorial Service Essential workers and first responders support group.
Random Patillo Random is a chaos magician, reality engineer, and community shaman who has taught math and science. As a reluctant Discordian, he spends his time drawing his reality with sharpies and pastels, and getting ready for the next adventure- be it urban foraging, mountain hikes and anything in between. He finds joy by discussing theoretical physics and making cobblers out of the shiniest of Eris’ apples. Part I: Chaos Magick in Theory and Practice Creating the reality around you can be a lot of work. Often the simplest solution is a magickal one. This discussion is a broad overview of the Chaos Magick paradigm, with a focus on sigil spellcraft. The theories and methods of several modern and classical occultists and pantheons will be explored. Participants will be encouraged to tie these into current practices. We will examine the practices and exercises that will strengthen the necessary skill sets of gnosis and banishing for effective spellcraft. Sigil magick will be discussed in terms of intent, desire, will, and the five conjurations: invocation, evocation, enchantment, divination, and illumination. Attendees will define an intent and draw their own sigil, learning what is often referred to as the cheat codes of magick. Part II: Entities, Deities, and Servitors Let’s expand on the concepts of crafting reality by the will of the Magician in the context of modern Chaos Magick! Sometimes the Magician must seek assistance. Whether it is the wisdom of John Lennon, the benevolence of BARASHAKUSHU, or the Dyonessain ability to throw a killer party, there is a long magickal tradition of seeking the favor and help of entities to obtain our goals. We will explore how to find angels, demons, saints, gods, goddesses, and popular icons that resonate with the Magician and their intent. Participants will also learn how to craft their own entities, or servitors, using traits from well known archetypes. This discussion can be particularly productive for the atheist Magician who feels uncomfortable working with entities.
Shm Rs Shm Rs is the resident drummer of Novices of the Old Ways - Indianapolis and the Sage within its coven, Stone Chalice and Rising Blade. A drummer for 25 years, he plays in various bands such as Black Market Vinyl, Pvrenchymv. MetalHorse and The 13th Way. He co-facilitates Sacred Healing Drum Therapy, which brings healing rhythms to the elderly, disabled and other communities, as well as ZooSoul Drum Circle that provides drum circles to his community including DePauw University, elementary, middle and high schools and children's camps. Elemental Healing Meditation A guided meditation using breath work, visualization, mindful-awareness and rhythm to call upon the healing qualities of the Elemental realms. There will be additional time for contemplation, reflection and communication with the Elemental Guardians. Participants are encouraged to share insights and experiences as per their comfort. Daily drum meditations at the Gaia ShrineDaily afternoon drum mediations inside the Gaia Shrine shelter. Come and go as you please! Bring a drum or simply sit and vibe.
Tamrha Richardson Tamrha is an ordained Priestess of Hekate and High Priestess of Novices of the Old Ways - Indianapolis, within which she leads the Stone Chalice and Rising Blade Coven. A tarot reader for 25 years, she is also is trained in Norse Seidth by Freya Aswynn and has received multiple years of training in Trance Prophesy with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone. As an IndianaDeptartment of Corrections Volunteer, she has provided services for Pagan inmates in two state prisons for both men and women for the last eight years. She is a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, having attended over 195 births as both a Doula and Homebirth Midwifery Assistant. Tamrha is also a Childbirth Educator, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Sacred Postpartum Provider and the Director of Circle City Doulas. She is trained in Herbal Therapies and Clinical Aromatherapy for Women's Health. The Goddess Hekate Parts 1 & 2 1) Crossroads. Keys. Dogs. Torches. Snakes. Birth. Life. Death. Rebirth. Magic. Trance. Transitions. Growth. Exploration. The Restless Dead. Chthonic. Liminal. Serpent Girdled. Frightful One. Heart-Eater. The World Soul. All this, and more. While Hekate's history reaches back into antiquity, She is one of the most popular Goddesses in current times. This intro class will discuss her possible origins, history, and where She appears in classical writing and myth. We will explore Her epithets (names), symbolism, realms and faces while also discussing ways to begin, or continue, working with this powerful Goddess.2) We will evoke Hekate as the Torch, Key and Blade carrying Mistress of the Crossroads and travel on a pathworking, or guided meditation, to unlock a personal message for each person. Magical Herbalism Using herbs and roots in magic has been a part of various cultures and traditions. This class will explore..* growing, caring for and harvesting herbs with a magical mindset/intention* reliable purchasing and proper storage* wildcrafting herbs - knowing what's what* working with herb spirits* ways to use herbs and roots magically... making oils, incense, salves and more* tools and supplies* keeping an Herbal Journal* 13 herbs for your Magical Cupboard* Poisonous herb safety
Doug Schell (aka Flec Mindscape) Flec is a contact juggler that has been attending Starwood Festival since 2006. He has been practicing this dynamic form of meditation for over 20 years and has developed techniques to help teach large classes how to manipulate crystal spheres in an artful manner. With a passion for the performing arts, Flec also performs professionally as a fire dancer, clown, mime, character actor, caregiver, and consultant. Contact juggling is a very relaxing art that builds coordination, facilitates concentration, and improves circulation. Contact Juggling as Dynamic Meditation (1& 2)Come learn the fine art of contact juggling! Most commonly referred to as 'That thing David Bowie did in the movie The Labyrinth with crystal balls.' OR 'Fushigi.' This art form has more value than just looking impressive and flashy; contact juggling is a great way to improve ones confidence, coordination, concentration, circulation, and other adjectives that begin with the letter "C" as well. Good for all ages, this class will help individuals find peace of mind while also providing healthy low impact physical activity. Instructor Flec is confident in his abilities to teach you how to teach yourself. A limited number of practice spheres are available for in class use, so come early to reserve yours! Devil Sticks Playshop Come learn how to manipulate, spin, toss/catch, and dance with devil sticks! Full for all ages and skill levels. Instructor Flec has taught many how to have fun with the process of learning how to use the devil sticks as a tool to achieve a mental state of "flow" and to get some nice light aerobic exercise too! A limited supply of sticks will be available for people to use in class, so please come early to reserve yourself a set!
Alicia Shropshire (aka Sundae Service) Sundae Service is celebrating her ninth year as a professional artist in Pittsburgh and the tri-state area. Those years have been filled with rhinestone encrusted burlesque striptease, go go flow dancing in nightclubs, rocking with her band (Venus In Furs), stiltwalking, and more! As a dancer, singer, entertainer, and instructor, Ms. Service has been touring music festivals, conventions, and Holly-burgh movie sets with fellow artists and activists like Steeltown-based jazz chanteuse Phat Man Dee and Liz Berlin. The pair built Social Justice Disco in 2016, a culturally diverse activist music project reviving the energy of disco with the power of protest songs. Sun was originally brought in as a dancer, but has also co-led workshops in the spiritual and artistic communities with Phat Man Dee to combat cultural appropriation. Go Go With the Flow Dance/Empowerment Let's learn to let go and let the music lead our flow! Class will start with some stretches and warm ups before we learn a few moves fit for dancefloor or a few circles around the fire! Get empowered as you gain strength in control and fluidity. This is an exceptional experience to connect your mind to your body and let your soul express! Cultural Appropriation & Racism(with Phat Mandee)
Peter Snyder Peter started practicing yoga and mindfulness with the Kwan Um School of Zen in 2007. He lived at a Zen residential program from late 2008 until 2010. In 2010 Peter gained permission to teach mindfulness from the abbot Kinloch Walpole and started providing mindfulness coaching on an individual level. Peter attended, and became qualified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts medical school in 2014. Peter Also holds 2 separate 200hr yoga teacher certifications and has been teaching yoga to diverse populations since 2012. In 2019 Peter co-founded a non-profit holistic community center. Finding Our Yoga Pt 1&2 In these workshops we will begin by exploring the practice of weaving attention and intention together, and how we can use that weave to explore what yoga means to us, why we practice yoga, and creative ways to achieve what we want from our practices. Practices will include · Stillness · Writing · Sound · Movement ·
Erica Sodos For more than 30 years Erica Sodos has been entertaining and inspiring audiences. Erica is a speaker, magician, psychic entertainer and one of the few female mentalists in the world. She teaches corporations and associations how to tap into and develop their everyday superpowers such as empathy, having a super memory and shifting perceptions. She is highly regarded in her field and has been featured on National Public Radio in a story exploring why women magicians are so rare. All of her work explores the place where real magick meets performance magic, and her shows can best be described as part message, part entertainment and one hundred percent memorable and motivating. As a lover of nature and all things unseen, Erica portrays mystical characters including elemental faeries and elves, while teaching magical lore at events to people of all ages. Erica is also a theater educator, actress, compassionate vegan and activist dedicated to creating a just world for all beings. Faerie Magic and Lore
Do you have a love of faeries? Are you curious where faeries come from and how to meet one? Call them nymphs, elves, banshee, brownie, changeling, goblin, leprechaun, household spirits, pixies or pookas! Mystical nature beings have existed throughout all of history, and these supernatural creatures can be found in every culture. In this workshop we will explore stories of the wee folk from all over the world, learn to understand the different types of fae, and how to interact with them. Palm Reading for Beginners
Have you ever looked at your hand and wondered what secrets they hold for you? Palm Reading aka Chiromancy started in India and eventually spread all over the world. Come to this fun and informative workshop and learn the basics of Palmistry. After this workshop you will understand what the lines and features in your hand have to say about you, as well as being able to decipher the secrets hiding in the palms of those around you. Starwood Magic and Enchantment Transformation, manipulation and telepathy that is part performance, part paranormal and 100% fun and entertaining. Come be enchanted and fuel your imagination during this super fun magic show, filled with abundant audience participation, stunning magic and fascinating stories.
Douglas Sundling Doug has been involved with sweatlodges since 1986. He brought the sweatlodge to Wisteria in 1997. Since then, he has constructed and maintained a sweatlodge site at Wisteria and has facilitated sweatlodges for events held at Wisteria, including the every Starwood festival which Wisteria began hosting in 2010. Native Habitat Waterway How does the restoration of the floodplain to a Native Habitat Waterway benefit us? Sweatlodge Orientation & Ceremony Orientation At the Sweatlodge Orientation, a general overview of a sweatlodge shall be presented. We will discuss fundamentals of traditional sweatlodges, share personal experiences with sweatlodges, and advise how to prepare for an evening sweatlodge. Open to anyone, but those who wish to participate in a sweatlodge must attend this orientation.
Willowe Starling Willowe has been a student of the doumbek and Middle Eastern percussion for thirteen years and her passion has taken her as far as Istanbul, to study with some of best darbuka players around. The amazing array of tones and techniques ignited that passion and Willowe is excited to share what she has learned with others. Intro to Turkish Split Hand Technique Have you ever heard what sounded like 2 or 3 people playing doumbek only to find that it's one person? Odds are, they were using the Turkish split-hand technique. This innovative technique is quickly becoming the norm for professional darbuka players the world over. In this workshop, Willowe will go over the basics of this game-changing playing style, as well as show some of the ways it can dress up even the most basic rhythms.
Kosheck Swaminathan A researcher of both eastern and western occult and spiritual traditions as well as the empirical scientific method, Koshek has a unique and practical approach to the esoteric wisdom. Koshek has given talks and lectures at the International Centre of the Theosophical Society in Adyar, India as well as various Theosophical Society branches, Masonic lodges and Rosicrucian associations. Koshek comes from Brahmanic tradition and studied Vedic chanting at a young age while being immersed in stories of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Seven Levels of Intuition Awaken and develop your subtle senses easily and systematically with this interactive workshop. Consult your inner self. Recognize fields and auras. This workshop will take a new approach to the teachings by using individual experiences as stepping stones towards subtle consciousness so that one can trigger inner states at will. Hindu Ritual Technology: Tattvas & Magic Mandalas Tattva is a magical system of tantric tradition that incorporates the subtle essence of the five elements of Akasha, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Through pranayama and visualization techniques, we will feel these essence states. We will also learn the power of the mandala, its symbolic structure, and how it relates to the Tattvas. Using the secret formulas given in the Brahmanas on the sacred rite of the yagna ritual, you will learn how to invoke powerful energies in your spiritual practice regardless of your tradtion.
Tom Swiss Tom describes his spiritual path as "Zen Pagan Taoist Atheist Discordian", which usually baffles questioners enough to leave him alone. He is the author of Why Buddha Touched the Earth, blogs at Patheos as The Zen Pagan, has previously served as President of the Free Spirit Alliance, and is a frequent Starwood presenter. Tom is an NCCAOM Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy, a karate teacher holding the rank of rokudan (sixth degree black belt), a poet, a singer/songwriter, an amateur philosopher, and a professional computer geek. His website is infamous.net. Punk MagicIn every art, we can find two trends of development. I like to name them after their manifestation in rock and roll: "prog" and "punk" . Elaborating on form, and striping down to basics to let the energy flow. An old cartoon in a punk magazine showed three chords and said "Now form a band." What's the equivalent for magick? We'll try to find it. Feeling Good with Accupressure and Shiatsu Shiatsu (Japanese for "finger pressure") and acupressure are forms of Asian Bodywork Therapy, which use pressure and stretching to relieve pain and stress. According to the theories of Chinese medicine, these techniques help balance the flow of qi, or vital energy, in the body. We will discuss and practice the use of acupressure points for physical, emotional, and spiritual balancing, and also learn a simple self-shiatsu routine. If time permits we will also do some partner work. Please bring a mat or towel to lie on for stretching.
Astrea Taylor Astrea is the author of Intuitive Witchcraft and Air Magic. She's an eclectic/intuitive pagan witch whose life goals include empowering other witches and encouraging them to use intuition in their witchcraft. Astrea published passages in The Witch's Altar, The Witches' Companion, Witchology, Green Egg, Soul & Spirit, and Lune Bleue, and she blogs as Starlight Witch on Patheos. When she's not co-leading the Aurora Fire dance group, she presents workshops and rituals at festivals across the country. The Magical Element of Air Many people say that air is the hardest element to work with because it's invisible. However, there are many ways to work with air. This workshop explores the ways we can think about air, visualize it, and use it to weave our magic into the world. Self love ritual with Aphrodite In this healing and empowering ritual, we will wash away anything that holds us back from giving love to ourselves. We will invoke Aphrodite and be reborn in her loving, renewing waters.
Alex Wedmedyk Alex is a musician and facilitator, blending with the power of rhythm. He is a Master Drummaker, Drummer, Workshop Facilitator, Performer and Craftsman. In his playshops he integrates methods of shamanism, with ecstatic trance rhythms as well as rhythms for fun-fulfillment. Now as a member of the percussion group Wake Up Spirit. Playing in the group you feel the transformative effect of rhythm. Four Steps to Drumming Bliss (movement meditation) Do these 4 steps and you will be “surfing on a wave of rhythm” with ease. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 & 4. This class is intended for djembe, but can easily be adapted for use on other drums. Mead Making How to make mead, step by step. Adventures in flavors - there are endless flavors and combination of flavors that are possible in making mead. I will talk about some of my favorites and would like to hear about your favorites.
Jason Winslade Jason Winslade, PhD, is a scholar of Western esotericism and occultism, popular culture and media. He teaches media studies at DePaul University, where he has taught many courses on popular media, comic books, cult tv, and festival culture, and published academic articles and book chapters on these topics. He is also a longtime festival goer, drummer, musician, satellite member of Mayan Ruins, and founder/organizer of Tribal Stomp Chicago. Magick, Trauma and Narrative In genre film and television, the use of magick and similar superpowers are often used as tropes to explore trauma. In recent years, several well known shows and films with occult themes, including Umbrella Academy, Lovecraft Country, Supernatural, WandaVision and The Craft: Legacy, among others, explore trauma and magick from various angles, taking into account contemporary issues around race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. In this workshop, we will discuss the implications of these stories, as well as discussing how trauma show up and is addressed in our own magickal practice.
Billy Woods Billy has been a professional drummer since 1958, performing across the United States. Billy began studying the teachings of Grand Master Share K. Lew (called the Dao Dan Pai or Daoist Elixir Style) of San Diego. He traveled to China with Grandmaster Lew in 1986 and 1989. In 2011 he became Wandering Abbot of Spirit Gate Temple (Shen-men Gaun). Introduction to Tai Chi & Qi GungBasic tai chi forms and Qi Gung exercises to promote long life and good health. Shen Ruler “Shen,” the spirit energy, twelve gentle meditative exercises whose primary purpose is self-healing to develop and energize the organs. These rare exercises also develop better concentration, increased visual and auditory acuity and enhance sensitivity to one's self and others. Gentle meditative exercises.
Oberon Zell Oberon (“The Wizard OZ”) is a renowned Wizard and Elder in the worldwide magickal community. In 1967 he was the first to apply the term “Pagan” to the newly emerging Nature Religions of the 1960s. Oberon founded the first legal Pagan church (Church of All Worlds), and through his publication of Green Egg magazine was instrumental in the coalescence of the modern Pagan movement. Oberon creates altar figurines and jewelry of Gods and Goddesses, mythical creatures, and magick symbols. He is the current Headmaster of the online Grey School of Wizardry, which he founded in 2004. Adventures of the Wandering Wizard “Not all who wander are lost.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring) A world traveler to mystic and archaeological sites, in 1985 Oberon organized a video diving expedition to New Guinea to solve and document the mystery of the Mermaids. Other adventures have taken him to Peru, Hawaii, Australia, Alaska, Costa Rica, Mexico and ancient sites throughout Europe and the Aegean. Oberon is currently on Walkabout, driving around the country to meet with people. In 2018 he spent three weeks in the Yucatan exploring Mayan ruins, and a month in Guatemala, presenting workshops on Quantum Consciousness and participating in Mayan ceremonies. In November he attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto. He will share stories and lessons of these adventures. 2020 Vision: Waking the World Earth-centered spirituality has awakened in 60-year cycles going back at least to the Italian Renaissance of the 1480s. In each of these cycles, certain common themes emerged- foremost among them being a recurrent resurrection of classical Pagan elements in the arts, poetry, music, literature, drama, ritual and spirituality. The return of the Goddess was a major focus of artists and poets who claimed Her patronage as Muse. Now, in the first year of the next cycle in the 2020s, the Wheel is turning again, and consciousness of the the Goddess is re-emerging throughout the world. What can we do to wake the world! Adventures of the Wandering Wizard Not all who wander are lost.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring) A world traveler to mystic and archaeological sites, in 1985 Oberon organized a video diving expedition to New Guinea to solve and document the mystery of the Mermaids. Other adventures have taken him to Peru, Hawaii, Australia, Alaska, Costa Rica, Mexico and ancient sites throughout Europe and the Aegean. Oberon is currently on Walkabout, driving around the country to meet with people. In 2018 he spent three weeks in the Yucatan exploring Mayan ruins, and a month in Guatemala, presenting workshops on Quantum Consciousness andparticipating in Mayan ceremonies. In November he attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto. He will share stories and lessons of these adventures. Create Your Own Goddess