2021 Onsite Workshops
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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
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.
Rob is a lifelong musician and student of the uses of sound, especially the applications of the human voice for all aspects of physical, energetic and consciousness development. As a licensed massage therapist, performer, and scholar, he has studied, presented and taught at arts venues, dharma centers, festivals, monasteries, wellness centers, Tai Chi/Qi Gong, and Yoga schools around the country. He is perhaps best known to attendants of Starwood as the vocalist for the eclectic, psychedelic, world trance group Mayan Ruins. In compliment to his studies of neuroscience, sacred sound, meditation and chanting from Tibetan Buddhist traditions, he has an active practice in massage and soundwork.
Discovering Vocal Harmonics
An experiential introduction to and explanation of the natural overtone qualities of the voice to enliven, generate awareness of, and balance energy within and without the physical body. Following a brief historical overview of the use of vocal harmonics in shamanism, Tantra, mystical and religious rites and ceremonies in the Eastern and Western traditions, we will examine the roles of stillness, breath, hearing, speech, chanting and toning as awareness practices and as preparations for meditation, journeying or other spiritual workings. Along with this, a specific exercise for enlivening and balancing the chakras will be taught, as well as whatever group toning time and circumstances allow.