Abracadazzle! Grand Illusions and Mysteries from Around the Globe - Magnus & Spinner
We combine disciplines from around the world, including pantomime, sleight of hand, dance, drumming, grand illusion and Kabuki theatre with a keen sense of showmanship to create a grand spectacle unlike anything you've ever seen. Masks appear, transform and float about the stage in a supernatural manner. Magic, comedy, drama and grand illusion are mixed in equal parts to transform the stage and audience in a celebration of the magical world. Joins us for a journey around the world and through time, discovering the many faces of magic.
Says McBride of his special brand of magic: Other performers say, "I'm the magician, and you're not." For them, secrets are everything. I say, "I'm a magician—and so are you! Nothing is impossible!"
Alchemical Fire Circle - Magnus, Spinner, Michael, and Joshua
Since the dawn of time, human beings have gathered around the fire to make music, to dance, and to weave magic in the fire light. In the past fifteen years, there has been a resurgence in our Western culture for this type of ritual, a reawakening of the shamanic spirit. What is happening during the course of an all-night fire? After observing the ritual process for a number of years, and comparing stories and experiences with others, we have found that the alchemical model is a useful tool for understanding the all-night sacred fire circle ritual.
Every fire circle ritual is different, but there are some elements common to all. In alchemy, the Magnum Opus, or "great work," is the creation of the "philosopher's stone," which has many magical qualities. This philosopher's stone has the amazing power to turn all that it touches into gold, or to spiritualize matter. Basically, as we see it, we're using a pattern that we know works to change and grow more fully into our souls. We are turning lead into gold, on many different levels.
We see the primary goal of staying up all night, drumming, dancing and singing at a fire circle as an alchemical process. Each one of us is involved, on some level, in the great work. We accelerate the processes of personal growth by accelerating the fire of Nature, which transforms the lead of our lives into the gold of Spirit. One of the basic ideas behind many alchemical traditions is that of transmuting or purifying one thing from a "lower" form into a "higher" form.
If you're planning to participate in the AFC, even if you've participated in them before, please read the Introduction and the Ceremonial Orientation.
Alchemical Rhythmatism - Joshua Levin & Michael Wall
Alchemical Rhythmatism is fun, easy, and includes valuable ways for everyone to contribute to the sonic magic. It is a middle road between free form jamming and structured ensemble play. In this workshop, we will be exploring a variety of templates that skillfully nurture complex and coherent music-making while creating opportunities for all participants to lead, follow, and shape the groove. Alchemical Rhythmatism guides celebrants towards deep engagement with each other, service to the circle as a whole, and conscious identification with the psychological and emotional implications of their own artistic process. Alchemical Rhythmatism is a revolutionary approach to balancing the chaos and cosmos of music in the fire circle. People of all skill and experience levels are welcome.
Ancestor Reverence: The Etenna Eggun - Patricia Althouse
Everyone has ancestors, and honoring ancestors is an important and powerful aspect of spiritual practice. Participants will learn about the Eggun Stick personal ancestor talisman, learn African ancestor songs, and participate in the beautiful ancestor ceremony Etenna Eggun (A Candle for Our Ancestors), which includes the coconut shell divination called Obi. Level of Prior Knowledge: none required; participants should, however, be 21 or older. This class includes the Etenna Eggun ceremony and a divination; rum, flowers, and cigars are included. Materials fee: $21; [21+].
Ancient Egyptian Myth and Magick - Michael Smith
A discussion of the mythology of ancient Egypt, including Creation myths, magicians and priests. We will discuss the daily life of the Gods and Goddesses and what these legends reveal about the character of the Egyptians, their world view, and their religious practices. We will also discuss magickal practices and philosophies of the ancient Egyptians as revealed by their funerary literature. We will talk about the levels of the Universe and the Body and magickal transformation. We will discuss the pitfalls of relying too heavily on either the archeological or the "New Age" view of ancient Egypt when using its religion for our own spiritual practices and devotional work with the ancient Gods and Goddesses of Egypt.
Are You Chronically God-Bothered? - Del
Do you hear the voice of your Matron/Patron? Do They spend your money, make you travel to places without explanation, send people to you for help, or make you undergo lifestyle restrictions? More than devotional work, this roundtable discussion focuses on spirit workers, shamans, God spouses/slaves, and others whose life is centered around doing Someone Else's work. Led by Del, a full time spirit worker, shamanic counselor, and daughter of Loki, come share your experiences being one of the Chronically God Bothered.
Asatru 101 - Scott Mohnkern
Asatru is a heathen religion focused on the worship of the deities of northern Europe. Come here and learn about the gods and goddesses of the north, our basic rituals and our beliefs.
Bath and Body Care Using Essential Oils - Sharon Igoe
Beginning informational workshop on the therapeutic use of essential oils, carrier oils, salts and sugar in bath and body care products. This is a hands-on workshop; attendees will take away a container of salt or sugar scrub, or a bottle of massage oil. We'll explore the uses of different carrier oils, essential oils, butters, salts, and sugar to make our own salt or sugar scrubs, or massage oils. This class is suitable for those who are at least 15 years of age, and there is a $10.00 materials fee for each jar of scrub or bottle of massage oil created. Max class size: 15; Materials fee: $10.
Between The Pillars Of Belief And Disbelief - Ivo Domínguez, Jr.
Intermediate to Advanced. As witches, magicians, and shamans of the modern era we are faced with the gift and the challenge of choice in what we believe. Belief is one of the great engines that drives the power of magick, but we also know the danger of blind faith all too well. True believers of any system may never truly know nor understand its workings, but without some belief there is no efficacy. The literal interpretation of symbols, rituals, and myths is fraught with danger, but so is the reductive interpretation that robs us of spirit and essence. The goal of this class is to encourage an informed subjectivity—a controlled belief—that allows us to find balance between the pillars of Belief and Disbelief.
Blue Star Litha - Blue Star
Please join us as we once again gather to celebrate the Summer Solstice in Blue Star's traditional manner. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Build Your Own Drum I - Rob Wandell
Join Primal Beat's Rob Wandell as he walks you through drum construction and shares some of the knowledge he has gained in his 20+ years of drum making. He will bring drum shells, solid steel rings, cloth, and skins. In part 1 of this 2-part workshop, we will choose a skin, soak it, choose cloth, wrap the 3 steel rings, and learn how to tie the carriage ropes. We will lace the rings together, put the head on, set the head, and snug the vertical ropes. We'll then leave the drum to dry until Friday. If you want to build your own drum, you must make arrangements with Rob ahead of time; visit Imagicka to see the types and prices of drums available.
Build Your Own Drum II - Rob Wandell
Now that the heads have had time to dry, we'll do coarse and then fine tuning. Coarse tuning includes pulling the verticals and leveling the head and rings. Then, we'll apply fine tuning. You will learn the reverse mali weave of fine tuning, and what to listen for to make sure that your drum is tuned properly.
Building Faerie Houses - Caroline & Dee Dee & Danny
Come play with the Faeries! Bring your children and your Inner Children to create ceremonial architecture in miniature. We will build dwelling places for the Faeries entirely from natural materials that we find onsite. Our raw materials will include twigs, bark, leaves, pebbles, flowers and vines, along with our own love and creativity. We will leave these Spirit Houses available for the Faeries of Camp Ramblewood to enjoy after the workshop is over. The Faeries regard these tiny dwellings as offerings, and they have especially requested that we present this workshop at Free Spirit Gathering.
Care and Feeding of Horses: Stewardship for the God-Possessed - Tannin Schwartzstein
In some traditions, the Gods and spirits are not content to only communicate with humans through means such as prayer and omens. They are believed to temporarily displace a person's psyche and 'borrow' his or her body. In Vodou, this practice is known as 'Horsing'; in Wiccan Traditions, it is sometimes referred to as 'Drawing Down.' In this unusual workshop, author Tannin Schwartzstein will discuss various aspects of acting as a steward to the god-possessed in varying circumstances, including preparing the physical space, ministering to a 'horse,' and interacting with onlookers.
Changing the Form - Nybor
Nybor has received certain revelations concerning the relationship between the physical plane, as we know it, and various other planes. In this lecture, he will speak of the shape of the universe and of the membrane between the planes. He will touch on the relationship between the All and deity. Nybor will also speak of the individual's state of being and various means of altering this state. This is the first of two lectures introducing a new theory of the way magic works. [18+].
Chant Share - Cat Castells & Matthew Callahan
Join us for a Chant Share. You don't need to be a singer to attend, since chants can accomodate the tone-deaf as well as the opera-worthy voice. At this event, we'll share many of our favorite chants with you, some from the Pagan Top 40, and some more obscure. We invite you to bring chants of your own to share, too. The goal of the workshop is to spend some time raising our voices in chant and also to take away with us some new chants to add to our arsenal. Graduates of the workshop will be invited to chant with us at the fire circle that evening. We look forward to singing with you.
Choosing Your Tarot Deck and Beginning Tarot Reading - reed
Choosing a tarot deck, or letting one choose you, is part of the intuitive journey to begin using the tarot as a tool for clarity, affirmation and direction. In this workshop, we will discuss how one finds a deck that speaks to them, and then, how to study and begin reading cards for yourself and others. Max class size: 15.
Closing Ecumenical Sumbel - Scott Mohnkern
A sumbel is a Norse tradition of rounds of toasts to the gods, our ancestors, and ourselves. It's not only a ritual where we become closer with our gods, but we also become closer to each other. Come celebrate your time at FSG, as we start to close out this year's experience. [21+].
Coming Out of the Broom Closet - Dianna
Planning to come out of the broom closet? Already out? If so, you'll probably have to face widespread ignorance and negativity from both your peers and the adults who run your schools and jobs. In this class, we'll discuss that pressure and practice ways to handle a variety of difficult situations, including: meeting the parents of a date, explaining 'alternate' holidays, defending your pentagram, and diffusing a volatile situation. This class will include the presentation of suggested ideas and will also make time for discussion by participants. For teens.
Composting and Topsoil—How and Why, From a Druidic View - West
Beginning permaculture workshop. I will discuss the basics of the primary types of composting, and the advantages of each. One of them is right for you! We'll focus on the simple principles and avoid the fancy expensive stuff. At the end, you should be able to start composting at home.
Creating Bindrunes - Scott Mohnkern
In addition to their use in divination, runes can be used for magickal working (spell working) for a variety of practices. Here, we will talk about how to create bindrunes, what purposes they can be used for, and how to get most out of creating your own bindrunes. You'll even walk away from the class with your own bindrune to take with you.
Crystal Water Healing - Caroline Kenner
Our bodies are 70% Water, as is the body of our beloved planet Earth. Water is an eternal being, taking an endless parade of forms as liquid, solid and vapor, yet remaining always Itself. Water's elemental consciousness is so quickly mutable that it usually escapes human notice. And yet Water is essential to human existence. Where does our Water come from? Are we mindful of our Water, as an elemental being deserves? Or do we take our Water for granted? Working with Water in a sacred way will become increasingly important in the future. Our first step in working with Water is to begin healing our own Water, the Water transiting inside us. Only then can we approach the larger work: to heal the Water on our Earth. In this ritual, we will sing to Water surrounded with crystals. We will saturate the Water with love and gratitude. At the end of the ritual, we will drink Water, get wet with Water and become one with Water. Wear casual garb that you can get wet, and bring a towel if you wish. This ceremony is informed by eight years of study with Sandra Ingerman, including her Medicine for the Earth material. The inspiring photos of Water taken by Dr. Masaru Emoto are another influence, and the crystals used in this workshop are from the Brazilian spiritual healer John of God. This ceremony is designed for adults and older teens.
Dance of the Elements - Zammis
Enjoy a 2 hour experience that includes each of the 5 elements from Chinese medical theory; Water,Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. We'll explore each energetic using music, dance, meditation, and other excercises. Learn about the cycle of the elements in nature and in yourselves. Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil to journal your experiences. Due to the nature of the program, arrivals after the first 15 minutes are not permitted.
Dancing Our Grandmother's Dance - Naraya
American Tribal Style (ATS) has been said to draw upon women’s communal memory to recreate the dance of our grandmothers. Here, we call the dance to the Earth again. ATS is a "cued" style of improvised Middle Eastern dance that was (re)created in the United States in the 1960s. In this class, you will learn the foundational movements of the ATS style, methods of how to read cues from the leader, and the beauty and synergy of a dance being created in the moment by and amongst your sisters. The focus will lie in drawing from our ancestral heritage as embodied through our movements and the unique way that each woman blossoms, flows and recreates the dance for future generations.
Please wear comfortable, breathable clothes to class (yoga clothes and a shmanzy hip-scarf are perfect) and bring a bottle of water.
Deep Pleasure Massage - David
This is a very hands-on workshop that will teach you how to do deep tissue massage on a partner's sore and stressed-out muscles. Come prepared to knead and be kneaded! You'll see and feel which muscles to work on, with expert guidance. This workshop includes demonstrations and lots of practice with a partner. Everyone will have a chance to experience giving and receiving massage with step-by-step instructions and coaching.
Designing Effective Rituals 1 - Ivo Domínguez, Jr.
Beginning to Intermediate. The creation of new rituals that are safe, moving, and efficacious is both an art and a science. In this class, several models for describing, testing, and balancing ritual outlines will be presented. We will also talk about why rituals work and how they have the potential to touch and to change us. The methods and paradigms offered will be applicable to most Neo-Pagan and Western Magick traditions. This is part one of a two-part class, and attending both parts is best.
Designing Effective Rituals 2 - Ivo Domínguez, Jr.
Beginning to Advanced. The creation of new rituals that are safe, moving, and efficacious is both an art and a science. In this class, several models for describing, testing, and balancing ritual outlines will be presented. We will also talk about why rituals work and how they have the potential to touch and to change us. The methods and paradigms offered will be applicable to most Neo-Pagan and Western Magick traditions. This is part two of a two-part class, so attending both parts is best.
Developing Faerie Sight - DeeDee
Children can see faeries. Why is it so hard for adults to do? Together we will explore ways to "see" faeries and begin to reach out to the spirits of the land at Camp Ramblewood.
Drum for Joy! 1 - Jaqui MacMillan
This class will cover basic hand drum technique, learning how to make your drum sing, building and playing a drum composition in all of its parts (rhythms, breaks, solos and vocals), and the joy of drumming in a group! Jaqui specializes in djembe drumming, but other hand drums are welcome (ashikos, congas, etc.). The Drum For Joy! classes combine polyrhythmic compositions and folksongs from a variety of cultures, making a fun and dynamic learning experience for beginners and intermediate players alike. Recording and note-taking are also welcome and encouraged.
Drum for Joy! 2 - Jaqui MacMillan
This class will begin with a variety of good hand drum warmups to help you bring the voice out of your drum and make it sing! We will build and play a drum composition in all of its parts (a different piece from the one covered the first class), including rhythms, breaks, solos, vocals and, of course, the experience of drumming for joy in a group! Jaqui specializes in djembe drumming, but other hand drums are welcome (ashikos, congas, etc.). Recording and note-taking are welcome and encouraged; Drum for Joy! 1 is not required.
The Drummer's Path 1: Instant Drumming - Alex & Shaina
Play drums with little or no instruction. With the power of sound, participants will repeat patterns of sounds with minimal instruction. This is a shortcut to drumming, bypassing the cognitive process of learning and remembering. It's just about doing without thought getting in the way.
The Drummer's Path 2: The Drum Checkup - Alex & Shaina
In this workshop, I'll provide you with a checklist of things to consider in obtaining and maintaining a personal drum. I'll give instructions on preventative maintenance and 'first aid' measures you can take to keep your drum in good shape. Fix it now! Understand your drum. Drumming as a lifestyle. Being one with your drum. Open to anyone. Max class size: 4.
The Drummer's Path 3: The Drum Circle—Connecting the Senses - Alex & Shaina
Create a space for creative self-expression, rhythmic harmony, and just plain fun. The role of the facilitator, the dancer, drummers and observers will be explored. We will explore techniques from my personal experiences doing drum circles for over 10 years. Chaos leads to order, and order to evolution. Open to all.
The Drummer's Path 4: West African Rhythms - Alex & Shaina
Learn the many parts of a West African rhythm. Polyrhythms bring out the true power of the drums. Bring your drum(s) and a chair.
Festival as Community - Deborah Lipp
A look at the way that the festival movement has influenced Paganism in general, and us as individuals. What changes has the community seen as a result of the festival movement, and what changes have we ourselves experienced? Does it mean something different to be a Pagan in a community that has festivals then it did to be a Pagan in decades past? This workshop will combine formally-presented material on the history of Pagan festivals, as well as free-form discussion about how we have experienced festivals.
Festival Jamming - Kenny Klein
When people go to festivals, they like to play music. Sometimes it's hard, though, to play with a group of people you've never met. Kenny goes over the pros and cons of group music situations: how to get people playing together; how to involve people of various skill levels; and all the dos and don'ts. Please bring instruments.
Fet for the Sea Lwa - Kenaz, Kathy, and Firesong
A Vodou service for Admiral Agwé, his wife La Sirene, Klemezin Klèmèy, and the other sea lwa and mermaid spirits. We come together to sing, dance, and honor the Lwa. Vodou ceremony is a group effort; if you can, please arrive early to help with setup and/or stay later to help with cleanup. It is strongly suggested that you attend Songs of the Lwa if you want to participate more fully in the Fet. This is not a clothing optional ceremony; kindly arrive freshly showered and with your tops and bottoms clothed. White, light blue or light green clothing is most appropriate. If possible, please bring: food to share, drink to share, a supply donation, and something to cover your head, like a scarf.
A staffed clearspace for grounding and centering will be provided in the white pavilion outside of the Tin Can for the duration of the ceremony by Rev. Tannin Schwartzstein. If you have any questions about the services provided in the clearspace before the ritual, please feel free to drop by the Bones and Flowers booth on merchant's row during daytime hours.
Find Your Sacred Voice—Advanced - Izolda Trakhtenberg
This workshop will continue where the first Sacred Voice workshop left off. Participants will learn additional vocal/singing techniques, including breathing, tonal quality, timbre, placement of the voice, pitch, blend, and harmony. We will further develop confidence and communication through the voice and song by learning and singing more beautiful and challenging songs and rounds from around the world. Participants who complete both workshops will have the opportunity to perform a short set before Abracadazzle! on Saturday. This workshop is open to anyone who has taken the Beginning workshop (either this year or last year). Materials fee: $2.
Find Your Sacred Voice—Beginning - Izolda Trakhtenberg
A workshop on discovering the sacred joy of singing: The voice, being our first instrument, has the greatest physical, emotional and spiritual connection to our body. Throughout the ages, people have used song both to express themselves and to connect with the sacred. And yet, usually we sing without first establishing the crucial connection between breath, body, and voice. Or perhaps we are afraid to sing because we fear that we cannot sing. Using stretches, physical and vocal exercises, and techniques, this workshop will focus on the connecting the body to the breath, the breath to the voice, the voice to the song and the song to the spirit. We will also attempt to increase the comfort level with vocalizing and develop some listening skills to aid in feeling joyful about singing both individually and with others. The participants will also receive a vocal skills practice CD to help them keep the connection with their singing voices long after the workshop is over.
In this workshop, we'll learn physical warm-up exercises and their importance, and vocal warm-up exercises designed to open the singing passages, unblock resonators, free the voice, and increase confidence in singing. We'll also cover good mechanics to prevent strain, techniques to strengthen vocal power, proper breathing techniques, pitch matching, vocal communication, caring for our voices, and proper practice techniques. Finally, we'll put techniques we've covered into practice by learning and singing songs and rounds. Materials fee: $2.
Finding Your Right Livelihood - Elspeth of Haven
Almost every creature has to do something to meet its physical needs. Most humans use personal energy in exchange for money to meet our needs. Your life was not meant to be a grinding, boring, or hated round of activity. You can bring Spirit into earning a living.
Flimsy Relationships and Raging Hormones - Elspeth of Haven
During these confusing years, you are told you are too young—or too grown up—to behave in certain manners. It is hard to even for you to understand yourself and your feelings. You have no one to trust except your peer group—but they don't know, either! How can you find the Way through? Elspeth brings her years and her life experience to share. For Teens.
Friday Morning Blót—Heimdall - Scott and Eric
Come Join us on Friday Morning as Eric Smith Leads us in a Blot to Heimdall. Blóts are open to anyone who wants to celebrate the gods and have a quick wakeup! Bring your loudest toasting voice. If you're under 21, you may attend, but you may not imbibe. [21+].
From Shaman to Showman - Magnus
Drawing on his unique experience of the relationship between the craft of the performance magician and the practitioner of the arts of the Shaman, Jeff McBride discusses the role of the Magician, from its archaic origins to the high-tech showrooms of Las Vegas. An incredible journey from the death and resurrection rituals of ancestral cultures to The Magical Empire, a 55 million dollar complex dedicated to ancient magic and mysteries. Jeff will weave a tale of his personal quest for "real magic" that has led him around the world; from the deep woods to Deep Space!
Fun with Scents and Sensuality - Cat Castells
Probably the most visceral sense we possess, smell is often ignored or neglected when we are thinking of sensuality. For this workshop, I'll introduce you to a number of fine, very high-quality perfumes, divided by type of fragrance. There will be some history involved in this class, and, at the end, you'll get an opportunity to smell some other niche and classic perfumes. If you are at all interested in fragrance and perfume, you will really enjoy this! Not a workshop where you'll make perfume, this is, instead, an invitation to try a number of different kinds of perfume and perhaps find a fragrance or two to fall in love with. This workshop is open to folks of all genders and levels of experience; however, if you have allergies to materials found in perfumes, you probably should skip it. [18+].
Gaytopia Cornucopia - reed & bunny
Gaytopia is a space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people and their friends and family to share space at FSG. The 'Gaytopia Cornucopia' is an open table of treats to share while stopping by or hanging out. Feel free to come by for a treat, contribute a treat, be a treat! Gaytopia is an extension of Rainbow Camp for those who prefer a cabin to a tent.
Getting in Touch With the Air - Danny Snook
We'll be using physical activities as a means to connect with the elemental energies of Air. Meet at the Teen Pavilion. For Teens.
Getting in Touch With The Earth - Danny Snook
Take a nature walk around the lesser-seen parts of camp to become more aware of the elemental energies of Earth all around us. Meet at the Teen Pavilion. For Teens.
Getting in Touch With The Fire - Danny Snook
We will build a small fire down at the fire circle. We will discuss the nature of elemental Fire energy and discuss how this energy can be used. The whole group will help build and start the fire. Fire safety will also be covered. Meet at the Teen Pavilion. For Teens.
Getting in Touch With the Water - Danny Snook
We will discuss different techniques for connecting to the elemental energy of Water. Part of this class will be in the pool, so parents of 13 and 14-year-olds will need to accompany their teens (MD law requires adult supervision of teens 14 and younger). Meet at the Teen Pavilion. For Teens.
Getting the Wedding Ceremony You Want - David
You really can have any kind of ceremony you want! The ability to connect and combine all of who you are in the sacredness of the ritual and celebration of your union together can be the perfect wedding gift to yourself. This workshop makes it easy and fun to put a marriage or commitment (or renewal!) ceremony together, including all of the pieces that make it a polished, complete experience. You'll have an opportunity to ask all of your questions and get answers in detail about who can legally marry you, how to find and talk with an officiant, how to find and select a venue, catering, and more.
The Gift of Fear - Arakeane & Selene
Fear is a primal perception that is often maligned and misunderstood. Fear is a survival signal that can protect us from harm or violence if we use this gift correctly. The problem with fear is being afraid. In a society where our political leaders are increasingly advancing an agenda deigned to keep us perpetually afraid, understanding fear is a key element in maintaining individual freedom. We will discuss fear and separate it from the feelings that fear-mongering new world order architects use to warp society to their dictates. We will also talk about how you can use fear in your everyday lives to protect yourself from violence. [18+].
The Gods of Hellenismos - Thista Minai
Would you like to learn something special you could do to make Apollo happier in your circles? Do you want to know what beverage you should not put in a chalice for Demeter? Have you discovered something new that Aphrodite loves? Come share your knowledge of the ancient Greek Gods! We'll make a list of the Gods and Goddesses people want to talk about and then share ancient customs and traditions as well as modern revelations associated with each one. Attending Intro to Hellinismos is a good idea, and you'll probably get more out of this class if you do, but it's not required.
Greenwights: Northern-Tradition Shamanic Herbalism - Raven Kaldera
The ancient peoples of northern Europe had a working knowledge of herbs that included not only their medicinal uses, but also partnership with the plant spirits. The early-medieval healers of northern Europe were known as the Leike, and their course of study included this style of hands-on, soul-on herbalism, as well as spells and charms for working with the plant spirits and their patron deities. We'll explore this form of medicinal and magical herbalism the way our ancestors did. If you're a Pagan or Heathen and you call yourself a healer, this is a class you should take.
Haven Family Circle - Nybor and Elspeth of Haven
Join the Haven Family for an open ritual. Haven is a collection of solitary folks and coven-folks who come together when possible to celebrate their connections both new and old.
Healing with Crystals & Gemstones Part 1 - Satayana
This class is suitable for beginners. Experience an intuitive approach to selecting, clearing, placing and using crystals and gemstones for healing yourself and others. The purpose and methods of crystal charging or 'programming' will also be discussed. A wide selection of stones will be provided for you to experience.
Healing with Crystals & Gemstones Part 2 - Satayana
Using the intuitive approach learned in Part One, participants will perform a five pointed star gemstone and crystal healing layout on a volunteer in need of pain relief and/or healing. Learn a moving meditation to guide placement of stone altars in the home according to element/issue. This class is Beginning–Intermediate; it is suggested you participate in Part One.
Healing Your Relationship With Money - Elspeth of Haven
Originally temple tokens (the first coins bore the face of a god), money has come to mean much more in our present culture. For some people, it has come to mean power, love, comfort, sex, war, peace, even the meaning of life itself. Money—the earning of it and the spending of it—is not separate from the rest of your life, certainly not your spiritual life. How and why does it relate? Elspeth speaks from her own life experiences and from her 78+ years of observing our species in action.
The Healing Power of Rhythm with Taketina - Marcus Sims
Taketina is a musical journey using the power of rhythm to facilitate our own personal evoluion. Using our bodies as our instrument, with simultaneous stepping, clapping, and singing, we dance and sing to cultivate our awareness in the present moment and quiet the chatter of our rational minds. As our awareness deepens, the habitual patterns of our lives become apparent and can be transformed. In the Taketina rhythmic community, each person can find their own place, regardless of musical experience or skill. At times playful, challenging, primal, meditative, and sublime, Taketina is a tonic for our nervous systems and a mirror for our lives. It is Rhythm for Evolution. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring a blanket or pad.
Heimdall: Guardian of the Bifrost Bridge - Eric S
The Shining Æse, carrier of Gjallrhorn, also known as Rig, was the watchman of the Norse Gods. He is less well known than a number of others and much of his lore was lost. Eric will explore what can be found about Heimdall as well as a few things that can be implied and what in the watchman may appeal to parts of us. Come share what can be learned from this most perceptive of gods.
Hermes Council - Bill Seligman (Fàidh)
Men and women are different. Though we share a common spiritual ground, there are Women's Mysteries and Men's Mysteries that can be experienced separately. The Hermes Council is a men's-only spiritual group. It complements the shared spirituality of men and women by offering men a separate space to address their spiritual needs. The rituals and practices of the Hermes Council are based on Wiccan and Native American traditions, and will probably be familiar to you. What is unique about us is the degree of honesty and communication that we share in our ritual space.
After a short (10–15 minute) introduction, we will perform a ritual in the Hermes Council tradition. The ritual will include a council, where we'll pass around a talking stick and give every participant a chance to speak. Please feel free to bring drums and other musical instruments, cups for juice or seltzer, and any other ritual equipment with which you are comfortable (e.g., athames). Once we have defined our sacred space and cast our circle, we will be reluctant to allow latecomers to enter. Please be on time.
How To Cast a Spell in Five Minutes or Less - Del
I'm busy. You're busy. We're all busy. Sometimes we have a need that begs to be addressed and not enough time in the week to haul out the athame, put on the floofy robes, and chant for an hour. Del, a 'suburban shaman', brings you real-life-applicable techniques like sigil making, bind runes, and found item magick to help you and your overworked schedule. Can be used for healing, employment, travel, and just about anything else you can think of. (You'll find the workshop eminently better if you bring a writing utensil and paper with you!).
Independent Pagan Publishing - Raven Kaldera and Joshua Tenpenny
The Neo-Pagan religion has always been a literary one, changed and driven by books and authors. This means that writers and publishers have had a strong effect on the way our religion has been practiced. But Pagan publishing today is in an interesting quandary: Pagan-focused presses are small, and bound by market forces, which means what will sell a whole lot Now, which means Lowest Common Denominator. What are the alternatives? We'll discuss the growing phenomena of print-on-demand, author's cooperatives, and other do-it-yourself methods. We'll also discuss quality control for the aspiring author. How can you get your words out there? Let's find out.
Initiation in Vodou and Other Traditions - Kenaz & Kathy
Initiations can be life-changing events, or they can be empty ceremonies. We'll discuss of how initiation functions and does not function in Haitian Vodou and other traditions, and touch upon hot topics like the strengths and weaknesses of mystery traditions, the role of ordeals in initiation, and paying for initiatory ceremonies.
Intro to the Intro to Fire Spinning: Fun with Fire - Hobbit & Charlie
This class will serve as a base for the rest of the fire spinning classes presented at festival. We will focus on fire safety, fuel choices, spotting practice and technique, construction and care of equipment, as well as some basic spinning technique. If you don't want to spin, but want to learn how to spot for your neighborhood spinners, this is the class to come to.
An Introduction to Fire Spinning - Hobbit & Charlie
This is a beginner's introduction to the art of fire spinning. Included in the class will be a brief history of poi, safety instruction, and an in-depth practice of fire-spinning techniques. Please bring practice poi. We will have some available to use (and purchase), but we may not have enough for all.
Introduction to Hellenismos - Thista Minai
Hellenismos is a modern revival of ancient Greek religion, otherwise known as Greek Reconstructionism. Come learn how ancient practices can be incorporated into a modern world. We'll discuss everything from temples and state festivals to oracles and necromancy.
Introduction to Pastafarianism - ZenLizard
An explanation of the teachings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, including the basis of belief; the link between pirates and global warming; and scientific evidence for the existence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Open to all, and it is not necessary to dress in pirate regalia (but you can if you want to!).
Introduction to Santeria - Patricia Althouse
A broad introduction for beginners into the Santerian religion as practiced by an initiate. Topics include historical origins, the nature of sacrifice, the world of the Ancestors, the Orisha and their patakis (stories), the importance of Divination in walking your path, and perspectives on Possession. Anyone interested in learning more about or sharing stories about the wonderful world of the Orisha is welcome.
Introduction to T'ai Chi - Izolda Trakhtenberg
This ancient Chinese martial art has been practiced for thousands of years. It energizes the body even as it quiets the mind, and it brings body, mind, and spirit together to leave you peaceful, centered, and balanced. Join Izolda Trakhtenberg for this introductory class. Working with the Life Force in the earth and in ourselves, we will move through the first few flowing postures of Yang style T'ai Chi, utilizing our own inner awareness of our bodies and our energy. We will learn the appropriate body mechanics and structure to move through the form for optimal health, wellbeing, and peace. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring water.
Intuition, Blindsight, and Religious Experience - Arakeane & Selene
Experimentation into the phenomena of blindsight has led researchers to more deeply understand and model the nature of consciousness. In so doing, science has come to recognize that there is extensive neurological input which does not reach the level of our conscious thought. At the same time, our brain is able to process these inputs and we may train ourselves to use this information to draw conscious conclusions. In essence, this defines the neurological nature of a "gut feeling." Intuition is based largely upon "gut feelings" or the perceptions we receive for which we can not define a conscious method by which our perception was obtained. Religious experiences may examined within such a framework.
Kybalion: 7 Sacred Secrets of Manifestations - Lord Fairy Bottom
Kybalion 101: This is a beginner's workshop on the Hermetic Philosophy and the Seven Sacred Secrets of Manifestation. Learn how to manipulate your own energy to get what you want in life. Although the knowledge is ancient, its practices are continued today as advanced energy work. There are no prerequisites; beginners are welcome.
Learning to Bead for Fun - Rev Dr Lynda Schlipf and Robert Moore
In this workshop, we will deal with beading techniques and the understanding of the tools and supplies needed for beading. This is a hands-on workshop; each participant will produce an article of beaded jewelry to their individual taste (necklace, earrings). We will be showing you how to professionally finish jewelry using many different techniques. Max class size: 15; Materials fee: $10.
The Life Romantic - Rebecca Proch
'Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink' could be our cultural mantra when it comes to romance; it saturates our media and seems to be everywhere, and yet so many of us are starving for the very thing that surrounds us. In this workshop, discover how the obsession with ideas like 'a fairy-tale romance' masks a much greater hunger: the longing for a Romantic life. Come and learn what makes a Romantic life, how a chivalric devotion to Deity can enrich and deepen even a busy or exciting existence, and where to find the courage to say 'yes' to your heart's path, to deity, to the universe, and to Romance.
Living the Wheel of the Year: Pagan Homesteading - Raven Kaldera
The wheel of the Pagan year is based around a rural agricultural calendar, but most pagans no longer live that kind of life. This workshop is about those who do: the pagan homesteaders who went back to the land and stayed there. It's for those who do it, those who'd like to, and those who'd just like to find out about what it's like to live the cycle of the year this closely. Even if you live in the city and only have a tiny backyard garden, you can learn more about how our ancestors saw the turning year, and enrich your life. By the author of EarthBound: Pagan Homesteading.
Loki Blót - Del
Are you a trickster? Have you ever pulled a practical joke to teach someone a lesson? Do you know any dirty limericks? Come to a Norse drinking ritual (alcohol consumption optional) honoring Loki. A serious-but-not-solemn participatory ritual for all those who want a free drink and good laugh. Bring your best stories, jokes, and memories of ancestral tricksters. [21+].
The Magic of the Alchemical Fire Circle - Magnus & Spinner
Since the dawn of time, humans seeking spirit-vision have drummed, danced, and chanted around the fire, developing many diverse ways of contacting Spirit. This hands-on workshop will provide you with experiential techniques and a theoretical background that will help you on your personal quest while providing an outline for the kind of magic that happens around the Alchemical Fire Circle. Together, we will blend drumming, movement, sound and trance techniques to create safe, sacred space, and expand our state of consciousness. Please come prepared to open your mind and your heart as we delve into the mysteries of modern trance-formation. Open to all regardless of experience. Please bring drums, rattles, and percussion instruments. This is the prep/intro workshop for the Thursday and Friday evening Alchemical Fire Circles.
Magical Mystical Mead - Alex with Earth Rhythm Drums
The history, ritual, and modern day uses of Mead. Discussion of mead-making techniques and recipes, by myself and other meadmakers. We will have a Boast & Toast session, as done in the times of old. Other meadmakers are welcome to discuss their processes. [21+].
Make Your Own Fused Glass Jewelry - Tina Van Pelt
Beginners welcome! You will learn about fused glass and have the opportunity to make your own pendant, amulet, earrings or worry stone with your own design and meaning. Especially appropriate to the Pagan community, because you can design pieces with specific meaning to represent your spiritual path. You will use colored art glass, Italian millefiori, dichroic glass, copper and silver. The materials cost is $20 per piece; you may make as many as you wish. Don't forget to come back the next day to glue on the bail and pick up your pieces. See my studio website for ideas. Max class size: 14; Materials fee: $20.
The Many Meanings Of Initiation - Ivo Domínguez, Jr.
Beginning to Advanced. Many people following an esoteric path eventually face the question of whether or not they wish to seek initiation. If the answer is yes, then the question becomes by whom, self, another, a group, the Divine, etc? The impact and the meaning of initiation is as varied as every individual, but what does it mean? What are the social, psychological, and spiritual ramifications of initiations? What are the responsibilities that come with the benefits of initiatory magick? This class will offer ideas and perspectives to help enrich the dialogue on the many meanings of initiation.
Mask Magick: Rebirth - Sprye
Rebirth yourself with conscious understanding of your spirit and what it would like to bring to the world for its future. After the processes of death and transformation, we can open ourselves and support one another in rediscovering the beauty within through the Invoking Dance. With the base mask we created (in the second workshop), you will create a piece of art for yourself and the future you wish to create. Your finished mask may be used as a reminder of where you are going, used in ritual in deepening the self, or burned ritualistically to release you from the holds of putting on any mask. Experience a sense of nurturing and trust as we work in pairs, applying pre-plastered gauze strips on the face to create the base of your mask. What you will need: If you were not able to create a mask template the day before in the Transformation series please bring money for materials ($10 for a full mask, $5 for a half mask) and a couple of clean towels and soap to wash your face. It is suggested you come a ½ hour early so you can create your mask template you need to. Some decorative supplies will be available, but you may also bring personal items for your mask such as shells, sand, bark, leaves, ribbons, fabrics, or feathers. Please bring rattles, drums, and any other noise makers you may have for the movement aspect of our ritual. Last of three in the "Mask Magick" series, a process of Death, Transformation, and Rebirth. Max class size: 20; Materials fee: $10.
Mask Magick: The Death Mask - Sprye
Delve into and examine your lifelong collection of masks that you've acquired from interactions with family, teachers, relationships, jobs, and society. Recognize and remove a false mask you present to others in your daily life. Though our masks can be used to keep us safe and protected, some can also become permanently fixed to our beings as a "Death Wish," creating a block to becoming our authentic selves and preventing our magick from flowing into the world. Through a meditative journey, movement and the creation of a physical mask, find your hidden spark of spirit and bring forth your true self. Experience a sense of nurturing and trust as we work in pairs, applying pre-plastered gauze strips on the face to create the base of your mask. What you will need: Money for materials ($10 for a full mask, $5 for a half mask) and a couple of clean towels and soap to wash your face. Some decorative supplies will be available, but you may also bring personal items for your mask such as hair, shells, fur, sand, bark, leaves, ribbons, fabrics, or feathers. First of three in the "Mask Magick" series, a process of Death, Transformation, and Rebirth. If you have questions for Sprye, please send her a note: tricksymepixie at gmail dot com. Max class size: 20; Materials fee: $10.
Mask Magick: Transformation - Sprye
Transform yourself, and the masks you wear, through movement, dance, and art. Bring your Death Mask (from the first workshop in this series) and release its hold on your life with the Banishing Dance. We will work together to transform our understanding, heal those aspects of ourselves that have held us back, and move toward the future. We will also create the basis of a mask for rebirthing ourselves (in the third workshop of this series). Experience a sense of nurturing and trust as we work in pairs, applying pre-plastered gauze strips on the face to create the base of your mask. What you will need: Money for materials ($10 for a full mask, $5 for a half mask) and a couple of clean towels and soap to wash your face. Some decorative supplies will be available, but you may also bring personal items for your mask such as hair, shells, fur, sand, bark, leaves, ribbons, fabrics, or feathers. Please bring rattles, drums, and any other noisemakers you may have for the movement aspect of our ritual. Second of three in the "Mask Magick" series, a process of Death, Transformation, and Rebirth. Max class size: 20; Materials fee: $10.
McBride's Magic & Mystery School: Magic for All! - Magnus
Would you like to learn more about the art of magic? Join Jeff McBride, world-renown magician, to learn some new tricks that you can do, and to acquire some of the skills of the conjuring magician. You will learn about the life cycle of the magician archetype, and how to make something appear in midair and seem to levitate, along with some mind-bending illusions and easy effects you can use to amaze and delight your friends! This workshop is open to all—adults, children and everyone in between!
Mead and Scotch Demonstration - West
Sample other home-brewers' mead, discuss your techniques, see what you like, and and learn how to improve. Even if you don't brew, you may benefit from learning what matches your tastes. West will also describe the different kinds of Whisky, with samples from the primary regions including the Highlands and Islands. Learn more about the Gaelic Uisge-Beatha, the 'Water of Life.' You won't be disappointed! Please bring a small sample of mead that you're willing to share and a small tasting cup. If you're sampling scotch, the materials fee is $5. Materials fee: $5; [21+].
Meeting Mother Earth - Claire M. Sagewell
As pagans, we are more aware than most of Mother Earth—but how much do we really know about Her? We will take an in-depth look at the Element of Earth, get our hands a little dirty and take a journey to visit The Mother and see what wisdom she has to share based on what we have learned. Now, when it is more than apparent than ever that The Mother is trying to tell us something, we will turn our ears to the ground and listen. Be sure and bring your journal.
The Melissa: Beekeeping Q&A - West
'Never trust a beekeeper who tells you he knows what he's doing: he's already told you one lie and is likely to tell another.' Last year's organic beekeeping class ran way too long, so this year I'll stick to the basics of beekeeping and answer questions about organic Hive Love and The Melissa, who lives inside it. Bring Mead. [21+].
The Melissa: Beekeeping Worship - West
Curious about the lifestyle of bees? West will describe The Melissa (the bee-goddess), explain the lifestyle of bees, and show how they can be included in your home. Includes a discussion of organic lifestyle methods, types of hives, and bees' fascinating symbiosis with humans.
MidSummer Chant Circle - Kellianna
Stepping in time with the Wheel of the Year, Kellianna will lead a chant circle to celebrate MidSummer. Using seasonal chants, elemental chants, and chants to the God and Goddess, we will raise energy in celebration and manifest our intentions. Song and chant are powerful tools for raising good, positive, loving energy.
Nine Noble Virtues of Asatru - Scott Mohnkern
Many in the Asatru faith follow a set of beliefs commonly called "The Nine Noble Virtues." These virtues are moral and ethical practices that help us in conducting our everyday lives. Come and join us as we talk about the virtues, how they apply to modern society, and how they can help us as we live. [21+].
Opening Ecumenical Sumbel - Scott Mohnkern
A sumbel is a Norse tradition of rounds of toasts to the gods, our ancestors, and ourselves. It's a ritual where we not only become closer with our gods, but we also become closer to each other. Come join your fellow attendees Tuesday night, and get to know who you'll be spending the rest of the week with. [21+].
An Opinionated History of Pagan Music - Kenny Klein
Trace the history of modern Pagan music from its origins in the 1970s to the present day. Who were the first musicians of the Pagan community? How did festivals and Pagan publications influence the music Pagans listen to today? Join Kenny Klein for discussion and examples of the songs we Pagans sing.
Orkney's Hidden Folk - Kitty Bronson - Vanadisflame
Orkney is a wonderful combination of cultures due to the settlement of these Islands. Much of the folklore is a combination of Celtic and Norse influences. This workshop is an exploration of the "hidden folk" such as the Trows, Selkies and Brownies in Orkney, with information from the Shetlands and the Faroe Islands. The workshop will discuss the legends of these folk and the practices of the people to defend against or attract them, as well as a comparison with similar legends in the Celtic and Norse worlds.
Pagan Leadership Conclave - Deborah Lipp
This is an opportunity for those of us who lead Pagan groups to share the joys and woes and unique challenges we face. People new to Pagan leadership can get input from old-timers, people suffering burnout can seek rejuvenation, and we can all find the camaraderie and connections that we need. This is a facilitated open discussion.
The Pagan Lore of Birds - Kenny Klein
Birds are sacred animals across European, American, and Asian folklore. Gods and Goddesses of scads of cultures are associated with the winged folk, and they appear throughout Fairy lore and folk tales. Join Kenny in a discussion of the Pagan lore of birds, the way we can see the Gods through them, and their uses as totem animals.
Palmistry 101 - Ariana Lightningstorm
Ariana will show and teach you the basics so you can do a basic palm reading for yourself or others when we are done. We look at our own and each others' hands and have lots of fun learning what this fascinating part of our bodies can tell us about ourselves and each other. You will learn interpretation of shapes, skin texture, color of the hands, fingers, nails and thumb. You will also learn the basic lines and what mounts are. You should come out of this class with the ability to read some information on any palm you look at. Take these skills to a party and you'll be busy all night.
Past Life Regression: Integration of Ourselves - molly
Past Life Regression is a tool for the integration of ourselves. It offers not only a glimpse at our essential essence, but offers the key to understanding our karmic connections over many lives. This intermediate-to-advanced workshop presumes that the participants have some familiarity with guided intentional trance. Sacred contracts, karmic residue and affect bridges will be explained in relation to past life regressions. Several past life regression methods will be presented along with helpful tips, benefits and pitfalls. At least one past life regression will be demonstrated for the group and discussed. Trance and Self-hypnosis or instructor permission is required. Max class size: 30; [18+].
The Possession Experience - Kenaz & Raven
A brief look at possession in Vodou, compared and contrasted with possession and similar experiences in other traditions. Possible topics of discussion would include the differences and similarities between possession and 'aspecting' or 'shadowing' and a comparison and contrast between positive possession experiences (e.g., possession by a Lwa, Samadhi) and negative (e.g., oppression, 'demonic possession'). Features material from Filan and Kaldera's upcoming Wild Horses.
Practical Use of Energy - Danny Snook
Beginning energy work using martial arts-type techniques. This class will teach basic techniques for molding energy within our body. This is a physical class geared towards teenagers and older kids. For Teens.
Preparing for Ritual - Deborah Lipp
Before ritual can begin there are all manner of factors to consider and all manner of preparations to be made. After considering the location, size, experience of the participants, and purpose of the rite, you must prepare everything from fire safety to spiritual readiness. This talk discusses virtually every pre-ritual step in depth, and is adapted from my book The Elements of Ritual.
Priest/ess and Poet: Writing Better Rituals - Dianna
Most pagans write their own rituals, using books that provide lots of models. Why are so many of those rituals poorly written? You can do better! Come to this class and learn how some basic metric and rhyme changes can improve the sound of poetic lines, how borrowing from non-pagan sources can enliven a ritual, and some simple methods to ease and enable your writing style. No writing experience is necessary. Paper and pen would be helpful, but we'll provide, if you need them. Open to all without prerequisite.
Prosperity: A Money Washing Ritual - Tom Swiss
In the hills of Kamakura, a historic city a little south of Tokyo, there is a Shinto shrine, Zeniarai Benten, which is centered around a sacred spring. People wash their money in water from the spring in a prosperity ritual; spending the money that has been so washed is supposed to it bring many times back to you. We will perform a similar ceremony with water from the Sacred Wells of Ramblewood.
Psychic and Energetic Healing - Ariana Lightningstorm and John Madigan
Our busy lives often lead us to forget to take moments to look within, to pray, to hear the eternal chant of life around us. In this experiential workshop, you will be taken on a healing journey and taught some simple healing techniques from different traditions. The traditions we borrow and learn from are ancient and wise. In our Western culture, we have often forgotten the power of our own voices, forgotten calling up our ancient connection to holiness, our personal spirituality. Ariana of KIVA and John invite you to join them to remember our roots and heal our hearts. In this workshop, we will teach you how to sense energy between your own hands and then to sense it around others, seeing how you sense what is going on in another's energetic field/body. Your best teacher is your own awareness. We'll share and learn from each other and then we'll give you an opportunity to experience singing crystal bowls and what sonic healing can do. Finally, we'll close by grounding—sending any extra energy that we don't need back into our Earth Mother—thereby keeping our own energies connected to the Earth, balanced and healthy.
Psychic Healing - Arakeane & Selene
Healing the mind, body, and spirit through various methods is a common theme throughout Wicca, Shamanism, and other alternative religion practitioners. The focus of this workshop is to consider aspects of healing which are primarily psychically oriented. This is a hands-on workshop. The classes are independent of any particular school of training, but we are open to, and welcome, people from diverse paths who would like to share their experiences.
Recovery Meeting - Bobbi and Kim
Recovery/Twelve Step/Sober Support: Need a meeting? Need to take a break from the festival revelry? Take this opportunity to connect with others in recovery, share safe space and make new friends. Come join us for fellowship and sharing.
Reiki for Healing & Magick Part 1 - Satayana
Part One (Beginner) Introduction: Learn & see how Reiki (pronounced ('ray-key'), a form of gentle touch energy healing, can be easily learned and used on oneself and others. Learn how Reiki is used by adults & children of all ages, as well as in medical settings to reduces stress and pain, and enhance overall wellness. Some unique magickal applications will also be discussed. Participants in Part One will have the option to sign up for attunement in Part Two, so they may practice Reiki on themselves and others as a certified Level I Practitioner.
Reiki for Healing & Magick Part 2 - Satayana
Part Two (Beginner) Attunement & Class: In this class you will receive the neccesary attunement and practice time to become a certified Level I Reiki Practitioner. You will experience giving Reiki yourself and other participants in a relaxing group Reiki session. An optional manual is available for $3. Class limit of 12 - those who attended Part One will be given priority on a first come, first served basis. Max class size: 12; Materials fee: $3.
Reiki Share - molly
This is an opportunity for all levels of Reiki practitioners and those interested in experiencing Reiki to join in a daily celebration of the life energy. Each day, a different theme will guide our practice. We will give and receive, love and learn. Please bring a towel, mat or blanket.
Revenge of the Intro to Fire Spinning: Intermediate - Hobbit & Charlie
This is a continuation of the Introduction to Fire Spinning class. The class will build on the foundation laid in the first class, introducing more intermediate/advanced moves and concepts. Less time will be spent on the origin/basics of poi, but fire safety will still be a top priority. Working with lit poi is a possibility, but will depend on the class attendance and the comfort level of the instructors.
Rock the Night Away - Danny Snook
Come and dance the night away on the last night of camp. For Teens Only.
Rune Reading 101 - Scott Mohnkern
Runes, the divination tool of those practicing a variety of types of northern european paganism, are often referred to as the 'two by four' of divination. They are rarely subtle in their message, and can provide excellent insight into a variety of issues. Come to this class and learn how to 'cast the runes,' and then spend time reading runes for your fellow students. You can bring your own set, or use the set here. Sets will be available for sale, at cost, afterwards, for those interested in pursuing rune reading further.
Sacred Decadence: A Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tasting - Ariana Lightningstorm
This class is for lovers of wine, cheese, and chocolate alike. We'll be pairing wines with cheese and wines with chocolate. Bring a partner and a wine glass if you have one, and sign up early! Max class size: 20; Materials fee: $15; [21+].
Sacred Magic of Angels - Kris Johnson
Sacred angel magic has been conducted throughout the ages. Historically, many of the angels were Sumerian deities and angel magic was prevalent at the time of the first temple in Jerusalem. It has been handed down through the Middle Ages where it can be seen in such works as The Greater Key of Solomon. In ritual we will invoke the hierarchy of angels and the angel of operation for the day. This will be preceded by a brief discussion of Angel Magic. Ritual attire is appropriate except black, but not necessary. This is primarily for adults, but older teens are welcome.
Sacred Sexcersize: Exotic Dancing for Individuals - Mandrake Windwillow
This Exotic Dancing class is open to everyone interested in dance and erotic motion. There are no pre-requisites; you need only come with an open mind, comfortable clothes and a desire to move freely.
Sacred Space as a Template - Nybor
In this second introductory lecture, Nybor speaks of the qualities of sacred space as a template to better understand the relationship between the Astral and the physical, the mind and the body, and the projective and receptive. Nybor will discuss the part that the psyche plays in spirituality and the necessity for maintaining a spiritual and physical balance in your life. We will take a close look at the interfaces between earth, air, fire and water. This is the second of two lectures introducing a new theory of the way magic works. [18+].
Saturday Morning Blót—Sunna - Scott Mohnkern
Come celebrate the coming of Lady Sunna, and the warmth she brings! Saturday morning, we'll be celebrating the coming of Lady Sunna. A Blót is a Norse ritual of celebration, involving a round of 'toasts' where we celebrate the gods, goddesses and our relationship to them. If you're under 21, you may attend, but you may not imbibe. [21+].
Self-defense as a Spiritual Practice - Tom Swiss
You are a manifestation of the divine, a child of the God and Goddess. That makes you a being worth defending; yet our culture's confused attitudes about violence, plus the self-esteem issues faced by many people in the Pagan community, often obscure the fact that self-defense is also defense of the divine principle within all of us. In this workshop we will try to cut through the fog and discuss attitudes and skills to preserve not just your body but your divine nature. Targeted for those without previous martial arts or self-defense training; but experienced students are also welcome. We will practice verbal and non-verbal communication skills for dealing with conflict, and a few simple self-defense techniques. Teens are welcome with a parent's/guardian's permission.
Shadowing Inanna—A Death Journey - Elspeth of Haven
We humans fear the unknown—be it people, places, situations or ideas. This working is designed to ritually approach the death and rebirth experience. If you are able to completely immerse yourself in this experience, death will no longer be the unknown.
Do not eat just before this workshop, and bring something to lie down on. Prepare to face death.
Shamanic Extraction Ceremony - Caroline Kenner
Do you have isolated places of pain on your body that no doctor can remedy? How about habitual behaviors that make your life less joyous and more difficult? You could be carrying parasitic passengers on your walk through life, and need a shamanic extraction. Join us for a ceremony designed to free us from the annoying psychic limpets that drain us and pain us. Extraction healing is practiced in myriad tribal cultures in places as widespread as the Amazon basin and Siberia. Extraction involves the removal of parasitical spirit entities that can cause pain and illness, whether physical, emotional or spiritual. These spirit entities are then transmuted so they can never return. Ancient healing techniques such as extraction have survived for millennia because they work. These healings will be performed in honor of the myriad Pagan Goddesses and Gods we know by many names, and in alliance with the compassionate healing spirits of Camp Ramblewood. Miraculous healings are a distinct possibility. Bring something to sit on as we will be outdoors.
Shamanic Journeying - Satayana
Learn the core shamanic ritual of journeying. With the use of repetitive sound we will learn to move through the middle, upper and lower worlds to connect with, learn, and heal through our spirit guides and power animals. Unlike a astral projection or a guided visualization, you control your own journey and are fully grounded in your body throughout. Bring a journal and pen, eyemask or bandanna, a cloth or afghan to become your journey blanket, and one object you hold sacred. This is a beginner–intermediate workshop. Adults and teens 16 and older are welcome.
Sit and Knit (or Crochet or...) - Kitsa
A chance for crafters to get together, discuss what their crafting means to them, and spend some time with the fiber (because it's all about the fiber). Bring a camp chair and a project if you have one with you; we'll have some extra needles, hooks, yarn, and patterns for those who don't. Spinners are also welcome.
So, You Want to Write for the Pagan Press - Kenaz
Everybody has a story—and if you're involved in an Earth-based spiritual path, somebody might want to buy yours! Kenaz Filan, managing editor of newWitch magazine and author of The Haitian Vodou Handbook, will talk about getting your fiction, poetry and nonfiction published in the Pagan marketplace. The secrets you learn in this workshop will bring joy to overworked editors everywhere, and may even bring you to the top of the slush pile!
Son of Intermediate Fire Spinning: Advanced - Hobbit & Charlie
This is a continuation of the Intermediate Fire Spinning class. Less time will be spent on the basics of poi, with more time for the sharing of more complex techniques. Working with lit poi is likely, but will still depend on the class attendance and comfort level of the instructors.
Songs of the Lwa - Firesong
Singing is a major part of Vodou ceremonies. In this workshop, we will learn and practice songs for the Lwa. It is strongly suggested that if you wish to sing at the Fet to attend this workshop, especially as some of these Sea songs are in 2 parts. These will be the songs we'll sing in the upcoming Fet on Thursday and the Spirit of the Plants sweat. Song word sheets will be provided and CDs will be available.
Sphereplay - Bill Seligman (Fàidh)
This is a beginners' discussion and class on sphereplay, also known as contact juggling. If you've never seen it, it's most simply described as 'what you saw with the spheres in the movie "Labyrinth."' If you know sphereplay, come and show us what you can do. If you'd like to learn, spheres will be provided (or bring an orange). If there's interest, we'll discuss the uses of the trance-like qualities of sphereplay in ritual.
Spiritual Painting - Sophia Shultz
This will be an exercise in listening to the Great Ones—to the universe—and putting what we hear, and what we see in our minds' eye as we meditate onto paper. The focus of this workshop is not to hone artistic skills; attendees should not feel as if they need to be accomplished artists. We will work in a number of comfortable media in a non-critical environment. Attendees will be encouraged to alternately meditate and work on their paintings or drawings. Max class size: 20; Materials fee: $15; [18+].
Stargazing with a Telescope - Bill Seligman (Fàidh)
This year, look for the telescope in the Merchants Field. If the sky is clear, we'll focus our viewing at the two brightest objects in the sky. (If you don't know what those are, come to the What's in the Night Sky? class. There will be a sign posted near the telescope with a viewing schedule.
Stav Rune Reading: Divination with the Younger Futhork - Miki and Hank
Stav is a mind/body/spirit system passed down to today through the Hafskjold family in Norway. It is currently taught to the public under the parental eye of Ivar Hafskjold in the UK, Australia, Germany, a few small parts of Scandinavia and the USA. This divination system uses the younger futhork and multiple representations of each rune to create a truly unique divination system with a very simple process. Sit down with us to discuss not just rune reading itself, but also runemaking, runecarving, and rune lore.
Stav Warrior Daily Training - Miki and Hank
Stav is a mind/body/spirit system passed down to today through the Hafskjold family in Norway. It is currently taught to the public under the parental eye of Ivar Hafskjold in the UK, Australia, Germany, a few small parts of Scandinavia and the USA. This exercise program integrates the rune/god/animal associations with martial applications (hand-to-hand self-defense releases). This is a great program for warriors of any path and those interested in self-defense as well as anybody looking for a brand new way to exercise the body gently within a mysticism that is more western than eastern. Suitable for people 12 and older.
Stav Warrior Training - Miki and Hank
This exercise program integrates the rune/god/animal associations with martial applications (hand-to-hand self-defense releases). This is a great program for warriors of any path and those interested in self-defense as well as anybody looking for a brand new way to exercise the body gently within a mysticism that is more western than eastern. Suitable for people 12 and older.
Stav Warrior Training with Staff - Miki and Hank
Staff training integrates the runes and associations with martial applications (staff exercises, thrusts and strikes). The staff is used, not as a weapon, but because it heightens the ability of the holder to see 'the web,' a basic building block of Stav. A great program for warriors of any path. Suitable for people 12 and older.
Staying on the Planet—How to Stay Grounded at Festivals - Claire M. Sagewell
So many of us look forward to coming to Festival, especially if it is our first one. But it is a really heady experience! The fire, the drumming, the forest, the gods— all of it can make anyone feel light of head and deeply ungrounded. This workshop, in two parts, will give you tools, both magickal and practical, to offer support and guidance so you can get the most out of your Festival experience. Especially good for newbies, but all are welcome. Bring a camp chair or something else comfy to sit on.
The Study of Witchcraft - Deborah Lipp
After mastering the basics of 'Wicca 101,' many students are baffled about where to go next. How do I study 'Wicca 202?' What is Wicca 202? One of the crucial features of a course of study in Advanced Wicca is to reach beyond the basics and study other topics. Based on the material in my book, The Study of Witchcraft, this class addresses topics that are of value to every student of the occult, and how to approach their study.
Sweat Lodge for Pagans - Michael Smith
More and more pagans have the opportunity to participate in sweat lodges of all kinds and at many different types of events. But very little is given on the background, etiquette, and structure of sweat lodge. And very few are the opportunities to learn why and how it works. This class will talk about the known and suspected origins of lodge, how a person should behave at other people's lodges, how to tell of a lodge will be safe or not, and how the lodge affects a person's mind, body, spirit and energy.
Tao Te Drum: Eastern Drumming for Western Drummers - Daveed Korup
A nuts-and-bolts intro to Middle Eastern drumming, this class is perfect for drummers of all skills and backgrounds, and is especially well-suited to the first-time drummer.
Tao Te Drum: Rhythmical Labyrinths - Daveed Korup
Not for the faint-hearted. If you think that you have some chops and can count to two or three, this one's for you.
Tarot Majors Conversations - Nybor
The group will break up into pairs. One person of each pair will assume the identity of a tarot card of the Major Arcana to be questioned by the other. The roles will then be reversed with the majors changed.
Tarot Thumbscrews 1: Extracting More from Your Tarot Readings - Fr. Ausharrenwille
This introductory session discusses the mythology of the origins of the Tarot, uses for the deck and some similarities between several decks from the Ceremonial Magician's perspective. Participants are encouraged to bring their own decks to share and examine as we go along. This class also discusses Cabbala, Astrology and other systems that can help improve the information you get from your readings. This session also discusses the Major Arcana (or Trumps,) with an eye for pulling out the extra meanings hidden in the cards. Participants are encouraged to bring their own decks to share and examine as we go along. Our primary Focus will be the Rider-Waite and Thoth Decks, but others can be discussed if they are present. This series should be useful for readers of all skill levels. Max class size: 20.
Tarot Thumbscrews 2: Extracting More from Your Tarot Readings - Fr. Ausharrenwille
This session discusses the Court Cards and other Minor Arcana with an eye for pulling out the extra meanings hidden in the cards. The class is approached from the Ceremonial Magician's perspective. Participants are encouraged to bring their own decks to share and examine as we go along. This class also discusses Cabbala, Astrology and other systems that can help improve the information you get from your readings. As in part 1, our primary Focus will be the Rider-Waite and Thoth Decks, but others can be discussed if they are present. This series should be useful for readers of all skill levels. Max class size: 20.
Thursday Morning Blót—Thor - Scott Mohnkern
Come join us Thursday morning for a blót to Thor. This ritual will be a three round toast to Thor, and all that he has given us. Blóts are open to anyone who wants to celebrate the gods and have a quick wakeup! Bring your loudest toasting voice. If you're under 21, you may attend, but you may not imbibe. [21+].
Trance and Self-Hypnosis - molly
This introduction to hypnosis is for beginners, but repeat attendees are welcome. Trance is essential to magick, relaxation and health. Hypnosis offers an avenue to trance. The class is didactic and experiential. A brief history of hypnosis as well as a review of brain waves will be presented. Participants will have an opportunity to experience and observe hypnotic trance and will be taught to recognize different levels of trance. A group trance will be facilitated by the presenter at the conclusion of the workshop. Please bring a camp chair or blanket and water. Max class size: 30.
Trance: The Power to Change Consciousness - Whittney Matlock
Every day of your life, you live in a state of trance. Most of us move from one trance state to another without even realizing it. We get in a car and drive somewhere with little or no recognition of the journey. We interact with people we meet with little awareness of how we interact with them. Often we lose parts of a day and have no idea where they went. These are all symptoms of being in a trance state. Trance is simply the selection of what inputs we will give our attention to out of the millions of things that demand our attention every moment. This is a good thing; without it, we would be overwhelmed by the input of everyday life. The power of trance comes when we consciously select to what we give our attention.
Spend some time playing around with your awareness of your trance states. Discover some new ones. Find out how you can consciously manipulate your state of consciousness though the power of your intent and a bit of practice. This session will not change your life; only you can do that. It will, however, give you the tools to change it into whatever you choose.
Transform Your Life Elementally! - Izolda Trakhtenberg
In Astrology, Ayuerveda, and Native American spirituality, the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water play a large role in determining personality characteristics. For example, a person may be an Air sign (and therefore thought- and reason-oriented); however, the Life Elements System proposes that simply knowing your status is only the first step in creating a full and well-rounded life. The Life Elements workshop takes the process one step further by not only allowing individuals to assess themselves and their current status with the Element Designation Assessment Tool but also giving missions and quests to develop and/or balance all four elements. It is only with access to the strengths and characteristics of all four elements that we can live, act, and react in the world from a well-rounded and joyful place. In this workshop, we will take a truncated Element Designation Assessment Test (the full EDAT is available online and will be available in the forthcoming book), and we will assess each individual's element designations and potential element imbalances. Once those are established, we will develop a methodology that will allow participants to stabilize and then increase their connection to the elements they need in order to help them become fully well-rounded in all four elements and then therefore possess the accessibility to each whenever it is needed. We will then complete at least one of the Elemental missions, quests or meditations depending on the general needs of the participants. Izolda's groundbreaking new book, Life Elements: Transform Your Life With Earth, Air, Fire, and Water will be available at the workshop.
The Triangle of Stillness - Michael Smith
The Triangle of Stillness is a casting that creates a space wherein the effects of causality and temporal forces are greatly diminished, and the force of synchronicity is enhanced. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with other castings as part of a larger ritual. It has function in meditation, healing, counseling, divination, work with the Qabala, and others. We will discuss the requirements for its casting, techniques for its creation and use, and how to gain the most benefit from its use. We will also experience the casting firsthand.
Two Right Feet: Sacred Dance For All - Rebecca Proch
In this playful, low-impact workshop, we will explore sacred dance as a form of ritual available to all, regardless of experience, skill, body type, or natural grace! In every era and culture, dance has been used by 'ordinary' people to reach out to the divine with their whole bodies, yet too many of us feel embarrassed or shy or worry that we aren't good enough at it to try it. Together, we'll go through some basic safety and warm-ups, explore types of movement, talk about raising energy through dance, and play with ways to free our movements, shed our inhibitions, and 'talk' to our gods. Wear clothes you can move in, and be ready to laugh, play, groove, get charged up, and feel great!
Unconventional Watercolor - Sophia Shultz
This is an intermediate workshop. If you have ever thought about trying watercolor painting and then thought again because of its demanding nature, I encourage you to try this workshop. We will use gouache (opaque watercolor), which is a much more forgiving medium than transparent watercolor. We will focus on still life including foliage, as interesting items and foliage are abundant at FSG and will not require the kind of detail work that portraiture or other subject matter might. Attendees will learn the uses of underpainting, which they will then overpaint with color. We will discuss particulars including color choice and mixing. Materials fee: $20; [18+].
Vodou Love Magic - Kenaz & Kathy
According to some authorities, no real Witch would ever cast a love spell. Vodouisants beg to differ. This workshop talks about Vodou love magic in theory and practice. We will explore the ethics and potential dangers of love magic, but we will also provide love spells which can help you to meet That Special Someone(s). Incorporates material from the forthcoming Vodou Love Magic (Destiny, 2009).
Wednesday Morning Blót—Odin - Scott Mohnkern
Come join us Wednesday morning for a blót to Odin. This ritual will be a three round toast to Odin, and all that he has given us. Blóts are open to anyone who wants to celebrate the gods and have a quick wakeup! Bring your loudest toasting voice. If you're under 21, you may attend, but you may not imbibe. [21+].
What is That White Pencil For, Anyway? - Sophia Shultz
Beginning-to-intermediate class. Have you ever bought or received a pack of colored pencils and wondered what on earth that white pencil was for? Now is your chance to find out the range of effects that can be achieved in colored pencil. Students will work not on white paper but on colored, to demonstrate the great depth that can be achieved when one discards the notion that all paper is white. We will focus on still life, possibly objects or foliage, but nothing that will be too detailed for a 2-hour workshop. Max class size: 15; Materials fee: $10.
What Kind of Pagan Am I? - Dianna
Adolescence is a time of questioning definitions, which can be especially interesting for people growing up in pagan communities. In this open discussion, the group will ponder the following questions: Who am I? Am I pagan? What are the positives—and negatives—of growing up with pagan parents? Which parts of paganism work for me? How does my knowledge of paganism affect my choices in regards to studies, hobbies, relationships, sex, career plans, etc.? Although no one will be required to share, this forum is intended to get everyone involved in the conversation. Mediated by Dianna. For Teens Only.
What's a Body To Do? - Elspeth of Haven
How do we honor our changing abilities? We need to learn to regard this as change, not loss. Both our bodies and our minds grow and change—at least, one would hope so! To remain stagnant at any one age would be devastating. You don't think so? Bring your thoughts to this session. Perhaps you can teach us all something.
What's in the Night Sky? - Bill Seligman (Fàidh)
This workshop will help prepare you for Star-gazing With a Telescope. Why is the telescope in the Merchants Field this year, when it used to be the Soccer Field? What are the two brightest objects in the sky? What else is visible in the sky at this year's FSG? All this will be discussed, as well as how to use the telescope. If time and interest permit, the teacher (a particle physicist) will give a demonstration of 'Fermion spin statistics explained using BSDM.'
Wicca: Magick, Religion, and Spirituality - Michael Smith
Most of those who are drawn to Wicca are initially attracted more strongly to one of three main aspects: The Magickal, the Religious, or the Spiritual. Though many will naturally begin to incorporate one of the other aspects into their practice over time, most will remain fascinated and devoted to their first attraction, sometimes developing an unbalanced and unhealthy practice. This workshop will explore the full richness and benefit that can be experienced only when all three of these aspects are included and developed in practice. What does it mean to be a magickal being, a religious being, a spiritual being who walks a Wiccan path? We will discuss each of these three practices, and some ways to bring balance to individual and group Wiccan practices (acknowledging that one of the three will always be your 'favorite' way of experiencing the Divine).
Women's Summer Solstice - Firesong and Laffing Frog
As the Solstice Sun reaches the summit, come and celebrate the Summer as we honor our continuing journeys. Please bring drums or rattles and water.
The Work That Reconnects - Hillary Blue Moon & Marcus Sims
The problem: Feeling concerned about what you read in the papers? Global Climate Change, war, species extinctions. Perhaps you feel angry, sad, fearful, or overwhelmed. You'd like to be part of the solution, but the problems seem so huge. Many people don't even want to talk about what's really going on. The Solution: The Work That Reconnects can help. Using experiential processes, guided meditations, ritual and the arts, we will move gradually into remembering our connections with all of life, including our ancestors, future generations, and other species. We can share the depths of our feelings in a circle of respect. Through expressing our feelings we release them and free up our full energy so we can do our part in the Great Turning, the shift from the Industrial Growth Society to a Life-Sustaining Society. Our natural joy at being alive is reawakened, and our hearts feel stronger to face the challenges and opportunities that lie before us. Results: Participants will emerge with a deep feeling of reconnection to the earth as well as an energized sense of empowerment, commitment, and vision to make a difference by being part of the solution on a personal and global level.
Write Your Own Medicine Chant - Kellianna
Write your own personal healing chant in this creative writing workshop. Kellianna uses writing exercises and group participation to help you create your very own medicine chant. Chant is a powerful tool for manifesting your wishes and dreams. These chants can be sung or spoken as a mantra. If you desire healing, release, relaxation or celebration, a personal medicine chant is a creative way to move stagnant energy and balance your body and mind.
Yin, Meet Yang: A 5 Elements and Yin/Yang Look at Love and Sex - Tom Swiss
Most of us have heard of the basic Chinese principles of Yin and Yang, and have some idea that 'Yin is female' and 'Yang is male'. Is there more to it that that? Of course! We'll be discussing the model of the human being provided by the basic TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) concepts of Yin/Yang, the Five Elements, and the Twelve Meridians; and how that model might inform our thinking about love, sex, and relationships. Teens are welcome.
Yoga for Everyone - Whittney Matlock
One posture a day makes a yoga practice, and that one posture is so much easier when done with a group. Away from our normal supports, let's support each other in sticking with our practice. This time is for anyone interested in the practice of yoga postures, from beginner to advanced. We will spend half an hour together supporting each other in a few postures each day to help keep our minds and bodies flexible. If you have mats and belts, bring them along, or simply bring a towel and blanket. These practices will focus on standing and sitting postures that anyone can do.