All items on this list are subject to change.
(These classes have been tentatively accepted;
not all of them will make it onto the schedule.)
Academy Pool Time - Academy Staff
Dive right in and enjoy a swim! Get some exercise or just lounge. We'll be getting a lesson in pool safety before getting wet. Remember a towel or something to wear afterward. Most importantly: bring pool shoes. The pool bottom and deck are very rough!
Everybody will need a signed permission slip, and if you're 6 or younger, you'll need a parent/guardian with you at the pool. Meet at the Academy Pavilion at 3:45p Wednesday and Friday to make sure your permission slips are signed. We'll head to the pool right after! Parental consent is required for this class. Please bring your parent/guardian to the Academy Pavilion between 9:30a and 4:00p to sign up.
ADF Summer Solstice Ritual, Druid Style! - Grove of the Other Gods
Come join us for our ADF Summer Solstice ritual. Our rituals are open to all and there will be a pre-ritual briefing to explain what we do and why. There are no circles. Expand your horizons and see what other pagans do! :)
The Adventure to the Imagi Nation - David London
The Adventure to the Imagi Nation utilizes magic, story-telling, and interactive play to take children of all ages on a journey to the Imagi Nation—a far away place, found within each one of us. Each performance is both fun and educational in nature. David takes on five different characters, each of whom shares a story, a bit of wisdom, and some magic. The audience will take a ride in a hot air balloon, Meet the Mayor of Imagi, behold the beautiful phantasmata flower, see a collection of water from around the world, and meet Frank the Frog… and that’s just the first 10 minutes! Fun for everyone!
The Adventure is especially for kids, but everyone is welcome! (Teen-OK; Kid-OK)
An' Ye Harm None: Magickal Ethics in the Modern World - Morganna and BobCat
“An ye harm none, do what ye will.” This is the central ethical tenet of magickal practice for most of us, but have you ever really thought about what this means for you? For the people in your coven? For practitioners of other traditions? What are your concepts of magickal ethics? We would like to lead a directed discussion on what really constitutes “doing harm” for ourselves as individuals and for our covens and our community as a whole. Is it really ok to cast a spell for that promotion at work? To heal a stranger you’ve never met without their permission? To bring karmic justice to a criminal? To benefit one community at the expense of another? We will explore the nature of magickal ethics together to learn more about the impact our magick has on the people and world around us. All open-minded individuals are welcome to attend and voice their opinions in a peaceful setting.
Astronomy Observing Class - Mark the Druid
Come learn about the heavens as Mark the Druid takes you on a tour from our home the Earth Mother, out into the depths of the universe. A 10-inch telescope will guide us on our journey. We will begin close to home, with the Earth, to a waxing crescent moon, discussing their history and their part in part in our story. Next we will view Saturn, His rings, & some of the larger moons. As we exit our solar system, we discuss some of the constellations, and their significance. We will view some planetary nebulae and look at the Hercules Globular cluster. Finally, we will gaze millions of light years away to view the famous Whirlpool Galaxy.
If the weather on Tuesday and Wednesday is bad for skywatching, we'll try again on Thursday. (Teen-OK)
Award Ceremony and Closing - Academy Staff
Thank you for joining us at the Academy this year! For each class you participated in, you earned a badge, and now it's time to receive your badges and add them to your book. (Kids only)
Bellydance for Teens - The Wicked Isabelle
Bellydance is fun, but challenging, and can be danced to any musical selection. In this class, we will learn the basics of belly dance, and some fun combos to take to the fire circle or the dance floor. This workshop is intended for all levels, whether you are brand new or you are looking to get some practice in during the week. You may want to bring water, a yoga mat, and a towel. Please do not overexert or push yourself past your limits. Let's have fun, and look breathtaking while doing so! (Teens only)
Bellydance: Fusion Essentials, From Head to Toe - The Wicked Isabelle
Belly dance is one of the oldest recorded social dances of human history. Sensual and delicate, yet intricate and dynamic, it has evolved into a foundation that supports the layering of other styles of dance. Fusion belly dance begins with traditional Middle Eastern/folkloric fundamentals and allows other techniques through time and regions to blend concurrently.
This workshop is intended for all levels. Beginning with a slow conditioning session we will reflect on posture, body awareness, and set our intentions. With a fusion approach, we will build a foundation by diving into the “nuts and bolts” of basic movements. A portion of the class will be dedicated to learning a short, simple choreography, that will be presented during Main Ritual. Participation in the performance is optional. Please do not overexert or push yourself past your limits. You may want to bring water, a yoga mat, and a towel. Come celebrate, through this beautiful dance! (Teen-OK)
Blue Star Litha - Joan and Mark
Please join us as we once again gather to celebrate the Summer Solstice in our traditional manner. The Blue Star tradition is known for its use of music in its ritual form. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. (Teen-OK; Kid-OK)
Choosing Joy: Tools for Remedial Optimists - Joshua Tenpenny
Optimism is a skill. It can be learned, and with practice you can get better at it. This class will explore tools for bringing the light of the Sun with us through the dark places in our lives, working with the Bright Gods when we are in the shadows, and using a discipline of optimism as a tool for spiritual transformation. Optimism doesn’t come naturally to many of us, so we’ll look at specific techniques we can apply to develop the skill of choosing joy.
Communicating With Deity I: Do You Hear What I Hear? - Hillary J Gross
What do people mean when they say they've talked to or seen a deity? How do you reconcile your grounding in western science with the (sometimes ungrounding) spirituality you're exploring now? Why do you perceive nothing when others say they've experienced something tangible while standing right next to you in ritual? How do you know if there's a deity trying to get your attention?
Shifting your mindset to include not just believing in, but also communicating with, deity and other spirits is a huge challenge for those of us raised in the religion of science. This workshop will propose a general cosmological framework for how the gods and other spirits operate, as well as exploring ways to perceive them. (Teen-OK)
Communicating With Deity II: Exploring Your Outer God/dess - Hillary J Gross
Are you looking to connect with the divine but have no idea where to start? The second of our Communicating with Deity workshops will focus on helping you figure out where to look for divine inspiration. We'll draw on your affinities, hobbies, and gut feelings to investigate cultures, pantheons, and deities for you to explore. (Teen-OK)
Community Building for The Next Generation - Lynn and Kat
This roundtable is intended to focus on the needs, questions, and concerns of young adults who are interested in becoming an integral part of the continuation of their alternative communities. We will try to have as many Department Heads, Coordinators, and those from the Board show up to answer questions. We suggest bringing paper and writing implements. (Teen-OK)
Crystal Healing with Affordable Stones - Caroline Kenner
Join Caroline Kenner and friends from the Mineral Kingdom in this workshop dedicated to crystal healing using affordable stones. Learn how make crystal grids for a variety of common magical purposes. Easily available, affordable stones can be powerhouses of healing, in the right combinations and placements. There will be a variety of crystal grids set up and available for participants to experience during the workshop.
Please bring something to sit on, and a rattle or drum. Participants will take turns touching crystal grids, and being the rhythm section. We will also practice toning combined with crystal grids. (In case of rain, we'll be in the Back of the Dining Hall.)
Daily Blót - Scott Mohnkern
A blót is a heathen ritual (a sacrifice) that is offered to a northern European god or goddess in celebration of their blessings, and their kinship. Come join us as we offer a horn of mead (or ale, or whatever is appropriate) each morning to celebrate the kinship of the god or goddess of the day. Bring your loudest toasting voice. Folks under 21 may attend, but not imbibe; if you're not imbibing, there are options available, including kissing the horn or libating.
The Blót schedule is: Tuesday: Thor (at the beginning of the Opening Sumbel); Wednesday: Odin; Thursday: Heimdall; Friday: Freyja, led by Eric S; Saturday: Frigga; Sunday: Sunna.
Diwali Footprints - Cheryl and Kitty
Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of light, beauty, good fortune, and wealth, and her footprints are called shripada. There is a practice of drawing Lakshmi's footprints on the threshold of the front door to welcome her into your house. We'll be making our own version of shripada to take home. (Kids only)
Drum for Joy! I - Jaqui
“If you can say it, you can play it” This is the foundation for the Drum For Joy! class. In this class, you will learn the language of the drum, basic hand drum technique and how to make your drum sing. Jaqui presents the drum songs in a way that make it fun and easy to learn. By building and playing drum compositions in all of their parts, (rhythms, breaks, solos, and vocals), you will experience the magic of music making and the joy of drumming in a group! All levels of experience are welcome. From the beginning beginner to the experienced player, the Drum For Joy! classes are enjoyable for everyone! Recording and note taking are welcome and encouraged. (Teen-OK)
Drum for Joy! II - Jaqui
This class will begin with hand drum technique builders and fun rhythm games. We will build and play a drum composition in all of its parts including rhythms, breaks, and rolls (different rhythms will be taught than the ones covered in Drum For Joy! I). By the end of the class, we will be playing a full drum song together. Come experience the joy of drumming in a group! Recording and note taking are welcome and encouraged. Drum For Joy! I is not required. (Teen-OK)
Drum for Joy! Soloing - Jaqui
Take your drumming to the next level! In this class you will learn exercises to help improve your drum technique and really make your drum sing out. We will work on rolls, complex phrases, and how to use space to make your solos more interesting. Each participant will have a chance to practice using these new techniques by soloing over a solid rhythm held by the group. Learn to breathe, relax, and take that leap to fly with your solos! There are no mistakes! Come have some fun! (Teen-OK)
Earthbound: Grounding in the Pagan and the Mundane World - Claire Sagewell
Whether feeling disconnected, crazed and fearful in life, or just energetically sideways from a ritual at FSG, Grounding is necessary for balance and health. In Magickal work, and in your mundane life, we all need connection and quiet—stay in the moment, turn down the volume and just be. If you are new to Free Spirit or to Pagan work, Grounding will help you get the most out of your experience. Both practical and Magickal, there is something here for everyone. Open to all levels of experience. Bring a comfy chair, your notebook and an open spirit. (If it rains, we'll be in the Back of the Dining Hall.) (Teen-OK)
Ecumenical Sumbel: Closing - 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 this FSG. (21+)
Ecumenical Sumbel: Opening - 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 to our gods, but we also become closer to each other. Come join your fellow attendees Tuesday night, and get to know some of the folks you'll be spending the rest of the week with. People under 21 are welcome, but may not drink the mead. (21+)
FSA Town Hall - FSA Board
Since we've updated our membership procedure, your FSG registration fee includes your associate membership for the year (voting memberships are just $10 more). Here's your chance to have your voice heard! A meeting agenda will be posted by Sat 1 June.
If you aren’t attending FSG but you want to come to the meeting, please send a note to the Secretary – secretary at free-spirit dot org.
Gifts for the Divine: The Art Of Making Offerings - Raven Kaldera
In ancient times, when people wanted something from a deity, they made an offering and asked. Today we are conflicted about whether it's all right to ask for things, whether we should pay a price for them, and what kind of a price is appropriate. The art of making offerings, however, can be a beautiful way to be in symbiotic relationship with the Gods. In this workshop we'll discuss the issue of divine propitiation and share ideas for worthy offerings and what to do with them.
Global Spirits Trance Possession Rite for the Spirits of Many Paths - Firesong
In following with the theme of this year's festival, The Universal Temple of Spirits presents a service for the Spirits of Many Paths. This service will include a musical parade around camp, beginning and ending at the ritual space! So bring out your instruments, your ritual finery, and lots of bling to process around camp and to the ritual area! We will focus upon Spirits with whom we work very closely. Dressing as your Spirit will help the experience.
Attending the workshop on decorations will enhance your experience. On our float will be a sapling to be planted at Ramblewood. Planted beneath this, we will place what we want to manifest. There will also be a coffin to be burned, in which we will place what we wish to release.
We will sing the beginning litany at the end of the workshop, before the parade starts. We will honor our Spirits with drumming, dance, song, and art. The singing, drumming, and dancing continues throughout, and we call our Spirits into ourselves to share our celebration.
This is an open circle; you may join late or leave early (although you'll probably miss some good stuff if you do). An outside grounding/processing space staffed skilled by possession workers will be available. This is a Pantheistic working, so we will honor Spirits from around the globe and sing in their native languages when possible. Please note that this is not an open drum circle; it is a possession-based working. The more active your participation, the more exciting the service, so… Please bring:
You may wish to dress in the colors of the Spirit you'll be honoring. Donations of food, drink, or money for supplies are appreciated, but not mandatory.
The Universal Temple of Spirits is a celebratory group practicing in the Global Spirits tradition. The celebrations welcome all Spirits from around the globe in love. Rituals are theme-based, rather than pantheon-based, and incorporate what we have in common as humans: shared food, dance, song, drumming, art, and possession trance. Global Spirits is a harm-none tradition. No one is required to partake of alcohol (and people under 21 may not). (Teen-OK)
Independent Pagan Publishing - Raven, Joshua, and Scott
The Neo-Pagan religion has always been a literary one, changed and driven by books and authors. This means that writers and publishers have 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 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.
Make Your Own Fused Glass Jewelry - Tina
Make your own fused glass amulet or altar piece using fusible glass, millefiori, silver, copper, and other materials. You must be able to pick up piece the morning following the class. Kids 8–12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. The materials fee is $20.00 per piece. (Teen-OK)
Make Your Own Fused Glass Jewelry (Academy Session) - Tina
Make your own fused glass amulet or altar piece using fusible glass, millefiori, silver, copper, and other materials. You must be able to pick up piece the morning following the class. This is the session especially for the Academy; parents, please plan to accompany your children to this session. The materials fee is waived for this session. (Kids only)
Making Badge Books - Academy Staff
Each class you take will earn you a badge (sticker) that will be awarded on Saturday. But before we can put the badges in the books, we need books. In this class, we'll craft and decorate the books (which are not just for this year). (Kids only)
Making Wands - Cheryl and Kitty
Hand-made magical tools are the best—so we will be making wands. We'll be bringing pine branches (and maybe some holly) from our land in South Carolina, and we'll strip the bark and decorate them to make our own wands. (Kids only)
Making Your Own Rune Set - Scott Mohnkern
The runes, a divination tool used by northern European practitioners, consists of a set of 24 “characters” on stones, wood, or other materials. Come to this workshop, and you'll walk away with your own set of wood runes to use for divination. This workshop will also include ritualistic elements of the process of creating the runes. (Teen-OK; Max class size: 10 (Sign up); Materials fee: $10.00)
Meeting Trees: Nature Walk - Marc and Zenlizard
We will meet at the Academy Pavilion and take a walk around the campground, observing and discussing the flora and fauna of Ramblewood. This is primarily for kids, but everyone is welcome. Please have on your sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, and bug repellent (and maybe a hat); bring your canteen and your field glasses or binoculars if you have them. (Primarily for Kids; Teen-OK)
Modern Masculinity - Eric S
A roundtable discussing forms of masculinity, challenges in the modern day and what options our faiths/paths can provide for men (and others) today. Possible topics include: rites of passage, standing for vs. standing against, honor and codes of behavior, and positive role models. (Teen-OK)
Morning Yoga - Joshua Tenpenny
Greet the new day with this gentle yoga class, appropriate for any fitness level, no experience required. We will move through a series of stretches intended to wake up every part of the body and get our energy circulating freely. We will be on the ground for part of the class so you may want to bring a towel, mat, or blanket.
The Music of Us - Wolfsong and Jonny
Each person has their own music in them, but when that music is combined with the music of others, something unique occurs—The Music of Us.
This workshop invites participants to bring their instruments, whether acoustic or electric, be they guitars, keyboard, wind instruments, or percussion and their voices. We'll start with a riff that someone contributes and one person after another will build on that. People can participate in a major fashion or simply clap to add their energy to the mix. They can dance if they'd like or just stomp their feet. Prior musical experience is not mandatory at all.
The product could turn out to be melodious or cacophonous. Whatever happens, it will be the Music of Us—a combination of the consciousness and energies of everyone and a joyous experience! (Teen-OK)
Ojo de Dios Yarn Mandalas - Sam
First, we'll hear a traditional Navajo myth about the creation of the butterfly. Then, we'll going be making yarn mandalas, also known as Ojos de Dios (Gods Eyes). (Kids only)
Parade of Many Spirits Decoration Session - Firesong
The Global Spirits Trance Possession Service will start with a parade. This workshop is to decorate the “floats” and the participants for the parade around camp. We will have a float for the Living Spirits and a float for the Spirits of the Dead. Please bring your bling, your instruments, your fabulous costumes, and all manner of things to decorate our floats. We can also dress as our Spirits. If you have a costume which honors the Spirit you are to invite to the service, please wear it. Some basic materials will be provided. Please provide more, if you can. Paints will be available to decorate bodies. Some extremely basic materials will be available to manufacture “clothes;” Donations for materials are welcome.
After our decorating, we will enchant the camp with our creative works and dance our personal Spirits. Those who wish to help decorate, but not participate in the parade, are also welcome. (Teen-OK)
The Philosopher and The Mystic: Approaching Spirituality from Different Angles - Scott and Eric
Everyone comes to conclusions about their beliefs and their spirituality using a different approach. From the 'do what feels right' approach to historical reconstructionists, every approach has its benefits and detriments. Eric S—the philosopher, and Scott Mohnkern—the mystic will sit down and talk about two very different approaches to developing spirituality, and a personal belief system. We'll ask others to participate, and share their own experiences as well. (Teen-OK)
Pinwheel Prayer Wheels - Cheryl and Kitty
A mantra is a word or a set of words that you can chant, or sing, or write down to help you focus, or concentrate, or meditate. Om Mani Padme Hum is the mantra that comes to us from the person many Buddhists think of as the embodiment of compassion. Saying (or writing or singing) the mantra reminds us to focus on qualities like generosity, ethics, patience, and wisdom. Mani is also the Tibetan word for prayer wheel. Writing the mantra on the prayer wheel means sending more of these qualities out into the world every time the prayer wheel goes around. The Dalai Lama has even said that having copies of the mantra on your hard drive effectively makes your computer into a prayer wheel.
Today, we're going to make pinwheel prayer wheels with this mantra on them to help us bring the qualities of compassion to Main Ritual, and the whole gathering, and home with us. (Kids only)
Poi 101: Intro to the Intro to Fire Spinning - Hvbris
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. (Teen-OK)
Poi 102: Intro to Fire Spinning: Fun with Fire - Hvbris
This class continues our introduction to the art of fire spinning. Come prepared for 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. (Teen-OK)
Poi 201: Revenge of the Intro to Fire Spinning - Hvbris
This is a continuation of the Introduction to Fire Spinning class. The class will build on the foundation laid in the first two classes, introducing more intermediate/advanced moves and concepts. Less time will be spent on the 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. (Teen-OK)
Poi 301: Son of the Revenge of the Intro to Fire Spinning - Hvbris
This is a continuation of the Poi series. Less time will be spent on the basics of poi, with more time for the sharing of more complex techniques. Additional poi style skill toys and other performance equipment will be introduced so that people can get a feel for the range of possibilities, including whips, rope darts, etc. Working with lit poi is possible, but will still depend on the class attendance and comfort level of the instructors. (Teen-OK)
Random Acts of Art - Academy Staff
We'll be meeting at the Academy Pavilion, grabbing the bucket of chalk, making sure we have sunscreen on, and then picking a piece of pavement to decorate. (Kids only)
Reiki Level I Part 1: Introduction - Satayana
Reiki (Ray-Key) is a simple yet powerful Japanese form of energy work that enables anyone to ease stress and pain and promote healing through gentle touch. Reiki enhances well being and awareness physically, emotionally, mentally, intuitively, and spiritually. Unlike other forms of energy work, Reiki is not dependent on skill, intuition, experience, or complex techniques; it can be used fully clothed; it is non-invasive, safe, and simple. Even children can learn and use it. The presenter will discuss her experiences over her 26 years of practice, and will demonstrate Reiki on volunteers. Bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on. Please note: if you want to be attuned and certified as a Level I practitioner, you must attend all three parts of this class (Intro, Attunement/Self Reiki, and Practice/Share). Part 2 of this class is limited to 10 participants; you'll be able to sign up for Part 2 at the beginning of this Part 1 class. (Teen-OK)
Reiki Level I Part 2: Attunement/Self-Reiki - Satayana
Satayana will provide the necessary Reiki attunement and training for you to practice Reiki on yourself and others. The workshops includes the use of hand positions and how each area of the body corresponds to a specific physical function, emotional, and spiritual aspect. Participants will practice Reiki on themselves for the first time. The class will also cover ethics in practicing Reiki on others, and a Q&A session, in preparation for part 3. Part 3 of this series (practice/share) will provide experiential time in giving Reiki to others, and is essential for those who wish to be certified. Bring a folding chair or a blanket to sit on. Please note: You must have attended the Part 1 to participate in this Part 2 class. If you wish to be certified as a Level I practitioner, you must attend all three parts of this series. The $5 fee covers the cost of the manual and flat mailing of your certificate. (Teen-OK; Max class size: 10; Materials fee: $5.00)
Reiki Level I Part 3: Practice/Share - Satayana
A practice/share for all students of Satayana's Reiki classes. Join in giving and receiving Reiki in a powerful group Reiki circle. Participants will also partner with each other to give and receive Reiki. Share the goodness Reiki has to offer for mind, body and spirit! It's a wonderful way to start the day and a time to experience the gifts of Reiki and of giving. Optional: you may also bring one non-Reiki friend who'd like to experience Reiki and is in need of healing or pain relief. Please note: You must have attended Satayana's Part 1 and Part 2 classes either this year, or in previous years, in order to attend and bring a guest. If you wish to be certified as a Level I practitioner, you must attend all three parts of this series. Bring a folding chair or a blanket for the benches. (Teen-OK)
Restorative/Yin Yoga - Syndala
Join us for a chance to de-stress and detoxify. Rather than working to strengthen, Yin Yoga uses prolonged poses to get deep into your tissues to stretch and activate healing energies. In this class we will use specific poses to open energy channels and wake up tissues for healing. We will follow this by some relaxing restorative poses that will complement our Yin practice.
Wear comfortable loose clothing and bring your yoga mat and blocks if you have them. Also please bring one or two small blankets or towels for padding and props. (18+)
Rune Valdr: Healing and More with the Runes - Scott Mohnkern
Rune Valdr is an energy manipulation system, similar to Reiki, but based upon the runes. It can be used not only for healing purposes, but also to create temporary or persistent energetic connections. Come and learn this system, developed by Rodney Cox, and how you can use it in your life. An understanding of the runes, and the runic symbols prior to attending class is helpful. The (optional) materials fee gets you the symbols book. (Materials fee: $10.00)
Running Workshops 101 - Grove of the Other Gods
Do you think you have something to share with the community? Are you interested in teaching others? Have you ever wondered what it takes to successfully run a workshop? If you answered yes to any of these, this is the workshop for you! If not, you should still come and learn some useful tips on how to facilitate a workshop at a festival or for any pagan group. Whether you are interested in creating a hands-on workshop or a generalized lecture, we will help you figure out what you need to do/know to run a successful workshop. (Teen-OK)
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. (Teen-OK)
Singing Your Soul Home - Caroline Kenner and Monika Lonely Coyote
Please join Caroline Kenner and Monika Lonely Coyote for a group rite of Soul Retrieval dedicated to and empowered by Brighid and Manannan MacLir. Attended by phalanxes of spirits and supported by powerful healing crystals, you will receive a Fire and Water purification, and welcome your own soul essence back to you. Caroline and Monika will sing your soul home to you while you call to your own true self. This rite is based on Sandra Ingerman’s teachings. Please bring a mat or blanket to lie on, and a sincere desire for your own healing. (In case of rain, we'll be in the Back of the Dining Hall.) (18+)
Sit-and-Knit - Kitsa
Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning, and other portable fiber projects, and hang out with other fiber crafters. If you don't have a project with, we'll try to have some extra needles, a crochet hook or two, and some yarn. This is a chance to get together, show off your project, and discuss your crafting, your Crafting, and whatever else comes to mind. (Teen-OK)
Spirits and Spirits: Making Liqueurs - Firesong
Yum Yum! Is Chambord too expensive? Do some vodka-based liqueurs give you a headache? Make your own to suit you, using herbs, spices, and fruits. Different spirits for different Spirits will also be discussed. Recipe handouts (and a wee bit of sampling) will be offered. Crackers will be provided; please bring your own water. (Max class size: 15 (Sign up); Materials fee: $5.00; 21+)
Sweat Lodge Workshop - Leanne Pemburn
Even though the Sweats program is on hiatus this year, this workshop is one that all folks participating in sweats—for the first time or the tenth time—should take. We will focus on safety, presence in lodge, respect, and different traditions. We will talk about the different roles that support the lodge such as Water Pourer, Fire Keeper, and Door Keeper and how various traditions train for these roles. Finally, we will talk about resources consumed and giving back to the spirits. (Teen-OK)
Touched by Fire - Lynn
This is a peer support group for those Pagans who are dealing with any form of mental health issue. We will create safe/sacred space for all so that people can share what has worked for them in helping them to manage their conditions, explain what ways each persons spiritual path may have assisted them with their challenges, and to be able to simply share experiences in a nurturing and supportive atmosphere with peers, free of judgment. Healing, Reiki, laying on of hands will be offered to any that may want it.
All will be required to sign a statement that they will not share anything said within the sacred space we build with anyone outside of that space and time, unless it is with the person him or herself, directly. Consider bringing a notepad and pencil to take notes on suggestions that have worked for others that might be useful to you. (18+)
Travel Altars 101 - Eri P
This basic class on making travel altars includes information on different types of altars as well symbols of various pagan paths. We will be using that info to make our own travel altars and objects for inside the altars in the second session. (Primarily for Kids; Teen-OK)
Travel Altars 102 - Eri P
Using the info we learned and the items we crafted during the first day’s class, we will build our travel altars and then share the meaning behind what we picked/used/made if we so choose. (Primarily for Kids; Teen-OK)
Women's Summer Solstice - Firesong and LafingFrog
This time of year, we harness the gifts of the Summer Goddess to manifest. This ritual focuses on the power of women and the power of the Goddess to stand in a place of equality and dignity. Please bring a Goddess you wish to call and altar items. We shall be working magic to bring about equality and harmony. (Teen-OK)
Working Without a Net: Leaving Your Magickal Tools Behind - Morganna and BobCat
When we learned to walk, we used a walker, held our parents’ hands, and used the couch or the coffee table to help us stand up. Once we learned to balance, we left those hands and tools behind and stood alone on our own feet. Now we use cars and bicycles and motorcycles to reach our destinations faster, but do we really need those things? We still have our feet, and they can take us anywhere we desire. What about our athames? Our wands? Are all the bells and whistles we use for magick really necessary or are they only guideposts and safety nets? In this class, we will discuss the magickal tools we began with and how to let them go when we no longer need them as well as how to pick them back up again when we need to get where we’re going a little faster than our feet would take us. All attendees with open minds are welcome to attend and stretch the boundaries of their magick with us. Keep in mind that this is a more advanced magickal tutorial. (Teen-OK)
Yoga for Noobs and Boobs - Syndala
Do you think that yoga is only for lithe, rock-bodied contortionists? Think again! People of all shapes and sizes can reap the benefits of yoga. Whether you're practically double-jointed or can’t (yet) touch your toes. We will discuss some of the benefits of yoga then proceed through a series of beginner’s poses using props and modifications to fit any body type and ability. Wear comfortable, loose clothing and bring a small blanket. If you have a yoga mat and props, please bring them. Teens and kids are welcome; if you're 12 or younger, please bring a parent. (Teen-OK; Kid-OK)