Announcing our 2019 Workshop Presenter special guests!
Jason Mankey is a Wiccan-Witch, writer, and wannabe rock and roller. He has been a part of the greater Pagan community for over twenty years and has spent nearly half that time teaching and speaking at Pagan conventions across the United States, Canada, and even Great Britain! Since 2016 he’s been writing for Llewellyn Worldwide, and has recently released The Witch’s Altar with Laura Tempest Zakroff, and Transformative Witchcraft: The Greater Mysteries. In addition to writing, Jason is the channel editor at Patheos Pagan. He lives in Sunnyvale CA with his wife Ari and their cats Evie and Summer.
Check out all of Jason's books here!
Jason will be presenting 2 workshops titled:
Building the Cone of Power: Magick in the Witch's Circle
Most Witchcraft books reference “building the cone of power” but what exactly is the cone of power and how do a group of Witches effectively build one together? Explore the ins and outs of raising energy, along with how to cast a powerful circle in order to create truly memorable and powerful ritual experiences. This workshop combines the history, theory, and the hands on building of a cone of power in one concise package. Come ready to raise some energy and learn some new tricks!
The Horned God 2.0
From Pan to Cernunnos to Herne the Hunter, it's a history of the Horned God and the many horny, horned, and antlered deities associated with him. Discover the origins of the Horned God in pre-history and how he's been reimagined and rediscovered over the centuries. Mankey has been writing about, speaking on, experiencing, and researching the Horned God for over fifteen years, and his work is continuously being updated, hence "2.0" the latest version of his Horn Head ruminations.
Rev. Kirk Thomas
Kirk Thomas is an Archdruid Emeritus of Ar nDraiocht Fein : A Druid Fellowship (ADF) and an ordained Senior Priest in that religion. He is also the author of, “Sacred Gifts: Reciprocity and the Gods”, available on Amazon.com. He holds a Masters degree in Celtic Studies from the University of Wales - Trinity St. David as well as a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts from the University of New Mexico and a Certificate from the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, UK.
A resident of Washington State, USA, Kirk co-owns a retreat center and organic farm called Trout Lake Abbey, located at the base of Mt. Adams. He has built an impressive stone circle and Druidic sanctuary there where he plans to open an ADF seminary and intentional community. He spends much of his time traveling for ADF, visiting groves, solitaries and festivals, presenting on various topics and participating in public, group ritual.
Check out Kirk's book Here
Kirk will be leading a workshop titled,
Fear is one of those things we don’t like to think about much, because it just gets in the way. And there are many kinds of fear - life threatening fear, early bias fears, long term stress fears, PTSD, irrational fears, etc. This workshop will take a look at fear in our lives and end with an activity to face our fear.
Tom Hatsis writes and speaks on psychedelic and entheogenic history. He is the author of Microdosing Magic: A Psychedelic Spellbook, The Witches’ Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic and Psychedelic Mystery Traditions: Spirit Plants, Magical Practices, Ecstatic States. He has appeared on the GaiamTV shows Psychedelica and Open Minds with Regina Meredith, and has articles published in Psychedelic Press U.K. and the Journal of Psychedelic Studies. He teaches a course on medieval magic and witchcraft at The Raven’s Wing Magical Co., in Portland, Oregon, and online at www.thehouseoftwigs.com. Along with partner Eden Woodruff, Hatsis co-runs Psanctum Psychedelia, a large psychedelics meet-up group and weekly open mic. When not fully engaged spreading psychedelia he writes and performs music, and plays roller derby.Follow the magic at:
Tom will be leading a workshop titled:
Psychedelic Witchcraft and Magic
This workshop discusses the tools and rituals of the psychedelic spell-caster. We’ll discuss proper doses measurements for various magical operations, the Goddesses associated with various entheogens, how to invoke them, psychedelic visualization techniques, the 5 Ss of the Psychedelic Pentacle, and more!
Alida Birch is a practitioner of shamanism and soul retrieval and author of The Co-Creation Handbook. She has been trained extensively by Sandra Ingerman in soul retrieval & shamanic teaching. She has a healing and teaching practice in Eugene OR and has studied with many indigenous shamans. She was a consulting shamanic practitioner on the first National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trial of shamanic healing for temporomandibular joint dysfunction. www.AlidaBirch.com
Alida will be presenting a workshop titled:
The Shamanic Journey
The Shamanic Journey is a path of direct revelation. Do you long for a direct connection to the spiritual world? Are you wondering how to access spiritual help easily and at will? The Shamanic Journey is a safe, time tested method of contacting the spirit world for answers to your deepest questions. This ancient problem-solving tool opens the door to non-ordinary reality for healing, information, and personal power.
In this introduction to the Shamanic Journey, you will learn how to journey for yourself, meet with compassionate loving spirits, those sources intimately connected with your life path, and cultivate these relationships to gain guidance, healing and assistance.
Reid is a co-founder of Hearth of the Dancing Drum—a community drumming and healing circle. He has presented workshops on shamanism, otherworld exploration, and the Western Mysteries for more than 25 years. He works specifically with Celtic Shamanism, Druidry, and the Tarot Spirits. You can find his workshops and online classes at www.reidhart.com.
Reid will be leading a workshop entitled:
Celtic Shape Shifting with Cerridwen
Shape shifting is a profound experience that we can access through guided shamanic journeys. We work with power animals and the story of Taliesin & Cerridwen to connect with our own shape shifting ability. Through shape shifting, we can become more skillful in safely navigating the real world. The shape shifting method comes from the ancient bard Taliesin who recorded the mysteries of shape shifting in his poetry. Prior journeying experience is helpful, but not necessary. Please do not enter during journeys when there is drumming.
Misha Magdalene is a multi-classed, multi-geek, multi-queer witch and sorcerer with a degree in gender studies and a slightly odd sense of humor. They're an initiate of multiple lines of traditional witchcraft, including the Anderson Feri tradition and Gardnerian Wicca, and have also been known to dabble recklessly in both modern ceremonial magic and grimoiric goetia. They are the author of "Outside the Charmed Circle: Exploring Gender & Sexuality in Magical Practice," coming in January 2020 from Llewellyn. Find them at mishamagdalene.com and various places around the Pacific Northwest.
Misha will be leading a workshop titled:
A Queerness of Divinity: Exploring the Fluidity of Gender and Sexuality in Polytheisms Past and Future
Western approaches to gender and sexuality have been rooted in binary notions of biology, orientation, and identity for more than a thousand years, but both history and mythology suggest that the ancients were nowhere near as constrained or concrete. We'll look at the fluidity of gender and sexuality expressed in the polytheisms of the past, discuss how that fluidity served the spiritual needs of contemporary devotees, and explore ways that we can engage as modern polytheists with that same fluidity to speak to our own needs and lived experiences.
Victoria S is a practical Druid who struggles with balancing an urban life and a spiritual life. She is currently the Secretary of Ár nDraíocht Féin, and a student in the Ovate grade of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. She has been working with Cerridwen for longer than she knew who Cerridwen was and is glad to share her understanding and gnosis with more folks. You can follow Victoria's blog on her Agora column at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/author/victorias/ or connect with her on Twitter @liondragonfly
Victoria will be leading a workshop titled:
Chasing Changes: Working through Change with Myth
Change is a common occurrence in our modern lives. Most of us don’t enjoy that liminal space between the start and end of a change. Join me as we explore how the story of Cerridwen and Taliesin can help us to understand and process change in our lives. In this workshop we will explore the story through a short trance journey. Then we will explore how the changes in the story affected us and how we can use our insights in our daily lives. Participation is encouraged but not required.
Jaymi Elford lives a tarot inspired life. A deck is always close at hand. She believes tarot is a perfect companion to help explore the world we live in. She has over 25 years of experience with tarot and other divination tools. Tarot is her own inner compass. She reads to seek guidance and inspiration from the cards. When it comes to being a reader for others, Jaymi has a simple philosophy: clear the clutter, locate your anchor, and allow the magic into your life. These days you can find her slinging cards at parties, events, or one-on-one sessions in person or over the
The author of Tarot Inspired Life and Triple Goddess Tarot, Jaymi continues to study, write, and create tarot innovation from her home in Portland, OR. She writes little
white booklets for Lo Scarabeo decks, and discusses techniques in both The Cartomancer magazine and on Llewellyn’s website. As a co-host of Tarot Visions, she explores the cartomancy world with Rose Red Robinson. Finally, she’s slightly addicted to attending and teaching techniques at tarot conferences. Jaymi enjoys her non-Tarot time being out in the Pacific Northwest’s nature, writing at her computer, and playing video games.
Jaymi will be presenting a workshop titled:
Tarot as a Transformative Rite
Description: Feeling stagnant? Unsure of what new goals to pursue in your life? Get ready to use your tarot (or oracle) deck to bring lasting transformations to you. Tarot is a wonderful tool for manifesting the life we want. Let Jaymi Elford show you the spreads and monthly rituals to help you manifest your goals and dreams. We’ll be learning how to set good goals, learning the basics of altar creation and ritual crafting to design your own personal year long (12-month) goal manifestation rite.
Bring a tarot deck, your bucket list, and the willingness to share your ideas with others!
I've been a practicing witch and ritualist since 2003. I’m a tattooed Pagan cook, musician, kitchen witch, and author. I revel in the sensuous, profane, sublime, and divine.
My own magic, my own way of changing the world is through devotional practice. It's my belief that we can re-enchant our lives by re-framing the so-called "mundane" as sacred and divine. By imbuing the familiar with a sense of wonder and infusing daily life with acts of magic, I choose to make all of life devotion.
I love rituals. I mean, I really love rituals. I'm enchanted by the very act of drawing a temenos line between this moment and that moment. Time itself seems to stand still or speed up or shift in some way that doesn't seem quite congruent with the way I understand the universe to usually work on an otherwise ordinary Monday afternoon.
If you’re so called, you can read more about me at The Witches Next Door at Patheos Pagan.
Gwion will be presenting a ritual titled:
Kitchen Witchery Made Easy
Becoming a kitchen with its easier than you think. You might already be a kitchen witch and not even realize it. In this workshop, we’ll explore the three basic components of Kitchen Witchery: All food is sacred, tools make the witch, and cookery as devotion. Oh! You’ll leave with at least one newly consecrated kitchen witch tool as well.