Teacher Bios for 2018

Haylin Belay is an intuitive witch, holistic health educator, and sexuality professional living and working in New York City. Her work concerns the intersection of individual social-emotional wellbeing and community health. As a writer and professional tarot reader, she has written and spoken extensively about the importance of healing our relationship with intuition, especially in marginalized communities with a history of intergenerational trauma. She strives to help people build healthier relationships with their own needs and desires, their social networks, and their communities as a whole.
Colette Gardiner currently runs a four-year Mystery School in Portland, Oregon that focuses on ritual training. She is an activist with over 25 years of experience teaching about the green world. She has a background in clinical herbalism, horticulture, women’s health care, as well as an intense interest in all plants.
She started her magical practice twenty years ago in Southern Oregon women’s circles. She is a Reclaiming Initiate, and a Faeri initiate. She was a founding member of GoddessIs, a ritual theatre collective, was a member of Strand by Strand a Reclaiming group that facilitated public ritual, and is a member of Black Cross Health Collective. She has taught at Sappho Camp and taught ritual theater at a Reclaiming Witch Camp. Published writings include "Nourishing the Menstrual Cycle", featured writings in We’Moon Almanac and publication in several anthologies. She can be reached at (503) 238-5885.
Pomegranate Doyle, one of the greatest priestesses of our time, is an artist, witch and healer living in Portland, OR. She is a powerful psychic and empath who is busy saving the world through counseling, mind blowing tarot readings, and teaching others how to interpret their dreams and nurture their intuition.
She has a long history of priestessing witch camps and has been practicing and teaching magic for over 20 years. She currently teaches at the Blue Iris Mystery School with Colette Gardiner. She has a call-in podcast where she delves into the mysteries of life, death, and beyond. You can listen to her podcast here. You can learn more about Pom’s artistic life and check out her artwork at pomegranatedoyle.com
Sage Goode lives in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, Canada with her wife, two cats and many magical beings. She is the founder of Crossroads Mystery School and has been teaching the Craft for 30 years. She teaches workshops around North America and through Telephone Ritual Workings — an amazing and powerful way to connect through space and time. She has also created a CD of guided visualizations and trance workings. "For us to follow the path of our Soul’s purpose we must be willing: to listen, to transform, to surrender to the Divine and to become who we were meant to be. This is essential. This is the Work. First, become willing … everything else flows from that."
Check out her website at www.sagegoode.com
Larry Savides  has been practicing witch-naturalist for more than 25 years.  He has taught at numerous venues including oregon magic camp, reclaiming magic camps, Earth Conclave, and occasional conferences.  His personal slogan in 1997 when he developed the Queer Pentacle was " 'tis an ill wind that blows no minds".  These days he says "Magic is all about relationships".  Having spent most of his life working in Wisconsin and Illinois, Larry moves to Portland, OR in 2013 after a 14 year flirtation with its land spirits, faeries, and humans.  Since arriving he works as a spiritual councilor and magical coach for all levels of experience.
Letty Chichitonyolotli  was born in San Antonio Texas. They are first generation Mexicanx, Norteñé. Their family of origin come from the states of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas on the gulf coast. Many of the family traditions and much of the indigenous identity of their family has been lost as a result of colonization, death from disease and forced assimilation. letty chichitonyolotli, has been working for the past 15 years to recover family traditional healing arts and connection to nature after suffering a susto, while serving in the US armed forces. Today, letty chichitonyolotli works professionally as a pet care professional in training and behavior support and as a folk herbalist and consejerx (counselor). Their educational and experiential roots are based in social justice and public health work previous to and following time spent in the military.
Ebony Galluzzo has been practicing magic for 10 years and is an initiate of the Crossroads lineage, a Blue Iris Mystery School Graduate, and an apprentice to the fabulous Pomegranate Doyle. He brings enthusiasm, curiosity, and depth to the rituals they priestess and classes they teach. Ebony believes that magic is infused into every aspect of life, and with the power of intention even the simplest act can be made sacred. He uses his work as a parent, artist, teacher and priestess to change the world for the better.
Ecstatic Witch, Queer Fat Burlesque Dancer, Chanteuse, Model and Art Activist Irene McCalphin (Magnoliah Black) can be found all over the Bay Area creating and maintaining spaces for radical self-love and empowerment. Co-founder and resident Massage Therapist of A Sovereign Embodiment (ASE) Healing Collective she provides compassionate care to intersectional communities.  This published author, storyteller and performer highlights the intersections of fat, race, feminism, kink, spirituality and human sexuality with ritual, vulnerability, rage and joy.
Donella-Elizabeth Alston defines herself, (primarily), as a Dianic Witch. After making her way from Bergen County New Jersey to Eugene, Oregon 25 years ago, she counts among her accomplishments: being a member of the womyn’s ritual theatre group GoddessIs, being a Co-Founding Mother of Sophia Sanctuary Women’s Temple (sophiasanctuary.org), and a We’Moon Weaving Circle Hostess! “Because more than one spiritual river runs in my soul, I find myself to be on The Path of the Seeker. As a Daughter of Oya (Santería tradition), I honour my African Ancestors, and as an Ár nDraíocht Féin Dedicant, I seek to come to know my Celtic/Druidic spiritual roots. Huzzah! Ashe-O! Blessed Be!”
Ruby Mathews is a Feminist, Grandmother, Early Childhood Educator, Priestess, and Lover of the Mother. She was a founding member of GoddessIs, a Women's Ritual Theatre Collective, and has been practicing magical activism for nearly 30 years. Ruby is a founding Mother of Sophia Sanctuary, a Women's Temple Without Walls, located in Eugene.
Melissa Bennett, M.Div. is a descendant of the Umatilla, Nez Perce, and Sac & Fox peoples. She is a writer, poet, educator, storyteller, and storylistener with a private spiritual care practice. She uses intuitive storytelling and tarot to assist clients on their spiritual journeys. Melissa earned a Master of Divinity degree, a graduate certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling, and a graduate certificate in Theological Studies in 2012. Following graduation, she served as an interfaith mental health chaplain specializing in the spiritual care of indigenous people.
I am Kirin Bhatti - a witch, a magician, a mermaid bridging the magical and mundane. I am privileged to have my creature self birthed in a beautiful brown body born of hearty earthy Punjabi roots. I've been gifted an ancient heart deep as the ocean. I am a water warrior. Tears are my warpaint. Love my greatest weapon My work does not speak the language of fast and quick. Slow down, go deep or you’ll miss me. I speak and live the language of water at low tide, flowing, cleansing, still, deep, revealing. My tools are faith, intuition, and play. My work is about creating individual revolution for collective liberation by remembering how to move at the speed of love so that we may say yes to our truest self in each and every moment.
Iris Misciagna is an artist, tarot reader, teacher, and priestess. She is a graduate of the Blue Iris Mystery School and currently works there as a student teacher and ritual priestess. She has been practicing the craft for 15 years and teaching for 7. Using the language of symbols, she creates divination tools, magical essences, and altar art. Her artist’s heart, connection to faerie, and work with the animal council strongly influence her work as a priestess
Stephanie Adams-Santos is a Guatemalan-American poet, writer and mystic from Portland, Oregon. Her full-length poetry collection, Swarm Queen’s Crown, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards, which celebrates excellence in LGBTQ voices. She is also the author of several chapbooks: Total Memory (Finishing Line Press) and Little Fugues (Sola Books); her award-winning chapbook The Sundering was selected by Linda Gregg for an Academy of American Poets New York Chapbook Fellowship. Stephanie’s work is rooted in the crossroads of ritual, ancestry, identity, and environment. Her work “invokes history as a knowledge that can be felt, something with the potential to transform (and transform our perspectives) at the intersections of language and image, intimacy and violence, and grief and galvanization” (Lo Kwa Mei-En). She is the founder of Tarot Obscuro and Ojo de la Selva Press.
Moe Bowstern is a 1989 alumnus of Northwestern University and studied for 5 years with Colette Gardiner and Pomegranate Doyle at the Blue Iris Mystery School, graduating in 2012.. She is an accomplished bard, writer and poet. Moe has since 1996 published Xtra Tuf, a zine about commercial fishing, in print and audio form. She is currently training in advanced priestessing with Pomegranate Doyle, Larry Savides, Nancy Conescu and Kevin Duell. Moe fished commercially as an Alaskan deckhand from 1985-2007, facing many fears in her work on the ever-changing sea in a male-dominated environment far from the comforts of home.  Moe currently works as a performer, a mundane housecleaner and practical utility witch, cleaning and clearing public and private spaces. Moe brings her legacy as a laborer to her witching, priestessing marriages, deaths, hospital stays, temple dedications and basic ghostbusting.
Shayne Case is healer with a private practice in Portland, Oregon. She primarily works with spirit guides, flower essences, and gemstone therapies. She is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe where she actively works with native peoples and water protectors suffering from trauma of current and ancestral injustices. Shayne also runs a two year mentorship program focusing on supporting the emergent healer.
Dusty Dmitri Bloomingheart is a priest/ess, clinical energetic herbalist, medicine maker, and teacher. Their commitment to re-membering ancestral practices is rooted in cultivating a sense of belonging for settler people, bringing us into deeper alignment with natural rhythms of the earth and the call to rise up in this time. Herbalism, magic and “rewilding” are all part of weaving this path of re-enchantment. Dusty strives to integrate decolonizing and anti-racism work into their practices as a crucial pathway for coming into right relationship. They reside in Chanchífin, the Kalapuya territory often called Eugene, OR. Dusty's primary magical training has been at the Blue Iris Mystery School as well as with the Village Mystery School. www.bloomingheart-arts.com
Ruby Joy Garciais a fem identifying queer bruja working to reclaim her birth right to her Borinken ancestry. Ever evolving her awareness of the wild unknown, Ruby Joy works to offer healing and guidance to community members and students. Social justice as a mechanism for healing and spiritual restitution drives her to continue developing tools and connection to Divine consciousness. Ruby Joy is an empath, self taught tarot reader, and intersectional crossroads tender. She lives in northern California and is currently serving her community by aiding in the creation of pedagogy, programs, and trainings to support marginalized people and sustain a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.