Teacher Bios for 2018 TBA!
See below for examples fromlast year.
Teacher Bios for 2017
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 is a witch with a strong shamanic and mystical bent. Always drawn int close communication with nature, he had his first psychic dreams at the age of four and a life-changing glimpse into how the physical world we observe emerges from inner energy patterns at the age of 14. He gathers information from dreams and trance journeying as well as reading the energy of land, events, dwellings, and people.
Using the shamanic principal that all things are alive, aware and responsive as his touch-stone, Larry has for more than a decade taught people to connect with the magic in their lives in both the Reclaiming Tradition and the Blue Iris Mystery School. Teaching that all things are expressions of relationship he expands the adage "magic is changing consciousness at will" and helps his students "alter relationships with will," finding that this applies equally to the past, present, and future.
Miss Renee is a born empath , trained and certified reiki energy balancer, as well as a professional tarot card reader and spiritual astrologer of 24 years. I believe that knowing what it is we need to heal ourselves is innate and I feel called to a life of spiritual service helping people who are in intense crossroads in their lives find their way back on to their path with the gifts and tools I have been given and have honed over the years.
I have a deep LOVE for helping my clients understand that their astrological birthchart is literally what I call the" Map of You". I believe that you can powerfully and magically impact your life once that info is unlocked and translated and you begin to utilize that information with confidence, competence and faith.
Miel Rose is a rural, working class femme raised by hippies in the wilds of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. She is a textile artist, medicine maker, magic skills teacher, and an intuitive guidance giver who believes in her effectiveness as a wounded healer. Since 2011, she has been teaching classes on elemental magic, psychic hygiene, getting to know your spiritual team, and most recently, the Wheel of the Year. She draws on her spiritual practice in her guidance work through Golden Thread, and while crafting her product line, Flame & Honeycomb. Whether teaching, offering guidance, or crafting products with magical intention, she is passionately concerned with the empowerment of desire and promotion of authentic self.
Ebony Galluzzo has been practicing magic for 10 years and is an initiate of the Crossroads lineage, a Blue Iris mystery School Graduate, and apprentices with the fabulous Pomegranate Doyle. She brings her enthusiasm, curiosity, and depth to the rituals she priestesses and classes she teaches. Ebony believes that magic is infused into every aspect of life, and with the power of intention can make even the simplest act sacred. She uses her 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.
Sean Donahue is a highly neurodivergent wild forest creature who defies the seelie/unseelie binary. He lives on traditional Klickitat territory in Trout Lake, WA and has an herbal practice in Portland and Beaverton, OR. He is an initiated priest of the BlackHeart line of the Feri Tradition of witchcraft, and carrier of the Green Wand. http://ww.seandonahueherbalist.com
Alexa Weinstein is a human person who graduated from the Blue Iris Mystery School in 2014. She is a writer and an editor, a Sagittarius and a Hierophant, a sister and a brother. Language is her primary magical jam. Favorite languages include English, Spanish, rock & roll, mermaid, wild horse, and tarot. She enjoys drawing a complex web of connections between multiple ideas (mostly other people's) in a clear and entertaining manner, then inviting you to magic around in the web. If you enjoy that kind of thing, you should try her workshop.
Michelle Ruiz Keil is a writer and theater artist with an eye for the enchanted and a way with animals. Her stories’ bones are made of fairytales and trace the lesser-known path of the female hero’s journey into the dark parts of the forest. Her play Pure Gold Baby was produced twice in Portland, OR, and she has just completed her first novel, ALL OF US WITH WINGS, a fabulist coming of age story set in post punk San Francisco. www.michelleruizkeil.com
Erin Aquarian is a full time intuitive healer, tarot reader and teacher based in Portland. She is a certified life-coach and graduate of Blue Iris Mystery School. Erin uses a range of practical and magical tools in her work with the tarot to support people in healing, empowerment, and creating a life of meaning and purpose.
Rhea Wolf is a feminist, witch, and astrologer whose life purpose is to help people awaken their inherent creativity, activate their authentic selves and deepen their connections to the larger world. A graduate of Colette Gardiner's Blue Iris Mystery School, Rhea is motivated by a vision of an emerging culture based on respect, beauty, justice and relatedness. She the co-creator of the Which is Witch zines (with Amanda Blix), and author of The Light That Changes: The Moon in Astrology, Stories and Time, and Children of Medusa, a chapbook of poems and stories. Her writing has appeared in The Mountain Astrologer, hipMama, VoiceCatcher and We'Moon Datebooks. In addition to her client work, Rhea teaches at the Portland School of Astrology and facilitates the Pagan Gathering group at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
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 writer, educator and bruja. She is the author of Swarm Queen’s Crown (finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award) and several chapbooks: Total Memory; Little Fugues and The Sundering (Winner of the New York Chapbook Fellowship). Adams-Santos is a graduate of Stanford University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net. She is the recipient of a 2016 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, and her work has been featured for Poetry Press Week. Her work has appeared in many print and online journals and magazines, including Guernica, The Boston Review, Orion, and others. Adams-Santos currently teaches poetry in the certificate program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and is the founder of Tarot Obscuro.
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.
Roberta Mackrill is a curendera ,medicine maker,and perfumado
Who has walked the old path for 44years.this path has led her all over the world including many years spent in the Amazon with the grandmothers of the shipibo tribe who carry the plant spirit songs for the whole of the Amazon .her medicines are made with these songs as well as the plants of her beloved Oregon.
Jeevan Singh is a Portland based healer specializing in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Qi Nei Zang, two organ specific modalities that she is passionate about. Her practice includes the use of herbs, flower essences, stones and sound to support her clients’ in their healing processes. Jeevan is committed to sharing her work with a diverse range of people with the belief that medicine belongs to all people, not a few. Jeevan is pursuing a duald egree in classical Chinese medicine and integrative mental health at the National University of Natural Medicine, with the hope that one day she will have a holistic practice that draws upon her deep love of East Asian medicine, women’s health, bodywork, counseling and, of course, plant medicine.
Lou LaMotte is a Queer Witch and Graduate of the Blue Iris Mystery School in Portland, Oregon. With the aid of their Ancestors, they weave magic, ritual, healing, and gratitude into their practice of working with the Plant and Animal realms. Lou works with people and their animals with animal communication, and through charm work they weave new patterns with an old magic. They can be reached at www.thestarsandthesea.com
Melody Awesomazing, Pet Psychic to the Stars is 50% psychic 50% clown and 100% for entertainment purposes only! Melody is excited to bring her show to the Northwest Magic Conference. Come see them to find out if you have hidden haunted hairballs or you need any pet related psychic advice. Past, present or future!
Sue Burns of Portland, Oregon, is a feminist, pro-choice mother, herbalist, writer, swimmer, reader, witch, lover, and activist. She is a veteran of high-school classrooms and independent bookstores. She believes in love, magick, grief, accountability, and family. Sue manages We'Moon, affectionately called "church in a purse" where witchcraft and magick are carefully crafted astrologically, artistically, and spiritually on every page. Sue attended the NW School of Herbalism in 2006 completing a 300 hour botanical medicine program. Practicing herbalism is a way of life and Sue does it magically: from supplying healing salve to a few tattoo shops to whispering wishes into the tea pot to organizing conferences regionally to helping folks on their path to wellness with plants.
Lindsay Buchanan, L.Ac (lindsaybuchanan.com) is an acupuncturist, Priestess and witch. She has been practicing acupuncture for over 10 years and has a private practice in Portland, OR. Her practice is 5-Element based and has a strong focus on compassion, realistic goals and empowerment. She has been working magic and witchcraft into her practice for years and has found that the combination of acupuncture and magic are very powerful for life changing transformations!
After practicing magic and witchcraft for years, she was delighted to find The Blue Iris Mystery school to aid in her study and she is in her final year. She has completed a Master’s Program in Acupuncture from the Maryland Institute of Integrative Heath and also has studied western herbalism at The Elderberry school in addition to continuing her study of 5-Element acupuncture in post graduate classes with Niki Bilton. Her passion for healing and wellness drives her to connect with many amazing people each and every single day!
Maeanna Welti is a witch, astrologer, tarot reader, musician, strategic planner and feminist. She has wanted to be a witch since she was very young, when she frequently found herself secretly in sympathy with the witches in the Disney movies. As a teenager she taunted her younger siblings with her magical powers and made sure to do her best to loosen any attachment they had to the Bad Witch stereotype.
She began studying magic formally in 2010. She is a graduate of the Blue Iris Mystery School in Portland, OR. There, she completed a four-year program that included elemental magic, psychic skills, ritual planning, priestessing, and working with the seasons. She practices magic from an authentic place of full self and personal authority.
As a witch, she combines the skills learned in magic school with those gained working at the Co-op. She is able to communicate between humans and spirits, combine strategy with spiritual expansiveness, and find appropriate actions that work in both the spirit and human realms.